UN Volunteers


United Nations Volunteers (UNV) is the nodal UN agency that contributes to peace and development worldwide through volunteerism. UNV believes in ‘Volunteerism for Development’. The concept of volunteerism for development centers on optimizing volunteerism’s impact on peace and development. Achieving this, requires the cooperation and commitment of the public sector, civil society and the private sector with support from the United Nations system and the world community. Individual citizens also have an important role to play through volunteering. Every day, individuals are engaged in development initiatives through volunteer actions, both large and small, in an effort to improve conditions for others and themselves. Volunteerism by many millions of people is critical to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Our Goal

UNV is inspired by the conviction that volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development, and by the idea that everyone can contribute their time and energy towards peace and development. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and in transforming the pace and nature of development

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  • Make Change Happen: Thousands Volunteer to Clean the Yamuna
    Make Change Happen: Thousands Volunteer to Clean the Yamuna

    Over 3,000 Delhi residents turned up for the city’s biggest cyclothon and cleanliness drive to promote ‘Clean India’ on 14 December as a part of India’s commemoration of International Volunteer Day, which recognizes the commitment and contribution of volunteers to peace and development around the world. more

  • Volunteering to Build Ability
    Volunteering to Build Ability

    This is the story of one community’s sheer determination to build a more inclusive society where disability is seen as a type of ability. In this journey they have found support from United Nations Volunteers who as speech therapists, rehabilitation specialists, physiotherapists and school administrators, are nurturing and caring for children with special needsmore

Volunteer Voices

  • UNVolunteer Profile Series: Victor Igbokwe
    UNVolunteer Profile Series: Victor Igbokwe

    Victor is a 37 old international UN Volunteer and holds an MA in Human Rights and Conflict Management from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy. Although having arrived in India only a couple of months ago, Victor has already started travelling the country educating people about Disaster Risk Reduction Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation.more

Stories of Change

Ad‘venturing’ into Volunteering

Ad‘venturing’ into Volunteering

India’s National Youth Policy 2014 stresses on the impact of sports, particularly adventure sports, in the development of youth. Activities like trekking, river rafting, mountaineering, etc. can bring young people together for their own as well as the community’s development. more

Projects and Initiatives

Strengthening Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) and National Service Scheme (NSS)

Strengthening Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) and National Service Scheme (NSS)

In partnership with Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, the project aims to provide catalytic support to the Youth Volunteer Schemes in the country and facilitate greater youth participation and voice in peace and sustainable development programmes. more

Transforming Development Volunteering for Change: UNV in India



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UNV Strategic Framework: 2014 - 2017



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Oasis of Ability
Winner of the UNV Global Presentation Competition "Youth Change the World - Volunteering for the SDGs"


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Thousands of Volunteers Clean Up the Yamuna River
Cyclothon for Clean India
Yamuna Shramdaan
Music Concert: Performances by Swarathma, Tritha and Mame Khan feat
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