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 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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.

Projects and Initiatives

Latest Videos

Celebrating the power and potential of volunteerism on International Volunteer Day 2016. Watch the recap of the celebrations.

Good Practices

Watch how UNV District Youth Coordinators are inspiring their communities to affect change.
A three-day consultation was held in October 2016 to take stock on the progress of the project 'Strengthening of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) and the National Service Scheme. Watch the highlights.


National Consultation on “Youth Building Peace”

National Consultation on “Youth Building Peace”

To commemorate International Youth Day, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MoYAS) in collaboration with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) organised a National Consultation on Youth Building Peace, on 11 August 2017. The consultation was aimed at understanding the perception of youth's role in peace building process and in recognising the role of youth led organisations in peacebuilding activities and promoting a culture of peace. As part of the consultation, an action research on “Youth Volunteering– State of volunteerism and impact of current volunteering initiatives in India” and India’s Online Volunteering platform were launched. The event was attended by the Deputy Country Director, UNDP, Marina Walter and Secretary (Youth Affairs), Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India Shri. A.K. Dubey....more 


Youth Adda July 2017

United Nations Volunteers India, in close partnership with NGOs PRAVAH, Restless Development, and Commutiny, hosted a Youth Adda in New Delhi on 8 July. Over 130 youth gathered at UN House to discuss and share their ideas about SDG 10 “Reduce Inequalities”....more 

Roundtable on Promoting Youth Volunteerism in India

Roundtable on Promoting Youth Volunteerism in India

MoYAS, UNV India, UNDP and YES BANK organized a roundtable to accelerate the initiative for promoting youth volunteering in India, on 14th March 2017, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the UN Conference Hall, UNDP 55 Lodhi Estate, New Delhi. The roundtable was attended by private sector organisations, civil society organisations, government partners and media, who have been pursuing activities to promote youth volunteerism. ...more 

IVD 2016: Celebrating the Power and Potential of Volunteerism

IVD 2016: Celebrating the Power and Potential of Volunteerism

In 1985, the United Nations designated 5 December to be celebrated as International Volunteer Day (IVD), as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism. ...more 

Consultation to Strengthen Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan

Strengthening Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan with Young Volunteers

In order to understand the progress of the project “Strengthening of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) and National Service Scheme (NSS)’’, a three-day Consultation and Review meeting ...more 

Stories of Change

  • Blog post by Arun Sahdeo

    India is projected to be the youngest nation in the world by 2020, and the 250 million people preparing to join India’s workforce by 2030, will be either its biggest asset or its biggest vulnerability. It is a truth universally acknowledged that India’s ambitious growth objectives can be realized only by harnessing the immense potential of its youth. Volunteerism is one way in which India can invest in its youth. It offers young people the promise of solving developmental challenges while also enhancing individual skills, social participation and inclusion.more 

  • A Compilation of District Situational Analysis

    This is an assessment of the depth of youth participation in the economy and local communities by taking stock of the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and National Service Scheme programmes in each district and identifying potential areas for youth involvement. more 

  • 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 

Photo Essays

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 needs. more 

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 

UN Volunteer Helps Efforts to Build Participatory Democracy in India

UN Volunteer Helps Efforts to Build Participatory Democracy in India

Sugandha Nagar, a national UN Volunteer, writes about her experience educating electors about the universal adult franchise through the Systematic Voter Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) programme by the Election Commission of India. more