United Nations Volunteers (UNV) is an agency of the United Nations that harnessing the power of volunteerism to contribute to peace and development. Through the UNV program United Nations agencies and departments move closer to achieving their goals thanks to the commitment of individuals from around the world who give their time, skills and efforts.
UN volunteers help organize local and national elections, contribute to humanitarian projects, and support peacekeeping missions in nearly every corner of the globe. Within the Department of Peacekeeping UN volunteers comprise one third of international civilians.
Volunteerism not only benefits the United Nations but also society at large and the individual volunteer. Trust, tolerance, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens within and between communities, societies and states are improved as a result of volunteers.
Each year more than 7,500 UN Volunteers are mobilized to serve nationally and internationally in 130 countries. UNV also operates the Online Volunteering service which directly connects development organizations with thousands of online volunteers who can provide services and advice over the internet.
UNV embraces and promotes volunteerism as universal and inclusive, and recognizes volunteerism in its diversity as well as the values that sustain it: free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity. UNV believes that volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of our world for the better and works tirelessly to recognize the efforts of volunteers contributing to peace and sustainable development the world over.
For more information please consult UNV’s website at www.unv.org.