WELCOME

The UN and everyone of us who works for any UN entity, programme, fund, should really be motivated by an ethical imperative. This is what our oath of office says. We should never look upon our work as just a job, it should be a calling, and ideally, in that respect, all of us who are involved in the UN should be seen as volunteers in one way or another.
Flavia Pansieri, UNV Executive Coordinator

 

 The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.


Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation.


UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UN Volunteers, throughout the world. UNV embraces 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.


Based in Bonn, Germany, UNV is active in around 130 countries every year. UNV, with Field Units in 86 countries, is represented worldwide through the offices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and reports to the UNDP Executive Board.