United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

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Based in Bonn, Germany, 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 UNV 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.

As a part of its activities, each year, UNV provides the opportunity for over 5,500 skilled and experienced professionals, 70 percent coming from developing countries, to support peace, relief and development initiatives in some 140 countries. In addition, it engages thousands of other individuals in the work of the United Nations through, and manages the WorldVolunteerWeb ( ), a global volunteering portal that serves as a knowledge resource base for campaigning, advocacy, information dissemination and networking.

Volunteering as Essential in Achieving Sustainable Development: UNV Responding to the 2030 Agenda

Laws and Policies Affecting Volunteerism Since 2001

The Evolution of International Volunteering

Plenary Presentation: Implications of the SDGs on IVCOs

UNV “State of the World’s Volunteerism Report” Launch

UNV in Action: Advocating for volunteerism post-2015

Workshops – Research focus: Trends, innovative methodology and tools

UNV Programme Strategy Overview: Volunteerism for Peace and Development

La stratégie du programme : Le volontariat pour la paix et le développement

State of the World’s Volunteerism Report: Universal Values for Global Well-being


Gender and Volunteerism Research Presentation: UN Comissioned Study

Online Volunteering

Private Sector Engagement: Partnership for Development

Volunteer Infrastructure

UNV’s Online Volunteering service for you

Assessing Volunteers Contribution to Development

Volunteerism and Capacity Development

Below the Waterline of Public Visibility: Guide on Roundtable on Volunteerism and Social Development

Forum Discussion Paper Presentation: MDGs, Sustainable Development Goals and the Post 2015 agenda: opportunities for consolidating the recognition of volunteerism

Integrating volunteering in the next decade: A 10 Year Plan of Action 2016 – 2025

Keynote Address: If post 2015 and the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals are an opportunity for Forum members and VIOs - what to do next?

Forum Discussion Presentation 1: Valuing Volunteering in Africa

Plenary presentation and Discussion: Advocating for people-centred development in the post-2015 agenda : Engaging in the process nationally, regionally and globally

Forum Discussion Paper 2012: MDGs, Sustainable Development Goals and the Post 2015 agenda: opportunities for consolidating the recognition of volunteerism

International Year of Volunteers + 10

International Year of the Volunteer (IYV) +10: Marking the 10th anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10)