The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer.
Promoting Peace & Development
UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers. In most cultures, volunteerism is deeply embedded in long-established, ancient traditions of sharing and support within the communities.
In this context, UN Volunteers take part in various forms of volunteerism and play a role in development and peace together with co-workers, host agencies and local communities. In all assignments, UN Volunteers promote volunteerism through their action and conduct. Engaging in volunteer activity can effectively and positively enrich their understanding of local and social realities, as well as create a bridge between themselves and the people in their host community. This will make the time they spend as UN Volunteers even more rewarding and productive.
Values and Commitment
The UN Volunteers organization expect volunteers to:
- be strongly committed to the values and principles of volunteerism.
- be able to work in a multi-cultural environment.
- adjust to difficult living conditions.
- have strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
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Benefits of being a UNV volunteer
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme brings together host country governments, funding partners, UN Volunteers eager to make a difference and the UN system to advance peace and development in the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals, while promoting the global recognition of volunteerism. UNV enables its partners – including governments, universities, civil society organizations and the private sector – to fund UN Volunteer assignments.
Funding partners may choose to sponsor nationals of their own country or those of other nationalities to contribute their skills and talents for peace and development.
UN Volunteers contribute to key UN projects and functions at country and regional level, and address some of the most pressing peace and development challenges around the world.
Visit the relative page of UN volunteers opportunities.