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UN peacekeeping operations
Nigerian UNV volunteer Victor Chukwuma Chinweze establishing communications for the United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT/UNV)
Though the ‘Blue Helmets’ are the face of UN peacekeeping missions, they cannot operate without substantial civilian support. UN Volunteers make up a significant proportion of that support, working in a wide scope of functions, and can constitute up to a third of a peacekeeping mission’s international civilian component.

UNV has been supporting the work of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) in war-torn and post-conflict areas since 1992. To date, more than 14,000 UN Volunteers have served in more than 40 different peacekeeping and political and peacebuilding operations.

Recognition of the value of volunteerism in peacekeeping, and the particular contributions of UN Volunteers in building and restoring trust, as well as in building local capacity, was reflected through a DPKO-UNV agreement in 2003. In this regard, most new operations established by DPKO and DPA include a significant component of UNV volunteers.

Currently, more than 2,000 UN Volunteers are supporting 15 UN peacekeeping, peacebuilding and political operations in 14 countries.* They work in more than 120 functional categories, from human rights advisers to supply managers, electoral observers to press officers.

Beyond their regular duties, UN Volunteers often involve themselves, mission staff and local people in community-level volunteer initiatives. These activities have in many situations provided a non-threatening and neutral avenue to help re-broker community relations and build local support for the presence of UN peacekeepers and mission staff.

If you wish to register your profile in our database of potential candidates, please go to register to be a UN Volunteer.

* In May 2009: Afghanistan (UNAMA), Burundi (BINUB), the Central African Republic (BONUCA), Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC), Georgia (UNOMIG), Haiti (MINUSTAH), Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Kosovo (UNMIK), Liberia (UNMIL), Sudan (UNMIS), Darfur (UNAMID), Nepal (UNMIN), Timor-Leste (UNMIT), Western Sahara (MINURSO) and Chad (MINURCAT).

UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)