UNV partnering with Australia

In 2019, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme entered a formal partnership with the Government of Australia, represented by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

The Government of Australia is funding UN Volunteer assignments for Australian nationals, with a focus on human rights (including disability inclusion and gender) and UN reform, to be mainly based in the Pacific.

In 2020, 50 Australian nationals served as UN Volunteers, 15 of whom were funded by the Government of Australia (7 UN Volunteers (specialists) and 8 UN Youth Volunteers). 

Australia was one of the 124 co-sponsors of the 2018 UN General Assembly Resolution on Volunteering for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (A/C.3/73/L.13) in 2018. 

In 2018, Australia presented its voluntary national review to report on progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, including several references to the important role of volunteering and volunteers in Australia and abroad to build a more sustainable future and achieving the SDGs.


For further information, visit the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of Australia. Also refer to UNV's Annual Report 2019, including our Special Voluntary Fund  and Full Funding reports.

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