FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
UNV harnesses capacities to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals through volunteerism. UNV’s Annual Report 2016 showcases our results delivered in partnership with the United Nations, UN Member States and civil society, and through our valued UN Volunteers.
UN Volunteers, international and national, serve side-by-side with United Nations personnel, bringing their knowledge and unique perspective. Volunteers engage in the work of the United Nations in all areas of sustainable development – from eliminating poverty, empowering women and youth, and playing critical roles in peacekeeping missions and humanitarian response, to advocating for climate change mitigation and the rights of marginalized people.
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For UNV, 2016 was a year of consolidation. We worked to further enhance the capacity of our partners to deliver at community level, responding to the call of the Agenda 2030 to 'leave no one behind'.
At UNV, our comparative advantage is our capacity to mobilize a rich diversity of UN Volunteers in over 100 professional areas. During 2016, 6,600 UN Volunteers delivered on site and 12,600 UN Online Volunteers completed 22,700 online assignments.
Our highly specialized UN Volunteers, international and national, serve side-by-side with United Nations personnel. These UN Volunteers operate within a human resources framework that provides for fair and equitable conditions of service. Together with our hosting partners, we look out for the wellbeing, satisfaction, safety and security of our UN Volunteers.
Our UN Volunteers are embedded within the United Nations system, and with UN Member State governments, civil society and communities. They volunteer for prosperity, planet, people, peace and partners.
Together, we are delivering volunteer solutions for sustainable development.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is ambitious, and calls for action by all. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals depends on national ownership, and on individuals showing solidarity. There is no greater way to do this than through volunteerism.
UNV’s Annual Report 2016, Volunteer Solutions for Sustainable Development, is structured around the themes PLANET, PROSPERITY, PEOPLE, PEACE and PARTNERSHIPS. Here, we showcase our delivery in partnership with the United Nations, UN Member States and civil society, and through our valued UN Volunteers. Links lead you to our website where you can read in-depth about our programme results. Each section also provides a snapshot of some of the UN Volunteer professional profiles UNV offers in support of the development, peace and humanitarian interventions of our partners.
Under PARTNERS, we highlight the contributions UNV received from funding partners during the period 2014-2016. It also provides an overview of UN Volunteer mobilization with our key United Nations partners in 2016.
DOWNLOADS include our annual Statistical and Financial Information, Full Funding and Special Voluntary Fund Reports for 2016.
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UN Online Volunteers
Online volunteering allows organizations and volunteers to team up to address sustainable development challenges – anywhere in the world, from any device. Online volunteering is fast, easy – and most of all, effective. When skilled, passionate individuals join forces online with organizations working toward sustainable development goals, everyone wins.
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VOLUNTEER SOLUTIONS FOR
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT goals
During 2016, UN Volunteers, UN Youth Volunteers and UN Online Volunteers delivered results advancing sustainable development. UN Volunteers serve in all development and peace situations, including in difficult contexts and remote locations. They work in local communities to leverage synergies between local knowledge and expert solutions. UN Volunteers constitute a flexible resource in ensuring scale, impact and sustainability in peace and development interventions, including in crisis and post-crisis situations.
This Annual Report 2016, Volunteer Solutions for Sustainable Development, showcases results delivered for the planet, prosperity, people, peace and partnership.
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VOLUNTEERS FOR THE PLANET
UNV brings stakeholders together across regional, national and institutional boundaries to create the awareness and momentum necessary for action. Volunteerism has been acknowledged as a key driver for a transformative societal change towards responsible action and solidarity within and across generations to protect the planet and the people most affected by climate change and climate-induced disasters.
Click on the links below to read about UN Volunteers for the planet.
VOLUNTEERS FOR PROSPERITY
UNV promotes gender equity, ensures gender-sensitive budgeting and advocates for the inclusion of women in decision-making processes. UN Volunteers support poverty reduction strategies and economic empowerment, particularly of women.
Click on the links below to read about UN Volunteers for prosperity.
VOLUNTEERS FOR the People
UNV mobilizes local volunteers who understand their communities’ way of life and speak their language. Volunteers act as a bridge between the community and the United Nations, government and other development actors. They ensure the inclusion of marginalized and vulnerable groups and integration of their needs in planning and implementing development interventions.
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VOLUNTEERS FOR Peace
Over the past 25 years, UNV has supported United Nations peacekeeping operations, becoming a large-scale provider of qualified personnel serving with the United Nations Departments of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Political Affairs (DPA) and Field Support (DFS). UN Volunteers account for about one-third of all international civilian personnel and are the backbone of UN peacekeeping operations.
Click on the links below to read about UN Volunteers for peace.
UN Volunteers served with peacekeeping missions, playing key roles in mission support, democratic governance, human rights, political affairs, crisis prevention and recovery, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, as well as electoral support.
VOLUNTEERS FOR Partnership
UNV partners with UN entities, governments, civil society, volunteer-involving organizations, regional organizations and the private sector to leverage volunteerism as an essential mechanism that meaningfully engages people in social, environmental and economic transformation. We work in partnership with development stakeholders to foster progress towards inclusive and sustainable peace and development through volunteerism. Partnerships between UNV and other organizations are characterized by a commitment to shared goals and outcomes, a clear definition of roles and responsibilities and a framework for mutual accountability.
UNV’s comparative advantage is its knowledge and ability to leverage the transformative potential of volunteerism, community voluntary action and civic engagement through active partnerships with diverse partners.
With almost 6,600 UN Volunteers in the field, 25,000 qualified potential volunteers on our roster, around 12,600 UN Online Volunteers and over 300,000 potential online volunteers, UNV provides a talent solution for our partners.
VOLUNTEERS FOR You
UNV partners with you to mobilize skilled UN Volunteers who make valuable contributions, advance your delivery and provide strong results.
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UNV has developed service lines to provide partners with a set of standardized volunteer assignments in support of their delivery. Check these out here:
UN Volunteer Inspirations
“By acting as a channel between the experts and the refugees, I convey to the refugees that their rights are being preserved by international laws through UNHCR. Through my interpretation services, using basic and simple language, refugees understand and are able to reply to the experts during the interviews. I feel really proud to be part of UNHCR as a UN Volunteer and to be able to provide needed assistance in this humanitarian crisis. I hope that I am helping families affected by the crisis and feel confident that my work will help reduce suffering and give them hope for their future.”Mohhamed Thabit Mohhamed (United States) is serving as a
UN Volunteer Interpreter with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees at the European Asylum Support Office in Greece
“The personal satisfaction you obtain when an old woman thanks you for your work, or when you witness small children become excited to return to school, is inexplicable and priceless. Serving as a volunteer after the earthquake was a tough experience but it was worth all the hard work. I consider the experience I gained from helping people after the earthquake one of the best in my life.”Civil engineer Anima Dhakal served as a national UN Youth Volunteer with the United Nations Development Programme in Nepal
“I am glad to see that my work contributes to making the mission’s mandate possible. This experience as a UN Volunteer has enabled me to apply my electrical and mechanical engineering skills in a very challenging and stressful peacekeeping work environment. I was able to share my previous experience and competencies, and at the same time further improve on them.”Ba Abdu (Guinea-Bissau) is a UN Volunteer Generator Mechanic Supervisor with the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire
“Adolescents can be powerful agents of change in communities. UNICEF's training projects offer adolescents skills and opportunities to solve some of their own problems. They help them gain a feeling of self-worth and an understanding that they have the power to transform society… Through my assignment, I got to know Palestinian society and its people. Living in the State of Palestine,Chizuru Iwata (Japan) served as an international UN Volunteer Adolescent Participation Officer with the United Nations
I learned about both the difficulties surrounding peacebuilding and the importance of it.”
Children’s Fund in the State of Palestine
“My experience as a volunteer has made me realize that equality and non-discrimination – cross-cutting human rights – should be upheld and applied by everyone, regardless of their area of work, to make a difference in their communities.”Ruplal Aidi (Nepal) is a UN Volunteer Human Rights Officer with the United Nations Mission in Liberia
“Working as a UN Volunteer has given me the opportunity to understand and witness the full spectrum of human resilience. As a result, I have unyielding and boundless respect and admiration especially for the refugee women, who are managing an unmanageable situation of displacement, loss and grave deprivation, yet with dignity I could only hope to possess one day. Their strength seems unparalleled,Heidi Lehto (Finland) serves as a UN Volunteer Child Protection Officer with the United Nations Children’s Fund in Sudan
and it is an image I carry with me through the darkest of days.”
“As a volunteer, I have gained experience and understanding of the diverse ways of life of communities in the pastoral communities. I am glad I am helping build their capacity and resilience.”Solomon Bekele (Ethiopia) is a UN Volunteer Pastoralist Literacy and Education Specialist with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in South Sudan
“Working with MINUSMA has allowed me to deal with many challenges and to learn a lot about the Malian culture. I have also been engaged in conducting activities for social cohesion and heritage conservation in the North. My experience is a commitment to the vision of UN Volunteers which is to beNadia Ammi (France) serves as a UN Volunteer responsible for the cultural component of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)
l’inspiration en action. All the work involved with heritage protection had to be invented
and developed during the last three years.”
“From my UNV experience in Timor-Leste I have learned that if given the chance, people will do their best to make a better future. I am very proud to be a UN Volunteer helping Timorese people realize their potential and make their future clean and green.”Sung-gil Lee (Republic of Korea) is a UN Volunteer Specialist for Environment with the United Nations Development Programme
“The work I perform in my community has raised awareness amongst many women and girls, who have developed their self-esteem and now have the confidence to stand up for themselves. My work has also resulted in several young women taking the initiative to volunteer their services in their communities.”Josephine Monger is a national UN Volunteer Field Monitor with the United Nations Development Programme in Liberia
“Being a UN Volunteer was one of the most meaningful experiences in my life so far, and, being in my eighties, I think that holds some weight. In the early 1990s, having raised a family, already at the end of a successful business career, and well settled into retirement, the unexpected excitement and humility of reaching out to truly touch peoples’ lives showed me that life can always bring the unexpected… Volunteering is what you as a person make out of it.”John Leslie is a former UN Volunteer who served with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Croatia in 1999
UNV thanks its UN Member State partners for their generous contributions in support of volunteerism for sustainable development and peace.
UN Member States are listed by magnitude of contributions received during the three year period 2014-2016.*
* Amounts indicated are in thousands of US dollars.
UNV is as strong as its partnerships. UN Volunteers deliver on sustainable development for our United Nations partners. During 2016, 6,590 UN Volunteers and UN Youth Volunteers, national and international, served with 30 United Nations partners in support of peace, security, human rights and humanitarian delivery.
Refer to our partnering publications and data snapshots for detailed information on our collaboration with key UN entity partners on
* Served with UNREC, UNCDF, DSS, IFAD, OUNF&P, ESCAP, UNIDO, IMO, UNISDR, UN-SPIDER and ECA.
a day in the life
of a un volunteer
UN Volunteers advance sustainable development every day by fostering participation, building social cohesion and promoting dialogue within communities. They serve with UN partners, working tirelessly in support of their development, peace and humanitarian efforts. In these videos, inspiring individuals share a glimpse of a day in the life of a UN Volunteer.
Etab, Rachel and Khaled are Palestinian refugees in Lebanon serving as national UN Volunteer Teachers. They enable UNRWA to provide education Palestinian refugees, now twice displaced from Syria to Lebanon.
UN Youth Volunteer Blanca contributes through UNDP to improving the livelihoods of isolated communities living in poverty, with food insecurity and poor opportunities for employment in San Marcos, Guatemala.
National UN Volunteer An encourages men and boys in Viet Nam to reflect on gender stereotypes, challenge misconceptions and change attitudes towards violence against women through Partners for Prevention.
Albert was a national UN Volunteer Livelihood Specialist with UNHCR in Uganda, who supported the Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement, helping refugees set up businesses, farms and savings societies.