06 July 2017
With almost 7,000 UN Volunteers in the field in 2016, more than 400,000 potential Online Volunteers and a growing number of UN Youth Volunteers, UNV provides a much-needed resource for UN entities, civil society and governments.
In Bamako, on Election Day, UNV Electoral Officer Julio Botendi (Congo)(middle), is seen meeting with Marc Amougou (right), logistics coordinator of the Projet D'Appui au Processus Electoral au Mali, PAPEM (Program in support of electoral process in Mali), and a member of the NGO Jeune Chambre Internationale (JCI), a national electoral observer at a polling station. (UNV Mali, 2013)

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme partners with UN entities, governments, civil society, volunteer-involving organizations, regional organizations, foundations, the private sector and academia 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 by integrating qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming and through the promotion of the value and global recognition of volunteerism.

UNV promotes volunteerism for peace and development through its strong partnerships and capacity to engage volunteers. UN Volunteers are willing and able to work in UN projects/UN Missions in all development and peace situations, including some of the most difficult contexts and remote locations. They often work in local communities to leverage synergies to ensure that the resultant expert solutions are informed by local knowledge.

Additionally, they constitute a flexible, cost-effective resource in ensuring scale, impact and sustainability in peace and development interventions, including in crisis and post-crisis situations.

Why partner with UNV?

Partnerships between UNV and other organizations or entities are characterized by:

• an expectation and dialogue of mutual benefits;
• a commitment to shared outcomes which have been jointly defined;
• a clear definition of the partners’ roles and contributions;
• the existence of a framework to discuss and review progress towards shared outcomes.

UNV’s comparative advantage is the ability and knowledge to leverage the transformative potential of volunteerism, community voluntary action and civic engagement through active partnerships with civil society, volunteer involving organizations, United Nations’ agencies and governments around the world.

With almost 7,000 UN Volunteers in the field in 2016, over 25,000 vetted, well-qualified potential volunteers, more than 400,000 potential Online Volunteers and a growing number of UN Youth Volunteers, UNV provides a much-needed resource for UN entities, civil society and governments.