UN Volunteers are experienced personnel available to support UNESCO’s mandate to develop education systems that foster high quality and inclusive lifelong learning for all. UN Volunteers around the world advance progress towards UNESCO’s goals of building peace, eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, and culture.
We believe together in the power of youth as agents of change to take forward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement. We believe in the power of dialogue to foster new forms of global citizenship. We believe in the importance of volunteering to strengthen the foundations of peace and sustainable development. Volunteering is more than working for a good cause. It is about forging bonds of trust to reinforce a sense of shared destiny. --Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO
UN Volunteers contribute to a number of UNESCO projects, including the integration of youth and peace programmes to cultural preservation in Mali, generating open dialogue between youth and policy makers on education in India, and teaching communities capacity building methods to enhance livelihoods in South Sudan.
Through their involvement at the community-level, UN Volunteers contribute to UNESCO’s objectives of empowering learners to be creative and responsible global citizens. They serve to eradicate poverty, promote sustainable development, and support UNESCO’s goal to initiate intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, and culture.
In 2017, UNV and UNESCO reaffirmed their commitment to the partnership by signing a new Memorandum of Understanding. Since the beginning of the partnership, more than 210 UN Volunteers have served in UNESCO’s projects.