The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme provides global citizens with an opportunity to volunteer across the three pillars of the United Nations: development, peace and security, and human rights.
This annual report showcases the performance of UNV in 2022. It also highlights the contributions UNV has made as part of the crisis response efforts of the UN.
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme provides global citizens with an opportunity to volunteer across the three pillars of the United Nations system: development, peace and security, and human rights.
This annual report highlights the achievements of UNV during 2021. In recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of UNV in 2021, this report also includes reflections on developments since 1971, when the first United Nations (UN) Volunteers were deployed.
UNV saw increased demand for mobilization of volunteers and deployed 9,459 volunteers to 60 UN entities. For the first time in UNV's history, the number of national UN Volunteers exceeded that of international UN Volunteers by 12 per cent.
In 2020, UNV fielded 902 UN Community Volunteers and 281 UN Expert Volunteers, a testimony to the adaptability of the new volunteer categories and the experience and perspectives they offer. Furthermore, the organization engaged 88 UN Volunteers with disabilities. The number of candidates self-reporting disabilities in UNV's global talent pool increased by 38 per cent to 4,590.
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme continues to expand its support to the United Nations system through both advocating for volunteers worldwide and creating opportunities for qualified global citizens to contribute to United Nations efforts to achieve peace and development.
We are proud of our 8,282 UN Volunteers who served in 54 United Nations missions, agencies, funds and programmes across the globe in 2019 – the highest number of volunteers deployed in the history of the organization. Each of them contributed to the achievement of the SDGs with their exceptional expertise and commitment. In addition, in the context of ongoing global digital transformation, UNV matched 13,186 global citizens to online volunteer assignments.
Volunteerism is a unique way to bring people together for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Through volunteerism, communities are engaged and build their own sustainable futures. In 2018, as every year since the founding of UNV in 1971, we mobilized volunteers to contribute to the priorities and uphold the values of the United Nations.
The integration of volunteerism into the United Nations system is anchored in the strong relationships between UNV and our United Nations partners. While, UN Volunteers actively contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.