UNV partnering with Ireland
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme has a longstanding partnership with Ireland. The collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade takes place through Irish Aid’s Multilateral Unit, responsbile for United Nations entities and international financial institutions.
During 2018, 40 Irish nationals served as UN Volunteers, 23 of whom were funded by Ireland. The Government also provides a contribution to UNV’s Special Voluntary Fund (SVF), a flexible resource to implement UNV’s Strategic Framework.
Ireland strongly supports volunteerism-related issues and 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 the same year, the Government submitted a Voluntary National Review, in the context of the Plan of Action to integrate volunteering in the 2030 Agenda.
Experiences of UN Volunteers from Ireland
→ Stepping out of the compound—UN Volunteers are bridges to local communities in DRC (Rory Collins, UN Volunteer Software Developer for the UNV Support Office, DRC)
→ One year on, volunteers are still essential in fight against Ebola (Lynda Buckowski, UN Youth Volunteer with UNDP, Sierra Leone)
Social media coverage of UNV's partnership with Ireland