The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme has been partnering with Sweden, represented by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) since 2007. The partnership was formally renewed in 2018, also in view of Sida’s Strategy for Capacity Development, Partnerships and Methods Supporting Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development (2018-2022).
A Syrian girl taking a photo of UN Volunteer Anja Ingabire (Sweden, left) at Zaatari Refugee camp, Jordan.
In 2017, Sida and UNV signed the first agreement to supporting full funding of UN Youth Volunteer assignments for Swedish Volunteers. During 2018, 64 Swedish nationals served as UN Volunteers, 52 of whom were funded by the Government of Sweden.
In 2019, Sida and UNV engaged in a pilot initiative to support the UNDP-UNV Talent Programme for Young Professionals with Disabilities for Swedish nationals.
Sida provides a contribution to UNV’s Special Voluntary Fund (SVF), a flexible resource to implement UNV’s Strategic Framework. Sida and UNV hold annual consultations to assess the status and results achieved through this partnership.