The power of volunteerism
Volunteers are motivated by values like those of justice, equality and freedom as expressed in the United Nations Charter. A society which supports and encourages different forms of volunteering is likely to be a society which also promotes the well-being of its citizens.

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Volunteerism and the Global Goals
It simply is not possible to attain the Sustainable Development Goals without a wide range of people engaged at all stages, at all levels, at all times. Volunteerism is a powerful means for bringing more people into the fold. Volunteerism is already expanding the space in which we achieve the future we want...
  • A volunteering man from Italy

    While what we are individually doing can seem so small we must not forget that it’s the small drops that make the mighty ocean

    Mauro Puzzo (Italy) is a UN Youth Volunteer Legal Officer with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in The Gambia
  • A volunteering woman from Turkey

    “Given the influx of refugees and the increased time necessary to process the applications for asylum, the contribution of UN Volunteers is crucial”

    Diana Popa Senyuva (Moldova) is an international UN Volunteer with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Turkey
  • A UN volunteer from Uzbekistan

    As a UN Volunteer, I had the chance to meet and work with remarkable people who commit their time, effort and resources to the fight against stigma and discrimination

    Yekaterina Totskaya (Uzbekistan) is a national UN Volunteer with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
  • A volunteering woman from Uganda

    It is rewarding to know that I have made a significant contribution to development

    Lilian Byansi (Uganda) is a UNV Joint Procurement Coordinator with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Malawi
We aim to enhance and deepen engagement with academia, research institutions and civil society, civic society, volunteer experts and researchers to promote a global conversation about the role of volunteerism in the implementation of the SDGs