UNV, or the United Nations Volunteers, is a UN program that promotes volunteerism as a means of contributing to peace and development around the world. The program was established in 1970 and has since placed thousands of volunteers in over 130 countries. UNV works with governments, UN agencies, civil society organizations, and communities to identify areas where volunteer contributions can make a meaningful difference. Volunteers serve in a wide range of roles, from supporting humanitarian and disaster relief efforts to promoting environmental sustainability and social inclusion. UNV also provides training and capacity-building support to volunteers and partners to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of volunteer programs. The organization is guided by the principles of inclusiveness, partnership, and sustainability, and aims to harness the energy and skills of volunteers to advance the global goals of peace, prosperity, and sustainable development.
UNV – United Nations Volunteers