UN Volunteers

The United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) is the volunteer arm of the United Nations. It was created by the UN General Assembly in 1970 to serve as an operational partner in development cooperation. It mobilizes qualified volunteers to work in UN duty stations around the world and to become active in other volunteer work on behalf of poor communities. UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Since 1971, some 30,000 UN Volunteers from 150 nations have worked in 140 countries. More than 5,000 qualified women and men work as UN Volunteers in developing countries each year and almost 70 percent of them are nationals of developing countries. Currently, 37 percent of UNVs work in Africa, 33 percent in Asia and the Pacific, and 14 percent in Central and Eastern Europe. The balance are in the Arab States, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

For more information: www.unvolunteers.org