UN Volunteers (UNV)

unct-ye-uv-youth-image-2016(Photo: UNV Yemen)


The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.

Based in Bonn, Germany, UNV is active in around 130 countries. UNV has field units in 86 countries, represented worldwide through the offices of UNDP, and reports to the UNDP Executive Board.

Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity, and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation.

UNV advocates for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming. Globally, UNV mobilizes a diversity of volunteers, including experienced UN Volunteers. UNV embraces volunteerism as universal and inclusive, and recognizes volunteerism in its diversity as well as the values that sustain it: Free will, commitment, engagement, and solidarity.

The UNV programme in Yemen was established in 1971. The UNV Programme has been steadily growing in a joint undertaking with other UN Agencies as UNRC, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WHO, WFP, UNAIDS, and UNFPA.

The UNV volunteers’ team in Yemen have six overarching focuses: Securing access to basic social services, gender, community resilience for environment and disaster risk reduction, peace building, youth, and national capacity development.