UN Volunteers

Volunteering has for many centuries played an important role in  community development, especially during times of need and crises. The number of young people involved in diverse voluntary actions has been increasing over the past few decades thus making youth volunteerism one of the best ways for young people to contribute to the creation of a better and sustainable world.

World Scouting and United Nations Volunteers (UNV) have formed a global partnership  joining hands to increase the impact of volunteering and to enhance  protection of volunteers through the creation of safe volunteering spaces. UN Volunteers  promotes peace and development worldwide through volunteerism whilst Scouts have used volunteerism as a way  to leave the world better than we found it for over a century. This partnership marks the beginning of collaborative work between some of the world’s largest volunteering movements in times when the world is faced with a lot of uncertainty.

Areas of collaboration

  • To increase awareness of volunteering as a powerful tool for education and development through advocacy events and campaigns
  • Share evidence, research, and best practices on volunteering to advocate for the recognition of its impact on the achievement of the SDGs
  • Joint development of educational resources, support materials and policy frameworks that enable, empower, and protect volunteers from diverse backgrounds.  
  • Celebrate International Volunteers Day through communications and advocacy campaigns. 

How NSOs can benefit

Engagement with partners will differ from country to country based on capacity and priorities, however, here are few ways you can work with UNV.

  • Utilise their respective networks as appropriate in mobilising youth volunteers to respond to humanitarian emergencies and development needs to promote actions to accelerate achievement of SDGs;
  • Collaborate to promote an enabling environment for youth volunteerism at educational institutions and in community development interventions to accelerate achievement of SDGs;
  • Host joint events to promote International Volunteer Day through the organization of joint communications, events and activities.

Key Actions:

UN Volunteers may have a network of Field Units in your country. UNV Field Units exist in these countries:

For support to get in touch and start the conversation about how to work together, please contact Annie Weaver, Senior Manager for Partnerships and Advocacy.

For support in developing a relationship with UN Volunteers or formalising your collaboration with a partnership agreement, please consult the Partnerships Service on the WOSM Service Platform

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