United Nations Volunteers

What is the United Nations Volunteers programme?

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer.

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UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers. In all assignments, UN Volunteers promote volunteerism through their action and conduct. Engaging in volunteer activity can effectively and positively enrich their understanding of local and social realities, as well as create a bridge between themselves and the people in their host community.

UNV in Iraq

UNV is been present in Iraq since 2011 and has been involved in a wide range of initiatives.

Volunteering for Peace and Development

The United Nations Volunteers programme believes that everyone can contribute their time, skills and knowledge through volunteer action, and their combined efforts can be a significant force for achieving peace and development.

The concept of volunteerism for development centres on optimizing volunteerism’s impact on peace and development. Achieving this requires the cooperation and commitment of the public sector, civil society and the private sector with support from the United Nations system and the world community. Individual citizens also have an important role to play through volunteering.

Volunteerism for development enhances the capacity of people to exercise choices to set and achieve their own development objectives, which can result in real improvements that benefit others as well as themselves. If development is to be effective and sustainable, the people affected by it must take ownership of, and give relevance to, its processes and drive them forward through civic engagement.

Every day, individuals are engaged in development initiatives through volunteer actions both large and small in an effort to improve conditions for others and themselves. Volunteerism by many millions of people is critical to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Volunteerism strengthens—and is strengthened by—trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism is purposeful, creating opportunities for citizens to participate in development. Through volunteerism, more people participate in development, and at all levels of society, which empowers them and gives them a personal stake in their country’s future. In this way, volunteerism fosters secure and stable environments conducive to the peaceful resolution of conflict.

Are you interested to be a United Nations Volunteer?

If you are an Iraqi citizen, you can see the opportunities to volunteer with us by clicking here. Those opportunities are under the National UN Volunteers Scheme.

If you would like to volunteer under the International UN Volunteer Scheme, please follow the instructions from this link.

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For further questions

Sumer Sulaiman, UNV Programme Associate, Iraq