United Nations Volunteers

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. 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 at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UN Volunteers, throughout the world. 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. UNV in Mongolia acts as an outreach arm of UN agencies to establish and strengthen partnerships with diverse stakeholders in volunteering organizations (CSVOs). Volunteerism is at the heart of active civic participation and at the root of civil society organizations. That is why UNV is committed to creating an enabling environment to promote and strengthen volunteering for and civic participation in inclusive people-centred development process in Mongolia.

The range of UNV support activities includes, but is not limited to:

  • Facilitating the process of national capacity building to develop favorable national policy, regulatory, fiscal, programming and institutional framework
  • Raising public awareness on and advocacy for volunteerism and civic participation
  • Taking the lead in commemorating the International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December every year, In cooperation with CSVOs in Mongolia

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