UN Volunteers programme
United Nations Volunteers (UNV) was established by the UN General Assembly in 1970, and is administered by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). It supports sustainable human development through the promotion and mobilization of volunteers. It serves the causes of peace and development through enhancing opportunities for participation by all peoples. It is universal, inclusive and embraces volunteer action in all its diversity and values free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity, which are the foundations of volunteerism. Since the early 1990’s the UNV programme has also taken a very active role in support of the UN peacekeeping operations. The programme has a network of partners which include co-operating agencies, UN agencies and more than 130 UNDP country offices.
For more information on UNV programme activities or to register to be a UNV, please visit: http://www.unv.org/
UN Volunteers programme in UNAMID
The United Nations Volunteers programme was officially launched in UNAMID in January 2008. The programme was already an important component of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), with presence of 56 UN Volunteers deployed across Darfur, from 2005 until 2007.
As part of the close collaborative relationship that the UNV programme has develop with United Nations Peacekeeping (DPKO), UN Volunteers quickly became a valuable asset for the execution of UNAMID’s Mandate, channeling to Darfur the experience and professionalism of hundreds of UN Volunteers, covering all areas of work, making significant contributions to peace and development in Darfur. As of October 2012, there are 450 UN Volunteers serving with UNAMID.