The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the volunteer arm of the United Nations. Created by the UN General Assembly in 1970 to serve as an operational partner in development co-operation at the request of UN Member States, the UNV supports sustainable human development globally through the promotion of volunteerism, including the mobilisation of volunteers.
It serves the causes of peace and development by enhancing opportunities for participation by all peoples. It is universal, inclusive and embraces volunteer action in all its diversity. It values free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity, which are the foundations of volunteerism. The UNV is administered by and reports to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and works through UNDP's country offices around the world.
At the global level, the UNV focuses on governance, health, social inclusion and volunteer infrastructure, placing emphasis on youth, gender and the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
UNV Presence in Sudan
The UNV programme was established in Sudan in 1996. The programme in Sudan works with and through partners (UN agencies, funds and programmes and volunteer involving organizations) to integrate volunteers in programme country efforts to achieve national objectives. The programme contributes to development effectiveness through its advocacy activities, the advisory support in development programming and through the volunteers it deploys across the country.
More than 100 international and national UN Volunteers are currently deployed in different UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes in Sudan, under the management of the UNV Field Unit in Sudan. International UN Volunteers in Sudan represent more than 30 nationalities. The majority of UN Volunteers serve as Specialized Programme Officers with UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA or as Protection and Field officers within UNHCR Operations In Sudan.