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United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

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.

Based in Bonn, Germany, UNV is active in around 130 countries every year. UNV, with Field Units in 86 countries, is represented worldwide through the offices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and reports to the UNDP Executive Board.

The role of the UNV Nepal is multi-faceted. One of the key functions is to develop a network with government, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations - anywhere where volunteers are requested or placed.

In addition, the UNV Nepal develops new volunteer-based projects and very importantly promotes volunteerism liaising with volunteer sending agencies and relevant civil society institutions. UNV Nepal also helps to ensure that UNV volunteers efforts are maximized. In this respect, UNV Nepal office prepares and provides briefing and orientation for UN Volunteers as well as their supervisors. Establishing a close relationship with the 'host organization' and the UNV supervisor is also particularly important, as is supporting and monitoring the UNV post development. UNV Nepal also supports UNDP and other UN agencies' projects and programs at country level.