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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 UNV 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 volunteers are involved in multiple activities in developing countries to promote peace and development through sports. UNV also engages in projects with partner organizations to promote sport for development and peace. Examples include the following:

’Smiling Beijing: Green Olympics’

South Pacific Games

Sports camp in Sri Lanka

Project to donate football field to East Timorese Foundation

Football day in Sarajevo-Ilid┼ża

ONLINE VOLUNTEERING: The Online Volunteering service connects organizations working for sustainable human development with volunteers. Volunteers contribute their skills online to help organizations address development challenges. Organizations (including organizations working in the field of Sport for Development and Peace) collaborate with online volunteers over the Internet to strengthen the impact of their development work. Thousands of volunteers are ready to provide their support: professionals, students, retirees and expatriates from across the globe volunteer their skills online to help organizations address development challenges.

If you are interested, please visit:

UNV (2009), Forging Paths for Peace: UNV Annual Report 2008, Bonn, Germany.

Factsheets are available on Volunteerism for Peace and Development, Volunteerism and the Environment, Volunteerism and Peace, Transfer of Knowledge Through Expatriate Nationals, International Volunteer Day, etc.

Programmatic Focal Point:

Ms. Deborah Verzuu
E-mail: Deborah.Verzuu(at)unvolunteers.org

Communications Focal Point:

Ms. Jillian Lusaka
Email: jillian.lusaka(at)unvolunteers.org

School trainers to promote youth development through football in rural areas 31 August 2012
Alushta, Ukraine (UNDP) – On 28-30 August, in specialized Spartak Olympic Centre based in Alushta, Ukraine, Young Football Volunteers project (YFV) held their first Training of Trainers. The training was organized in cooperation with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) and State Service on Youth and Sports.
Young Football Volunteers to promote healthy life styles in southern regions of Ukraine 28 June 2012
(UNDP Ukraine) – UN Development Programme Sub-Office in Crimea has launched the project “Yong Football Volunteers: Sport and Volunteering for MDG”, 2012 - 2015. The project is implemented in partnership with the State Service for Youth and Sports (SSYS), Football Federation of Ukraine, UN Volunteers Programme, and UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace.

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