About Us

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. UNV has been active in Sri Lanka since 1974, working with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well-supported UN Volunteers into developmental programming while promoting the value and recognition of the work of volunteers.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. UNV has been active in Sri Lanka since 1974, working with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well-supported UN Volunteers into developmental programming while promoting the value and recognition of the work of volunteers.

UN Volunteers strengthen mechanisms for volunteering and encourage efforts of volunteers in contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. In Sri Lanka, support was extended to the Government to draft the National Policy on Volunteering in 2014. The draft policy received cabinet approval on the 6th of August 2019 placing Sri Lanka amongst several countries in the Asia Pacific region that introduced or updated policies, legislation or other measure specific or relevant to volunteering in the recent years. Following the formal approval, UNV is extending its support to launch and implement the policy for the establishment of inclusive volunteering infrastructure in the country and the drafting of National Legislation on Volunteering.

 

The draft policy received cabinet approval on the 6th of August 2019 placing Sri Lanka amongst several countries in the Asia Pacific region that introduced or updated policies, legislation or other measure specific or relevant to volunteering in the recent years. Following the formal approval, UNV is extending its support to launch and implement the policy for the establishment of inclusive volunteering infrastructure in the country and the drafting of National Legislation on Volunteering.

The support provided by UNV Sri Lanka to strengthen volunteering in the country revolves around the vision of UN Volunteers to create a world where volunteerism is recognized within societies as a way for all people and countries to achieve peace and sustainable development.