The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. We work with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism.
At the country level, UNV interacts with UN entities to strategically and meaningfully integrate volunteerism into the implementation and delivery of their mandates.
UNV Sri Lanka has been active since 1974 and continues to expand its support to the United Nations system through both advocating for volunteers and creating opportunities to contribute to United Nations efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
UNV champions environments in which volunteerism can flourish and supported the Government in developing the National Policy on Volunteering which received cabinet approval on 6th August 2019 placing Sri Lanka at the forefront of countries in the Asia Pacific region with a framework for volunteering.
Across the country, thousands of volunteers engage in development initiatives every day, contributing their efforts in the form of voluntary actions both large and small. The National Policy on Volunteerism will strengthen conditions and provide them with the necessary framework to make stronger contributions.