The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. We work with partners to strategically and meaningfully integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism.

UNV Sri Lanka has been active since 1974 and continues to expand its support to the United Nations system through mobilisation of UN Volunteers and integration of volunteerism within development programming. UNV Sri Lanka championed two flagship initiatives; V-Awards, advocating for the recognition of volunteers and V-Force, promoting volunteerism and enhancing opportunities to contribute to United Nations efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

UNV in collaboration with the Government helped create an enabling environment for volunteerism to flourish supporting the development of the National Policy on Volunteering approved by the Cabinet of Ministers on 6th August 2019 placing Sri Lanka one of the eight countries in the Asia Pacific region with a framework for volunteering. 

UNV continues to make an effort to engage more local communities and people from different walks of life in development initiatives, and recognize voluntary actions both large and small, formal and informal.

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