About UN Volunteers (UNV)

Small UNV Group PhotoUN Volunteers in Lao PDR

UNV is the UN organisation 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 embraces volunteerism as universal and inclusive, and recognises volunteerism in its diversity as well as the values that sustain it: free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity. More information can be found on the UNV global programme.

United Nations Volunteers in Lao PDR

UNVs participating in a recent retreatUNVs participating in a recent retreat

UN Volunteers in Lao PDR was established in 1983, and works in collaboration with other UN agencies, the Lao government, volunteer organisations, academia and the media to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) as well as the, the UN’s development strategy for Lao PDR. More than 1000 volunteers have served in Lao PDR, and around 20 UN volunteers serve annually in different UN agencies, project offices and Lao government ministries. 

UNV encompasses three pillars: advocacy, programming and volunteer mobilization. The UNV Field Unit actively advocates for the role of volunteerism in development, in the form of publications, research, forums and events such as the International Volunteer Day, the Informal Volunteer Network and blood donation campaigns.

On a programming level, UNV is currently collaborating with the Lao Youth Union and the Lao National University in youth related issues and supporting the promotion of volunteerism.

In terms of mobilization, UNV recruits a great diversity of talents covering more than 20 professional categories and offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. 

How Volunteer Action Counts

The total contribution of UN Volunteers to the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) through the mobilisation of UN Volunteers is USD 1,600,000. This includes volunteers funded by both UN host agencies and UN Volunteers.

International funding for UN Volunteers in Lao PDR amounts to US$318,000. UN Volunteers has several partnerships with donors supporting the mobilization of UN Volunteers in Lao PDR such as the Korea International Cooperation Agency and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

The total contribution of UNV to the UNDAF 2012 – 2015 in Lao PDR through the mobilization of UN Volunteers currently amounts to USD $2,516,286. This includes around 50 volunteers funded by both UN host agencies and UN Volunteers.

UN Volunteers Retreat

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UN Volunteers, both national and international, based across Lao PDR, came together in Vientiane to reflect on the development impact of our volunteering experiences so far. Part of this involved sharing what we have learnt and what we want to achieve through our in assignments.

We also celebrated our diversity and learned from each other. Our UNVs come from Laos, Korea, Germany, Australia, Indonesia, Kenya, Switzerland, Philippines, France and more!

Together we are inspiration in action!

 

Thanks to everybody involved!

 

UN Volunteer Profile

Jun 19, 2017

Jang Working on his Assignment as an UN Volunteer

We asked Jang about his experience working as a UN Volunteer, we asked him "How did you become interested in being a UN Volunteer?"

"As a public policy major, I became very interested in public administration and effective public finance management for better governance. Through various news media and different books, I was able to realize the importance of strong and justice institutions that truly care about people in needs. From the Balkans to Africa, from Asia to the Middle East, we have witnessed the weakening or absence of effective governance leading to the ravaging of human rights and the abandonment of longstanding humanitarian principles. I believe that we must need responsible states to meet the needs of people, especially for those who live in rural areas. This is what inspired me to be an UN Volunteer. The successful completion of this program will allow me to learn the processes of UNCDF, and how they provide a platform for municipal government officials to work together to find solutions for better governance."

Jang aged 27, from South Korea, is funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). He is working for the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF).

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