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United Nations Volunteers

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme was founded in 1970, and reports in administrative terms to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It is based in Bonn.

The UNV recruits and places experienced experts from developing and industrialised countries as volunteers for assignments within the framework of development cooperation. Its main partners are UN organisations, but also other international organisations or governments. Alongside work in the field of Technical Cooperation, volunteers work in humanitarian assistance and peace work, and can be assigned to human rights and electoral missions. Since 2000 volunteers have also been able to work from home using their own computer. Through "online volunteering" and the United Nations Information Technology Services (UNITeS) programme they can advise and support organisations worldwide, for instance on issues relating to information technology.

Today almost 8,000 volunteers are placed every year (2008), making the UNV the world's largest personnel seconding agency. The work performed by its volunteers was equivalent to a monetary value of around 187 million US dollars. Nearly 80 per cent of all volunteers come from developing countries.

UNV is financed almost entirely from contracts placed by other UN organisations. Individual special projects, such as the Special Voluntary Fund, are granted special funding. This Fund finances innovative volunteering projects and received more than 3.5 million euros from the German government in 2008.

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United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Langer Eugen
Hermann-Ehlers-Strasse 10
Phone: +49 / 228 / 8 15 20 00
Fax: +49 / 228 / 8 15 20 01

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