UNV and the Sustainable Development Goals
UNV and its volunteers have unparalleled relevance in the age of the Sustainable Development Goals. Never before has the organization’s mandate aligned more closely with the global development agenda. The 2030 Agenda calls for leaving no one behind and recognizes that traditional means of implementation are not enough and must be complemented by actions that deepen impact and widen reach.
UNV’s volunteer modalities and its initiatives expand development opportunities. UNV supports volunteer groups and schemes around the world to be recognized and integrated into the post-2015 development agenda. Creating enabling environments for volunteerism stimulates civic engagement and participation in local governance.
UN Volunteers themselves play an invaluable role in development, linking institutional and national initiatives with community action and with people on the ground. They are involved in the planning of programmes and projects, the work to bring them to fruition and the final steps of monitoring and evaluation.
UNV’s international, national and community volunteers enhance international and South-South exchanges; they strengthen regional cooperation; and they build trust between diverse communities and peoples.
UN Volunteers raise awareness about the 2030 Agenda among the constituencies with which they work. Like they did with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UN Volunteers organize local campaigns and devise creative approaches for SDG achievement, particularly in remote areas and among marginalized populations, such as women and youth.
UN Volunteers dedicate their services and energy to achieving development targets. They bring skills and they build skills. UN Volunteers facilitate knowledge sharing and transfer, while leveraging local expertise. UN Volunteers will help monitor SDG progress using citizen-driven qualitative and quantitative data collection. The model behaviour of volunteers inspires others to strive for the SDGs locally.