HQ: Bonn, Germany
“Climate change impacts all of us. Addressing this challenge, while at the same time protecting the most vulnerable will require the ingenuity and solidarity of every citizen. Through voluntary action all of us can take responsibility and make a contribution. Taken together, all our small actions can lead to big results. UNV mobilizes volunteers to contribute onsite and online to peace and development, including tackling environmental challenges and building sustainable livelihoods."
Richard Dictus, Executive Coordinator, UNV
Volunteering brings benefits to both society and the individual. It contributes to a more cohesive society by building trust and reciprocity among citizens.
The UNV programme supports sustainable human development globally through the promotion of volunteerism. It serves the causes of peace and development by enhancing opportunities for participation by all peoples. It is universal, inclusive and embraces volunteer action in all its diversity. It values free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity.
UNV is fully aware of the significant emissions which result from the travel of UNV volunteers from almost 160 different countries providing support to the work of the UN in more than 130 countries. In a globalized world where capacity-building is essential, UNV tries to promote South-South capacity-building in an environmentally conscious way.
UNV has been carbon neutral since 2012.
UNV is committed to first analyze its climate footprint and then take the necessary steps to reduce and/or offset its emissions. To do so UNV participates in UNEP’s Sustainable United Nations (SUN) programme. Following the analysis UNV HQ will take the necessary steps, supported by the Green Team – UNV staff engaged voluntarily in greening the office, to reduce emissions where possible.