UN Volunteers

Arab Youth Volunteer for Better Future

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development, and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers.

Our Goal

UNV is inspired by the conviction that volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development, and by the idea that everyone can contribute their time and energy towards peace and development. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and in transforming the pace and nature of development.

Arab youth volunteering for a better future

Local volunteers remove stones from an aquaduct which helps protect the village Douar El Moudaa in Morocco from spring floods and erosion. With UNV support, volunteers built a water tower, reservoirs, 11 dams and irrigation canals to bring water to the village and the fields. (Bruno Deceukelier/UNDP-GEF CBA, 2011)more

Our Stories

camp in Ajloun, Jordan, organized by Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future
UNV organizes youth volunteer summer camp in Jordan

Deema Hamdan has been a volunteer since the age of 18. Her motivations have always been clear: to help those around her and make amore 

Oussama is carrying material to prepare activities with the Moroccan Organization for Young Volunteers
Morocco: Coordinating young volunteers for development

« I discovered volunteering as a human and social value at a very young age, when we were playing with friends and rushing to carry our neighbors’more 

Blood transfusions is one of the ways to palliate the symptoms of hemophilia.
Yemen: Fighting hemophilia through volunteerism

Abdul Hakeem Al-Sabri lived a happy childhood in Yemen, despite the pains and complications of his condition. The 27 year-old suffers from hemophilia, a rare geneticmore 

Amel and a group of volunteers during a mass sensibilisation event in Zarzis aiming to encourage young adults to volunteer.
Tunisia: Changing the world in three simple steps: volunteer, inspire, advocate

Young Doctors Without Borders is a Tunisian NGO founded in 1993, whose principal mission is to participate in the improvement of the quality of lifemore 

Projects and Initiatives

  • The Arab Youth Volunteering fo Better Future Programme

    Step up an initiative led by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, is in line with regional strategies of the United Nations (UN) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and supports the UN Secretary General’s Five Year Action Agenda (January 2012), in which he highlights the importance of working with and for young people as a priority. This regional initiative aims to harness the power and energy of youth through volunteerism, drawing on the inherent core values of self-help, solidarity and social cohesion. The programme will strengthen the infrastructure necessary to build the skills and capacities of youth in the region. It will thereby enhance their social inclusion and active participation in the socio-economic development of their countries. The programme will be implemented in five countries: Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen.more 


  • The Caravan of Volunteerism, organized by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Tunisia, is ready to kick off its activities on UN Day (24 October). Organized as part of the Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future project, the caravan will depart from Tunis and travel across the North African country for 14 days, reaching communities and youth in eight governorates, including the most remote areas of Tunisia.more 

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