United Nations resolutions on volunteering

Explore all the United Nations resolutions highlighting the importance of volunteering in relation to a development topic and see how they have evolved since 1968

UNV: Custodian of UN resolutions on volunteering

Through volunteering, people are driving the changes that they want to see in their communities and societies – from delivering basic services to advocating for issues that they care about.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, founded in 1970 through the UN General Assembly Resolution 2460, works to build recognition of the important contribution of volunteers to economies and societies worldwide. UNV also provides support to United Nations resolutions that promote volunteerism as a powerful means to address current development challenges such as conflict and instability, rising inequalities and climate change.

In recent years, the role of volunteerism in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals is recognized and anchored in UN resolutions, such as the UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution that established the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (A/RES/67/290); the UNGA resolution on Integrating volunteering into peace and development: the plan of action for the next decade and beyond (A/RES/70/129); and the UNGA resolution on Volunteering for the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development (A/RES/73/140).

Explore this page to learn more about resolutions since 1968 to present


UNV establishment and mandate

Resolutions related to the establishment and mandate of UNV, as well as special dates, such as the International Year of Volunteering

Volunteering and development themes

Resolutions related to development issues and themes like peace and security, humanitarian action and youth empowerment

Plan of Action and the post-2015 development agenda

Resolutions related to the post-2015 development agenda, including the plan of action to integrate volunteering in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


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