Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP, 2019)
Population ( UNFPA, 2019)
1.2 million
Total number of volunteers (ILO, 2015)
No data
Direct volunteering (ILO, 2015)
Organization-based (ILO, 2015)

Volunteer statistics (ILO)*

Source: ILOSTATS. The data is collected by ILO from national statistical offices. As national statistics on volunteer work are produced using a variety of approaches and tools, direct and cross-country comparisons are not recommended. For more information, visit


Total volunteering by type

Total volunteering by age group

Total volunteering by gender

Direct volunteering by gender

Organization-based volunteering by gender

Measurement work

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  • 2007
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  • 2010
  • 2011
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  • 2015
    • Social Survey
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Laws, Policies, Schemes on Volunteering

Does the country have a piece of legislation on volunteering?

Pancyprian Volunteerism Coordinative Council Law 61(I)/2006
Year 2010
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Does the country have a national policy, scheme, plan or strategy specific to volunteering?

No data

Does the country have a sectoral and cross-sectoral policy, scheme, plan or strategy that mentions volunteering?

No data

VNR Reporting

Review on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Cyprus

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

Paragraph 1, page 8

A focus on youth has been set as a general priority in the implementation of the SDGs, therefore SDG4 and its achievement is fundamental for Cyprus. The National Youth Strategy (NYS) of Cyprus for the period 2017-2022 defines, for the first time, the vision of the state for its young people… These fields of action which derive from the European Youth Strategy, are: Education and Training, Employment and Entrepreneurship, Health and Wellbeing, Participation, Volunteerism, Social Inclusion, Youth and the World, Creativity and Culture.

Paragraph 2, page 73

In view of the above, a challenge for the MFA and the active NGOs in the field of SDGs is to raise awareness, both vertically and horizontally, to other NGOs, public services and citizens. Having said that, it is important to note that a large percentage of the goals and targets are indirectly included in many CSOs’ mandates or current projects and initiatives, given the vast thematic spectrum of Agenda 2030. Nevertheless, as noted above, CSOs already working in SDGs could expand their workings in collaboration with the MFA and the Cyprus Commissioner of Volunteerism and CSOs to offer training and support to other local actor for their further engagement in SDGs initiatives.

Paragraph 3, page 73

Project 'Combating Islamophobia in Cyprus', a collaboration between NGO Aequitas and E.N.A.R. (European Network against Racism) in November 2016. A pilot study has been commissioned by ENAR in order to determine the issues pertaining to islamophobia in Cyprus. TA training to Ministry of Education Officers, Ministry of the Interior Officers, Immigrants Associations, Human Rights activists, NGO volunteers and journalists was provided in the form of a round table discussion.

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