United Nations Volunteers, UNV was established in 1971 as a volunteer-based and a subsidiary organ of the General Assembly. The headquarter is in Bonn in Germany.


The UNV was started in order to

  • serve as an operational programme in the development cooperation of the UN system globally
  • take advantage of the expertise and experience that exist among volunteers.


The programme is administered by the UNDP, which has created a resource bank of candidates with categories according to educational level and experience. The volunteers are well qualified, trained and experienced experts comprising fifteen professional categories.

Requirements for volunteers are generally:

  • relevant experience from field work
  • a minimum age of 25 years
  • a university degree.

The UNV has become an important source of experienced specialist professionals for developing countries and for the UN agencies.

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UN documents and publications in catalogues and databases

  • United Nations Digital Library offers UN documents and open access publications, UN voting data and speeches, UN maps, Content in 6+ languages. Replaces the traditional online catalogue UNBISnet.
  • UN iLibrary UN publications online covering different topics.
  • ODS full-text UN documents published from 1993 onward and scanned documents published between 1946 and 1993 in the official languages of the UN.
  • Daily list of documents (ODS). Documents published for the day, with full text links, can be found in the United Nations full text database ODS.
  • UNBIS Thesaurus a multilingual database of the controlled vocabulary used to describe UN documents.
  • Index to proceedings is an annual bibliographic guide to the proceedings and documentation of the major UN organs. The index includes:
    • a list of all documents
    • a comprehensive subject index
    • an index to speeches
    • a voting chart of resolutions
  • United Nations Documents Index (United Nations Digital Library) References to all documents by subject area are published. A collection of indexes is held by the Dag Hammarskjöld and Law Library, Uppsala, and the Libraries at UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva.
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