United Nations Volunteers
Who are we
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Programme is the focal point for volunteerism in the United Nations system. UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme and it has its headquarters in Bonn, Germany.
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. With partners, UNV advocates for volunteerism, integrates volunteerism into development planning and mobilizes volunteers.
Every year UNV mobilizes more than 7,500 volunteers for development projects and it operates online to connect development organizations with thousands of online volunteers worldwide. UN volunteers are skilled professionals with an average age of 37 and 5-10 years of working experiences. They work in more than 140 countries and 70% come from the South of the world, establishing the best example of transfer of knowledge from South to South countries.
The UNV programme in Trinidad and Tobago oversees Suriname, Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten and all UN Volunteers carry out their service by placing at the center of their everyday lives the spirit of humanity and solidarity that lays at the heart of the very concept of volunteerism.
As of November 2015, 19 International UN Volunteers serve in Trinidad and Tobago from 13 different countries; Argentina, Australia, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal, Phillipines, Uganda, Zambia.
Caribbean Sub-Regional Office
Effective June 2013, the UNV Field Unit Trinidad and Tobago, in addition to providing support to the UN system and other partners in Trinidad and Tobago, has been placed in charge of administering the programmatic and operational aspects of UNV with the support of UNV Focal Points in the following countries: Barbados and the OECS, Cuba, Guyana, Jamaica and Netherlands Antilles. The new UNV Sub-Regional Office in Trinidad and Tobago is working enthusiastically towards the successful initiation of this new system. Successfully implemented, the new Sub-Regional modality will enhance and facilitate collaboration and cooperation among interested parties in the region to promote volunteerism. In addition, it will highlight, support and engage the volunteer activities which has a transformational impact on the lives of people in the region such as basic social services, community resilience for environment and disaster risk reduction, youth and national capacity development through volunteer schemes.
Regionally, there are currently 2 UN Volunteers, 1 national and 1 international, and 75 UN Online Volunteers directly involved in the work of the UN and other development partners in the Caribbean Region to assist in accelerating the efforts towards poverty eradication, sustainable development, disaster management, good governance and capacity development, please refer to the annex for more detailed information for each country. We believe through the UNV Sub-Regional modality, we can work together more closely to achieve the regional cooperation on our common goal in supporting countries to achieve eradication of poverty, reduction in inequality and exclusion, and promotion of sustainable environment.
UNITED NATIONS VOLUNTEER TEAM:
Nicole Dagher: Programme Officer, Caribbean Regional Sub Hub UNDP Trinidad and Tobago.
Rene Berryman-Sheppard: Programme Assistant, Caribbean Regional Sub Hub UNDP Trinidad and Tobago.