1974 United Nations Volunteers (UNV) in Sri Lanka
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Active in Sri Lanka since 1974, UNV works to enable stakeholders to be agents of change in their communities through volunteerism.
After the 2004 tsunami, UNV supported the Government of Sri Lanka by mobilizing 104 United Nations Volunteers who played a crucial role in coordinating emergency relief and reconstruction initiatives. Recently, UNV, in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Services, established the first National Volunteering Secretariat and, together with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development, produced a research report to document the contribution of youth volunteers in the country. UNV is currently prioritizing to strengthen the resilience of local communities through disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.