The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation.

In pursuit of peace and development, UNV was launched in Pakistan in 1971 to complement the work of the UN in Pakistan with the spirit of volunteerism. By establishing partnerships with the Government of Pakistan and other UN agencies, UNV is contributing to the development of Pakistan. UNV Pakistan also builds partnerships with a cross-section of development agencies, corporate bodies, civil society organizations (CSOs) and other potential stakeholders. UNV Pakistan envisages perpetuating productive networks to promote volunteerism by mobilising international and national UNV, and by engaging Pakistanis to go to other countries as UN Volunteers. UNV Pakistan also carries out development projects through mutual partnerships with UN agencies, Government, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, CSOs and other stakeholders.

Mr. Waseem Ashraf, UNV Country Coordinator

Mr. Waseem Ashraf joined UNV as Country Coordinator in July 2018. He was already serving UNV in Pakistan as its first UNV Programme Associate (and mostly working as Acting Programme Officer) since 2009. He briefly served at UNV HQ working for its Peace Division in 2013 covering DR Congo, Sudan, Algeria and Western Sahara. Before joining UNV, Waseem worked with UN-Habitat Pakistan as well as a UNDP project. He had the opportunity to work with an advertising agency as a project manager and a premier production house as its media researcher. Waseem edited a weekly newspaper in his early college days.

He has earned a degree in computer science and another degree in mass communication. Waseem’s focus at UNV will be volunteer mobilization, advocacy & networking, developing partnerships with UN agencies, government institutions & volunteer involving organizations as well as assist UNCT in promoting volunteerism in Pakistan.

Mr. Ashraf loves his association with UNV where the best part, according to him, is meeting amazingly wonderful people in line of duty.