International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers 2015
29 May 2015
Today, on this International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, over 2,000 UN Volunteers are serving 11 UN peacekeeping missions around the world, from Haiti to the Western Sahara, and from Kosovo to the Central African Republic. These UN Volunteers are counted among civilian UN Peacekeepers and make up more than 30 percent of international civilian personnel assigned to UN peacekeeping missions. They range in age from 25 to 75 years, and over 30 percent of them are female.
These numbers personify the contribution UN Volunteers are making to UN peacekeeping and why marking this Day each 29 May is so important to us at UNV.
Statement from UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus for International Women’s Day 2015
08 March 2015
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is proud to celebrate International Women’s Day in this year of Beijing plus 20.
From the Partners for Prevention project in the Asia-Pacific region to the Female Genital Mutilation project in Sudan, UNV supporting its UN partner agencies, has a long history of working towards Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and integrating these issues into all of its projects and programmes.
But the most vivid examples of the continued pursuit of gender equality in development and peace, are UN Volunteers themselves making a difference throughout the world.
Read our special feature for International Women's Day 2015 to find out more about some inspiring women UN Volunteers. Read
International Youth Day 2014
12 August 2014
This year, International Youth Day is addressing the issue of youth and mental health with the slogan “Mental Health Matters”. Due to poverty, violence and post-conflict trauma, gender, identity or disability, millions of youth worldwide are suffering from marginalization and exclusion, and these youth are particularly vulnerable to mental health issues. Volunteerism has the power to transform the lives of young people, as it inspires and engages, builds confidence, teaches new skills and expands our horizons. For this Youth Day, UNV is drawing special attention to those young people who, through volunteerism, are enjoying the mental health benefits, sense of accomplishment and inclusion that volunteering brings. Read
World Environment Day 2014
05 June 2014
On World Environment Day, UNV is highlighting how volunteer action can increase both communities’ and individuals’ resilience to changing environmental conditions. In collaboration with UN agencies, governments, volunteer involving organizations, and other partners, UNV supports innovative approaches for long-term processes that help to build the resilience of communities, improve capacity for local self-sufficiency, encourage empowerment at the grassroots level and durably change attitudes, which is necessary to sustain environmental gains. Read
International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers 2014
29 May 2014
The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is a day to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations for their professionalism, dedication and courage, and to honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace. Of the almost 19,000 non-uniformed members of personnel who are currently serving in UN peacekeeping missions all over the world, nationals and internationals combined, over 2,000 are UN Volunteers. Read about some of these UN Volunteers. Read
World Health Day 2014
07 April 2014
World Health Day is celebrated every year on April 7 to mark the importance of health for people to be productive and happy. The day, which marks the founding of the World Health Organization, provides an occasion to draw worldwide attention each year to a subject of major importance to global health.
Read about some of the UN Volunteers who are carrying out assignments in the health sector, helping achieve Millennium Development Goals to reduce child mortality, improve maternal health and combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, and addressing many other health issues around the world. Visit site
International Women's Day 2014
07 March 2014
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme joins in the global celebration of International Women’s Day with the theme of "Equality for women is progress for all". We believe that volunteerism can help women have a real voice and role in shaping their livelihoods and their communities and helping accelerate development for all. UNV is committed to supporting women’s engagement in participatory processes, increasing their involvement in, and impact on, local decision-making and enhancing local, national and regional accountability. Visit site
World Day of Social Justice 2014
20 February 2014
The World Day of Social Justice is marked on 20 February and is an opportunity to support the efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all. UN Volunteers provide their expertise and support to help remove the barriers people face due to gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability. Read below about some of these volunteers and the work that they do.
Integrating volunteerism in the post-2015 development agenda
07 February 2014
Over the past decade, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme supported the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Experience has shown that volunteering helps attain development objectives in a sustainable way, because it durably influences the way people relate to their communities. Visit site
International Youth Day 2013
12 August 2013
International Youth Day is held annually to draw attention to issues relating to youth. On this day we reflect on the role that young people play in achieving global peace and sustainable human development, and on the vital importance of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in helping young people to achieve their full potential. UNV will continue to support the engagement of youth in making meaningful contributions to peace and development through volunteerism. Read