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  Special features    
Below you will find special features about the work of UNV and our UN Volunteers. These collections of articles explore our distinctive contributions to peace and development, often in alliance with our partners from other UN agencies, donor governments and host countries.

The stories that follow demonstrate our inspiration in action.


UNV Midwife Trainer with UNFPA in Haiti, Annick Coulibaly, from Côte d’Ivoire, attends to a newborn at the Clinic Sonub, Petit Place Cazeau. (UNV, 2012)
World Health Day 2014
07 April 2014
Bonn, Germany: 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
Sarah Chardonnens (right) is a UN Youth Volunteer Human Rights Support Officer - with the UNDP Governance Unit in Iraq - whose UNV assignment is fully funded by the Government of Switzerland. (UNV, 2014)
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
“I cannot forget it (..) Despite the passage of years, I feel great emptiness inside me” - Silué Djéniéba (50), mutilated at age of 15. This picture from the photo essay "Broken pots" was awarded at two of the most prestigious professional photojournalist competitions in Poland (BZ WBK Press Foto and Grand Press Photo). (Photo: Agnieszka Napierala, 2012).
International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation 2013
06 February 2013
The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February, is a time to make the world aware of female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of human rights. Visit site
International Volunteer Day 2012
05 December 2012
Across the world today, from Ecuador to Haiti, Liberia to Bosnia, Jordan to Vietnam, people are celebrating International Volunteer Day (IVD).  Volunteers and volunteer organizations are holding a variety of events including parades, campaigns, conferences, competitions, blood donation drives and coordinated volunteer actions.  They are celebrating with their communities, local institutions, UN organizations and government authorities to recognize the hope and commitment that volunteers bring to make the world a better place. Visit site
UN Volunteer Eykis García during her assignment at a Batey. San Francisco de Macorís (Dominican Republic). (UNV programme, 2012)
Universal Children's Day 2012
20 November 2012
Universal Children's Day, on 20 November, is marked each year to promote the well-being of children. Countries all over the world celebrate the day in different ways to support children's welfare and children's rights.

See how UN Volunteers play a key role in advocating for and protecting children. Visit site
More about: Children
Workshop Peace and Intercultural Understanding in Youth Work, February-March 2010, in Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona (Spain). (Photo, Fundació Catalunya Voluntària).
International Day of Peace 2012
21 September 2012
The 21st of September is the annual International Day of Peace, established by the United Nations in 1981. The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day" )provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date.  Since its inception, Peace Day has marked our personal and planetary progress toward peace.  It has grown to include millions of people in all parts of the world, and each year events are organized to commemorate and celebrate this day. Read some of the stories from our volunteers who are promoting peace. Visit site
UN Volunteers building a better world: partnering with youth
12 August 2012
Bonn: 12 August every year, UNV celebrates International Youth Day with millions of youth around the world to highlight how volunteerism is an important channel for sustainable community development. Youth is a sector of society that faces unique challenges and vulnerabilities, but also contributes with unlimited promise. Visit site
More about: Youth
Community members terracing land, Glengoffe Community-based Adaptation (CBA) project. (Glengoffe, Jamaica)
Environmental action counts
05 June 2012
World Environment Day (WED), celebrated every year on 5 June, is a day for people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter planet for themselves and future generations.

This year UNV is marking WED by showcasing the environmental actions and stories shared through the Volunteer Action Counts campaign. Launched in April, this multimedia campaign highlights what volunteers, communities and organizations are doing for social, economic and environmental transformation in the lead-up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20.

Read the more than 500 stories about volunteers protecting the environment and providing access to energy, renewable resources and clean water. Visit site
Training of the members of the Programme for Women Headed Households (PEKKA) in Indonesia. Jordi Tablada (former UN Volunteer), standing in back with colleague, Cindy Nawilis, while filming this training. (Photo: Willow Paule)
UNV empowering women and girls through information technology
17 May 2012
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is marked on 17 May and is an opportunity to promote the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for development. The official theme this year is Women and Girls in ICT.

Meet some of the UN Volunteers, UN Online Volunteers and former UN Volunteers using ICTs to help to empower communities. Visit site
Asker Turatov, 66: "I worry about my wife’s health. She has a problem with her stomach, and bad headaches… I can’t imagine life without her. As for my health, I am excellent. I believe in the power of words. If I say I am excellent every day, I will be excellent." (A. Nakahira/HelpAge/UNV)
UNV promoting good health and well-being
07 April 2012
World Health Day on 7 April provides an opportunity to focus on a single health challenge with global impact.  The theme of the Day this year is Ageing and health: Good health adds life to years.

Good health not only enables older men and women to live longer, but also extends their active involvement in all levels of society.  When able to participate fully, older people are resources for their families and communities throughout the world. Volunteers provide important support in enabling older men and women to participate fully in their communities. Visit site
More about: Health

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