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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.


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
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
A blind person receives a cane during the hand-over ceremony of material to the disabled community in the Abu Shouk camp for displaced persons in El Fasher. UN Volunteers distributed 102 crutches, 75 canes for blind persons, 5 wheel chairs and clothing. (Albert González Farran/UNAMID, 2012)
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. Read
Vietnamese volunteers build their own visual for the MY World survey. (TrầnThị Kim Chung/UNV, 2013)
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
Poster for UNV Field Unit in Timor-Leste youth empowerment campaign for 2013, designed and photographed by UN Volunteer Yuichi Ishida with UNDP in Timor-Leste. May 2013
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
Zo Eorintany, UN Volunteer, sitting with women refugees during a food distribution in Amanabak camp in Eastern Chad. (Photo: Badre Bahaji/UNV, 2013)
World Refugee Day 2013
20 June 2013
The United Nations established World Refugee Day, 20 June, to honour the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence. There are over 43.7 million refugees and internally displaced people around the world. Supporting the operations of various UN agencies, UN Volunteers engage in a wide range of roles with the ultimate aim to save and protect lives, alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity. Read
Kevin Kiffer, UN Volunteer Intern (France) with UNDP in Brazzaville (Republic of Congo), makes a survey for communities to identify their own aspirations in order to encourage the involvement of communities in local development. (Photo: Séraphin Ngoma / UNDP)
Global Youth Service Day 2013
26 April 2013
This weekend (26 - 28 April), Global Youth Service Day is celebrated in over 100 countries to recognize the millions of young people who work to improve their communities. The campaign is led by YSA (Youth Service America), which supports a global culture of engaged youth committed to addressing the world's most critical issues and changing their communities. Throughout the weekend, millions of young people worldwide will be mobilized to engage in sustainable development and peace activities. Read

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