As part of the UN family, all UN entities are called to contribute to IYV+10 within their respective mandates. During 2011 they are responsible for highlighting the contribution of volunteers within their respective fields of expertise. As part of this, during the Consultative meeting in October 2009, it was suggested that the focus IYV+10 be structured around the role of volunteers in relation to the different themes of the different UN Days. For example, you could aim to recognise and promote volunteerism related to health around World Health Day in April, or highlight the impact volunteers make to environmental sustainability around World Environmental Day in June. As local, national and international volunteer-involving organizations you may want to contact the UN entities responsible for areas in which you are active in order to explore mutual ways to promote and celebrate volunteerism during IYV+10.
In the UN days section you can see the dates of the official UN days and identify around which days you may want to organize your events.
Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)
What do they do? The mission of DESA is to promote development for all. This reflects a fundamental concern for equity and equality in countries large and small, developed and developing. Within the framework of the United Nations Development Agenda, DESA works on issues ranging from poverty reduction, population, gender equality and indigenous rights to macroeconomic policy, development finance, public sector innovation, forest policy, climate change and sustainable development.
International Labour Organization (ILO)
What do they do? The ILO is the UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labor rights. The ILO formulates international labor standards in the form of Conventions and Recommendations setting minimum standards of basic labor rights: freedom of association, the right to organize, collective bargaining, abolition of forced labor, equality of opportunity and treatment, and other standards regulating conditions across the entire spectrum of work related issues. It provides technical assistance primarily in the fields of vocational training and vocational rehabilitation; employment policy; labor administration; labor law and industrial relations; working conditions; management development; cooperatives; social security; labor statistics and occupational safety and health.
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
What do they do? The mission of OHCHR is to work for the protection of all human rights for all people; to help empower people to realize their rights; and to assist those responsible for upholding such rights in ensuring that they are implemented. OHCHR provides a forum for identifying, highlighting and developing responses to today's human rights challenges, and act as the principal focal point of human rights research, education, public information, and advocacy activities in the United Nations system.
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
What do they do? UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, is an innovative partnership that leads and inspires the world in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
What do they do? UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. UNICEF has the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child's path. UNICEF believes that "we can, together, advance the cause of humanity."
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
What do they do? UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. They are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. UNV is administered by UNDP and is represented worldwide through the offices of UNDP.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
What do they do? UNHCR is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.
United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP)
What do they do? Since they were given the mandate in 2001, following the appointment of the first Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, UNOSDP has been promoting sport and physical activity not only as fundamental rights but also as powerful tools in the advancement of development and peace objectives, in particular the eight Millennium Development Goals. The current Special Adviser is Mr. Lemke, UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace. He was appointed in 2008.
United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme
What do they do? UNV is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development, and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers.
World Health Organisation (WHO)
What do they do? The objective of WHO, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. The Constitution defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.