UN days and IYV+10
During the Consultative meeting in October 2009, it was suggested that the focus of 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. By structuring the year in this way, we want to underline and celebrate the vital role volunteers play in achieving the Millennium Development Goals and beyond.
 
During IYV+10 we would like to feature articles, photographs and promote events in the time running up to, during and after a number of UN days on the World Volunteer Web.

Below is a list of the UN days and which UN entity is responsible for each. This will allow you to identify around which days your programmes would best fit. You may already be very active in one of the focus areas of the UN Days and want to use the official day to promote your volunteer projects.  If you do have stories related to volunteerism and one of the official days we encourage you to contact the representation of the relevant UN entity in your country and identify appropriate ways and spaces in which to promote them. Please also provide us with this information by sending your stories and photographs to IYV+10@unvolunteers.org. 

Date

Day

Entities responsible

20 Feb

World Day of Social Justice

ILO

21 Feb

International Mother Language Day

UNESCO

8 Mar

International Women’s Day

UNIFEM/DESA/DPI

21 Mar

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

OHCHR

22 Mar

World Water Day

FAO

23 Mar

World Meteorological Day

WMO

24 Mar

World Tuberculosis Day

WHO

7 Apr

World Health Day

WHO

25 Apr

World Malaria Day

WHO

28 Apr

World Day for Safety and Health at work

ILO

8/9 May

World Migratory Bird Day

UNEP/AEWA

21 May

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

UNESCO

22 May

International Day for Biodiversity

UNEP

29  May

International Day of UN Peace Keepers

UN Peacekeeping

5 Jun

World Environment Day

UNEP

17 Jun

World Day to combat desertification and drought

UNEP/UNCCD

20 Jun

World Refugee Day

UNHCR

26 Jun

International Day in support of victims of torture

UNHCR

11 Jul

World Population Day

UNFPA

9 Aug

International Day of the World’s Indigenous people

DESA/UNFPA

12 Aug

International Youth Day

DESA/UNICEF

19 Aug

World Humanitarian Day

OCHA

15 Sep

International Day of Democracy

DPI/IPU

16 Sep

International Day for the preservation of the ozone layer

UNEP

21 Sep

International Day of Peace

UNGA

2 Oct

International Day of Non Violence

DPI

4 Oct

World Habitat Day

UN Habitat

13 Oct

International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction

OCHA/ UNISDR

16 Oct

World Food Day

FAO

17 Oct

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

DESA

24 Oct

United Nations Day

DPI

6 Nov

International Day for Preventing the exploitation of the environment in war and armed conflict

UNEP

20 Nov

Universal Children’s Day

UNICEF

25 Nov

International Day for Elimination of Violence against women

UNIFEM

1 Dec

World AIDS Day

UNAIDS

5 Dec

International Volunteer Day

UNV

10 Dec

Human Rights Day

OHCHR

19 Dec

UN Day for South-South Cooperation

UNDP

20 Dec

International Human Solidarity Day

DESA

This page can found at: http://www.worldvolunteerweb.org/iyv-10/un-days.html