• Winners of the 2016 India Biodiversity Awards Announced

      The International Day for Biological Diversity 2016 was celebrated all over the country by different States and various organisations on 22nd May 2016. The national level celebrations of the Day were held at Yashwant RaoChavan Auditorium, Mumbai with enthusiastic participation of all stakeholders.

    • “It is not Just About Cleaning the River Ganga” says Jaco Cilliers in an Interview with the Times of India

      Namami Gange—the flagship programme of Narendra Modi government at Centre—to clean up Ganges has partnered with UNDP for the mammoth task. Country director UNDP in India Jaco Cilliers strongly believes that national mission to clean Ganga is not just cleaning a river but encompasses some of the major mandates of UNDP including poverty alleviation and environment protection. An ardent cricket fan and expert in sustainable development, social and political interventions, Cilliers spoke to TOI on the process of integrated approach needed to realise the dream of sustainable and clean Ganga.

    • CONTEST: UNDP and Yes Foundation Announce Film Grant on the SDGs

      UNDP is excited to partner with Yes Foundation to launch the ‘Yes Foundation Social Film Grant’, which aims to award film production funds to emerging filmmakers to produce minute-long public service films on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The last date of application is 30 May, 2016.

    • #ShareHumanity | Living with Dignity; HIV-sensitive Social Protection in India

      UNDP in partnership with India’s National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) and state AIDS Control Societies, has implemented a multi-pronged strategy to strengthen social protection to support affected communities in becoming resilient and coping better with the impact of HIV. Its supported states like Rajasthan, in taking steps to extend social protection to people living with HIV. As of 2015, over 9,00,000 people infected and affected by HIV have benefited from the government’s social protection schemes including pensions, scholarships, subsidized travel allowances to treatment centres and food subsidies.

    • #ShareHumanity | Ladies vs Goliath

      Rashmi Bansal visits the sanitary napkin factory in Dharavi run by women, for women. She found women with new-found dignity and confidence who believe their product is as good as any.

    • UNDP@50 in India: Towards Sustainable Development

      For over 50 years, the Government of India and the United Nations Development Programme have partnered in virtually every area of human development, from democratic governance to poverty eradication, to sustainable energy and environmental management. We are proud to present a glimpse of this journey over time..

    • #ShareHumanity | Breaking Free: From Manual Scavenging to Fish Farming

      Manual scavenging refers to the practice of manually cleaning, carrying, disposing or handling in any manner, human excreta from dry latrines and sewers. Since 1993, key legislations have been enacted prohibiting employment of people as manual scavengers, banning the construction of dry latrines and providing rehabilitation. Yet, a significant proportion of an estimated 2.6 million dry latrines in India continue to be cleaned manually.

    • मानव विकास रिपोर्ट 2015 - मानव विकास के लिए कार्य

      वैश्विक मानव विकास रिपोर्ट 2015 एक मौलिक सवाल पूछता है – कार्य कैसे मानव विकास को बढ़ा सकता है। रिपोर्ट, कार्य का एक व्यापक दृष्टिकोण लेता है जो नौकरियों से परे है और अवैतनिक देखभाल का कार्य, स्वैच्छिक कार्य और रचनात्मक कार्य के रूप में आते हैं। इस तरह की गतिविधियों को ध्यान में रखकर, कार्य सार्वजनिक अच्छा करने के लिए, असमानता को कम करने के लिए, मानव विकास को बढ़ाने के लिए, आजीविका हासिल करने और सशक्त बनाने के लिए एक साधन हो सकता है। इस रिपोर्ट ने मानव क्षमता के दोहन और न्यायसंगत और सतत प्रगति हासिल करने के लिए नीतियों की सिफारिश की है, और मानव विकास सूचकांक में भारत की प्रगति पर नवीनतम निष्कर्ष प्रस्तुत किऎ हैं।

    • #ShareHumanity | A Roof Still Standing : Building Disaster Resilience in Odisha

      Between 2000 and 2007, UNDP partnered with the Government of Odisha to promote housing technologies that could enable people to build safer and more resilient homes in highly vulnerable areas of the Odisha coast. The project, which was supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Care Today, constructed more than 60 buildings that demonstrated that a combination of low-cost disaster resilient building technologies and indigenous building materials could help people build structures to withstand natural disasters.

    • Shattering Myths on the Factory Floor

      The skilling programme is a one-of-its kind public-private partnership that aims to equip young women with the skills and knowledge to enhance their employability and help them secure jobs in the steel industry.

    • #ShareHumanity | Women Farmers Combat Land Degradation in Nagaland

      A UNDP partnership with the government of Nagaland has reduced soil erosion and increased vegetation cover on 30,000 hectares of land in 70 villages. The partnership in the North Eastern Himalayan state has empowered 7,000 women farmers to adopt farming practices that can protect soil fertility, diversify livelihoods and strengthened market linkages.

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