2014

Oasis of Ability

August 2014
Oasis of Ability
United Nations Volunteers provide crucial support to the Malsawm Initiative, a school for differently-abled children in Churachandpur, Manipur.  




A Green Cadre for India

May 2014
A Green Cadre for India
A UNDP partnership with the Ministry of Rural Development aims to green rural development schemes. At a training centre run by partner Samaj Pragati Sahyog, farmers from Odisha have travelled to Madhya Pradesh to learn simple techniques that can help improve water conservation and improve the productivity of land through MGNREGS implementation.

Recognizing Outstanding Champions of Biodiversity in India

22 May 2014
Recognizing Outstanding Champions of Biodiversity in India
Biodiversity champions from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Nagaland and Odisha are amongst the winners of the 2014 India Biodiversity Awards, instituted by the Government of India and UNDP. The 2014 Awards ceremony was held today in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands on the occasion of International Biodiversity Day. 

Recognizing Grassroots Biodiversity Champions: India Biodiversity Awards 2014

22 May 2014
Recognizing Grassroots Biodiversity Champions: India Biodiversity Awards 2014
The video highlights work of 13 finalists of the 2014 India Biodiversity Awards instituted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India and UNDP. The Awards recognize excellence in biodiversity governance across the country. The finalists included community-run institutions, local self-governance bodies, joint forest management committees and protected area management agencies engaged in preserving designated protected areas.

India Election Diary 2014: World’s Biggest Elections Come to an End

12 May 2014
India Election Diary 2014: World’s Biggest Elections Come to an End

Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world went to polls in the final phase of India’s national elections. As the world’s largest democratic exercise came to a close, 67 percent of an estimated 830 million voters had cast their ballot across the country. Witnessing the elections were 43 members of electoral commissions from developing countries who were invited by the Election Commission of India and UNDP as part of a learning programme on electoral management.  

India Election Diary 2014: Himalayan Polls Inspire Senior Electoral Officers From The Global South

07 May 2014
India Election Diary 2014: Women Vote in Large Numbers in Shimla
Women came out in large numbers to vote in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh in the eighth phase of India’s 2014 general elections. Delegates from eight countries of the League of Arab Nations, Kenya, Uganda, Myanmar and Bhutan were in the city to learn how India manages its elections. The visit was facilitated by the Election Commission of India and UNDP as part of the partnership on supporting electoral management.

India Election Diary 2014: Young People are an Important Constituency

30 April 2014
India Election Diary 2014: Young People are an Important Constituency
Members of Nepal’s Election Commission visited Howrah district in West Bengal to witness the seventh phase of the India’s 16th national elections. The delegation visited a polling centre manned entirely by women in Howrah, demonstrating the important role women play in managing the electoral process. Since 2009, more than 100 million new names have been added to voter lists, a huge proportion of which are young voters. Over 50 percent of India’s population is under 25 and young people are an important constituent in these elections.

UN’s ‘Free and Equal’ Campaign: Protecting the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People

30 April 2014
UN’s ‘Free and Equal’ Campaign: Protecting the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People
Lise Grande, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative says the UN’s ‘Free and Equal’ is an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment that human rights are for ALL people. The Campaign aims to raise awareness on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across the globe. In Mumbai, the campaign also launched its first Bollywood-style video, The Welcome starring Celina Jaitly, Bollywood actor and UN Human Rights Equality Champion.

India Election Diary 2014: The Power of Convergence

24 April 2014
India Election Diary 2014: The Power of Convergence

Seamless convergence between central and state government agencies, local municipalities and Central Armed Police forces was on display for an international delegation of election officials from Lesotho, Malaysia and Nigeria that travelled to Uttar Pradesh to witness India’s general elections. 

India Election Diary 2014: Learning from India’s Experience

17 April 2014
India Election Diary 2014: Learning from India’s Experience
A delegation from Namibia’s Election Commission visited the state of Karnataka in south India to learn how electronic voting can be an important tool in its forthcoming general elections. UNDP facilitated the visit as part of its partnership with the Election Commission of India to further South-South cooperation on electoral management. An estimated 830 million voters are exercising their votes in the 2014 national elections, the world’s biggest democratic exercise. 

India Election Diary 2014: Voting Rights for Transgenders

17 April 2014
India Election Diary 2014: Voting Rights for Transgenders
Voices of members of transgender community from Karnataka, India who voted as ‘others’ in the 2014 national elections. In 2009, the Election Commission of India had issued a directive allowing a third gender choice – "other" – on voter registration forms.



Historic Judgment

15 April 2014
Historic Judgment
Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative congratulates the country for the landmark Supreme Court judgment recognizing the rights of the transgender community to choose their identity. 



Towards Recognizing the Rights of All Individuals

15 April 2014
Towards Recognizing the Rights of All Individuals
Laxmi Tripathi , Director, Astitva on having the power to choose one’s gender identity



Hailing the Landmark Supreme Court Judgment on the Rights of Transgender to Choose Their Identity

15 April 2014
Hailing the Landmark Supreme Court Judgment on the Rights of Transgender to Choose Their Identity

Laya Vasudevan , Director, Article 39, Centre for Legal Aid and Rights on what the landmark decision today means for the transgender community


Social Good and India

09 April 2014
Social Good and India
In an interview at the India+SocialGood Summit in Mumbai, Lise Grande, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator discusses India’s progress in achieving the MDGs; outlines key challenges of inequality, poverty reduction and climate change; and says social media helps link people with solutions to institutions that can bring these solutions to scale.

India+SocialGood: Involving Everyone in the Big Discussions of the Day

09 April 2014
India+SocialGood: Involving Everyone in the Big Discussions of the Day

Speaking at the India+SocialGood Summit in Mumbai, Lise Grande, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator said that social media helps link people with solutions to institutions that can bring these solutions to scale. 

Changing Tides

February 2014
Changing Tides
The video shows how a UNDP project in partnership with the government of Odisha is building the resilience of local communities against extreme weather conditions in coastal areas of the state. Implemented in Puri district where water logging has caused widespread devastation, the partnership effectively demonstrates that when communities are empowered to manage their water resources, farm productivity increases, children have clean drinking water and women have to walk less in search of water. The project is supported by the Australian Agency for International Development.

IC4HD Public Lecture - Which Kind of State Can Deliver Which Kind of Development?

17 February 2014
IC4HD Public Lecture - Which Kind of State Can Deliver Which Kind of Development?
IC4HD, a joint initiative of the Government of India and UNDP, organized its first public lecture on 17 February 2014 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The lecture titled ‘Which kind of state can deliver which kind of development?’ was delivered by Prof. Boaventura de Sousa Santos, University of Coimbra, Portugal. The lecture was chaired by Prof. Chetan Singh, Director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and the discussants included Prof. Shail Mayaram, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies and Prof. Gopal Guru, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Space and Presence: Women and the Media in India

February 2014
Space and Presence: Women and the Media in India
Consultation on women and media in India provides inputs to the High Level Committee on the Status of Women, supported by UNDP


Role of the Second High-Level Committee on the Status of Women

February 2014
Role of the Second High-Level Committee on the Status of Women
Rita Sarin, Country Director of the Hunger Project in India and Member of the High-level Committee on the role of the second High-Level Committee on the Status of Women. Ms. Sarin said that the report of the second High-Level Committee would undertake a comprehensive study to understand the status of women as well as evolve appropriate policy interventions based on a contemporary assessment of women’s needs.

DSDS 2014: Dealing with the Energy, Water, and Food Security Challenge in Asia

February 2014
DSDS 2014: Dealing with the Energy, Water, and Food Security Challenge in Asia
Day two of the 2014 Delhi Sustainable Development Summit discussed ways to deal with the energy, water, and food security challenge in Asia. At the session, Lise Grande, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator said that as we think of sustainable development goals, it is important to include a goal that links water energy and food security.

Sustainable Consumption and Production: An Overarching Objective of Sustainable Development - A Special Event

February 2014
DSDS 2014: Sustainable Consumption and Production: An Overarching Objective of Sustainable Development - A Special Event
Highlights of the special event on sustainable consumption and production that took place on 5 Feb 2014. At the event, Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, India said that if the pattern of consumption and production which has fueled global development since World War II is allowed to continue the way it is, it will threaten the incredible progress in human development and the viability of the planet we all live on.

Energy, Water and Food Security for All

January 2014
DSDS 2014: Energy, Water and Food Security for All
Lise Grande, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative says the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2014 will provide a crucial opportunity for world leaders, activists and experts to discuss ways to solve three of the greatest challenges facing India today- water, food and energy security.