2015

India Biodiversity Awards 2016: Recognizing India's Champions

26 August 2015
India Biodiversity Awards 2016: Recognizing India's Champions
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the United Nations Development Programme invite applications for the Third India Biodiversity Awards 2016 to recognize champions of biodiversity conservation in India.

 How Green is My Forest Now - Van Suraksha Samiti Baripada, Maharashtra

26 August 2016
How Green is My Forest Now - Van Suraksha Samiti Baripada, Maharashtra
How a man mobilized an entire village community to give up degenerative farming practices and adopt ways to increase the forest cover and water table in Maharashtra, India

Celebrating International Youth Day with a dialogue on Youth for Development

12 August 2015
Celebrating International Youth Day with a dialogue on Youth for Development

On the occasion of International Youth Day on 12 August, the United Nations and State Bank of India organized a Dialogue on Youth for Development in New Delhi. The Dialogue showcased innovations by six SBI Youth For India Fellows who are on a thirteen month-long Fellowship programme with select non-governmental organizations across parts of rural India, working in the areas of education, skill development, health and sanitation and e-governance.

The Green Kitchen Movement

05 June 2015
The Green Kitchen Movement
Close to 900 families living on the fringes of forests in South India are transforming their lives through installing smokeless cook stoves in their homes.

Finance Biodiversity Conservation

22 may 2015
Finance Biodiversity Conservation
Financing is crucial to sustaining biodiversity conservation efforts says, Hem Pande, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. While India one of the world’s most biodiverse countries, currently spends US$ 2 billion annually on biodiversity conservation, the country requires between US$ 15 and 45 billion per year to sustain efforts.   

The Solar Bowl

20 May 2015
The Solar Bowl
A charitable institution in Tamil Nadu, India is using solar energy to cook 3,000 meals for 650 children a day, reducing dependence on cooking gas and saving nearly US$ 8,000 each year

कम ऊर्जा में ज़्यादा स्टील उत्पादन

March 2015
कम ऊर्जा में ज़्यादा स्टील उत्पादन
मौलिक तकनीकों के ज़रिए, लघु और मध्यम वर्ग की स्टील री-रोलिंग मिलों में ऊर्जा की खपत कम करने और ज़्यादा मुनाफा कमाने में कामयाबी मिली है। 

More Steel with Less Energy

March 2015
More Steel with Less Energy
Innovative technologies are improving energy efficiency in the steel re-rolling industry and ensuring greater profits for small and medium size enterprises.

Urgent Need to Manage Water More Sustainably

20 March 2015
Urgent Need to Manage Water More Sustainably
The planet is facing a 40% shortfall in water supply by 2030, unless we dramatically improve the management of this precious resource. Speakers at the 2015 World Water Day celebrations stressed on the need to manage this vital resource judiciously to ensure a secure future.

Innovation is Key to Managing Rainwater Efficiently

20 March 2015
Innovation is Key to Managing Rainwater Efficiently
Dr. Rajendra Singh, 2015 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate says innovation and modernization of centuries-old Indian knowledge has helped impoverished villages become prosperous . Rainwater harvesting and recharging underground acquifers through efficient management of water resources is crucial for the country. 

Recognizing Excellence in Water Achievement

20 March 2015
Recognizing Excellence in Water Achievement
Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director, Stockholm International Water Institute speaks to UNDP on the achievements of 2015 Stockholm Water Prize winner Rajendra Singh and the Institute’s partnership with UNDP on water issues. 

Ensuring Water and Sanitation for All

20 March 2015
Ensuring Water and Sanitation for All
Nicholas Rosellini, Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific and Director, Bangkok Regional Hub, UNDP says that while countries in the Asia Pacific have made impressive progress on the MDGs, achieving the water and sanitation goals, remains a key challenge. Ensuring equitable access to water and sanitation facilities, particularly amongst the poorest of communities, requires effective governance of this vital resource. 

Safer Housing for All

March 2015
Safer Housing for All
Damodar Khuntia, Block Development Officer of Bhadrak District in Odisha says the state’s changing landscape is evidence of the enormous efforts undertaken to ensure safer shelter for all.

Safer Homes for a Safer Future

March 2015
Safer Homes for a Safer Future
Sukumari Bhoi, from a small village in India’s coastal state of Odisha shares her story of change, from one cyclone to another. 

Building Community Preparedness

March 2015
Building Community Preparedness
Local champions like Sandhya Rani in villages across the highly vulnerable state of Odisha play an inspiring role in ensuring the safety of their communities 

Transforming Disaster Preparedness

March 2015
Transforming Disaster Preparedness
Prashantha Naik, Deputy General Manager, Odisha State Disaster Management Authority outlines how far the state, and indeed India has come over the last decade in addressing disaster risk. 

Recognize Caste and Ethnicity-induced Vulnerabilities

March 2015
Recognize Caste and Ethnicity-induced Vulnerabilities
Lee Macqueen, Research and Advocacy Officer at the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, says disaster risk reduction efforts must include a recognition of caste and ethnicity-induced vulnerabilities. 

Sexual and Reproductive Health Crucial to Disaster Risk Reduction

March 2015
Sexual and Reproductive Health Crucial to Disaster Risk Reduction
Aditi Ghosh, Emergency Response Manager at the SPRINT Initiative reiterates that sexual and reproductive health is an important part of disaster risk reduction.  She says that the Third UN World Conference at Sendai in Japan is an opportunity to bring these issues to the centre stage. 

Bringing Together All Stakeholders

March 2015
Bringing Together All Stakeholders
Munish Kaushik, Cordaid Advisor of Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction, India Programme says the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction at Sendai is a powerful platform to bring together government, civil society, UN agencies, academics and the private sector to deliberate on what it will take to achieve sustainable disaster risk reduction around the world.     

Local Communities are the Centre of Development

March 2015
Local Communities are the Centre of Development
Dr. Dipankar  Chyau Patnaik from the Regional Resilience Office (South Asia) of Christian Aid says local communities are integral to development as we think ahead for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction at Sendai in Japan. 

Invest In Disaster Risk Reduction to Ensure Sustainable Development

10 March 2105
Invest In Disaster Risk Reduction to Ensure Sustainable Development
Jaco Cilliers, Country Director of UNDP in India, says investments in disaster risk reduction are crucial to long term development efforts. The task for the international community, ahead of the third World Conference at Sendai in Japan, is to effectively  integrate disaster risk and climate change concerns to address the vulnerabilities of people around the world.

Oceans and Seas: Improved Understanding and Sustainable, Community-led Governance and Management of Coastal Ecosystems

07 February 2015
Oceans and Seas: Improved Management of Coastal Ecosystems
Nearly 50 percent of the world population lives within 150 kilometers from the coastline. The UNDP session on management of coastal ecosystems deliberates on how to effectively cope with the effects of climate change on coastal region

Improving Groundwater Management in India

06 February 2015
Improving Groundwater Management in India
The UNDP supported session on community-led management of groundwater at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2015 addressed the challenge of depleting groundwater resources in India. Speakers at the session highlighted opportunities to sustainably manage this valuable resource through greater community engagement. 

Dr. Jaco Cilliers at Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2015

05 February 2015
Jaco Cilliers at Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2015
Jaco Cilliers, Country Director of UNDP in India says climate change should be central to all government policies and decisions around the world