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  • 25 Sep 2013
    Local Communities Play a Key Role in Preserving the Himalayas

    Local communities are crucial to the survival of the Himalayan ecosystem, one of the most biodiverse and ecologically important regions in Asia. This was the key message emerging from a three-day summit in Kohima, the capital of Nagaland in the North East of India. The summit brought together governments from India’s Himalayan states to discuss how a host of environmental and ecological pressures are threatening the existence of the ecosystem on which an estimated 700 million people in the region depend on. The Summit was supported by UNDP and other partners.

  • 24 Sep 2013
    2013 – A Defining Moment for Achieving the MDGs

    Global leaders urgently call for the continued need to accelerate progress to address widening disparities

  • 16 Sep 2013
    The Secretary-General Message on the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

    On International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commends all who have made the Montreal Protocol an outstanding example of international cooperation. He also urges governments, industry, civil society and other partners to apply the same spirit to the other great environment and development challenges of our times.

  • 15 Sep 2013
    The Secretary-General Message on the International Day of Democracy

    On International Day of Democracy, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls on leaders to hear, respect and respond appropriately to the voices of the people, whether expressed directly or through elected representatives. He also calls on the world’s citizens to think about how they can use their voice to not only take control of their destiny, but to translate their desires and the desires of others into a better future for all.

  • 12 Sep 2013
    The Secretary-General Message on the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation

    On United Nations Day for South-South cooperation, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls on partners to redouble their efforts to harness the wealth of knowledge, expertise and development thinking in the Global South.

  • 11 Sep 2013
    UNDP Launches Regional Report: ‘Leveraging Change for Better Lives’

    The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) launched its Asia-Pacific Regional Report ‘Leveraging Change for Better Lives’ in New York today, highlighting a string of successful programmes implemented between 2008 and 2012 in the region.

  • 11 Sep 2013
    Building Capacity to Improve Healthcare Services for Children

    A training workshop to build capacities of state nodal officers in implementing the ambitious Rashtriya Bal Swathya Karyakaram (RBSK), a Child Health Screening and Early Intervention Services Programme, was organized today by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 08 Sep 2013
    The Secretary-General Message on the World Literacy Day

    On World Literacy Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges all countries to make education and literacy national priorities and to work with partners across society to advance Millennium Development Goals.

  • 05 Sep 2013
    The Secretary-General Message on the International Day of Charity

    On International Day of Charity, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls on people everywhere, of all ages, to act on the charitable impulse that resides in every human being.

  • 02 Sep 2013
    “Working Together to Build an Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Asia-Pacific”: UN Development Chief for Asia and the Pacific

    Mr. Haoliang Xu assumes his role as the new Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today.My new assignment as head of UNDP operation in Asia-Pacific gives me an opportunity to work with our partners to bring together all the threads of MDGs in the region to build an inclusive, sustainable and resilient Asia-Pacific,” Mr. Xu said in his first meeting with the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific staff at UNDP headquarters in New York.

  • 19 Aug 2013
    Roundtable on State of the Sector Report 2013 – Microfinance

    A roundtable to discuss the State of the Sector Report (SOS) report– Microfinance, a report that covers not only the status of microfinance in India but also the issues, innovations, models and practices involved in the sector, was organized by the Microfinance Community of the Solution Exchange, United Nations.

  • 19 Aug 2013
    Inauguration of the IC4HD Shimla Centre at the IIAS, Shimla

    The International Centre for Human Development (IC4HD) inaugurated its Shimla Centre at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla, on 19 August 2013. The inaugural event was presided over by Mr. Ashok Thakur, Secretary for Higher Education, Union Ministry of Human Resource Development along with Prof. Chetan Singh, Acting Director for IIAS and Prof. Peter R. deSouza, Interim Director for IC4HD.

  • 12 Aug 2013
    UN Secretary-General’s Message on International Youth Day

    On International Youth Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges member states, youth-led organizations and other stakeholders to act to promote the rights of all young migrants and maximize the development potential of youth migration.

  • 09 Aug 2013
    The Secretary-General Message on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

    On International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges governments and civil society to take concrete steps to address the challenges facing indigenous peoples. In particular, there is a need to focus on the marginalization and exclusion of indigenous people by honouring all commitments and examining what more can be done.

  • 01 Aug 2013
    IC4HD 2013 Human Development Fellowships

    The International Centre for Human Development (IC4HD) has awarded six Human Development Fellowships to professionals from Asia-Pacific. The fellowship is offered to encourage research from a human development perspective and exchange of experiences among mid-career professionals from the Global South. The theme of the 2013 Human Development Fellowship is social security.

  • 19 Jul 2013
    Kerala, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh Recognized for Innovations in Governance by the United Nations

    Three public service initiatives from Kerala, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh were felicitated for receiving the United Nations Public Service Awards 2013. These public institutions were recognized for innovative solutions that have helped improve service delivery, ensured greater transparency and empowered women through rural markets.

  • 02 Jul 2013
    Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator’s Message on Uttarakhand Floods

    UN Resident Coordinator in India, Ms. Lise Grande, reiterated the UN’s condolences to the Government of India and the State Government of Uttarakhand on the devastating floods that resulted in a great loss of life and destroyed infrastructure. She confirmed that the UN has issued no information on the loss of life or number of missing people. Ms. Grande confirmed that the United Nations stands ready to lend its assistance to emergency recovery and rebuilding efforts if needed.

  • 05 Jun 2013
    World Environment Day

    UNDP has partnered with the Government of India to promote low carbon, climate resilient and inclusive development. Key areas of intervention are climate change (mitigation and adaptation), sustainable natural resource management (conserving biodiversity and addressing land degradation) and environmentally sound chemical management (phasing out of ozone depleting substances and reducing persistent organic pollutants). The loss of biodiversity and the changing climate are among the most prominent issues on the international agenda. These are not only environmental concerns; the issues are linked to the nature of economic development, poverty reduction, natural disasters, and peace and security. The health of the world’s biodiversity and climate is fundamental to all aspects of human well‐being.

  • 05 Jun 2013
    The Secretary-General Message on the World Environment Day

    On World Environment Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges all actors in the global food chain to take responsibility for environmentally sustainable and socially equitable food systems by reducing food waste.

  • 22 May 2013
    International Day for Biological Diversity

    On International Day for Biological Diversity, we’re focusing on the impact of our project in Sindhudurg coastal district, which is one of the most biodiverse areas in Maharashtra. The project, supported by the Government of Maharashtra and the Global Environment Facility, has been addressing biodiversity challenges while improving livelihoods of coastal communities since 2011 through sustainable fishing, agriculture, horticulture and conservation of mangroves, turtles and coral reef cover. The project has also sought to collaborate with local communities towards generating awareness about biodiversity amidst the threat of unsustainable fishing practices, rising pollution from fishing vessels and maritime traffic.

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