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  • 12 Nov 2009
    Thousands ‘Volunteering For Our Planet’ - Volunteers Register More than 300,000 Hours of Climate Work

    Bonn, Germany - People around the world are volunteering hundreds of thousands of hours to tackle climate change and send a message to world leaders that everyone is part of the solution.

  • 06 Nov 2009
    "Social Entrepreneur of the Year", India Winners Announced

    New Delhi - The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has selected three social enterprises with significant impact in India as winners of the India Social Entrepreneurs

  • 14 Oct 2009
    UNDP Administrator Helen Clark with Shashi Tharoor, Indian Minister of State for External Affairs, meeting at the UN Headquarter

    New York, 14 October 2009

  • 14 Oct 2009
    The Secretary-General Message for International Day for Disaster Reduction

    On International Day for Disaster Reduction, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterates the importance of hospitals and health facilities during disasters, and calls on all governments and decision-makers including town planners to review hospital safety.

  • 06 Oct 2009
    Global Human Development Report 2009 - Overcoming barriers: Human mobility and development

    New Delhi - According to the 2009 Human Development Report, migration within and across borders brings many benefits to all, yet opportunities are often lost due to barriers and constraints to movement.

  • 16 Sep 2009
    UN Takes a Stand on Global Aid, Trade and Debt Commitments, as G20 Prepares to Meet

    New York - Global poverty-fighting commitments are more important than ever in a world facing economic, food and climate crises, says UN in a report on support for the Millennium Development Goals.

  • 16 Sep 2009
    The Secretary - General Message on 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 urges governments to seal the deal on an ambitious, comprehensive and equitable new climate agreement.

  • 11 Aug 2009
    9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific

    90 percent of men having sex with men in Asia Pacific have no access to HIV prevention and care.

  • 07 Jul 2009
    Millennium Development Goals Report 2009

    NEW DELHI - Progress against extreme poverty in Southern Asia --slower than in most other regions of the world between 1999 and 2005 --is in danger of disappearing altogether under pressure of global economic contraction and lost jobs, says UN in its annual on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • 05 Jul 2009
    The Secretary-General Message on World Environment Day

    The economic and financial turmoil sweeping the globe is a true wake-up call, sounding an alarm about the need to improve upon old patterns of growth and make a transition to a new era of greener, cleaner development.

  • 04 Jul 2009
    Greener Habits for up to 24 million Sikhs

    Sikh religious leaders representing thousands of gurdwaras, or temples around India and the world discuss the greening of their houses of worship and schooling, as part of a project launched by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on how to lower carbon footprint and protect the natural environment.

  • 02 Jul 2009
    UNDP Calls for a Fundamental Re-balancing of Development Strategies in South Asia

    New Delhi - Cleaner economic development that does not leave out the weaker sections of society is the need of the hour, say experts at a discussion on the impact of the global financial crisis on South Asia, jointly organized by UNDP and the Indian Council for International Economic Relations (ICRIER).

  • 02 Jul 2009
    UNDP Welcomes Delhi HC’s Decision to Repeal Section 377

    UNDP welcomes Delhi High Court’s decision to repeal Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, a provision which criminalized consensual adult, private sex between persons of the same sex.

  • 05 Jun 2009
    UN Secretary-General Message on World Environment Day

    The economic and financial turmoil sweeping the globe is a true wake-up call, sounding an alarm about the need to improve upon old patterns of growth and make a transition to a new era of greener, cleaner development.

  • 28 Apr 2009
    UN's New Development Chief Aims to Cut Poverty Despite Crises

    New York - The new administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, Helen Clark vows to sharpen her agency’s focus on cutting poverty despite the multiple crises currently facing the world.

  • 31 Mar 2009
    Poor Countries Most Vulnerable During Global Economic Crisis

    New York - The current global economic crisis, which began with the severe strains on the financial and banking system in parts of the developed world, now risks triggering a human development catastrophe in the world’s poorest countries. As the leaders of the richest nations set off to London for the G-20 summit this Thursday, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) warns that those most vulnerable to the crisis are living outside the spotlight and their predicament should be addressed at the table.

  • 03 Mar 2009
    On 8 March, International Women’s Day, United Nations Calls for Increased Action to End Violence Against Women

    The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, which is observed annually on 8 March, is “Women and Men United to End Violence Against Women and Girls.” The theme ties in with the Secretary-General’s wider campaign “UNiTE to End Violence Against Women,” which he launched in 2008, to run through 2015, the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

  • 26 Feb 2009
    Bhubaneswar to Host Meet on Gender Concerns in Eastern States

    Bhubaneswar - Development professionals, grassroots activists, academicians, government officials and policymakers from Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal will come together at a Regional Gender Workshop in Bhubaneswar on 27 and 28 February 2009. The Workshop has been organised by the United Nations, under the Solution Exchange (SE) initiative for the Gender Community. The members of this electronic network will help to strengthen knowledge across sectors so that they together can solve problems and effectively implement policies, projects and programmes on gender.

  • 03 Feb 2009
    India: Urban Poverty Report 2009

    Urban India has a high incidence of poverty despite being hailed as an engine of growth and instrument of globalization. Eighty-one million people subsist in urban areas on incomes that are below the poverty line. The pace of urbanization in India is set to increase, and with it, urban poverty and urban slums. However, public policy measures for urban India have lacked focus and proper allocation of funds. There is thus an urgent need at the national level to document the key issues in urban poverty, to assess the tasks at hand, and plan for the future.

  • 03 Feb 2009
    India's first Report on Urban Poverty Launched

    New Delhi - The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched India’s first-of-its-kind report on the nature and dynamics of urban poverty in the country, at an event in this capital city, today.

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