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  • 29 Jun 2006
    Trade Liberalization a Mixed Blessing for South Asia

    New Delhi - According to a new report released by UNDP, while free trade in South Asia has brought widely expanded new opportunities to sell services across frontiers, it has also undermined food production and left the sub-region behind in high-tech manufacturing.

  • 29 Jun 2006
    Bold Agenda for Trade on Human Terms in Asia - Pacific

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Developing countries of Asia and the Pacific need bold new domestic policies in order to benefit from free trade, and the industrialized economies should back fairer trade rules giving poorer nations the chance to compete in the global marketplace, says a report on regional trade challenges released by the United Nations Development Programme.

  • 07 Sep 2005
    Tackle Inequalities for Rapid Progress on Millennium Goals, Says HDR 2005

    New Delhi - Human Development Report 2005 says that economic take-off in India has created the potential for accelerated poverty reduction. India, according to the report, must now show the same level of dynamism and innovation in tackling basic health and education inequalities as it has displayed in global technology markets to rapidly get on track for achieving the Millennium Development Goals targets.

  • 04 Aug 2005
    TN Tsunami Resource Centre Opened

    To facilitate a rehabilitation process that reduces peoples' vulnerability and increases their resilience to deal with future hazards, a Tamil Nadu Tsunami Resource Centre, supported by the Government of Tamil Nadu, the UN System and several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) was established in Chennai in the aftermath of tsunami.

  • 24 Mar 2005
    Orissa Human Development Report

    Bhubaneswar - Orissa’s Human Development Report, supported by the Planning Commission and UNDP highlights that poverty in Orissa is overwhelmingly a rural phenomenon with significant regional differences within the state. The report analyzes the state’s attainments vis-à-vis three basic parameters that define human development– livelihood, health and education.

  • 31 Jan 2005
    Nagaland State Human Development Report

    Kohima - The Nagaland State Human Development Report (NSHDR) 2004, supported by the Planning Commission, Government of Nagaland and UNDP presents a comprehensive picture on the human development attainments in the State. It presents the government’s vision for the future that builds on the tremendous social capital in the State, which has enabled the State to have a high Human Development Index (HDI) value of .623 – higher than the national average which stood at .381 as per the 1991 data.

  • 16 Nov 2004
    Punjab Human Development Report 2004

    Chandigarh - Punjab today became the tenth Indian State to launch its State Human Development Report. The Report was released by the State Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh in the presence of the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Resident Coordinator in India, Dr. Maxine Olson, here today.

  • 14 Oct 2004
    West Bengal HDR Bags Global UNDP Award

    New Delhi - The West Bengal State Human Development Report 2004 has been awarded the coveted National Human Development Report (NHDR) award for " Excellence in Quality of Analysis". The Report is one of the seven winners of the 2004 global United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Awards for Human Development. The winners will be honoured at a ceremony hosted by the UNDP Administrator, Mark Malloch Brown on 15 December in New York City.

  • 19 May 2004
    First West Bengal Human Development Report Launched

    Kolkata - West Bengal has been successful in bringing down both birth rates and death rates, with one of the most rapid declines in birth rate in India. Life expectancy in the State is well above the national average. The sex ratio in West Bengal has shown improvement in recent times, so that it is now just above the national average, while the 0-6 years sex ratio is much higher than the all-India average. West Bengal has a much better record of ensuring the lives of girl infants than India as a whole. These are some of the highlights of the first State Human Development Report for West Bengal that was released by the State Chief Minister, Mr Buddhadev Bhattacharjee, here today.

  • 06 May 2004
    Strong UNDP-UNESCO Backing to India's Efforts for New Community Radio Policy

    New Delhi - The new community radio policy for India will adopt a holistic approach to ensure that community radio stations are not just set up but New Delhi - sustained as well. The government is committed to finalising the new policy in as short a period as possible. This was announced at the end of the two-day workshop on "Designing and Enabling Framework for Community Radio in India".

  • 05 May 2004
    Crucial I&B, UNDP, UNESCO Workshop Gets Underway

    New Delhi - The Government of India is seriously exploring the possibility of creating a new framework for community radio in India that addresses the genuine aspirations of a vast array of socio-cultural communities in India. This was reiterated by senior representatives of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Prasar Bharati, at a workshop, here today. The workshop was organised by the I&B Ministry and supported by the United Nations Development programme and UNESCO. Over 70 high level experts and community radio practitioners from India and abroad are participating in the two-day consultation.

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