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  • 19 Jun 2012
    Climate change is Degrading Marine Habitats and Threatening Fish Supplies Worldwide

    A new UNDP publication examines the threat of climate change on the livelihoods of billions of people, who are dependent on the US$12 trillion generated annually from the large marine ecosystems. The report ‘Frontline Observations on Climate Change and the Sustainability of Large Marine Ecosystems’ observes that warming ocean waters are causing major shifts in fish distribution and severe degradation of coastal habitats.

  • 18 Jun 2012
    Building tomorrow’s markets: Governments and businesses join UNDP to boost sustainable agriculture

    UNDP has presented an initiative to boost sustainable agriculture in developing countries through partnerships between governments, businesses and smallholder farmers to coordinate the production and export of key commodities like coffee, grains and cocoa.

  • 16 Jun 2012
    United Nations Knowledge Management Initiative, Solution Exchange Receives eWorld Public Choice Award

    The United Nations flagship knowledge management initiative, Solution Exchange wins the eWorld Public Choice Award for ‘Best Initiative for Localized Application/Content' at the Second eWorld Forum awards. The eWorld 2012 Awards encourage continued use of technology for solving governance challenges, and enabling governments to be more responsive, effective and citizen-oriented.

  • 14 Jun 2012
    UNDP Recognized Internationally for its Valuable Contributions in Knowledge Management

    UNDP has received the prestigious Knowledge Management Award 2012 for its outstanding efforts in promoting the concept of knowledge societies. The Knowledge Management Award is presented annually by Knowledge Management Austria to one international organization with a global impact on knowledge societies.

  • 13 Jun 2012
    UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Marta Vieira da Silva Invites People to Join the Global Conversation on Rio+20

    World renowned Brazilian soccer player and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Marta Vieira da Silva launches a video message to invite people to join global conversation alongside the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20.

  • 08 Jun 2012
    The Secretary-General Message on World Oceans Day

    This year’s World Ocean Day falls on the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. To commemorate the day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges all countries to ratify the Convention on the Law of the Sea, and do more to protect the oceans, which are threatened by pollution, depleted fishery resources, the impacts of climate change and deterioration of marine environment.

  • 06 Jun 2012
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Urges Public to Vote on “The Future You Want”

    The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls on people around the world to cast their votes in an online global poll on solutions to the planet’s most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges, the results of which will be presented to world leaders at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  • 05 Jun 2012
    The Secretary-General Message on World Environment Day

    On World Environment Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges governments, businesses and all members of the society to play their part in keeping humankind’s ecological footprint within planetary boundaries.

  • 22 May 2012
    The Secretary-General Message on the International Day for Biological Diversity

    On International Day for Biological Diversity, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges governments across the world to improve the management and conservation of oceans by curbing overfishing, expanding marine protected areas and reducing ocean pollution.

  • 22 May 2012
    UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas Invites People to Join the Global Conversation on Rio+20

    World renowned Spanish actor and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas launched a public service announcement aiming at inviting people to join the global conversation alongside the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development ‘Rio+20’.

  • 18 May 2012
    New UNDP-MNRE Collaboration to Tap India’s Vast Solar Energy Potential Launched in New Delhi

    The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the United Nations Development Programme have launched a new project that aims to enable greater use of concentrating solar heat technology systems to meet India’s rising industrial heating needs.

  • 17 May 2012
    Helen Clark: In More Than Seventy Countries, Homosexuality is Still Criminalized

    On International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark reaffirms the organization’s commitment to promote understanding of the negative impact of homophobia and transphobia and to reduce human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

  • 14 May 2012
    Jairam Ramesh Calls for Convergence between Rural Development and Sustainability

    New Delhi, 14 May 2012 - At a day-long consultation organized by UNDP, the Ministry of Rural Development and the Planning Commission, Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Rural Development calls for greater convergence between rural development programmes and sustainability.

  • 10 May 2012
    Asia-Pacific can No Longer Afford to Grow First and Clean Up Later, Says UNDP Report

    Jakarta -The Asia-Pacific Human Development Report 2012 ‘One Planet to Share: Sustaining Human Progress in a Changing Climate’ says that countries in Asia and the Pacific need to strike a balance between rising prosperity and rising emissions to address the issue of climate change.

  • 24 Apr 2012
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Announces Official Visit to India

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit India from 25 April 2012. During his three-day visit, the Secretary-General will meet with country’s senior political leadership to discuss current regional and international issues, and with business leaders committed to promoting the health of women and children. The Secretary-General will also visit health facilities to witness progress being made by communities in promoting health of women and children.

  • 23 Apr 2012
    UNDP’s Himalayan Meltdown Wins Top Prize at International Film Festival

    Houston, Texas - United Nations Development Programme film 'Himalayan Meltdown' wins the prestigious Platinum Award in the broadcast documentary category at the 45th Annual Worldfest International Film Festival, which is the oldest independent film festival in the world.

  • 18 Apr 2012
    Cartoonists from Asia-Pacific Win Awards on Earth Day from the UN and Government of France

    Bangkok - Asia-Pacific cartoons depicting the effects of climate change on children, Chinese cities, the Pacific Islands and mangrove forests won a regional contest sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of France. Cartoonists from Bangladesh, China, India, Lao PDR, Palau, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines have been recognized on this year’s Earth Day for their original artwork depicting climate change and human development in Asia-Pacific countries.

  • 23 Mar 2012
    Equator Prize Winners Announced, Awards will be Presented During Rio+20

    New York - The Equator Initiative announced yesterday the names of twenty-five local community groups to receive the Equator Prize 2012 in recognition of their outstanding contributions to sustainable development. Among the winners that were selected from 812 nominations submitted by communities in 113 countries across the developing world, was India’s Shashwat group, a grassroots initiative that was developed in response to the displacement of Koli Mahadeo, Thakarsand Katkaris tribal peoples by construction of the Dimbhe dam.

  • 22 Mar 2012
    Urgent International Action Needed to Combat Social Inequalities and Environmental Risks, UN Secretary-General Tells Istanbul Forum

    Istanbul - Social justice and environmental protection are equally urgent and intrinsically linked universal goals, with coordinated global action needed on both fronts at the UN’s ‘Rio+20’ Conference on Sustainable Development in June, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the first Global Human Development Forum here today.

  • 17 Mar 2012
    UNDP Administrator Helen Clark: Pursue both Equity and Environmental Sustainability

    New Delhi - UNDP Administrator Helen Clark calls for more integrated policymaking that would address the three pillars of development – economic, social and environmental.Helen Clark concluded a five-day visit to India today.

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