Sustainable Development Goals
Meet Women Transforming India 2017 winner Kamal Kumbhar. She broke free from the shackles of poverty and a suffocating marriage to create a micro-enterprise network, enabling women like herself to realise their dreams of a brighter tomorrow.
Determined to save her child’s life, Rajlakshmi Borthakur researched epilepsy for more than three years and developed a simple wearable device, a smart glove, that can predict epileptic seizures before they happen. This year's Women Transforming India Runner up shares her story with us.
For almost a decade, Shima Modak has been working relentlessly for the welfare of the distressed. Albeit with very little financial assistance, Shima has helped improve the future of children in her community by taking free education to the doorstep of the vulnerable. She is this year's Women Transforming India runner up.
Women Transforming India runner up Sunita Kamble has fought the odds to become the first woman goat doctor in a severely drought-affected region. She works with her team to protect the community’s livestock and create alternative and sustainable livelihood opportunities for women.
Meet Women Transforming India 2017 winner Subasini Mistry. Having lost her husband at a young age due to lack of medical care, Subasini Mistry toiled for two decades to realize her dream of building a hospital for the needy. She is living proof that one does not need to be young, rich or educated to be an achiever, but that immense hard work and the audacity of hope can go a long way.
Attacked in 2005 in broad daylight at the age of 15, Laxmi Aggarwal is today a champion of violence against women. She has filed public interest litigations in India’s highest court to restrict the sale of acid. Meet Women Transforming India 2017 winner Laxmi Agarwal.
A self-made aviation entrepreneur and cancer survivor, Kanika Tekriwal launched her company, JetSetGo in 2013. JetSetGo, India’s first marketplace for chartered jets, is an interactive technology-driven platform enabling users to charter aircrafts and helicopters around India. Kanika is a runner up of this year's Women Transforming India.
In the 46 years of its history, the National Fire Service College of Nagpur never saw a uniform-clad woman walk out of its gates. Harshini Kanhekar rewrote the college’s history and the country’s fire services to become India’s first woman firefighter. This year's Women Transforming India runner up on breaking barriers.
From being thrown out of a train, losing her leg and facing an uncertain future to becoming the first female amputee to scale the highest mountain in the world, Arunima Sinha’s awe-inspiring story is one of fortitude, perseverance, and conviction. Watch what this year's Women Transforming India winner has to say.
Along with her band of women activists, Jamuna Tudu has conserved 50 hectares of forest land around her village in Jharkhand, taking on encroachers with little more than bows and arrows and courage.
The founder and executive director of Educate Girls, a non- profit organization working for girls’ education, Safeena Husain has worked to bring education to some of India’s most backward districts.
Determined to save her child’s life, Rajlakshmi Borthakur researched epilepsy for more than three years and developed a simple wearable device, a smart glove, that can predict epileptic seizures before they happen.
Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN Secretary General's Envoy on Youth, stopped over at TARA (Technology & Action for Rural Advancement) to meet young women receiving training in salon services and retail under the Disha project. Read more about Disha here.
Fashion can save the planet through supply chains that are green and sustainable. Fashion can empower farmers, small businesses and female entrepreneurs. There is no industry better suited to challenge the status quo than fashion. Sustainable fashion is good business and will help shape a better future for all. Watch our film for day 2 of Lakme Fashion Week 2017 on sustainable fashion.
Video message for 2017 International Youth Day by António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, and Jayathma Wickramanayake, Envoy of the Secretary-General on Youth.
From 193,000 villages and 531 cities becoming open defecation free to the launch of 104 satellites by ISRO, India has come a long way. Watch to find out.
In order to meet the challenges of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), India should prioritise women's empowerment and education. That's the view of UN Resident Coordinator, Yuri Afanasiev, who's been at UN Headquarters attending the High-Level Political Forum which is reviewing progress made so far on the SDGs. He said that India's progress is essential for the global effort to meet the Goals, which include ending poverty and hunger; as well as providing universal education and quality health care for all, key targets agreed in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. India's importance is underlined by one startling statistic, said Mr Afanasiev, who is also the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Resident Representative. The country, which has a population of more than 1.3 billion, is responsible for around 50 per cent of the total global development needed to meet the SDGs. The UN Coordinator said that “whatever we do with our relatively small resources, especially for a country like India, needs to be scalable, it needs to be impactful, and it needs to be focussed.” He said the challenges India faces in order to reach the SDGs by 2030 “remain tremendous and daunting” but the rate of growth, change, and national commitment meant that the future was looking positive for India. Mr. Afansiev said that it might appear counter-intuitive to prioritise women's empowerment and education, ahead of infrastructure and economic growth indicators, but “if you don't have those two, all the rest become impossible.” Listen to the full interview on our Soundcloud.
The Head of the UNESCO-UNEVOC, Shyamal Majumdar's message on World Youth Skills Day.
India generates close to 60 million tonnes of garbage every day, and of these, around 45 to 50 million tonnes are untreated. The metros themselves generate 10 million tonnes of waste daily. Initiatives like the Safai Sena in New Delhi are trying to change the way we look at waste and waste pickers. Award-winning environment journalist Bahar Dutt takes us through the process.
Millions of people in India depend upon the Ganga for their livelihood and well-being. A lifeline for almost 45 percent of the population, the river today suffers from overuse and pollution. Even as the Indian government has launched a massive campaign to clean the river. Citizens are also taking action for a clean river. More here: http://in.one.un.org/environmentday/
Highlights from the press conference by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, on World Refugee Day (20 June 2017).
When natural disasters strike, it is children that are the most vulnerable to injuries and mortalities. The East Coast of India is one of the most cyclone prone regions in the country. In Andhra Pradesh, UNICEF works with the State Education Department to develop protocols to tackle natural disasters for school children.
Started by ex-journalist Merry Barua, when her own son suffered from the disorder, Action for Autism works across India to empower kids and adults with autism. From spreading awareness and influencing policy changes to finding better employment for people with autism.
Meet Tejasvi, both his legs are afflicted with polio and he has been practicing yoga since the age of 5. Through hard work and practice, today he can perform the hardest of asanas and postures. Watch to find out.
Muskaan, an adult training center for the intellectually disabled in New Delhi shows us the healing and therapeutic value of yoga in their lives. The sensory and motor skills are strengthened by engaging them in sports, yoga, aerobics, and weight management.
UN in India Goodwill Ambassador for the #SDGs, Ashok Amritraj, believes Yoga helps discipline the mind and body. Watch his message for International Yoga Day 2017.
Did you know that the presence of a fishing cat is an indicator of a healthy mangrove ecosystem? To find out more, watch award-winning environment journalist Bahar Dutt try to catch a glimpse of the elusive fishing cat in Coringa Wildlife Sactuary, East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh.
On the eve of World Environment Day, nearly 2,000 volunteers, including schoolchildren, participated in a beach cleanup to remove the plastic filth that the sea had washed ashore on the the 3-km stretch at Versova beach. It was the 87th weekend since Versova residents, led by lawyer Afroz Shah, along with the civic body, began cleaning the beach. On Sunday, they removed more than 160 tonnes of trash.
On World Environment Day 2017, more than 5000 students came together to celebrate the day.
Watch how a local NGO, with support from the Global Environment Facility's Small Grants Programme and UNDP, is helping communities collect and recycle plastic waste for use in road-building and cement manufacturing -- increasing the income of waste pickers in the process.
On the east coast of India lies a biodiversity hotspot, the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread over 23,000 hectares, it is the second largest stretch of mangrove forests in India with 24 mangrove tree species and more than 120 bird species. Since 2011, UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India has worked in the East Godavari River Estuarine Ecosystem to integrate environmental management into major production activities that impact coastal biodiversity. Watch award-winning environment journalist Bahar Dutt take us through the sanctuary.
United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres’, message to mark the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.
UN in India Goodwill Ambassador for the #SDGs, Ashok Amritraj, takes inspiration and motivation from his mother -- who bought him his first tennis racket. Participate in Niti Aayog's #WomenTransform and share your stories of women transforming India. Apply for the Women Transforming India contest by dialling +91-7042648877, or click here
Sher Verick, Deputy Director, ILO Decent Work Team for South Asia and Country Office for India, talks about the puzzling trend of low female labour force participation in South Asia, especially in India. Meet the Expert video interview series introduces the various experts and specialists working at the ILO Decent Work Team for South Asia and Country Office for India. To know more about ILO's work on gender, visit this page.
Meet Rupmani Cheri from India, she is the first UN Volunteer with disabilities. The volunteer has been assigned from India to serve in Ukraine as UN Volunteer Specialist for overcoming the stigmatisation of persons with disabilities. This deployment is a step towards ensuring that persons with disabilities fulfil their potential with dignity and equality, while also being yet another example of South-South cooperation through volunteerism.
United Nations - UN Secretary-General António Guterres' hails women for their many contributions on International Women's Day, 8 March 2017. This year's theme is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”.
Smurfs like eating big Smurfberry pies and singing happy songs, but it's only fun when everyone in Smurf Village has enough to eat and has no worries. So when the Smurfs heard that the United Nations has a big plan to protect all people and the planet, they had to be a part of it. With their boundless energy and positive attitude, the Smurfs are a great choice to help the United Nations celebrate this year's International Day of Happiness on 20 March by promoting the Sustainable Development Goals. The Goals aim to protect people and our planet so we can all live the happiest lives possible. Learn more and take action here.
Award-winning Hollywood film producer and Wimbledon tennis player, Ashok Amritraj has been appointed the United Nations in India Goodwill Ambassador for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Chairman and CEO of the Hyde Park Entertainment Group, Mr. Amritraj is the first Ambassador for the UN in India.
Video message by Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General to the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi between 17 and 19 January 2017. Raisina Dialogue is India’s flagship international conference on geo-politics and geo-economics jointly organised by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Observer Research Foundation (ORF).
In his first message on his first day as United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres appeals to the world for one shared new year resolution – to “put peace first” in the year 2017.
Ban Ki-moon, the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, ends his second five-year term at the helm of the world body on 31 December 2016. In his final interview with UN News, Mr. Ban reflects on his decade-long stint, during which he played a key role in helping the international community confront the globe’s toughest challenges. Hailing from the Republic of Korea, Mr. Ban’s first term began in 2007, and he was unanimously re-appointed by the UN General Assembly to a second term in 2012. Full interview available here.
On 16 December 2016, in a historic moment, the Indian Parliament has passed the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2016 to improve the lives of people living with disabilities in India. Watch Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator, congratulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi and members of Parliament for this pathbreaking achievement.
António Guterres, former Prime Minister of Portugal, was sworn in as the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, at a ceremony presided over by the UN General Assembly President, Peter Thomson. Mr. Guterres, who was until recently the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, will succeed South Korea’s Ban Ki-moon, who will step down on 31 December 2016 after 10 years at the helm of the Organization.
Indian army veteran General Cardozo lost a leg during 1971 war but believes that disability can be overcome if you don’t give up.
Chetna Nagpal is a student with visual impairment who wants better technology to improve accessibility in education for persons with disabilities.
Rupmani Chhetri loves going to the theatre but she needs films to be deaf-friendly. She is asking for captioning and sign language!
Nipun Malhotra must plan well ahead before stepping out of his home as he is unsure if public spaces are wheelchair accessible. Making all our spaces accessible is an important first step to empower people with disabilities!
Simple language and easy-to-read signages can make sure we value people with intellectual disabilities in our community. Watch Sawmil Arneja and Maninder Singh’s story.
October 2nd, 2016
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warmly congratulated India for joining the Paris Agreement on climate change today.
“India’s leadership builds on the continued strong political momentum from Paris for urgent global action on climate change,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban””s spokesperson.
India now joins the 61 other Parties that have deposited their instruments of ratification, which, including India, together account for close to 52 per cent of total global greenhouse emissions. India’s leadership moves the world an important step closer toward the 55 per cent threshold needed for the agreement”s entry into force this year.
In the statement, Mr. Ban called on all Parties to accelerate their domestic procedures in order to join the agreement as soon as possible this year, stressing that action on climate change is crucial for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and creating a more prosperous, equitable and livable future for all people.