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.
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.
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.
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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.