Sustainable Development Goals
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.