- Eric Falt, UNESCO Representative, to Bhutan, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka, Sep 17, 2020
The differently abled community offers a vast potential that can be tapped with the right steps
Nearly 75 years ago, the United Nations (UN) was created in the face of intolerance and discrimination to reaffirm faith in the dignity and worth of humans, and in the equal rights of women and men. Its fundamental values postulated that in order to live sustainably, we must practise tolerance and endorse the values of equality. However, if we are to stay true to the values of the UN, we must bring marginalised communities from the fringes back into the development mainstream.
By Rene Van Berkel, Representative, UNIDO India, Aug 03, 2020
by René Van Berkel UNIDO Representative Regional Office in India
The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the introduction and uptake of digital technologies across diverse sectors, as businesses, educational institutions, health care providers, governments and many others rapidly adopted tele-working, tele-teaching, tele-health, etc. during lockdown period. Beyond the digitalization of service delivery and commercial, financial and administrative processes, digitally enabled technologies have been (re)purposed to aid the response to the health crisis and the disruptions in society and the...
By Zoya Khandey, Jul 15, 2020
Since the outbreak more than five months ago, and the global lockdown over three months ago, the COVID-19 virus has taught us several lessons, the largest amongst those is realising our own vulnerabilities. Economies are crashing, there is major financial insecurity, countries are becoming increasingly conservative and hostile, and vulnerable populations worldwide are facing the brunt of the pandemic.
With each passing day, the humanitarian crisis of millions living impoverished and vulnerable lives across the world increases. However, the pandemic can prove to be an immense...
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Dr Yasmin Ali Haque, Mr. Bishow Parajuli, Ms. Payden, Mr. Tomio Shichiri , Jun 11, 2020
Here are 6 steps the government must take to ensure that the nutrition needs of vulnerable women and children are not compromised by the pandemic and its fallout.
The rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, as well as the measures adopted to contain its spread have put many families at risk by impacting their food supply, livelihoods and household incomes and their ability to access critical services for health and nutrition, early childhood care, education and social protection globally and in India. This is especially true for the migrants and poor urban populations as...
By UN Women, May 20, 2020
With the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, the glaring inequalities in our societies have come to the fore. The implications of inequality can be seen in all spheres including access to healthcare, jobs and employment, wage parity, basic services, water and sanitation, quality and holistic education amongst a few. The most visibly deprived are the homeless, migrants, SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity), daily wage workers, sex workers, indigenous population, single women, persons with disabilities and refugees amongst others.
This situation has also laid bare open the...
Pragya Tikku, Consultant-Inter-Governmental Processes, Women, Peace & Security, UN Women India, May 29, 2020
We as a world community has not as yet achieved gender quality. When it comes to peace keeping and security, it has traditionally been seen as a “man’s job”. Hence women’s involvement in peacekeeping missions and security forces contrasts people’s mindset of pre-existing gender inequality and discrimination. A shift from this to empowerment is taking time, effort and requires strategic intervention strategies. In conflict hot spots, the cases of conflict related sexual violence (CRSV), gender-based violence and violence against women shows a strikingly high rate. Since...
-- Major Suman Gawani, May 29, 2020
Tell us a little about yourself. What inspired you to join the Indian Army?
I belong to Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. My Father is retired from Fire Brigade and Mother is a homemaker. We are three siblings my elder sister, me and my younger brother. My Brother is serving in the Indian Air Force. I have done my schooling from Uttarkashi, which is a beautiful town in the hills. I am a Bachelor of Education from DAV PG college in Dehradun. I joined the Indian Army in Sep 2011 after being trained at the Officers Training Academy at Chennai. Since then it has been an...
by International Fund for Agricultural Development, May 20, 2020
Spring sees nature’s most industrious creatures hard at work. From March on, they buzz away, foraging on wildflowers and literally vibrating the pollen off plants. In so doing, bees support countless ecosystems, bolster biodiversity, anchor food chains and help ensure humans’ agricultural security. Not bad for insects no bigger than a paperclip, on average.
Equally crucial is the role beekeepers and commercial pollinators play in food production around the world. With bees threatened by disappearing habitats, climate change, pesticides, deadly pathogens and invasive species, nature...
By UNAIDS, May 07, 2020
06 MAY 2020
For the more than 3000 people, including 330 children and adolescents, living with HIV and on antiretroviral therapy in Goa, India, the COVID-19 outbreak is a time of worry—they are worried about COVID-19 and they are worried about being able to stay on their HIV treatment during the lockdown in India.
In order to respond to one of those worries, the team at the Human Touch Foundation, a community-based organization that provides care and support to children and adolescents living with HIV, has, since the start of the lockdown, organized a force of volunteers to deliver...
- Parul Agarwala, Country Programme Manager a.i., UN-Habitat India and Hitesh Vaidya, Director, NIUA, May 07, 2020
COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of our urban systems like never before. In India and across the globe, the pandemic has taken its roots in cities and proven to be the single most potent disruptive force to the “engines of economic growth”. The pandemic has very clearly demonstrated that while national and state governments play a crucial role towards a systematic and unified approach to response and mobilizing resources, it is the cities and urban systems where the battle is being fought. Making cities function in the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be the...
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