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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By Nishtha Satyam, Deputy Country Representative, UN Women, Apr 24, 2020
Women are at once bearing the brunt of the pandemic and leading the response to it. This reflects an untenable situation that calls for decisive action.
By Nishtha Satyam
Apr 23, 2020, 3:19 PM
Four months into the Covid-19 pandemic, the world has effectively, though unevenly, come to a standstill. Healthcare systems of several countries, including India’s, have been overwhelmed. Several erroneous beliefs about the self-regulatory capacity of world markets have also come undone. It’s ironic yet fitting that the human race’s proclamations of...
- By Kanta Singh, Country Programme Manager, UN women, Apr 22, 2020
Women Are at the Frontlines of the Battle Against COVID-19
-- Kanta Singh, Country Programme Manager, UN Women
In the weeks since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global public health emergency, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected 212 countries and cost over 100,000 lives. The pandemic hasn’t just forced individuals and institutions to haphazardly shore up resources to combat the virus and its effects across the globe. It has laid bare the lack of preparedness on the part of governments, crisis-management agencies, and private companies in...
By Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Apr 02, 2020
Keeping global food chains alive is crucial amid the COVID-19 crisis
The COVID-19 pandemic is putting an enormous strain on public health systems around the world. Millions of people are in some form of quarantine. We know that the human toll will be high, and that efforts to turn the tide carry a heavy economic cost. To reduce the risk of an even greater toll — shortage of food for millions — the world must take immediate actions to minimise disruptions to food supply chains. A globally coordinated and coherent response is needed to prevent this public health crisis from triggering a...
-- By António Guterres is Secretary-General of the United Nations.,
The upheaval caused by the coronavirus – COVID-19 – is all around us. And I know many are anxious, worried and confused. That’s absolutely natural.
We are facing a health threat unlike any other in our lifetimes.
Meanwhile, the virus is spreading, the danger is growing, and our health systems, economies and day-to-day lives are being severely tested.
The most vulnerable are the most affected — particularly our elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions, those without access to reliable health care, and those in poverty or living on the edge.
We Are Generation Equality
- Anna Rego, Policy Manager, J-PAL South Asia, Mar 17, 2020
Over the past four decades, India has achieved rapid economic growth, gender parity in primary school enrolment, and a decline in fertility rates. Yet, according to the latest NITI Aayog report on India’s progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), we are underperforming on SDG 5 – Gender Equality and Empowerment For All Women and Girls. Across Indian states, key gender equality outcomes such as labour force and political participation, wage parity across gender, gender-based violence reduction, and sex ratio at birth are persistently poor. This raises the question –...
By Oscar Mundia, UNHCR, Mar 09, 2020
Today we live in a world whereby nearly 71 million persons were forcibly displaced at the close of 2018, half of them were women and girls, the highest number recorded since the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) began collecting data in 1951.
For example, out of 5.5 million Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt, 43% are women and girls. More than half of the 4.3 million South Sudanese displaced are women and children. In the Asia-Pacific region, 6.9 million persons (48% are women and girls) are displaced, including 4.2 million refugees...
By Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations, Mar 08, 2020
Change the system, not women, for gender parity, writes UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres
Our world is in trouble, and gender equality is a part of the answer. Man-made problems have human-led solutions. Gender equality is a means of redefining and transforming power that will yield benefits for all
Gender equality offers solutions to some of the most intractable problems of our age.
Everywhere, women are worse off than men — simply because they are women. The reality for women from minorities, older women, those with disabilities,...
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