- By UN Environment, Feb 25, 2020
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Farming is the bedrock of India’s economy—43 per cent of its population are employed in agriculture. Yet, paradoxically, around 60 per cent of India’s people is likely to experience severe food shortages by 2050.
Climate change impacts—including crop losses due to global heating—unregulated use of fertilizers and pesticides leading that degrade the soils, deplete groundwater and cause health hazards; costly seeds, inputs and high interest rates on loans are among the challenges facing India’s agricultural...
We Are Generation Equality
- Lieutenant General Satish Dua, Feb 22, 2020
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We grew up hearing tales of valour of women warriors like Jhansi ki Rani, Kittur ki Rani Chinnamma, Razia Sultana, Chand Bibi, Bibi Dalair Kaur, and more. Historically, India took pride in bravery displayed by women, when called upon to do so, when their kingdom was in peril. This slowly stopped with the context of wars overseas, coupled with our social context. That was also the case with militaries across the world. Post World War Two, most militaries started inducting women in differing numbers and varying roles.
Indian army inducted women in the Army three...
- By Niranjan NB, UN Habitat, Dec 19, 2019
Indian cities are amidst phenomenal transformation in terms of development and economy. Growth and urbanization require the consumption of resources like land, water, and minerals, consequently altering the balance between people and nature. The growing cities fulfill their land and resource requirements by expanding into periphery areas and posing a threat to protected areas in the urban landscape. The session on ‘Building Synergies in Ecotourism and Natural Heritage’ during the Urban Symposium on ‘Harmonizing Heritage and Innovation in Cities’ hosted by UN-Habitat in partnership...
- By Imran Basha, UN Habitat India, Dec 19, 2019
Culture is primarily associated with the arts, ideas, customs, social behaviour and other human intellectual interactions in an area. Culture and heritage play significant roles in enhancing local livelihood and economy, hence different initiatives are being undertaken by respective cities or areas in the promotion of the local economy through culture and heritage conservation. With rapid urbanization, cities are transforming into engines of growth. This, in turn, has implications on local urban culture and traditions. Cultural and heritage conservation is being side-lined and is struggling...
- By Sajith Shaik, UN Habitat India, Dec 19, 2020
Public participation in heritage conservation initiatives is critical as the process helps sustain the significance of tangible and intangible heritage. As per the Constitution of India, protection of heritage is one of the fundamental duties of each and every citizen, but the efforts made by the local authorities are not always proven significant. With the advent of programmes like HRIDAY and Smart City Mission, several new and innovative efforts are being made by state and local governments across the country towards promoting people-centric heritage conservation practices.
- By Shruti Rajagopalan, UN Habitat India, Dec 19, 2019
Heritage conservation in India is often considered as a beautification process. The result of this mindset can be witnessed in Indian heritage cities where often the visible market streets and monuments are well-restored and protected but it seems like a different world altogether as soon as we walk out of these protected boundaries.
UN-Habitat along with GIZ with the support of Government of India, hosted an Urban Symposium on “Harmonizing Heritage and Innovation in Cities” in Jaipur on 19th and 20th of December 2019, as a precursor to the World Urban Forum which is going to be held...
- By UN Environment, Nov 15, 2019
Over the past few months, a series of air pollution episodes have set new records across Asia. Earlier this summer, hundreds of people were evacuated, and schools had to be closed due to poor air quality in many parts of Indonesia, during a crisis that made the skies over the region turn red. More recently, air quality levels have worsened in India creating public outcry with dire consequences for large swaths of society. The spikes, especially in fine particulate matter (PM2.5), have caused closure of schools, declaration of health emergency by the state government, demonstrations by civil...
- By Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations, Nov 11, 2019
People around the world are taking to the streets to protest against rising living costs and real or perceived injustice. They feel the economy is not working for them — and in some cases, they are right. A narrow focus on growth, regardless of its true cost and consequences, is leading to climate catastrophe, a loss of trust in institutions and a lack of faith in the future.
The private sector is a critical part of solving these problems. Businesses are already working closely with the UN to help build a more stable and equitable future, based on the Sustainable...
Byt Mansi Tata, Executive Director of Kirloskar Systems and Young Business Champion for the SDGs , Aug 14, 2019
By Manasi Tata, Executive Director of Kirloskar Systems and Young Business Champion for the SDGs
To most, ‘Education’ simply connotes a process of facilitating learning or the acquisition of knowledge and skills. Often, we do not lay enough emphasis on values, beliefs, wisdom and habits, which are core to a good education. Good, well-rounded education should help to bring lasting positive changes in human life and behavior, so that we can contribute to society in a meaningful and positive way. To create unity and justice for all.
Albert Einstein during his visit to...
- By UN Environment, May 23, 2019
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