World Health Organization
-- 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,...
- Zainab Patel, Mar 03, 2020
After having worked for the United Nations for little more than a decade, I realized that the International Women’s Day (IWD), celebrated annually on March 8, was started in the early 1900s by labour rights activists who spoke on how social categories such as race, gender, class, and nationality impact each other.
With this basic premise in mind, I had often wondered how a transgender woman like me could find space in celebrating IWD. Over many deliberations with friends and colleagues, I've decided that for me, IWD is more about intersectionality — the way in which different forms...
- 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...
- 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.
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