Manipur’s Loktak Lake - the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India - is an internationally important, Ramsar designated, freshwater wetland system in the state of Manipur, India. Famously known for its circular floating swamps (called phumdi in the local language) - a collection of heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil and organic matter at various stages of decomposition. Resembling miniature islands, these phumdis are found in various forms, floating on the lake.
This is the exciting thing about teachers, every teacher is also a learner. That’s what makes the profession, and I am a teacher myself, such an exciting profession. On this World Teachers’ Day 2019, once again I salute all teachers all over the world and in particular young professional teachers.
Reboot The Earth is planned as a social coding event that brings young computer programmers, scientists and other interested people together under the auspices of the United Nations to improve upon or build a new software program that addresses the current climate crisis.
“Ensuring the safety of food is central to a comprehensive food system and is a shared responsibility of all stakeholders involved. Food safety is directly linked to a number of Sustainable Development Goals and FAO is the custodian agency for 21 food-related indicators."
A free press is essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights. No democracy is complete without access to transparent and reliable information. It is the cornerstone for building fair and impartial institutions, holding leaders accountable and speaking truth to power. This is especially true during election seasons -- the focus of this year’s World Press Freedom Day. Facts, not falsehoods, should guide people as they choose their representatives.
Across countries and continents, our world is witnessing a rise in youth engagement and even a ‘youth quake’ as one news outlet described the recent Global Climate Strike. Inspired by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, some 1.6 million young people in 125 countries took to the streets, demanding world leaders to take climate action – now. To navigate our planet out of harms way, there is already a plan of action in place; the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This April, young leaders from different corners of the world, will join the 2019 ECOSOC Youth Forum with a mission: to put this plan into action.