April 17, 2015: The lack of infrastructure and poor development has made the Northeastern part of India vulnerable to human trafficking. Although known for its cultural diversity and rich heritage, the region is struggling with widespread unemployment. Consequently, a large number of youth are forced to leave their homes in search of work opportunities. Another considerable number of young women and children are lured with promises of lucrative jobs into the big cities, often finding themselves deceived and being sold by traffickers for sexual exploitation and forced labor. With its diverse natural resources and distinct culture, the Northeast of India offers many possibilities for economic development, which can be utilized to reduce the vulnerabilities to human trafficking. With the aim to provide sustainable livelihood options in rural settings vulnerable to human trafficking, in 2009, UNODC supported livelihood programmes for rural artisans in the two Northeastern states of Mizoram and Tripura. (Photo: UNODC)
June 15, 2013: From farming to forestry and fisheries, agriculture greenhouse emissions have nearly doubled over the past 50 years and may increase by another 30 per cent by 2050, according to new estimates out today from the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). "FAO's new data represent the most comprehensive source of information on agriculture's contribution to global warming made to date," said Francesco Tubiello of the agecny’s Climate, Energy and Tenure Division. For the first time, FAO has used its own FAOSTAT emissions database to estimate global greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, forestry and other land use in contributing to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Emissions from crop and livestock production grew in 2001 from 4.7 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2 eq) to more than 5.3 billion tonnes in 2011 – a 14 per cent increase. Photo: Bhavya Goswami/OWSA
April 7, 2013: Just as the 16th General Election is flagged off in India, it is heartening to note that -- for the first time ever -- most of the major political parties in the fray have allotted a special section focusing on children’s issues in their manifestos. Civil society has been campaigning for the inclusion of promises for children for many years so that their special needs related to education, health and protection can be met. In an event on the Public Day of Action, last Saturday, at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, under the Nine is Mine campaign, about 1,000 children and 23 civil society organizations – including Save the Children, World Vision, Wada Na Todo, Youth Ki Awaaz, GAIN, CRY -- had gathered to highlight the fact that children (who comprise about 40 per cent of the country’s population) should not be forgotten by voters and political parties in the world’s largest democratic exercise.
4 April, 2014: A 'Voting Awareness Campaign' was organized at ITM University in Gurgaon, also called the millennium city, outside Delhi, as part of a campaign by the Indian Election Commission as the country braces for the hustings. The motive of the campaign was to increase youth participation by making them pledge to vote and letting them know of their democratic responsibilities. There is an increasing concern about the number of young people who do not exercise their franchise even as India's electoral democracy thrives. The Election Commission's campaign also aims to promote free, fair and peaceful elections, so that voters find an environment where they can vote fearlessly, without being influenced by considerations of religion, race, caste, community, language or any inducement.
April 1, 2014: The effects of climate change are already occurring in all continents and across the oceans, and the world, for the most part, is ill-prepared for their risks, says a United Nations report issued yesterday, which also warns that while action can be taken, managing the phenomenon’s impacts will be difficult on a rapidly warming planet. The report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, from Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), details the impacts of climate change to date, the future risks from a changing climate, and the opportunities for effective action to reduce risks. The survey was released earlier today in Yokohama, Japan. The report, the Nobel-Prize winning’s IPCC’s fifth such assessment, concludes that responding to climate change involves making choices about risks in a changing world. The nature of the risks of climate change is increasingly clear, though the phenomenon will also continue to produce surprises. (The photo depicts melting of ice sheets in Greenland.) (UN Photo)
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