December 17, 2014: Delhi residents turned out in large numbers, on December 14, to volunteer for a Yamuna Shramdaan or clean up aimed at drawing attention to the important role volunteering can play in cleaning the highly-polluted river that is the lifeline for 60 million people in the country. Responding to the call of the Prime Minister to volunteer for a Swacch Bharat or Clean India, the event was organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, United Nations Volunteers, United Nations Development Programme and Swechha with support from various civil society organizations and other groups.
December 15, 2014: Delhi residents turned out in large numbers to volunteer for a Yamuna Shramdaan or clean up aimed at drawing attention to the important role volunteering can play in cleaning the highly-polluted river that is the lifeline for 60 million people in the country. Responding to the call of the Prime Minister to volunteer for a Swacch Bharat or Clean India, the event was organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, United Nations Volunteers, United Nations Development Programme and Swechha with support from various civil society organizations and other groups.
December 10, 2014: Kailash Satyarthi of India and Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan received the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to bring global consciousness about the rights of children. Both the crusaders of child rights were jointly conferred the prize in a glittering ceremony held in Oslo. Video grab: Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony-2014.
December 8, 2014: Healthy soils are the foundation for food, fuel, fibre and even medicine said the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as it kicked off 2015 the International Year of Soils on the first-ever World Soil Day, on December 5. Soils are also essential to our ecosystems, playing a key role in the carbon cycle, storing and filtering water, and improving resilience to floods and droughts, and yet we are not paying enough attention to this important “silent ally,” the UN agency explained. The International Year of Soils kicks off today at events in Rome, New York and Santiago de Chile, in an effort to raise awareness and promote more sustainable use of this critical resource.
November 24, 2014: According to a new World Bank report, glaciers are receding in the Andes of South America and across the mountains of Central Asia. As temperatures continue to warm, their melting will bring more water to farms and cities earlier in the growing season, raising the risks of damaging floods. “Within a few decades, however, the risk of flood will become risk of drought. Without action to stop the drivers of climate change, most of the Andean glaciers and two-thirds of Central Asia’s glaciers could be gone by the end of the century,” says the report. The study indicates that these changes are already underway, with global temperatures at 0.8 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times and the beginning of its impact on food security, water supplies and livelihoods. The report warned that in absence of concerted action to reduce emissions, the planet was on pace for 2°C warming by mid-century. Photo: Suresh Thakur
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Regional Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Urbanization in South Asia Dec 17, 2014 - Dec 18, 2014 — Le Meridien, New Delhi
UTC-TERI Center of Excellence for Energy Efficient Buildings launches Dec 17, 2014 - Dec 18, 2014 — TERI, Darbari Seth Block, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
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