Feb 06, 2017 A team of professionals driven by their personal experience of these challenges in India have launched the Samarth Community for senior citizens as a social venture.
Jun 03, 2014 According to Policy Analyst Devinder Sharma, Indian agriculture is faced with a crisis of sustainability and economic viability. Sharma believes that the spate of farmer suicides and the willingness of farmers to quit agriculture if given a choice is a stark reminder of the grave crisis. This video from GOI Monitor has been produced by independent journalist and researcher, Manu Moudgil.
May 23, 2014 Dr Annapurna Vancheswaran, Director of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), in an interview to Ashok Kumar of OneWorld South Asia, said that the upcoming 15th edition of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS-2015) will focus on Sustainable development goals (SDGs) and Climate Change, two important issues for the global community. This interview was recorded in March 2014.
May 01, 2014 The National Foundation for India has developed a short film on some interesting facts about the Union budget for a general viewership. The purpose is to generate curiosity among the public around budget issues and to trigger a conversation around it.
Apr 01, 2014 Engaged at just ten years old, Farzana was promised to a 50 year-old farmer, already married with six children. Child marriage is not an unusual practice in Afghanistan, it is an age-old custom. UNICEF is working with local religious leaders to help communities better understand the harmful implications of child marriage and how to better protect their children. (Source: UN)
Mar 12, 2014 In meetings across villages in Bihar, the east Indian state, men and women are coming out of their mud-huts. Nothing unusual about the sight, but then you hear shouts and excited voices from an assembly. The rural folk get into animated discussions and even arguments. Men and, also, women. These are not the usual rustic shouts. Rahul Kumar of OneWorld South Asia captures these are shouts of empowerment, of demanding rights and seeking entitlements through the efforts of a collective of NGOs in Bihar, working with the Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS). PACS is urging people at the lowest rung of the governance unit, the ward, to talk and hold debates; find out what ails their villages and tell their leaders and also the government to take action.
Jan 24, 2014 Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative, United Nations Development Programme, India believes that the DSDS Summit is an important opportunity to discuss three of the greatest problems that India is facing today - Energy, Water and Food Security. DSDS brings together world leaders, activists and media and experts to how to solve the problems these three problems. It is becoming increasingly clear that the challenges the world faces in respect of energy, water and food security are interlinked. Consequently, if strategies have to be developed for tackling one or the other aspect of this integrated challenge we would need to consider comprehensive and critical aspects of managing supply and demand for energy, water and food in a manner that ensures security in each of these.
Jan 23, 2014 Venkatesh Valluri, Chairman and President, Ingersoll Rand India, says that DSDS is a platform where the developed world and the developing world come together for the overall benefit of humanity. He believes that it's just not about policy and guidelines which this group can charter out and build, but also talk about the unique opportunity which can actually be deployed for the benefit of the human race. The three key subjects of food water and energy can actually be solved by technology. Valluri also emphasizes on the 'convergence approach' -- pooling in technologies together to build solutions and not just one isolated way of developing a technology or innovation. DSDS has matured and continues to mature and Venkatesh Valluri feels proud to be a part of this initiative.
Jan 23, 2014 Lord John Prescott, Former Deputy Prime Minister & Member of Parliament, House of Lords, UK emphasizes that DSDS is a major platform where global and climate change challenges are tackled from the prism of food, water and energy security. It is becoming increasingly clear that the challenges the world faces in respect of energy, water and food security are interlinked. Consequently, if strategies have to be developed for tackling one or the other aspect of this integrated challenge we would need to consider comprehensive and critical aspects of managing supply and demand for energy, water and food in a manner that ensures security in each of these.
Jan 23, 2014 Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director speaking about the DSDS-2014 theme of the food, water and energy nexus speaks to challenges that are both specific to India, and to the whole world. The endeavour at UNEP has been to not only address these issues in isolation but to increasingly look at them as a systemic challenge. There is much to learn from policy innovations and reforms in India, practitioners in private sector organizations across the whole country. Try to identify those solutions looking at these issues as not singular sectorial issues but rather viewing them as how national policy, private sector investment, community participation and engagement can form a movement towards a more sustainable economy.
Jan 03, 2014 The silence on the need to protect, promote and support breastfeeding was broken in the last month of 2013 when the Deputy Chairperson of the Planning Commission of India, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, launched the World Breastfeeding Costing Initiative (WBCi) Report ‘The Need to Invest in Babies’ by IBFAN. He termed the Report as ‘excellent’ and stressed that the “there is no reason for not acting”. The health benefits of proper breastfeeding are well known, and now there is increasing evidence how it can protect women from dangerous diseases like breast and ovarian cancer. Campaigns need to be directed at not just the poor, but also the elite, who set the fashion for infant feeding. He also called for strong campaigns to highlight the dangers of formula feeding, as is being done for tobacco. (Source: IBFAN)