A decade ago in September 2000, world leaders had come together at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to adopt the United Nations Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets - with a deadline of 2015 - that are now known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The eight MDGs – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest. To ensure effective implementation of
And Daily Telegraph apologizes to Dr. R.K. Pachauri The Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is an interdisciplinary and intergovernmental body comprising 194 participating countries which mobilizes scientific experts from around the world to carry out assessments of global climate science based on available relevant literature. Along with the climate crusader Al Gore, the IPCC was the joint winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. The IPCC came under the line of fire last year after mistakes were reported in its assessment report on the scale and impacts of global warming - a claim that at current pace of emissions the Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035. This piece of information was picked by a report published by the popular charity World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and...
The United Nations proclaimed May 22 as ‘The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB)’ to increase the understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. This years theme for the International Day for Biodiversity (IDB) is Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation.The very enthusiastic Department of Environment (DoE), GNCT has come up with an interesting concept to observe this day. Welcoming the day ahead, the Dept. of Environment is calling for a Nature Camp inviting students from the various Eco-Clubs across Delhi. The overnight camp will be organized on May 21, 2010 from 6.00 pm at the Aravalli Biodiversity Park, Vasant Vihar. The camp will culminate the next day with a workshop on Biodiversity at 9.00 am. Over 25 school students will be participating in t
Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN Habitat at the WUF The World Urban Forum is one of the world's premier conferences on cities. It was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing problems facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies. The Fifth Session of the World Urban Forum recently concluded in Rio de Janeiro with speakers and participants hailing it as the most successful one ever staged. Over 13,000 participants from 150 countries around the world attended the Session and shared ideas on how to cope with the challenges of urbanization. In her speech, the UN-HABITAT Executive Director Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka challenged the Forum participants to think long and...
A Guinness World Record shattered last weekend when 173,045,325 citizens gathered at over 3,000 events in more than 120 countries, demanding that their governments eradicate extreme poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The "Stand Up, Take Action, End Poverty Now!" campaign, now in its fourth year, has been certified by Guinness World Records as the largest mobilization of human beings in recorded history, an increase of about 57 million people over last year. "The more than 173 million people who mobilized this weekend sent a clear message to world leaders that there is massive, universal, global demand for eradicating poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals," said Salil Shetty, Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign. "In particular, we...
How do you see development? How can you portrait the human face of the development processes? How do you show that development initiatives and programmes improve the lives of people? The Global Photography Campaign on Humanizing Development launched on 1 June 2009 aims to promote and showcase visual examples of people winning the battle against poverty, social exclusion and marginalization by bringing light and life into the above questions. The Global Photography Campaign aims to show examples of people winning the battle against poverty, social exclusion and marginalization. It is intended to raise awareness of the successes in the development process. The campaign is intended to counterbalance the frequently shown images of desolation and despair. A photo gallery will to be perm
This year’s theme for World Environment Day (WED) is Your Planet Needs You! UNite to Combat Climate Change. But too often we are presented with environmental problems without being given the tools to act. WED is about taking action to be a part of the solution. And the 30 Daily do something Tips below are a great start. We can all do our part to protect the planet by using less and acting more. Going green is not as difficult as you might think. Here we walk you through 30 easy ways to green your daily routine, from the moment you hit snooze on your solar-powered alarm clock to the point when you crawl into your eco-washed, organic cotton sheets. Make your WED commitment today. But don’t stop at today and don’t stop here. Try to incorporate all of these into your life as a matter of
Urban based youth-led organizations in developing countries who are working to improve the living conditions of their communities can now apply for financial assistance from UN-HABITAT, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme. The Opportunities Fund for Urban Youth-Led Development will provide grants between $5,000 and $25,000 to organizations led by young people, aged 15-32 years. "In this time of worldwide economic crisis, it is not only banks and automakers who deserve financial support, we also need to encourage youth who are often best placed to solve problems in their communities," said Ms. Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT. "The Opportunities Fund is designed to provide financial support of up to one million dollars per year, to youth-led initiativ
A few hours from now, the world will witness the next UN Climate Negotiations take place in Poznan, Poland. A few hours ago - Mumbai, India's financial capital was struck by a terrorist attack - one the most coordinated acts of terror the world has seen till date. Though on the outset, the two events have nothing in common (save for the fact that the Mumbai attacks led to the cancellation of the Live Earth event and related events that were to follow) and that climate change and terrorism are two diffrent challenges faced by our civilization today, the cause and consequences of the two are in some way pretty much the same. And in order to ensure a peaceful world, it is important that both these challenges are tackled - the earlier the better. Climate Change in India is also the story
Here's the deal: The United States has historically contributed the most to global warming, and over the past eight years it's done the least to stop it. In fact, the U.S. has actively tried to block progress on a global climate deal. Whoever takes office as U.S. President next year has a lot of work to get the US back in the game--and their very first test on climate change will come even before either Obama or McCain takes office. That test will be the next UN Climate meeting coming up in December. IF the next president goes and makes a strong statement about the U.S. rising to the challenge of the climate crisis, it could dramatically alter the course of the negotiations. But McCain and Obama will only go if they're invited. That's where we come in. It's crucial that citizens