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Need to end TB, not only reduce burden: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) Concerted action has already caused a discernible decline in tuberculosis (TB) rates and all those involved in the war against the disease should try to not only merely reduce its burden, but also end it, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said. TB is omnipresent, but not invincible. It is present in all regions of the world, Harsh Vardhan said inaugurating the 45...

5 days ago
Ethiopia studying Indian self-help groups to empower women

New Delhi, Oct 26 (IANS) A strong network of self-help groups (SHGs) has managed to improve the social condition of women in Ethiopia and the east African country is now studying Indian models to ensure their financial empowerment. We have these neighbourhood groups. They almost control every household, Tesfayenesh Lema Agregaw, director (Youth Affairs) in Ethiopia's ministry of women, c...

6 days ago
Students brainstorm on global issues in Shillong

Shillong, Oct 24 (IANS) Indian students Friday began a brainstorming session in the state capital of Meghalaya on several issues ranging from conflict, climate change to growth and employment. The three-day session, organised by the North East India International Model United Nations (NEIMUN), is being attended by students from India's northeastern states and from the metropolitan cities...

10 days ago
UN chief seeks more efforts for Millenium Development Goals

United Nations, Oct 21 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the scientific community to invest more talent and resources to research that would contribute to UN' s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Ban made the remarks at the United Nations Economic and Social Council Special Event that marks the 60th anniversary of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN...

1 month ago
World hunger falls but 805 mn still chronically under-nourished: FAO

Abu Dhabi, Sep 29 (IANS/WAM) Despite the overall progress made in global hunger reduction, 805 million people are estimated to be chronically undernourished in 2012-14, down more than 100 million over the last decade, and 209 million lower than in 1990-92, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Monday. In the same period, the prevalence of undernourishment has fallen from ...

1 month ago
China calls for effective plans, robust actions to promote development

United Nations, Sep 28 (IANS) China urged the international community Saturday to adopt more effective plans and take more robust actions to promote development. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the statement at the ongoing annual high-level debate of the UN General Assembly, which opened at the UN headquarters in New York Wednesday, noting that next year is the deadline set for th...

1 month ago
No development without peace, security: Bangladesh PM

New York, Sep 27 (IANS) Sustainable development cannot be achieved in the absence of durable peace and security, said Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Saturday as she underlined the importance of a balanced, pragmatic and ambitious agenda while the global body frames the development goals for 2016-2030. We cannot achieve sustainable development in the absence of durable peace and ...

1 month ago
Poverty eradication 'priority' in new development agenda: UN

United Nations, Sep 27 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday said poverty eradication must remain at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda. He said the post-2015 development agenda must finish the work of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which have also been adjusted to have a broader agenda to respond to global challenges, Xinhua reported. MDGs are a set...

1 month ago
What leaders said at UN General Assembly on Day 2

United Nations, Sep 26 (IANS) Following were the quotable quotes from the ongoing UN General Assembly's (UNGA) annual debate Thursday (Day 2). Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed on global terrorism saying, I deeply regret to say that terrorism has become globalised: 'From New York to Mosul, from Damascus to Baghdad, from the Easternmost to the Westernmost parts of the world, from ...

1 month ago
Myanmar calls for agricultural growth in ASEAN countries

Yangon, Sep 24 (IANS) Myanmar President U Thein Sein Wednesday called on ASEAN member states to take sustainable agricultural development, food security and nutrition as the main national duties. ASEAN member states must work hand in hand to meet the objectives of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG) with the aim of zero hunger by 2025, U Thein Sein told the 36th Meeting of ASEAN M...

1 month ago
Undelivered aid commitments hamper progress on MDGs: UN report

United Nations, Sep 19 (IANS) A UN report released here Thursday said that undelivered aid commitments by developed countries are holding back progress on the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs). According to the report titled The State of the Global Partnership for Development, while many MDG targets have already been met -- such as reducing povert...

1 month ago
69th session of UN General Assembly begins

United Nations, Sep 17 (IANS) The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) started its 69th session at the UN Headquarters in New York Tuesday. Sam Kahamba Kutesa, Uganda's foreign minister who was elected president of the 69th UNGA session June 11, said in his opening remarks that the coming year will be a momentous time for the UN. We will commemorate the seventieth anniversary o...

1 month ago
69th UN General Assembly session to start Tuesday

United Nations, Sep 16 (IANS) The 69th Session of the UN General Assembly will convene Tuesday at the UN Headquarters in New York. On Monday, the 68th session concluded with focus on forming the base for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Xinhua reported. The Post-2015 Development Agenda is a process led by the UN aiming to help define the future global development framework tha...

1 month ago
Teachers to march for quality education Friday

New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) Over 10,000 teachers from 24 states in the country will march in the national capital Friday to raise awareness and seek support to pursue quality education for all, it was annonced Monday. The assembly of educators is being organised to ensure that the United Nations (UN) keeps a sharp focus on education as it will set its post-2015 Millennium Development Goals ...

1 month ago
Charity key to achieve development goals: UN chief

Washington, Sep 4 (IANS/WAM) At a time of intense fiscal and budgetary constraint, charity takes on greater importance in global efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday. On the eve of International Day of Charity, he gave a call for people everywhere to act on the charitable impulse that resides in every human being - to ...

2 months ago
Human Development: Ends over Means

Human development is a process of enlarging people's choices. The most critical ones are to lead a long and healthy life, to be educated and to enjoy a decent standard of living. – HDR 1990 Human Development Report-2014 (HDR 2014) was released in Tokyo in Japan on July 24. Its general theme is Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerability and Building Resilience in line with the Wor...

3 months ago
Special Social Development Corridor can ensure inclusive growth

Can the new NDA government break the existing political vendetta in the administrative system and open space for all chief ministers, irrespective of their political affiliation, to collectively work and take ownership of the much-awaited nation building process and help achieve the much needed growth in selected worst performing states on major human development indicators? In this direction, a ...

3 months ago
India tops list of global poor: UN report

New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) India tops the list of countries with the largest share of global extreme poor though the poverty rate in southeast Asia as a whole saw a substantial fall from 1990 to 2010, a new United Nations report said. The poverty rate in southeast Asia fell from 45 percent in 1990 to 14 percent in 2010. Although poverty remains widespread in south Asia, progress in the regio...

3 months ago
India tops the list of global poor: UN report

New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) India tops the list of countries with the largest share of global extreme poor though the poverty rate in southeast Asia as whole saw a substantial fall from 1990 to 2010, a new United Nations report said. The poverty rate in southeast Asia fell from 45 percent in 1990 to 14 percent in 2010. Although poverty remains widespread in south Asia, progress in the region ...

3 months ago
Reduce maternal, child deaths: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) Laying stress on reducing the number of maternal and child deaths in accordance with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Saturday asked doctors of a city hospital to be zero tolerant of inefficiency and pro-active in performing their duties. The MDG deadline is September 2015 and we are still a long way off. There are many t...

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