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9 days ago
Modi to open global summit on child deaths

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate here on August 27 the Call To Action Summit 2015, a global meet for ending preventable child and maternal deaths, it was announced on Thursday. The two-day summit would have ministers, medical experts and officials from 24 countries deciding on strategies and sharing practices, said Rakesh Kumar, joint secretary in the...

16 days ago
'China a facilitator of global sustainable development'

United Nations, Aug 14 (IANS) It is widely recognised that China has been offering its support to countries in need to promote global sustainable development, said Wu Hongbo, UN under-secretary general for economic and social affairs. When I was in Ethiopia for the third International Conference on Financing for Development, I saw China constructing a rail road in that land-locked countr...

1 month ago
160 petrol, diesel outlets shut for malpractices

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) A total of 150 petrol and diesel retail outlets across the country involved in malpractices like under-measurement and adulteration of transport fuels have had their licenses terminated, parliament was told on Monday. Oil marketing companies have terminated 160 retail outlets for such irregularities during the last three years and current year (April-June), Petr...

1 month ago
Speaker announces research initiative for members

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday announced a new programme Speaker's Research Initiative which will provide information to members on various issues of topical interest such as Goods and Services Tax and millennium development goals (MDGs). Mahajan told media persons here that the members will be briefed by experts and also provided with short written...

1 month ago
Global tax regime must protect developing nations: India

Addis Ababa, July 18 (IANS) India has pitched for a global tax regime built into the UN process, rather than being looked at from the point of view of rich countries, in a bid to curb illegal financial flows from the developing world running into some $200 billion annually. As far as Global Tax is concerned it is important to understand why this is important for India and the developing ...

2 months ago
Over 2.4 mn worldwide without sanitation: UN

New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) Over 2.4 million people worldwide are still without sanitation, including 946 million who are compelled to defecate in the open, a United Nations assessment said on Wednesday. The assessment done by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) also warned that the lack of progress on sanitation is threatening to undermine child ...

2 months ago
World loses 6 mn under-five children every year: Unicef

Geneva, June 23 (IANS) The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) on Tuesday warned that millions of children worldwide continue to live in poverty, lack access to education while suffering from chronic malnutrition and about six million die before they turn five. Focusing on child-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) established by the UN in 2000, Unicef's report -- Progress for...

2 months ago
Global health funding stalled in recent years: Study

New York, June 17 (IANS) After growing rapidly from 2000 to 2010, global health funding remained stagnant between 2010 and 2014, amounting to $35.9 billion in 2014, says a study. Funding decreased by 1.6 percent between 2013 and 2014, the researchers found. Global health financing increased significantly after 2000, when the United Nations established the Millennium Development ...

2 months ago
Agriculture minister to attend FAO conference in Rome

New Delhi, June 6 (IANS) Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh will represent India at the 39th session of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome, the agriculture ministry said in a statement here on Saturday. The main agenda before the two-day conference, starting on Monday, is reviewing the progress in implementation of the United Nations' agreed ...

3 months ago
Number of hungry people down by 216 mn since 1990: FAO

Rome, May 27 (IANS) The number of hungry people in the world decreased by 216 million in the last 25 years, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Wednesday. The undernourished population dropped from over 1 billion in the period from 1990 to 1992 to about 795 million in 2014 to 2016, according to the State of Food Insecurity Report 2015 released here by FAO, the Intern...

3 months ago
India: Don't use environment as pretext to kick away poor's development ladder

United Nations, May 27 (IANS) Don't use universality and shared responsibilities for the environment as pretexts to kick away the ladder of development for the poor or to avoid responsibility for the global ecological havoc, India told the developed nations Tuesday in a telling message. The poor did not cause the problem of climate change, but they are now condemned to bear the brunt of ...

3 months ago
World Bank doubles results-based financing for education to $5 bn

Incheon (South Korea), May 18 (IANS) On the eve of the World Education Forum 2015, the World Bank Group has announced that it will double results-based financing for education to $5 billion over the next five years. The new financing is part of the bank group's commitment to end extreme poverty in the world by 2030 by improving both the quality and equity of education, so that all childr...

4 months ago
India's diplomacy gaining direction with BJP's 'five pillars

New York, April 18 (IANS) While India's diplomatic efforts are focused on furthering the national goal of eradicating poverty through economic development, they are gaining a clear direction with the Five Pillars of Foreign Policy enunciated by the Bharatiya Janata Party's National Executive (BJPNE), according to a top Indian diplomat here. In the first exposition before an international...

5 months ago
Lok Sabha speaker concerned over 'uneven' achievement of MDGs

Hanoi, March 30 (IANS) Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday expressed concern over the uneven achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) across different regions of the world. Addressing a meeting of the 132nd Assembly of Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) here, she reiterated India's commitment to working with the international community to craft an ambitious, comprehensive ...

6 months ago
India call for additional aid to developing nations to deal with climate change

United Nations, Feb 10 (IANS) Developing nations should be given extra international aid to deal with the looming problems of climate change and not be forced to dip into the traditional aid they receive for development as they strive to meet the next set of UN development goals, India has said at the UN. Amit Narang, a counsellor at India's UN mission, said Monday that the burden of bro...

6 months ago
India has made notable progress on MDGs: UN

New Delhi, Feb 4 (IANS) India has made notable progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set for 2015, but much needs to be done on the fronts of poverty and education, a UN report said Wednesday. Though India has made notable progress towards reaching the MDGs, achievements across the goals vary, according to the report titled India and the MDGs. The rep...

9 months ago
Poor can't be burdened with fight against climate change: Mahajan

United Nations, Nov 19 (IANS) In a strong message to the developed nations, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has said that sustainable development and a victory in the war against climate change cannot be attained on the backs of the poor. The burden of sustainability cannot be placed on the poor, Mahajan said. Livelihood concerns of the underprivileged cannot be compromised for lifesty...

9 months ago
UN seeks ASEAN support on post-2015 development

Nay Pyi Taw, Nov 12 (IANS) Expressing his support for ASEAN, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday urged them to back a post-2015 development agenda in the light of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). (The year) 2015 will be a crucial year for the international community to usher in a new era of sustainable development as we reach agreement on a post-MDG agenda and its financin...

9 months ago
UN seeks ASEAN' support on post-2015 development

Nay Pyi Taw, Nov 12 (IANS) Expressing his support for the ASEAN members, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday urged them to back a post-2015 development agenda in the light of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). (The year) 2015 will be a crucial year for the international community to usher in a new era of sustainable development as we reach agreement on a post-MDG agenda and ...

9 months ago
Saving girl child high priority: Maneka

New Delhi, Nov 10 (IANS) Saving the girl child is high priority for the Indian government, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said Monday. At a meeting with Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Gandhi said that UN Women can supplement towards the advocacy efforts for the Beti Bachao, Beti Padao scheme through creation of content for public outreach and c...

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