2013

Energy Efficiency and Access to Energy One Key Priority of the UN

25 November 2013
Energy Efficiency and Access to Energy One Key Priority of the UN
Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative highlights how interventions made as part of UNDP’s partnership with the Ministry of Steel since 2004 have reduced fuel consumption by 20-25 percent and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent. Ms. Grande was speaking at the launch of a new project on steel that will expand UNDP’s partnership with the Ministry of Steel from 34 to 300 steel re-rolling units across India.

High Energy Efficiency Gains to be made through Improved Efficiency in Steel Sector

25 November 2013
High Energy Efficiency Gains to be made through Improved Efficiency in Steel Sector
Bernard Philip, Deputy High Commissioner, Australian High Commission on why it is critical to invest in the steel re-rolling sector of India. Mr. Philip was speaking at the launch of a new project on steel that will expand UNDP’s partnership with the Ministry of Steel from 34 to 300 steel re-rolling units across India.

Sustainable Growth in India’s Steel Sector

25 November 2013
Sustainable Growth in India’s Steel Sector
G. Mohan Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Steel, Government of India says the UNDP partnership with the Ministry of Steel and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid), will focus on ensuring sustainable growth in the steel sector by demonstrating energy efficient production processes. Mr. Kumar was speaking at the launch of a new project that will upscale energy-efficient production in 300 small-scale units across India.  

National Consultation on Youth Volunteerism

12 November 2013
National Consultation on Youth Volunteerism
A national consultation on youth volunteerism was organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MoYAS), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) on 12 November. The consultation focused on a Plan of Action for implementing the draft National Youth Policy (2013) and a National Youth Volunteer Programme for India, keeping in view the 12th Five-Year Plan and the recommendations of the post-2015 development agenda.

November 2013

November 2013
Managing Elections; Strengthening Democracy - Learning from the India Experience
Over 36 million people voted in state elections in Delhi and Rajasthan. Their progress was watched by a delegation of representatives from seven countries including Iraq, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Senegal and the Gambia. This sharing of knowledge and experience was made possible through a partnership between the Election Commission of India and the United Nations Development Programme which aims to support electoral management in other development countries. 

Innovating to Achieve Energy Efficiency

November 2013
Innovating to Achieve Energy Efficiency
Innovating companies in the highly polluting steel-rerolling sector in India are introducing measures to improve energy efficiency as a result of a partnership between UNDP and the Ministry of Steel. In doing so, they are demonstrating that the industry can become more energy efficient, more environmentally conscious and more profitable. Mr. Haoliang Xu, Assistant Administrator and Regional Director, UNDP visited one such success story in Jaipur, Rajasthan and saw first-hand how the company has innovated to improve productivity and reduce specific fuel consumption.  

A Forest of Opportunities

November 2013
A Forest of Opportunities

The video shows how with support from the Government of Madhya Pradesh and the Global Environment Facility, UNDP is promoting protection, cultivation and use of bamboo in Madhya Pradesh. Implemented in the districts of Betul, Chhindwara, Umaria, Siddhi, Singrauli, the project has increased the incomes of 800 families that treat nearly 14,500 hectares of degraded bamboo forests. Greater community efforts and involvement has also improved protection and management of forests. Construction of micro check dams in the forests of Chhindwara has recharged groundwater and improved soil moisture of the area.

Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship for Development

October 2013
Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship for Development
In India, an estimated 400 million people live without electricity. This translates into lesser opportunities for a decent standard of living and entrepreneurship for the poor. Renewable energy technologies, besides being environment-friendly, have the potential to generate employment in rural areas. In view of this, as part of UNDP’s partnership with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, pilots demonstrating the use of renewable energy sources to generate electricity in rural areas have been set up across the country. This film documents six such models from different parts of the country.

Direct Rolling: Driving Indian Steel Re-Rolling Sector Forward

October 2013
Direct Rolling: Driving Indian Steel Re-Rolling Sector Forward
The video provides an overview of the direct rolling technology which has resulted in significant cost savings and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The technology, introduced as part of UNDP’s project on improving energy efficiency in the steel re-rolling sector, eliminates the need to re-heat billets in composite mills.

Kerala, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh Recognized for Innovations in Governance by the United Nations

19 July 2013
2013 UN Public Services Awardees Felicitated in Delhi
Three public service initiatives from Kerala, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh were felicitated for receiving the United Nations Public Service Awards 2013. These public institutions were recognized for innovative solutions that have helped improve service delivery, ensured greater transparency and empowered women through rural markets.

India’s Growth Story Synonymous with Innovations and Technology

23 June 2013
India’s Growth Story Synonymous with Innovations and Technology
In a message to the participants of the E-Gov Campus 2013, Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative reiterates the importance of technology in reducing poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The Resident Coordinator also stresses the need to do more to use technology and e-governance for sustainable development and to ensure that nations are able to collaborate better for a shared future.

The Human Habitat

June 2013
The Human Habitat

The video shows how UNDP is shaping innovative solutions to balance ecological concerns with income generation and improved quality of life. This is done through supplementing livelihood options with training and other assistance, which directly increases incomes while also reducing the pressure on natural resources; and through providing support to shape natural resource based livelihoods which not only protects the resources but also the habitats. 

World Environment Day

05 June 2013
World Environment Day

To mark World Environment Day and raise awareness about the environmental impact of the food choices one makes, Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative addressed an event organized by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. Other dignitaries included Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister for Environment and Forests and Dr. K. Kasturirangan, Member, Planning Commission.

Shashwat Congratulated for Winning UNDP’s Prestigious Global Equator Prize

10 May 2013
Shashwat Congratulated for Winning UNDP’s Prestigious Global Equator Prize

Prithviraj Chavan, Chief Minister of Maharashtra felicitated 2012 UNDP Equator Prize winner Shashwat, a Maharashtra-based NGO that is helping develop sustainable livelihoods for marginalized tribal communities displaced by the Dimbhe dam in the state. The Equator Prize is a prestigious international award that recognizes innovation and leadership in community-based sustainable development approaches.

Shashwat: Building Sustainable Livelihoods for Tribal Communities

07 May 2013
Shashwat: Building Sustainable Livelihoods for Tribal Communities

Shashwat, one of the 25 winners of the 2012 UNDP Equator Prize, has been helping marginalized tribal communities, displaced by the Dimbhe dam in Maharashtra, develop sustainable livelihoods. As a result of its efforts in improving agricultural production and forest conservation, food availability for the families has increased from 5-7 months to 10-11 months. In addition, migration has stopped in 6-7 villages due to the development of small-scale fishing activities in the dam reservoir.

Full Coverage of the Regional Launch of the 2013 Human Development Report

11 April 2013
Full Coverage: Regional Launch of the 2013 Human Development Report
Full video of the regional launch of the 2013 Human Development Report. The launch was organized by the International Centre for Human Development and UNDP in New Delhi.

Key Highlights: Regional Launch of the 2013 Human Development Report

11 April 2013
Key Highlights: Regional Launch of the 2013 Human Development Report
Key highlights from the regional launch of the 2013 Human Development Report with an eminent panel of speakers including Montek Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Government of India.

Towards Health Without Harm: Improving Healthcare Waste Management

February 2013
Towards Health Without Harm: Improving Healthcare Waste Management

The video demonstrates how UNDP’s partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India and funded by the Global Environment Facility, is helping promote best practices in healthcare waste management and mercury waste management in the King George’s Medical University in Lucknow, India. The hospital has been able to reduce the amount of infectious waste generated by 80 percent due to proper segregation, transportation and treatment of waste practices. 

DSDS 2013- Thematic Consultation on Energy: Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Energy Future We Want for All

01 February 2013
DSDS 2013- Thematic Consultation on Energy: Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Energy Future We Want for All
The video highlights key messages from a consultation on the role of energy in the post-2015 development agenda, organized as part of the 13th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2013. The consultation, supported by the United Nations aimed to facilitate an open dialogue with stakeholders on how issues of energy can be effectively integrated into the post-2015 global development agenda.

DSDS 2013: Employment and Growth Benefits of a Green Economy

01 February 2013
DSDS 2013: Employment and Growth Benefits of a Green Economy
he plenary at the 13th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2013 discussed the role of the green economy in spurring growth, improving social equity and preserving the environment. Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, India was a keynote speaker at the event.

DSDS 2013: Governance and Management Challenges in Water Use Efficiency

01 February 2013
DSDS 2013: Governance and Management Challenges in Water Use Efficiency
The consultation, organized as part of the 13th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2013, supported by UNDP, focused on the major governance and management challenges that nations face in water use efficiency. Speakers shared best practices and methodologies used by different countries to regulate their water efficiency.

Key Highlights of the Launch of the International Centre for Human Development in India

04 January 2013
Key Highlights of the Launch of the International Centre for Human Development in India
Key Highlights of the Launch of the International Centre for Human Development in India.The newly established International Centre for Human Development was officially launched with the inaugural address by Prof. Amartya Sen on ‘Human Development in the Post 2015 era’.

Launch of the International Centre for Human Development in India

04 January 2013
Launch of the International Centre for Human Development in India
The newly established International Centre for Human Development was officially launched with the inaugural address by Prof. Amartya Sen on ‘Human Development in the Post 2015 era’.



Amartya Sen's Lecture at the Launch of the International Centre for Human Development in India

04 January 2013
Amartya Sen's Lecture at the Launch of the International Centre for Human Development in India
“The post-2015 agenda needs to return to the principles of human rights and justice, peace and democracy as enshrined in the Millennium Declaration” said Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen at the official launch of International Centre on Human Development.