India

Young social entrepreneur in India turns wedding waste into meals for the needy

On a mission to feed hungry citizens, a young social entrepreneur in India, is tackling the food waste challenge there, by rescuing food left over from weddings, parties and supermarkets. Padmanaban Gopalan takes advantage of geolocation technology by allowing restaurants and individuals to log into his “No Waste Food” app, where “they can find the nearest community that can take their food, instead of throwing it in the bin”. 

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Cyclone Fani hits India, UN moves to protect vulnerable refugees in Bangladesh

One of the strongest storms to batter India in decades made landfall near the northeastern coastal city of Puri on Friday morning. UN agencies are monitoring Cyclone Fani’s movements closely and taking measures to protect families living in refugee camps in Bangladesh, which is on alert.

Cutting down plastic and pesticides, to halt climate change in India

It’s easy to get lost in the argument over who needs to do the most to stop global warming, but the fact is, everyone needs to do their bit and “we’re all responsible.” That’s one of the guiding principles for Satya Tripathi of India, who in this latest Lid Is On podcast from UN News, spoke with Yasmina Guerda from the crucial COP24 climate change conference in Poland.

 

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Indian music masters join refugee players, in wishing UN a happy birthday

Wednesday marked the 73rd birthday of the UN’s founding document, known as the UN Charter.  The anniversary is celebrated as “United Nations Day”, and every year, in the name of peace and our common humanity, a concert takes place in the UN’s General Assembly’s hall, in New York.  Yasmina Guerda from UN News was there and met some of the performers taking part.

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UN ‘stands in solidarity’ with cyclone-hit India – Secretary-General Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed sadness at the loss of lives and devastation caused by Cyclone Titli in India and said that the Organization is ready to provide assistance.

Concern rising over fate of Rohingya refugees sent home by India: UNHCR

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has voiced ‘great concern’ for the safety and security of seven Rohingya men who have been sent home by Indian authorities, after reportedly being denied access to lawyers, or full consideration of their asylum applications.

Bet on ‘green economy’, Guterres urges world leaders, bestowing top UN award on Indian PM

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday conferred the Organization’s highest environmental honour on India’s Prime Minister, recognizing Narendra Modi’s efforts against climate change and pollution.

UN chief commends India’s progress towards Sustainable Development Goals

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday praised India’s progress on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular the pursuit of Sanitation for All and Affordable and Clean Energy, which featured heavily during day-two of his official visit to the country.

UN chief marks Non-Violence Day, urging world to follow Gandhi’s example; ‘the greatest soul that ever lived’

On Tuesday, as part of his official visit to India this week, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres laid a wreath in honour of Mahatma Gandhi, at the Raj Ghat Memorial, in New Delhi. Describing him as “the greatest soul that ever lived”, the UN chief said that Gandhi’s example “demonstrates that the way to reach objectives, is through non-violence.”

UN chief inaugurates new UN headquarters in Indian capital, as official visit gets underway

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, took part on Monday in the opening ceremony of the Organization’s newly-refurbished headquarters for its multi-agency operations, known as UN House, in the Indian capital, New Delhi.