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Maria Sharapova to return as UN goodwill ambassador after doping ban expires

Maria Sharapova to return as UN goodwill ambassador after doping ban expires

Sharapova, 29, had admitted using meldonium for 10 years to help treat illnesses, a heart issue and a magnesium deficiency.

Israel arrests UN Gaza employee `for aiding Hamas`

Israel said on Tuesday it had arrested and charged a United Nations employee for allegedly aiding Islamist movement Hamas, in the second such case involving a humanitarian worker in a week.

UNDP suspends Maria Sharapova as goodwill ambassador

UNDP suspends Maria Sharapova as goodwill ambassador

Sharapova tested positive for meldonium, which was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency`s banned list on January 1.

UNDP's Human Development Index: Top 10 countries

The report, compiled on the basis of estimates for 2014, ranked Norway at the top.

India ranks 130th in Human Development Index: UNDP

India ranks 130th in Human Development Index: UNDP

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in its latest report has placed India`s Human Development Index (HDI) value for 2014 at 0.609, as the country climbed five spots to 130 in a list of 188 countries and territories.

India criticises UNDP for ignoring developing countries

 India has criticised the UN Development Programme for ignoring concerns of developing countries, saying "deliberate neglect" by the UN body towards views of developing nations does not augur well for the future of the implementation of the 2030 development agenda.

Media is ‘oxygen’ for decentralised planning, say experts

Devolution of powers to the block and Panchayat level is not possible without media playing a constructive role, said experts at a media workshop on decentralised planning this week, in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha. The workshop aims to familiarise media people with local planning processes and good practices with focus on the larger picture of decentralisation and convergence.

Nepal quake victims still stranded, PM says toll could be 10,000

People stranded in remote villages and towns across Nepal were still waiting for aid and relief to arrive on Tuesday, four days after a devastating earthquake destroyed buildings and roads and killed more than 4,600 people.

Football idols Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo team up in UN Ebola fundraiser

Football idols Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo team up in UN Ebola fundraiser

 Football idols Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo will lead a star-studded team in a friendly match on Monday aimed at raising money to help Ebola-hit Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Post-2015 development agenda should be clear of conditionalities: India

India welcomed the review of UNDP's Evolution Policy, which has been recently conducted but said that the very purpose of any evaluation exercise is defeated if there is no compliance with any of its recommendations.

Need greater recovery efforts in Ebola-hit countries: UN

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday called for ramping up recovery efforts in West Africa where the Ebola virus had wreaked havoc.

India pledges over USD 9 mn to UN development activities

India has pledged over USD 9 million towards various UN development activities in 2015, including significant contributions to the UN development programme and to the agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees.

MP CM unveils first state portal on climate change in India

MP CM unveils first state portal on climate change in India

The portal known as the State Knowledge Management Portal for Climate Change was officially launched by the Chief Minister Shivaraj Singh Chouhan in Bhopal during a national conference on climate change on September 6, 2014.

`Eliminating misogyny` key to shaking up Japan`s workforce: UNDP chief

Japan must work to "eliminate misogyny" if it wants to draw more women into the workforce as part of a wider bid to stimulate the economy, said the head of the United Nations Development Programme.

More than 2.2 billion people 'poor or near-poor': UN

More than 2.2 billion people are "poor or near-poor", with financial crises, natural disasters, soaring food prices and violent conflicts threatening to exacerbate the problem, a United Nations report said Wednesday.

USD 210 million needed now for Bosnia floods: UN

The United Nations estimates it will cost USD 210 million to cover immediate priority needs for the next six months in Bosnia, alone, after devastating floods hit the region, an official has said.

UN to train Delhi doctors

The UN will train doctors and officials of Delhi government`s health department in drugs procurement and medical equipment supply chain management, an official said on Tuesday.

Inclusive growth should be guiding objective of UNDP: India

India has stressed that eradication of poverty and inclusive growth should be the "singular guiding" objective of the activities of the UNDP particularly in the post-2015 development agenda.

Social protection key to prevention of HIV/AIDS: NACO

Social protection for families affected by HIV/AIDS is one of the key strategies to prevent the spread of the disease, the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) said Tuesday.