The 2nd national consultation workshop on Confronting Successive Drought: Reducing risk & Enhancing resilience of women and children organized jointly by UNICEF, National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), and the government of Andhra Pradesh in Vijayavada on June 8-9,2017. The consultation stressed on the need for mitigating the impact of successive drought on agriculture, water stress, health, education specially relating to children and women.
WFP India’s pioneering work and collaboration with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to promote fortified food in government safety nets is gaining traction. Multiple states are showing interest and seeking WFP’s support.
ABOUT THIS ISSUE
EN DEUDA CON LA NIÑEZ
Al menos 700 millones de niños y niñas en el mundo —y probablemente cientos de millones más— han dejado de disfrutar de su niñez demasiado temprano. Esto se debe a una variedad de causas, como enfermedades, conflictos, la violencia extrema, el matrimonio infantil, el embarazo precoz, la malnutrición, la exclusión de la educación y el trabajo infantil.
DES ENFANCES VOLÉES
Au moins 700 millions d’enfants à travers le monde (et sans doute des centaines de millions d’autres) sortent de l’enfance trop tôt. Les principales raisons incluent les problèmes de santé, les conflits, la violence extrême, le mariage des enfants, les grossesses précoces, la malnutrition, la privation d’éducation et le travail des enfants.
For at least 700 million children worldwide – and perhaps hundreds of millions more – childhood has ended too soon. The major reasons included poor health, confl ict, extreme violence, child marriage, early pregnancy, malnutrition, exclusion from education and child labor.
The National Institute for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), the institution responsible for spearheading the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in India, organized a consultation for making the SDG-2 agenda a part of India’s National Development Goals.
NITI Aayog released India 2030-32: vision, strategy and action agenda document. This will set the shortterm action plan and a long-term vision for India on identified priorities for the country.
The National Institute for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), the institution responsible for spearheading the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in India, is organising a consultation for making the SDG-2 agenda a part of India’s National Development Goals. WFP is partnering for the consultation with other UN agencies.
WFP India has commissioned a mid-term review of its work in India. The team is recruited and work has started in March 2017. The recommendations of review are expected to be available by the first week of June.
WFP’s partnership with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the agency spearheading food fortification in India, has the potential to mainstream fortification in safety-nets nationwide.
A proposal to set up a Centre for Excellence (CENEX) in India is being finalised in collaboration with the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution. The Committee for Establishment and Expenditure will meet in March 2017 to review the proposal.
Here is a selection of the latest evidence on violence against women and girls (VAWG):
EDUCATION AND VIOLENCE
This week we have been marking International Women's Day with inspiring stories about people who are tackling gender inequality. Here we look at the continuing attacks on girls' education. Around the world there are 121 million children and adolescents who don't go to school.
Girls make up 53% of those out of primary school and 52% of of those out of lower secondary school, even though only 48% of the world’s under-15 population are girls, according to the Global Partnership for Education.
A Country Programme Advisory Committee (CPAC) meeting chaired and represented by all WFP partner ministry officials was organized to discuss and facilitate WFP’s work in India. The committee ratified the annual work-plans for 2017 in principle.
The proposal for setting up a Centre for Excellence (CENEX) in India is being finalised in collaboration with the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution.
A Country Programme Advisory Committee meeting, chaired by all WFP partner ministry officials, was organized to discuss and facilitate WFP’s work in India.
The committee in principle ratified the Annual Work Plans for 2017.
A gender assessment commissioned by the country office was concluded. The recommendations of the assessment will be used to develop the country office gender strategy and action plan in-line with the global gender policy and regional gender strategy.
The South Asia region is prone to flooding, landslides, droughts and earthquakes, and faces a number of protracted conflicts and related internal and cross-border population displacement. By the end of March 2017, the refugee return crisis from Pakistan and Iran to Afghanistan – brought about by the obligatory or forced repatriation of Afghan refugees from both Pakistan and Iran to their country of origin – will affect an estimated 1.5 million people, 60 per cent of whom are children under 18.
The Government of India has contributed US$ 1.25 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to support the Agency’s core programmes and services, including education, health care, and relief and social services. The contribution, which represents a 25 per cent increase in India’s annual contributions to the Agency, was presented to UNRWA by HE M.J. Akbar, the Indian Minister of State for External Affairs, during his recent official visit to Palestine.
This report is produced by Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 1 November to 30 November 2016. The next issue will be published around 31 December 2016.
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By Stella Paul
KULGAM, Kashmir, India, Nov 23 2016 (IPS) - In the fading light of a November afternoon, 12-year-old Mariya Sareer bends over a textbook, trying to read as much as she can before it gets dark. It’s been nearly five months since the seventh grader from Shurat, a village 70 kms south of Srinagar city, last went to school, thanks to a raging political conflict.