Sunday, 29 May 2011

Missing Daughter


The census of 2011 revealed that the sex ratio in the 0-6 age group is worse now than in any decade since independence ,it is indisputable that this distressing trend is the result of more people having easier access to medical techonology that reveal the sex of the foetus and opting for sex selective abortion ,,we can see the failur of pre natal diagnostic techinque (regulation and prevention of misuse )act

Want to understand how high food prices really are? And how they're affecting the world's poor?


The Food Price Rollercoaster


Want to understand how high food prices really are? And how they're affecting the world's poor? Take a look at this infographic, which also underlines how hikes in food prices mean the poorest families have to make painful savings in areas such as health and schooling for their children.


Gaurav Kashyap

@gauravkashyap09 Gurgaon,India
A Sociologist, Thinker,Golfer, Photographer,a big foodie, cook etc. etc. etc. and ya Social Entrepreneur in Making

Saturday, 28 May 2011

UNICEF focuses on the rights of indigenous children


UNICEF focuses on the rights of indigenous children

© UNICEF/NYHQ2010-2092/Susan Markisz
A girl attends a language class in the primary school in the indigenous Shipibo-Conibo community of Nuevo Saposoa in the eastern province of Coronel Portillo in Ucayali Region in the Peruvian Amazon
NEW YORK, 23 May 2011 -UNICEF today reiterated its commitment to promote the rights of indigenous children during a Comprehensive Dialogue with the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). Led by Mr. Richard Morgan, UNICEF Director of Policy and Practice, staff from UNICEF Headquarters, the Latin America and Caribbean as well as the Africa region took stock of UNICEF’s progress and identified gaps in regards to the organization’s work on indigenous peoples’ issues. The dialogue was held with members of UNPFII, which consists of government and indigenous group representatives.
Indigenous peoples, particularly children, face glaring disparities in all areas of life. They experience significantly higher mortality and school dropout rates compared to other groups of children. This is compounded by a range of child protection issues, such as forced and bonded labour, sexual exploitation, trafficking and the limited capacity of agencies to provide them with appropriate treatment as juveniles. 
A number of studies by UNICEF (e.g. http://www.unicef-irc.org/media-centre/press-kit/digest11/) demonstrate high rates of suicide, alcohol, substance and solvent abuse among indigenous children. Obstacles – such as discrimination, marginalization and exclusion often prevent the realization and fulfilment of their rights- both are children and members of the indigenous community.    
UNICEF’s work on indigenous issues is guided by a rights- and equity-based approach, seeking to understand and address the root causes of the inequity which indigenous children experience in their struggle to access  education, health care, sanitation, clean water, protection and other services necessary for their survival, growth and development.
UNICEF has been active at the country level, with various programmes and activities specifically designed to advance the rights of indigenous peoples, and with projects ranging from bilingual and intercultural education to culturally sensitive health services, birth registration and the fight against violence, abuse and exploitation.
Based on its strong commitment to equity, UNICEF is refocusing on its work with and for indigenous children. As a result the first strategic framework on indigenous and minority children is currently being developed and will to support UNICEF Country Offices in their programming efforts for indigenous children.
The Comprehensive Dialogue with UNPFII, which lasted two hours, covered a range of issues such as UNICEF’s role in the provision and promotion of multicultural and bilingual education, culturally appropriate health services, research and data collection, birth registration and child protection. It represented an important step towards gaining a greater appreciation of indigenous issues and translating knowledge gained into concrete policies and practices affecting the rights of indigenous children.
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About UNICEFUNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org

For more information, please contact:Janine Kandel, UNICEF Media New York,
Tel. + 1 212 326 7684,
jkandel@unicef.org

Children’s Rights are at the heart of ‘Business’


Children’s Rights are at the heart of ‘Business’

© UNICEF/INDA2010-00091/Crouch
Ravi Kumar, 14, shows a hand scarred from manual farm labour. He now attends a school in Karnatarka, India that is supported by the IKEA Social Initiative and UNICEF to give child labourers an opportunity for a brighter future.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, 5 May 2011 - UN Global Compact, UNICEF and Save the Children are inviting businesses and civil society to take an active role in developing a global standard of business principles pertaining to children’s rights. Through an online consultation process, which is launched today, representatives of the private sector and civil society can help shape the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, which aim to set the standard for child-friendly businesses everywhere. At the same time, leading business and civil society representatives are meeting in London for the first of a series of global consultations.

“Sustainability at its heart is about inter-generational accountability, how we prepare the world for our children and theirs in turn. Business has a key role to play in operationalizing this in how they value and manage their impact on children’s lives, today,” said Simon Zadek, Senior Fellow, JF Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
The Children’s Rights and Business Principles (CRBP), to be launched this November, will be the first comprehensive set of principles to guide companies on the full range of actions they may take in the workplace, marketplace and community to respect and support children’s rights.

The private sector can make an important contribution towards the realization of child rights not only through its own practices and policies, but also by using its influence to change attitudes, policies and institutions.

This timely initiative addresses a void in children’s rights, and also reflects a rising interest within the corporate sector to move beyond the “do no harm” mentality and help foster child-friendly environments within stronger, more resilient communities.  Aside from the moral imperative of protecting children, the principles also make good business sense.
“While the culture of corporate sustainability has broadened considerably in recent years, a child rights perspective is often absent during discussions regarding the human rights responsibilities of business,” said Christopher L. Avery, Director of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, which is hosting the consultation.

Supporting the Children’s Rights and Business Principles can help companies minimize material risks and discover new business opportunities. Research suggests that child-friendly policies and practices may be indicative of good corporate governance and better risk management - enhancing brand value, increasing employee satisfaction, driving consumer loyalty, and contributing to more sustainable value creation in the long term.

Intended to be a unifying point of reference for the impact of business activities on children, the Principles aim to cover a broad range of categories, including:

- respecting and protecting children’s rights in the  workplace and supply chain 
- establishing family-friendly working conditions that support parents or caregivers
- ensuring that products and services to which children may be exposed are safe, don’t impact children’s lives negatively and are marketed in an ethical manner
- considering the impact of business activities on their surroundings, safeguarding the environment for future generations, and making sure business operations do not result in the displacement of communities

“The CRBP provides business with a principles-based framework and a practical pathway to become a beneficial force for children, maximizing their positive impacts and minimizing any negative impacts of their operations, products and marketing practices,” added Zadek.

About the Children’s Rights & Business Principles
The Children’s Rights & Business Principles (CRBP) is a joint initiative by UNICEF, the UN Global Compact and Save the Children to offer guidance to businesses on children’s rights in the workplace and beyond. Based on extensive consultations with business and civil society stakeholders from all geographic regions the principles will enable the private sector to maximize positive impacts on children’s lives by respecting and supporting their rights. The CRBP will be released in November 2011. Stakeholder participation in the consultation process is strongly encouraged. Please visit 


Saturday, 21 May 2011

The world produce enough food to feed everyone..

The world produce enough food to feed everyone ,world agriculture produce 17% more calories per person today than it did 30 years ago ,despite a 70% population increase ,this is enough to provide everyone in the world with at least 2720kilocalories per person .the main problem is that many people in the world do not have sufficent land to grow ,or income to purchase enough food .

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Launch of IFPRI Office for West and Central Africa

The IFPRI West and Central Africa Office will host an official opening ceremony at its new premises in Dakar, Senegal, on May 17, 2011. This event will bring together a broad range of participants, including dignitaries from the governments of Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria; representatives from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), other CGIAR centers in West Africa, subregional research organizations, and professional organizations; and members of Senegal’s academic, development, and private sector community. During the opening ceremony, Shenggen Fan, IFPRI’s director general, and Maximo Torero, director of the Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division, will participate in a panel discussion on the causes and impacts of rising global food prices and the potential response strategies. This topic is especially pertinent in the West and Central Africa region, which was hit hard by the 2007–08 food price crisis

IFPRI spends more than half of its resources in Africa. The Institute plays a critical role in the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), which has created a strong platform for policy and partnership renewal in the agriculture sector with the goal of raising investments, sustaining growth, and accelerating progress toward poverty reduction. IFPRI researchers actively work with local African decisionmakers and analysts in various countries to provide policy-relevant recommendations and knowledge products to guide implementation activities. In collaboration with African experts, IFPRI has produced more than 100 country background papers on agricultural growth and investment trends and strategic options for poverty reduction. More than 20 countries, including all 15 ECOWAS countries, have adopted national policy documents and investment plans based on this work, and that number is expected to increase. Most of these detailed agricultural investment plans have undergone technical reviews at national business meetings, where potential financing options were also discussed.
In order to offer local stakeholders broader access to the Institute’s public goods and improve its on-the-ground relevance throughout Africa, IFPRI established the West and Central Africa regional office in Dakar, Senegal, and the Eastern and Southern Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This will allow IFPRI to better align its research portfolio with the particular needs of the regions and the individual countries within them. In addition to the regional offices in Africa, IFPRI has a regional office in Asia located in New Delhi and country offices in Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Uganda.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Decrease in Hunger level

Most of the decrease in Hunger level was in Asia,with 80M fewer hungry but progress was also made in sub-sahara Africa,Where as in Sub sahara 12M people are going hungry however the no pf hungry people is higher in 2010,before food and eco. crisis of 2008-09 children r the most visible victim of under nutrition,they suffer upto 160 days of illness each year Poor a nutrition plays a major role in Millions of child death each year

Thursday, 12 May 2011

"Nothing honorable in Honour Killing"



Feudal Practice of" Honour Killings " supreme court  award the death sentence to the convicted in such crimes .
all persons who are planning to perpetrate Honour Killing should know that gallows await them ,Honour killing became common in many parts particularly in Haryana, Rajasthan ,Uttar Pradesh ,there is "nothing honorable in Honour Killing"  and they are nothing but barbaric and brutual murder by bigoted person .
People feel dishounoured by the behaviour of Young Man Women who marry against their wishes ,they kill them which is wholly illegal ,if someone is not happy with their daughter or son maximun he can do is  to cut off social relation with him or her ,but he cannot take law in his own hand .in future all trial court and high court treet Honour Killing as rarest of rare case and award the death sentence .