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UN regional consultation on South-South Cooperation opens

The Regional Consultation on South-South Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific has opened in Bangkok with a strong call to scale up South-South and triangular cooperation initiatives to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Senior officials from 32 countries, and representatives of donor agencies, think tanks, civil society organisations and the private sector are...
Income Inequality

Asia-Pacific Countries Adopt Regional Actions To Tackle Inequality

At the close of a high-level UN policy forum in Bangkok, political leaders and senior government officials recommitted themselves to tackling rising inequality across Asia and the Pacific region. Over 540 delegates from 44 Member States and Associate Members attended the 74th UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) session held...
Circus Animals

CSR: Cruelty Behind The Amusement At Circus

The circus animals are not as amused as they appear to be while they try and entertain the audience. In fact, they are far from feeling anything positive. The circus animals perform the tricks that they do after going through rigorous training that they receive which includes abuse and cruelty. Animals in wilderness generally spend...
Sustainable Development

Closing Gaps In Economic Statistics For Sustainable Development

The 2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Statistics Week (APES) closed in Bangkok with a strong focus on strengthening the capability of Member States to produce core economic statistics and improve monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Senior economic statisticians from statistical offices and central banks of countries in the region, as well as international development experts...
Financing policy

CSR: Mobilising Financing For Development Needed

Mobilizing financing for development remains a fundamental priority in the Asia-Pacific region. The robust growth registered by the region in 2017 and promising prospects for this year provides the opportunity to meet this objective, according to a major United Nations report launched in Bangkok. Taking advantage of the current favorable economic conditions, economies need to address...
Hawkers in Mumbai on Footpaths

CSR: Take Action Against Illegal Encroachment

A middle aged woman plays with her life everyday on the Marol Maroshi Road when she walks to the Vijay-nagar bridge to buy the favorite vegetables and fruits for her young granddaughters. A bike rider going to office everyday from the Ghatkopar Link Road is looking for alternate options for commute fearing his safety...
According to World Bank, India has the highest number of people living below the poverty line -- 224 million. (In picture) Dharavi, Mumbai is one of the largest slum settlements in the world.

India’s Biggest Challenge Is Poverty, Is Universal Basic Income The Answer?

According to World Bank, India has the highest number of people living below the poverty line -- 224 million. (In picture) Dharavi, Mumbai is one of the largest slum settlements in the world.

Technology As A Driver Of Sustainability Strategy

In a short period of time, I would suggest 5 years, there will be very few large enterprises or for that matter small and medium size businesses, that do not approach business from a sustainability mindset.

India’s Online Education Industry Will Be $1.96 Billion By 2021: Google, KPMG

Paid user base to grow 6X from 1.6 million in 2016 to 9.6 million in 2021

Abortion Kills 20 Lakh Women Every Year: Survey

Abortion remains highly restricted in India. The governing law, the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act (1971), permits abortions before 12 weeks of pregnancy by a registered medical practitioner or before 20 weeks of pregnancy with the approval of two registered medical practitioners, but only if the mother or child's mental or physical health is in danger. A slightly more liberal amendment is under consideration, but still does not allow abortion if the woman simply wishes to terminate the pregnancy.

Companies Law Committee suggests not-for-profit companies to fall under the wp ambit

The Companies Law Committee (CLC) that presented its recommendations to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs earlier this month suggested that Section 8 companies should not be exempted from the provisions of Corporate Social Responsibilities (wp) rules. Section 8 companies are ‘not for profit’ companies registered under the Section 8 of the Companies Act 2013. These...
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