India-UNDP Current Affairs - 2020
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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched the India chapter of its new initiative, Accelerator Lab in New Delhi. The objective behind launching lab is to address some of the most pressing issues facing India, including air pollution, through innovation. To achieve its objectives, the UNDP has also partnered with NITI Aayog ‘s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM).
About Accelerator Lab
The laboratory will be housed in UNDP’s office based in New Delhi. The vision behind setting up lab is to make faster progress in meeting ambitious United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
At the Accelerator Lab innovators will seek to bring in their energy together to come up with solutions for common problems facing the country. Issues that laboratory will seek to address through innovation includes: air pollution, sustainable water management and client-resilient livelihoods.
The Indian lab will be among 60 global ones that will find, test and try to scale up innovative solutions helpful in combating both climate change as well as social inequity.
Tags: Accelerator Lab • Atal Innovation Mission • India-UNDP • Niti Aayog • SDG 2030
With the help pf 43 million USD from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), India has begun the project that will positively impact over 10 million people living on the coastline. The funds are to be obtained from the Green Climate Fund that was established under United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The objective of the fund is to assist developing countries.
- The 6-year project will help to build climate resilient livelihoods of 1.7 million people
- The coastal states that are to benefit from the fund are Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
- Under the project, the plan is to sequester minimum of 3.5 million tons of carbon dioxide in the next 30 years.
- The project will also restore 15,000 hectares of coral reefs, mangroves, salt marshes and sea marshes
- The funds will help in improving shoreline protection
- It aligns well with the NDC (Nationally Determined Contributions) of India under Paris Agreement and National Action Plan on Climate Change.
- The project will help the shoreline communities to restore eco system and promote climate resilient livelihood like sustainable farming of mud crabs.
- The initiative will also help to provide benefits for female-headed households, vulnerable communities, young people and elderly.