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ICIMOD shares knowledge key to ground action

To boost engagements in the climate change adaptation discourse and share knowledge on climate change-related policy, research, and practice within and beyond the research and development community, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), in partnership with Aaranyak (one of the HICAP partners in India), the National Institute of Administrative Research (NIAR) and GIZ, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, the German Society for International Cooperation organized a two day Conference on Climate Change Adaptation: Priorities for Research, Policy and Practices in North East India, in Guwahati recently under its Adaptation to Change Regional Programme. 

While delivering his keynote address in the inaugural session, A.M. Singh, Joint Secretary of the Ministry for the Development of the North Eastern Region, Government of India emphasized upon the urgent need to synergize developments of the different State Action Plans on Climate Change with the National Action Plans on Climate Change having taken into consideration the respective areas of priorities.

Several experts, researchers, policymakers, journalists, and practitioners dealing with climate change policies and livelihoods in the Northeast region attended the Conference. Sessions focused on research related to climate change, alternative livelihood options, disaster resilience, migration, and gender. Panels discussed gaps and priorities for action on key issues like Water Demand, Disaster Risks and Vulnerabilities, Community-based and Ecosystem-based Adaptation, and Gender issues. Effective and timely flow of information and knowledge was highlighted as a critical challenge for policymakers in ensuring informed decision making.

Speaking on the occasion, Rajendra P Agarwalla, PCCF (Wildlife), Department of Environment and Forests, Government of Assam said that Climate Change Adaptation does matter in a state with Climate sensitive natural resources like Assam. “All government development programmes must incorporate climate concerns and climate-related knowledge into their design so that adaptation to climate change gets mainstreamed in development planning,” he said.

Presentations on the collaborative work carried out in the region by ICIMOD, Aaranyak, GRID-Arendal, and CICERO under HICAP, supported by the government of Norway and the Swedish International Development Agency, and GIZ’s Climate Change Adaptation in the North Eastern Region of India (CCA-NER) Program were made. The presentations highlighted the importance of strategic partnership-based activities, anchored through the prioritized strategies outlined in the State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCC), especially in climate change and water availability, disaster resilience, migration and remittance, gender integration, ecosystem-based adaptation, and knowledge sharing.

Interacting during a panel discussion that culminated the conference, R.M. Mishra, Principal Secretary, Planning, Government of Meghalaya said: “Convergence and nexuses among different sectors is essential, and there should be a system of arbitration in place to involve various stakeholders within and across the spectrum.”

The ICIMOD conference explored ways to institutionalize a formal platform for sharing the knowledge on climate change related policy, research, and practice in Northeast India; and identify the gaps and priorities that exist for action at the local, national, and regional levels.

Prior to the conference a week-long training workshop for journalists was also conducted in the Tinsukia district of Assam to effectuate their thinking and communication on adaptation to climate change in the local context.

 

 

 

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Writes, edits and researches. In 2013 he was conferred the Rotary International District 3240 Young Achiever Award for his work in the area of environment and digital journalism. In 2006 he was awarded first in the category of Wildlife Photography by the Department of Environment & Forests and Tourism, Government of Assam.

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Media sensitization programme on H1N1 in press club

13 Aug 2009 - 6:44am | editor

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Understanding the gravity of the situation (H1N1 infection), a media sensitization programme has been planned by NESPYM. The programme, to be organized in association with Guwahati Press Club, will include a number of reporter-journalists as its participants. It will take place on August 14 (Friday) at 11:30 am in the press club auditorium. Dr Chiranjeeb Kakoty, an expert on health and hospital management will speak on the basic epidemiology of Influenza A and Dr Bhabesh Chandra Bhagabati, the State surveillance officer (Integrated Disease Surveillance Project, Assam) will deliberate on surveillance and preparedness in the State vis-à-vis Influenza A ( H1N1), informed Dr Alaka Bhattacharyya of NESPYM.


Interested media persons are requested to contact the press club office for any queries.

Karbi outfit calls for total shutdown

6 Nov 2017 - 11:03am | Syed Miraz Ahmed

The People's Democratic Council of Karbi-longri (PDCK) an affiliate of the United National Liberation Front of Western South East Asia (UNLFWSEA) Sunday condemned the atrocities committed by what it terms ‘Indian occupation forces’ upon two arrested persons, namely Rau Engleng and Longsing Teron. 

“They used electric shocks and beating as a method of torture to extract information and forced them to confess. These practices are gross violations of Article 3 common to the Geneva Convention,” said the outfit. 

Stating statutes, PDCK said that occupation forces should recognize the International Humanitarian Law and the Law of Armed Conflict, which protect persons as a target for military goal. No person should lose protection without legal evidence of Direct Participation in Hostility (DPH), as laid down in the Geneva Convention, the UN Convention Against Torture and the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights. The Ban on Torture or any Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading treatment is absolute, even in war-time, internal disturbances and natural or man-made catastrophes (torture degrades and corrupts the society that allows it). States are obliged to International Law. The act of Torture and certain types of ill-treatments is a crime under International Law. They are war crime under all four Geneva Conventions. 

The outfit went on to say that occupation forces should respect the prevailing International legal norms and recognize article 5 under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly Resolution 217 A) 'no one shall be subjected to Torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment". 

“To resist, violations of Human Rights, we call for total shutdown in Karbi Anglong for 24 hours, that is, from 12 am to 11:59 pm, on November 7, 2017. We call upon all subjugated people of this region to do the needful to make the this shutdown success,” stated Captain David Mukrang, Chief of Army Staff, Red Army, People's Democratic Council of Karbi-longri in a communiqué. 

Respect human rights in Manipur

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Amid an eerie silence over the recent orgy of Churachandpur violence the Amnesty International India has asked the Manipur government to respect human rights.   

The rights body further asked the government to carry out an independent probe into the allegations of human rights violations in the past few months. The excessive use of police force should also be brought under the probe.

The rights body observed that the government should ensure that they respect the right to freedom of expression and peaceful protest while maintaining public order and safety.