Apart from loss and damage, other key highlights from COP 27

Team TA As COP 27 winds up, here’s a quick look at some of the major outcomes at COP 27, apart from the much-reported loss and damage discussion. COP27 convened over 45,000 people, including government representatives, observers and civil society.  Launch of the first report of the High-Level Expert Group on the Net-Zero Emissions Commitments of Non-State Entities: The report slammed greenwashing – misleading the public … Continue reading Apart from loss and damage, other key highlights from COP 27

India unveils its strategy for net zero goal by 2070

By Team TA Background On 14 November 2022, India announced its  Long Term-Low Emission Development Strategy (LT-LEDS) at the ongoing COP 27. With submitting this strategy document to UNFCCC, India has now joined the group of 57 countries (out of 195) that were mandated to submit the long-term document by 2022 under the UN climate agreements. In accordance with Article 4, paragraph 19, of the Paris … Continue reading India unveils its strategy for net zero goal by 2070

COP 27: Mothers come forward to protect children’s right to clean air and healthy environment

A delegation of mothers from Our Kids’ Climate and Parents For Future Global – two networks uniting parents to act on climate – are attending COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh to urge world leaders to put children’s health, rights and futures at the heart of climate discussions and negotiations. The delegation of accomplished grassroots activists from Botswana, Brazil, Ghana, India, South Africa and the UK … Continue reading COP 27: Mothers come forward to protect children’s right to clean air and healthy environment

COP 27 Daily Bulletin

By Team TA This bulletin was updated daily by curating official sources of information for COP 27 designed by UNFCCC and other UN bodies. 19 November (Day 13) Closing plenary to take place today and parties continue to negotiate on the critical issue of loss and damage finance. Landmark deal on loss and damage After days of intense negotiations that stretched into early Sunday morning … Continue reading COP 27 Daily Bulletin

Workplace harassment: Inclusivity and transparency is missing from complaint committees

By: Anushka Pardikar, Anubhav Kumar and Rishabh Shrivastava In Part I of the Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace series, we examined the status of compliance with the various provisions of the PoSH Act, 2013. We looked specifically at the extent of sensitisation and awareness programmes conducted by major government organisations in the country.  In this part, we analyse the composition of the Internal Complaints … Continue reading Workplace harassment: Inclusivity and transparency is missing from complaint committees

World Mental Health Day: Implementing Mental Healthcare Act, 2017

By: Rishabh Shrivastava In 2017, India got one of the most progressive and landmark law – The Mental Healthcare Act (MHCA). It was for the first time that policymakers guaranteed a rights-based approach to mental health issues in the country. Not only this, for the first time, it very specifically provided for crucial rights of people with mental conditions like the right to information, right … Continue reading World Mental Health Day: Implementing Mental Healthcare Act, 2017

Human right based approach to dementia care in India

Team TA WHO estimates that more than 55 million people in the world suffer from dementia, of which Alzheimer’s is the most common form. The number is expected to triple by 2050! Alzheimer’s progressively destroys brain tissue, making people lose their memory. It makes it difficult for people to carry out even day-to-day tasks. Alzheimer’s primarily impacts the lives of elderly people, leaving them more … Continue reading Human right based approach to dementia care in India

Loss and Damage in International Climate Negotiations

Team TA In 2013 the global community came up with the Warsaw International Mechanism For Loss and Damage. The objective was clear – to address loss and damage caused by climate change to low and middle-income countries, which are affected the most. Loss and Damage is a general term used in UN climate negotiations referring to the consequences of climate change that go beyond people’s … Continue reading Loss and Damage in International Climate Negotiations

Is lockdown an effective strategy to control infections like COVID-19? Might be! – shows this new study from Pune

By Dr. Jaimini Sarkar Background Do you remember the day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the nationwide lockdown to tackle the spread of COVID-19 across the country in 2020? The move sparked a debate on whether it was the right step to control the infection or not? Was the timing of imposing and lifting the lockdown apt? Was there any science and evidence behind … Continue reading Is lockdown an effective strategy to control infections like COVID-19? Might be! – shows this new study from Pune

Access to clean, healthy, and sustainable environment is now a universal human right: How, why, and what?

By: Rishabh Shrivastava UN General Assembly passed a resolution on 28th July 2022, recognizing access to clean, healthy, and sustainable environment as a universal human right. 161 member countries voted in favor of the resolution whereas 8 countries abstained from voting. The resolution is not legally binding on the countries but rather serves as a call for countries to unite and amplify actions to tackle … Continue reading Access to clean, healthy, and sustainable environment is now a universal human right: How, why, and what?

WHO declares monkeypox a global health emergency but it might not be as lethal as COVID-19 and hence no need to panic! Here’s why

By Rishabh Shrivastava Monkeypox is not a new disease, unlike COVID-19. Monkeypox has been there for quite a long time. The first case of monkeypox was reported in Congo in 1970. Since then a lot of research and development has taken place around this disease. Monkeypox is very similar to smallpox which was eradicated in 1980. Clinically, monkeypox is less severe than smallpox (with 3%-6% … Continue reading WHO declares monkeypox a global health emergency but it might not be as lethal as COVID-19 and hence no need to panic! Here’s why

Workplace harassment: Sensitization on PoSH act isn’t a priority for government institutes, shows RTI reply

By Anushka Pardikar Workplaces in India continue to be biased, misogynistic and unsafe for women. After the pandemic introduced work from home model, the issues of harassment and bullying have become furthermore complicated. The organizations and experts working on issues of safety at workplaces have reported an increase in the number of harassment incidents that women employees continue to face. All of this is despite … Continue reading Workplace harassment: Sensitization on PoSH act isn’t a priority for government institutes, shows RTI reply

Visual story: Criminalizing conversion therapy of queer people in India

By Rishabh Shrivastava Conversion therapy is one of the most brutal forms of human rights violation that people from queer community often experience. With no legal framework and a notified ban, a lot of medical professionals continue to prescribe this illegal and unscientific practice. This causes a great deal of mental and physical pain to queer people, infringing their health and privacy rights. Queer people … Continue reading Visual story: Criminalizing conversion therapy of queer people in India

What are 5 key messages from WHO’s recent and largest review of global mental health?

By Anushka Pardikar It was in 2001 that the World Health Organisation (WHO) published the preceding World Health Report titled Mental Health: New Understanding, New Hope. The 2001 report laid bare the impending crisis that the world was likely to set into considering the enormous public health and socio-economic impact of mental health illnesses. According to the report, the gravity of the crisis coupled with … Continue reading What are 5 key messages from WHO’s recent and largest review of global mental health?