Congratulations to Team Zoocchini from New Delhi for winning 2nd Place in Global Zoohackathon 2018

Today, on World Cheetah Day, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs is pleased to announce the 2018 Zoohackathon global winner, Team Yamakapi. The runners-up were Team CheeTrack and Team Zoocchini. At this year’s Zoohackathon, over 275 university students, software professionals, and wildlife enthusiasts created unique technology solutions ...
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USAID Makes Credit Available to SMEs and Groups Engaged in India’s Sustainable Landscape

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), today, announced a new partnership designed to support enterprises and projects engaged in the sustainable landscapes sector in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from land use. This ten-year partnership with the Rabobank Foundation, the Ananya Finance for Inclusive Growth, and the Samunnati Financial Intermediation and Private Services ...
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Coders, Technologists, and Conservationists Tackle Wildlife Trafficking Challenges at Zoohackathon 2018

The U.S. Department of State will host the third annual Zoohackathon in Madrid, Spain; Mumbai, India; San Diego, California; and Entebbe, Uganda, September 15-16, 2018; and in New Delhi, India, September 22-23, 2018. The Zoohackathon events bring together coders, designers, university students, and conservation enthusiasts to combat wildlife trafficking through digital and technological innovations. Wildlife ...
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USAID & AMCHAM India Sign MOU to Partner for India’s Development

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the American Chamber of Commerce in India (AMCHAM India) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen the growing partnership between the U.S. Government and U.S. private sector to address India’s development needs. The announcement comes the same day as the launch of ...
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Coding to end wildlife trafficking: India’s first Zoohackathon to find solutions to eradicate this threat

India’s first Zoohackathon successfully ended yesterday coinciding with the culmination of the Wildlife Week celebrations 2017. Zoohackathon was organised for the first time in India by the U.S. Embassy, TRAFFIC India and WWF-India at the WWF-India Secretariat on 7-8 October 2017 and brought together young developers, designers, project managers, and subject matter experts to create ...
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U.S. Embassy and Consulates Launch New Mission-Wide Website

Today the U.S. Mission to India launched a new website for the Embassy in New Delhi and the four Consulates General in Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Mumbai.  The new website address for the entire U.S. Mission is https://in.usembassy.gov .  This website is in English, Hindi and Urdu and is built on WordPress, a popular web and ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard Verma at the India Energy Access Summit

Le Meridien Hotel, New Delhi (As Prepared for Delivery) Good Morning ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests. Thanks to the CLEAN Network and the Climate Group for sponsoring this conference and inviting me back this year.  I don’t believe I am overstating it when I say that we are poised at a transformational moment in history. ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Verma at NITI Aayog Conference on Energy Data Management, Energy Modeling, and Geospatial Analysis

(As Prepared for Delivery) Introduction Good Morning ladies and gentlemen. Thank you to our hosts, NITI Aayog, for putting together this conference and assembling such a notable group of leaders working to transform the future of India’s energy.  I’m truly honored to be here.  Thank you to NITI Aayog’s Vice Chairman Panagrahiya, and its CEO, ...
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The United States and India: A Partnership to Protect the Planet, Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma: The Future is Now: From COP21 to Reality

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a great pleasure to be back here in Hyderabad, a city rich with history that looks toward the future.   I’m here today to discuss how the United States and India are responding to what Secretary of State John Kerry has called the “defining challenge of our generation” – climate change.  Tackling ...
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Obama and Modi: Partners in climate

By Michael Buchanan – Jun 7, 2016 President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have forged a special relationship since their first meeting in 2014 — one that includes a particular interest in clean energy and climate change .That bond was on display when Obama hosted the prime minister of the world’s largest democracy at the White House on June 7. ...
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Grants Awarded for Clean Off-the-Grid Energy Projects

Today the Embassy of the United States of America and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy announced grants to nine of India’s top clean energy innovators. The awards were funded through the PACEsetter Fund , a ₹50 crore (US$7.9 million) account maintained jointly between the two governments. PACEsetter Fund awards were given to projects focused on ...
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U.S. Embassy Organizes Lucknow Workshop on Combating Air Pollution in North India

The Embassy of the United States of America today opened a two-day workshop here on combating air pollution in North India. Mr. Sanjiv Saran (IAS), Chairman, UP Pollution Control Board and Mr. Jonathan Kessler, Director-North India Office, US Embassy New Delhi, inaugurated the workshop, which is part of a series of workshops being held in ...
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U.S. Embassy Organizes Chandigarh Workshop on Combating Air Pollution in North India

The Embassy of the United States of America today opened a two-day workshop here on combating air pollution in North India. Shri Manpreet Singh, Chairman, Punjab Pollution Control Board and Prof. Arun Kumar Grover, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University inaugurated the workshop, which is part of a series of workshops being held in New Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, ...
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U.S. Embassy hosts American Actor Kal Penn

The U.S. Embassy on May 9 welcomed Indian-American actor and former White House official, Kal Penn. U.S. Ambassador Richard R. Verma and Mr. Penn together visited the Shastri Market Camp near Moti Bagh and Tata’s Smart Grid Lab in Rohini, to see how projects like these symbolize the strength of the U.S-India partnership.  At Shastri ...
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USAID and ADB Sign MOU to Develop Solar Parks

New Delhi | March 28, 2016 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate $848 million (Rs. 5,681 crore) in funding to develop solar parks across India. The agreement was signed by Jonathan Addleton, Mission Director, USAID/India and M. Teresa Kho, Country ...
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“Protecting Our Shared Spaces” – Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma at the Observer Research Foundation

Introduction Thank you for the kind introduction, Sunjoy, and for hosting me today.  I would like to commend the Observer Research Foundation for its commitment to excellence in producing first-rate analysis on world affairs. The Embassy team and I value your insights and counsel. Just over a month ago, Vice President Biden commemorated the ten-year ...
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