Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will provide an assistance of US $ 4.4 crore for phasing out the use of 137 tonne of cholorofluorocarbons (CFCs). The ministry of environment and forests and the UNDP have recently signed an agreement in this regard. Under the 1987 Montreal Protocol, the UNDP assists governments in identifying and implementating projects. In India, projects approved through the UNDP so far with grant assistance totalling nearly US $11.6 million or nearly Rs 45 crore, are scheduled to phase out the use of 1,096 tonne of ozone depleting substances by the year 2005.

The United Nations Population Fund is formulating a novel "early warning" system to detect cancer among women in Sri Lanka. The system would also help link it up with government-run women's clinics throughout the country. The Well Women's Clinics, as the concept is called, were formed in 1996 and started as screening clinics for women over 35 years for diabetes, hypertension, cervical and breast cancer. The Sri Lankan government has now sought UNFPA assistance to develop these clinics to provide a more integrated package of services on reproductive health.

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