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City Experiment Fund: The System Transformation Our Cities Need

Cities occupy only about 2% of Earth’s land area, but house between 60-85% of the world population. At a time of accelerated change, cities are emerging as leaders.  


Five approaches to build functional early warning systems

The publication explores lessons learned from over a decade of working with local and national governments to build and implement climate change adaptation projects in the region.  


Reclaiming the sands of a dead sea

There were once over 1,100 islands scattered across the extensive waters of the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan. Decades of agricultural misuse created an environmental catastrophe.  


Kazakhstan: Green economy reforms gain momentum

Kazakhstan is taking bold new steps to integrate environmental considerations in all public decisions, thanks to a new Environmental Code expected to bring Central Asia’s largest country closer to…  


From farmer to finance minister

When I was a teenager, I hitchhiked from Lithuania to Armenia and back. When I found myself back in Istanbul last month, I discussed disaster risk reduction financing with the finance ministers of the…  


UNDP climate curriculum reaches 50,000 pupils across Eurasia

UNDP’s climate box, launched last year to teach children how to lead climate - and environmentally - friendly lifestyles, has reached a total of 50,000 children in eight countries in Eastern Europe…  


Colour creeps back as Aral Sea emerges from the dust

Once the world's fourth biggest lake, the Aral almost disappeared - and holds a lesson for all  


Stepping up climate adaptation in Eurasia should be top priority, says UNDP

Climate change impacts in Eastern Europe and Central Asia currently cost billions of dollars in lost productivity and could keep mounting over the next few years, according to a new report released at…  


Why I became a disaster expert

Thirty years ago, a powerful earthquake ripped through my home country of Armenia, leaving 25,000 dead, 500,000 homeless and annihilating an estimated 40 percent of the national economy.  


Illuminating the present

The latest UN report is unequivocal: we only have 12 years to prevent catastrophic climate change and emissions must peak globally within about a year. Here’s a look at what we are doing to assist the…  

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