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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…  


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…  


How one ministry is changing the lives of women and men with disabilities in Armenia

In Armenia, the government works to bring inclusivity and equality to the workplace.  


Disasters discriminate - our response should not

Natural disasters disproportionately affect women and children, especially in countries where women’s socioeconomic status is low. To guard against reproducing gender bias in disaster mitigation and…  


Can Central Asia protect itself from disasters?

Most people who live in Central Asia are too young to remember the devastating earthquakes from the past. Although all Central Asian countries are characterized by high seismic risk, the region has…  


EU, UNDP extend support for flood recovery in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Almost four years since the catastrophic floods that hit Bosnia and Herzegovina, the EU has contributed 12.5 million EUR towards the next phase of a 15 million EUR-worth UNDP programme designed to…  


UNDP to launch US$70 million initiative to help Georgia adjust to climate change

Supported by GCF, the project will expand early warning systems and measures aiming to increase disaster resilience for 1.7 million people.  


A hidden environmental danger lurks in Turkey

Hundreds of tons of chemicals, which may cause cancer upon contact, are kept in a storage site in Kocaeli, Turkey.  


Government of Japan allocates US$11.9 million for governance, disaster risk reduction in Kyrgyzstan

With USD 11.9 million from the Government of Japan, Kyrgyzstan today launched three major programmes to respectively build up the country’s civil registry, increase capacity to respond to disasters,…  

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