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Reform agenda at the heart of Regional Director’s visit to Armenia

During her first official visit to Armenia, UNDP’s regional director for Europe and CIS Mirjana Spoljaric Egger discussed with her counterparts the country’s development following last year’s…  


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.  


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…  


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…  


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…  


New ways to finance disaster recovery

The human cost of natural disasters is not just measured in the deaths and injuries that they cause, but also in terms of their lasting economic impact on survivors and countries. Natural disasters…  


Disaster risk reduction financing regional conference

The conference will bring together governments, practitioners and experts to better understand global trends of disaster financing market development and opportunities for the RBEC region.  


We’re not being ambitious enough on our climate pledges

According to an independent climate tracker, current climate pledges are insufficient to keep global temperature below a projected 2ºC increase. While limiting carbon emissions is a top priority,…  

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