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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.  


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,…  


European Commission, UNDP to help enhance resilience to disasters in South-east Europe

The European Commission (EC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have launched an initiative to increase disaster preparedness in cities across seven countries and territories in the…  


Helping rebuild lives in Albania with a long term sight

18 months after severe flooding affected over 15,000 people in southern Albania, 16 infrastructure projects provide flood protection for the future.  


Belarus marks 30th commemoration of Chernobyl disaster

Thirty years on, the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl still exerts an indelible impact on the lives of people in Belarus, Ukraine and the Russian Federation, but communities and governments have shown…  


One year on, Albania remembers its deadliest floods

One year after the floods in Albania, a new initiative is restoring infrastructure and helping people regain livelihoods.  


A new regional partnership targets disaster risk reduction

A new initiative between UNDP and Central European University is exploring how the use of technology can potentially reduce disaster risk.  


In fYR Macedonia, early warning for disasters only a swipe away

In the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, a UNDP-supported mobile application helped reduce the risk of suffering and damage during recent flooding.  


Preventing floods in Ljubinje

Flooding in the town of Ljubinje is no longer a problem for more than 300 households, thanks to joint efforts of Ljubinje Municipality and the United Nations.  

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