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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.  


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…  


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…  


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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