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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.  


In Moldova, communities mobilize massively to back survivors of gender-based violence

Psychologists, social workers, legal advisors will begin to provide free services to survivors of gender-based violence who live in Gagauzia region of Moldova.  


EU and UNDP initiate a new project to strengthen Syrians and host communities in Turkey

The new action focusing on job creation, municipal services and Turkish language trainings is supported by the European Union.  


UN calls for increased support for vulnerable Syrians and host populations

UN Chiefs called for increased support for vulnerable Syrians, refugees and the communities hosting them.  


A coalition for recovery

UN agencies, government, business and civil society join forces to support economic recovery in eastern Ukraine.  


2017: A year in pictures

From supporting business to protecting ecosystems, here's a snapshot of our work this year.  


Western Balkans working on world’s most advanced regional disaster responders network

Seven countries and territories in the Western Balkans met here last week, building what could soon become the world’s most developed network of disaster responders.  


7 things we learned about tackling displacement in the Western Balkans

In 2015, 900,000 refugees and migrants crossed through Southeast Europe in the largest displacement of people since World War II. Many crossed from Greece to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia…  


Demining returns land back to the people in Bosnia and Herzegovina

20 years after the war, mines remain a major threat to nearly 550,000 people across Bosnia and Herzegovina. A new UNDP programme is now working to accelerate the demining process in a coordinated…  


Assessment of the Impact of Migration and Displacement on Local Development

As more populations around the globe are displaced due to conflict, poverty, climate change, poor governance, and other social ills, the international community has called upon transit and host…  

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