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In May, in the span of just two weeks, 134,000 Saiga antelope died in Kazakhstan.
The statistics are shocking. All the more so when you realize that 80 percent of the world’s Saiga population live here.
The world is changing fast—and so must our approaches to persistent development issues.
What matters now is not how much data we have, but rather what can we do with all of it.
Local NGO ‘Center for Environmental Solutions’ winning idea back then was called Greenmap.by – an online resource and mobile app providing information on available recycling points in a number of cities around the country..
Since then – with UNDP’s support – the project was introduced in two pilot cities and a promotion campaign featuring our friend Grandpa Trofim was launched to encourage environmentally friendly behaviour.
We often consider the buildings we’re constructing as comfortable and accessible for all.
How often do we remember what a challenge they can be for those living with disabilities?
Are you an open data champion from Europe and/or Central Asia looking an e-place to call home?
Without further ado, let me welcome you to ODECA.
Kick off your shoes, get comfortable, and stay a while!
Did you know that Belovezhskaya Pushcha is the largest ancient forest in all of Europe?
Herodotus wrote about this UNESCO World Heritage Listed site way back in the the 5th century B.C.
A friend in Kyrgyzstan recently told me about the first time she saw a person with disabilities: She had just turned 19 and left the country to study abroad.
Day-to-day life makes it easy to forget the people with disabilities who live among us. There are few accessible ramps in Bishkek.
A recent trip to the northern part of Kyrgyzstan drove this point home even more.
Though most believe the MDGs have helped make a difference in the lives of the world’s most needy and vulnerable, a common critique has been the absence of functional links to governance concerns.
These critics have emphasized that if we want the goals to succeed, the sustainable goals should be explicitly linked to rights-based global conventions.
In the not-too-distant future, data generated by governments, businesses, and citizens will be used to provide quicker, more holistic understandings of the world around us.