Last week I accompanied UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark, on a trip to Serbia. We went to see for ourselves the damage wrought by the floods that struck in May. The most catastrophic natural disaster in the Balkans in over a century, the floods led to over 50 deaths, with thousands displaced and left homeless. Even… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Climate change
Here at UNDP in Uzbekistan, we are working to better the lives of those affected by the Aral Sea disaster. As part of this programme, we recently procured solar panels in order to provide access to alternative energy sources for rural healthcare facilities in the Muynak district.
Yesterday’s sustainable energy regional conference in Istanbul had people feeling, for lack of a better word, energized. We organized the event alongside colleagues from the Islamic Development Bank and the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. Robust discussions and keen insights from speakers and the nearly 200 participants made for a fascinating and thought-provoking first day.
Hooray! We have officially completed the first big step towards making a school in Croatia energy independent. A few months ago, with US$15,000 of seed funding from the UNDP in Bratislava Regional Centre, we launched a campaign dedicated to helping Ostrog elementary school (in Croatian) in Kaštela become the first energy independent school in Croatia…. Read more »
Recently in Almaty, I received a rather unusual text message. It was from the city’s weather forecast service letting me know that the day was expected to be “smoky.” Almaty is a city hit especially hard by pollution. But unlike major industrial cities, the biggest enemy of clean air appears to be its cars. I’ve… Read more »
Several months ago I received an email from Arizona State University (ASU), School of Engineering student, Vid Micevic, who came across our UNDP-Nesta Renewable Energy Challenge. He wanted to spend a part of his university education working on the challenge. The deadline for submitting the ideas for the challenge was just up, but working with… Read more »
To drive or not to drive? It’s a question many of us ask ourselves each time we travel from home. What is the shortest and quickest route? What crossroads and junctions should I avoid? Will I find a place to park? Maybe I should take a bus—but will that make me late? Maybe it’s time… Read more »
There were close to half a million soldiers during the war fighting for their cause, and there are an estimated quarter of a million illegally possessed weapons circulating in the country today. How do we fight the war against the remnants of war? How do we ‘peace-together’ the process? At the end of 2013, over 1,500 small… Read more »
What an adventure this has been! After a few nights with hardly any sleep, our Indiegogo crowdfunding page and campaign to develop the first energy independent school in Croatia is live! Confession: We have no clue how will it will all turn out. Will we be able to mobilize people to donate for the idea… Read more »
Imagine a 100 percent renewable island: systems that provide renewable energy, the people who maintain those systems, and economic development and sustainable tourism resulting from the whole process. Easy to imagine, right? Now, imagine the same thing happening in Croatia. Still easy to imagine, right?! A little over three years ago, the residents of Krk… Read more »