How do we avoid taking two steps back?

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Filed under: Disaster response Human rights and rule of law Migration and remittances Peace and security




Our region has seen countless examples of how development brings a country one step forward, only to have disasters, conflicts and other crises take it two steps back. Whether the armed conflict in Ukraine, the floods in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, or the migration and refugee crisis that has hit Southeast Europe, it’s evident… Read more »

The unsung heroes of Chernobyl

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Filed under: Development Disaster response




  I remember distinctly the images of Chernobyl on the TV screen. How can anyone forget that horrifying, 10-day long nuclear fire? But the after-effects of Chernobyl are no longer a distant reality to me. I currently head the UN’s development efforts in Belarus, and have had the chance to travel to the exclusion zone –… Read more »

How does investing in disaster prevention pay off?

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Filed under: Development Disaster response




The unprecedented damage Bosnia and Herzegovina saw in the 2014 floods has shown us the devastating effects of deprioritized financing and years of neglect of flood control systems. Doboj, a northern town in BiH, was among the worst-hit cities. More than 3,500 dwellings were destroyed or damaged by flood water. Urgent rehabilitation of 400 homes… Read more »

Building different kinds of bridges together in Kosovo*

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Filed under: Disaster response




In the 2014 Human Development Report, Khalid Malik writes: “Human resilience is about removing the barriers that hold people back in their freedom to act. It is about enabling the disadvantaged and excluded groups to express their concerns, to be heard and to be active agents in shaping their destiny.”

What six easy snapshots can tell you about our changing climate

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Filed under: Climate change Disaster response Environment




Today is the first day of COP21, and the stakes have never been higher. It is hoped that these crucial talks will reach a deal to limit the warming of our planet to two degrees Celsius. In his recent blog, my colleague Damiano Borgogno introduced the Global Support Programme, which was created because “ the technical information… Read more »

Big data for development: What we’re doing TODAY

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Disaster response Social innovation




In early July, while the summer in Skopje started to sizzle, big data enthusiasts popped by for one big (data) reason: to reflect on, share, and explore how we can use better use data for development. Our partners in crime, UN Global Pulse and UN Volunteers were also in the mix, contributing presentations on the current… Read more »