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 »
Posts Categorized: Disaster response
In emergency response, every minute matters. Every minute, more than 270,000 tweets get published worldwide, Google receives no less than 4 million search queries, and over 200 million emails are sent. We now live in a world where 90 percent of the data out there today has been created in the last two years… Read more »
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 »
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.”
Imagine yourself the mayor of a small border province in Southeastern Anatolia five years ago. It is a big day for you.
Every year, rivers in Central Asia flood, causing enormous damage to houses, infrastructure, and economies across the region’s intricate borders. And each year of flooding comes as a stark reminder of Central Asian countries’ major vulnerability to natural disasters, and their deep interconnectedness.
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 »
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 »
It was not the Copa do Mundo da FIFA Brasil that brought us to Yerevan in Armenia in July 2014, but a regional workshop on mainstreaming disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA). Between the sessions—and between the matches—we had some serious discussions with our colleagues from Armenia about disaster and climate risk… Read more »
In 2014, devastating floods and landslides affected Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the wider region. Thousands of people continue to suffer from the consequences of these floods, which unearthed – among other things – a specific human security threat: landmines. What do we do in these circumstances? Here’s a step-by-step guide on how we respond: