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 Tagged: disaster preparedness
Turkey has 56 earthquakes a day. Fortunately, most are only felt by extremely fine-tuned seismic sensors. Scientists predict that Istanbul, which sits on the Anatolian fault line, is due for a major earthquake in the next 30 – 50 years. That big one could kill or injure tens of thousands of people.
It’s been six months since we helped launch the first Social Innovation Hub in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, with a mission to make the most of technology in tackling social challenges and advancing human development. The Hub already has a reputation for being ‘the place where all the magic happens’. And rightly so: In a… Read more »
Here at UNDP we’re in the business of this all-encompassing yet often quite vague idea of ‘resilience’. For me what it boils down to is this: How well are the state and its citizens prepared to react to emergencies? And what can be done to help reduce the risks to human lives and their communities when… Read more »
“We cannot eliminate disasters, but we can mitigate risk. We can reduce damage and we can save more lives.” Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General Every $1 invested in disaster prevention saves $7 in response. But to know where to invest, we need to know where disasters are likely to occur. Although no two disasters are… Read more »