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 »
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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.”
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.
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.
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 »