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Why I became a disaster expert

30 years ago, a powerful earthquake ripped through Armenia, leaving 25,000 dead and 500,000 homeless. Our disaster expert Armen Grigoryan recalls the tragedy that changed the course of his life.  


From 'the merchant of Venice' to our time - Climate insurance tales

Testing accessible and affordable crop insurance for poor farmers, who are vulnerable to climate change effects in the Philippines  


Leaving no-one behind in the search for climate solutions

Vanuatu’s ambitious goal to become climate neutral; taking social impact into account  


Keeping Bhutan carbon neutral

Climate change mitigation specialist Nawaraj Chhetri shares his experience in the Land of the Thunder Dragon  


Volcano of Fire: A first responder’s view

Recovery specialist Jeannette Fernandez shares her experience traveling to Guatemala in the aftermath of the volcanic eruption.  


While you were watching the World Cup, we picked our top-scorers for the Global Goals

While most of my friends are glued to the 2018 football World Cup tournament, I can't wait for the kick-off at this year's High Level Political Forum (HLPF). It is the event of the year for the…  


Ever think about mines? I mean, the kind that blow up people?

Lead advisor Rosemary Kalapurakal reflects on UNDP's 25 years of work on mine action in over 40 countries.  


Building resilience to hurricanes in the British Virgin Islands

As coordinator of UNDP’s ‘5–10–50’ Partnership Initiative for Risk-Informed Development, Reshmi Theckethil is supporting recovery efforts following a devastating hurricane season in the Caribbean. She…  


On the challenge of secure, but open borders

As part of my job, I get to travel across the Europe and Central Asian region and sometimes beyond. But as much as I love experiencing new cultures, traditions, languages or cuisines, unfortunately my…  


Connecting islands, weathering storms

Climate change adaptation specialist Yusuke Taishi helps communities in Tuvalu reduce the risk from disaster.  

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