In 2006, I was working in Aceh, Indonesia (with the Red Cross), a region devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Amongst other post-disaster recovery activities, we were working with 20…

Saurabh Dani |

Across the Europe and Central Asia region today, policymakers are confronted daily with a wide range of development challenges and decisions, but the potential impacts of adverse natural events…

Alanna Simpson, Joaquin Toro |

In 1991, the World Bank Group opened its resident office in Bucharest and this November we will celebrate 25 years of continued presence in Romania. Romania joined the World Bank in 1972, yet it…

Elisabetta Capannelli |

Also available in: Russian Over the years, Bucharest has improved its cycling infrastructure. Photo: Stelian Pavalache Over the past year, people living in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, are…

Yevgen Yesyrkenov |

Also available in: Arabic | French | Spanish In 2015 the world saw great momentum for climate action, culminating in a historic agreement in December to cut carbon emissions and contain global…

Andy Shuai Liu |

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about the opening of the 10th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests, in Istanbul, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s impassioned challenge…

Peter Dewees |

United Nations events, usually crowded with diplomats and technocrats, aren’t normally those which raise a lot of emotion – though there have been exceptions. I remember in particular the…

Peter Dewees |

Can emerging markets make economic growth compatible with climate action? Can the trade-off between growth and rising emissions be influenced by policy? For a country like Turkey – with the lowest…

Martin Raiser |

This week in Doha, the marble corridors of the Qatar National Convention Center resonate with voices from around the world. Over half way through the UN Climate Change Conference, as ministers…

Rachel Kyte |

At a Program of Seminars session Monday on “Greening Recovery, Seizing Opportunities, ” more than 300 people turned out to hear experts such as Nobel laureate Joe Stiglitz and UNEP Executive…

Angie Gentile |