Joint Swiss UN Programme Launch: Disaster Risk Reduction for Sustainable Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The research on BiH youth’s socio-economic perceptions was conducted with the aim of examining their views and experiences on a wide range of current issues, including on employment and job markets, political awareness and activism, mobility and EU accession. It was commissioned under the framework of the global EU-funded, UNDP-implemented project on „Building and Consolidating Capacities for Conflict Prevention“.
How can people be empowered to become agents of change, minimising disaster risks and ensuring sustainable and climate-smart human development? How can we collectively move from recovery to building resilience? How to put people at the centre of all disaster risk reduction efforts as agents of change, not just as potential victims?
Acting pre-emptively to reduce risks at the community level is increasingly recognised as a single most efficient and cost-effective way to reduce disaster risk and prevent future losses from hazards.The report focuses on flood disasters that struck countries of the region in 2014.
Establishing normal living conditions in flood-affected communities: assisting more than 610,000 people in BiH
On 15 August 2014 the European Union launched the EU Floods Recovery Programme for Bosnia and Herzegovina worth 43.52 million EUR, out of which the EU’s contribution is 42.24 million EUR, while UNDP participated with 1.28 million EUR.
Results: Rehabilitation of 4,640 homes for more than 16,240 people; Rehabilitation of 63 bridges, 51 roads, and 31 water and sanitation facilities, and the implementation of five risk reduction measures for more than 610,000 beneficiaries; Rehabilitation of 156 school and 12 kindergartens for more than 71,800 children and students; six health care providers for 288,381 users; four social work centres for 22,859 beneficiaries...
Wide inequalities in people’s well-being cast a shadow on sustained human development progress
“On average, a child born today in a country with low human development can expect to live just over 60 years, while a child born in a country with very high human development can expect to live to almost 80. Similarly, children in low human development countries can expect to be in school seven years less than children in very high human development countries,” said Achim Steiner UNDP Administrator. “While these statistics present a stark picture in themselves, they also speak to the tragedy of millions of individuals whose lives are affected by inequity and lost opportunities, neither of which are inevitable."
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