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Controlling arms, preventing violence

"When I was 10 years old, two of my friends and I headed to a schoolyard to play football, but on our way there we stopped at an abandoned house full of weapons.  One of my friends called us to show us what he had just found.  While we were approaching, he activated the wasp and it exmore

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Energy Efficiency Programme Generates Huge Savings

Early in 2011 the energy-efficiency team in the Croatian Ministry of Justice was alarmed at abnormally high rates of water use recorded at Lepoglava Prison, a penitentiary dating back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. A probe of the underground pipes identified a huge leak that was fixed with a repairmore

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Healing, hope and justice for victims of wartime sexual violence

“The other day my husband asked me—all concerned and serious—how come I seemed so different these days. I asked him what he meant and he said something like ‘Well, it’s just I haven’t seen you so calm and okay for so long. What’s changed?’ I knew what he meant. The truth is I’d hardly smiled for themore

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Helping low-income Croatian households save money on energy

In a single afternoon, Miroslav Horvat and his family received the advice and equipment they needed to save them hundreds of euros each year. Energy advisors from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) installed energy-saving light bulbs, applied adhesive tape to their windows to prevent hemore

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Shifting towards low-carbon cities

Planting urban gardens, using straw and mud as building materials, riding bicycles – these were among the proposals featured during a panel discussion in Zagreb aimed at identifying ways in which individuals can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create low-carbon cities The burning of fossil more

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Solar power restores electricity to remote Croatian village

“The milk that we produce, we cannot sell,” says Mileva Desnica, who lives in the small village of Ajderovac in Croatia. “We don’t have electricity for a refrigerator, so we can only store food in the cold room for a day or two at most.” The municipality of Gračac where the village is located was cumore

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Surviving wartime sexual violence

By Jasmina Papa It was a sunny, crisp March morning in 2012. Arriving to Vukovar, in Eastern Slavonia, a town that is believed to be the site of some of the worst atrocities that took place in the 1991 to 1995 war in Croatia. Traces of shelling and bullets are still visible on some of the buildings.more

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Symbol of Vukovar regains its beauty after 22 years

The best-known architectural monument in central Vukovar, Workers' Hall, which was demolished in 1991 during the three-month siege of the city, regained its former splendor under a €1.64 million project. The project, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) over two years, compmore

Flickr: Solar Sunflowers in Croatian schools
  • Zadar school marks the arrival of spring with
  • Zadar school marks the arrival of spring with
  • Zadar school marks the arrival of spring with
  • Zadar school marks the arrival of spring with
  • Zadar school marks the arrival of spring with
  • Zadar school marks the arrival of spring with

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