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  • 10 Dec 2014
    UN in Armenia Launches the HuRiCamp!

    On the occasion of the Human Rights Day, on 10th December 2014, the UN in Armenia organized the first-ever HuRiCamp – an experimental unconference on human rights at the American University of Armenia. Human rights activists and defenders, and simply enthusiasts from a wide range of backgrounds came together to speak on various human rights issues in Armenia. In a friendly, cooperative environment designed to educate, share learning and inspire collaboration, speakers shared their ideas, solutions, challenges and achievements in tackling human rights issues in Armenia.

  • 05 Dec 2014
    Understanding realities: Foresight for development in Armenia

    In the past few months Kolba Lab here in Armenia has jumped on the “gold rush to the future“. This is the first in a series of blogs that aims to share our rationales, experiences, and results. Today’s challenges – increased complexity and interconnectedness of development issues, alongside endemic deficiencies within static bureaucracies – are pushing us to rethink the way the development industry operates.

  • 05 Dec 2014
    16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Around the World: UN Calls to Step Up Efforts to End Violence Against Women in Armenia

    On the occasion of the Global Campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the United Nations in Armenia calls to end violence against women and reaffirms its commitment to promoting women’s empowerment in Armenia. Violence against women remains a serious issue in Armenia. The Police of the Republic of Armenia reported that in the period of January-August 2014 there were 1,500 attacks against women.

  • 25 Nov 2014
    Message from UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

    Violence against women and girls appears all too often in headlines across the world. But along with the cases that make the news are many thousands of other incidents occurring every day, on every continent, and in every country. According to the World Health Organization, gender-based violence kills as many women between the ages of 15 and 44 as does cancer. Its toll on women's health surpasses that of traffic accidents and malaria combined.

  • 27 Oct 2014
    Financing Phase II of the Grant Program “Agricultural Census 2014 in the Republic of Armenia”

    Yerevan, 27 October 2014 – Government of the Republic of Armenia hosted a signing ceremony for the Agreement of Phase II of a grant program titled “Agricultural Census 2014 in the Republic of Armenia,” funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation.

  • 17 Oct 2014
    Specialists gather in Yerevan for UNDP sustainable development conference

    How can we merge the challenges posed by climate change with the need to develop economically? From 8th to 10th October 2014 a mixture of policy-makers, business leaders, researchers and practitioners from all over the world gathered in Armenia to answer this question, looking specifically towards the role that government should play in helping to drive this process.

  • 17 Oct 2014
    Message from Helen Clark on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

    Each year on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, we can recommit to that goal, and, in the words of the UN Secretary-General's message for this day this year, plan for a world where no-one is left behind. Since 1990, the baseline date against which Millennium Development Goal progress is measured, hundreds of millions of people have moved out of extreme poverty and attained better access to health care and education. Globally, extreme poverty has reduced by half since 1990; the goal of enrolling all children in primary schools is close to being met; child mortality has been significantly reduced, and 2.3 billion people have gained access to improved drinking water.

  • 13 Oct 2014
    Message on the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

    As a human family, we are growing older. Globally, approximately 700 million people – 10 per cent of the world’s population – are over the age of 60, and by 2030, there will be more elderly persons than children for the first time in history.

  • 08 Oct 2014
    UNDP global leader in transparency

    New York —The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the most transparent aid organization, according to a leading global ranking released today. The 2014 Aid Transparency Index recognized UNDP for its “commendable performance” in publishing information beyond international standards this year, placing it first overall out of 68 major agencies evaluated worldwide.

  • 01 Oct 2014
    UNDP Administrator emphasizes citizen engagement in development

    Yerevan, 01 October 2014 - On 28-30 September Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP and Chair of the UN Development Group came to Armenia on her first visit to the country. In discussions with government, civil society, women leaders, and international development partners, Clark emphasized the principle of citizen engagement in designing development assistance– ““UNDP is engaging with Armenia’s people and government to build development solutions to the challenges of today and the future. Armenians are very pragmatic and highly capable people. During my short visit I have been very impressed with the level of professionalism and talent here. I am also encouraged by the emerging women’s leadership, including at the local level”.

  • 26 Sep 2014
    UNDP-Armenia Partnership High on the Agenda of UNDP Administrator’s Visit to Armenia

    On 28 September, Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator arrives on a three-day official visit to Armenia, as part of her official tour to the South Caucasus.

  • 19 Sep 2014
    The First Successful Experience of Enveloping a Multi-Apartment Building

    The official launch of the enveloped building located in #6 Daniel Varouzhan street, Avan administrative district, took place today. The enveloping of the building has been financed by the UNDP-GEF “Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings” project and co-financed by Yerevan Municipality. Staff of Avan administrative district and “Avan-3” condominium have their contribution during the implementation of the project.

  • 15 Sep 2014
    Secretary-General's message on the International Day of Democracy

    As we observe this year’s International Day of Democracy, the world seems more turbulent than ever. In many regions and in many ways, the values of the United Nations, including some of the most fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in the UN Charter, are being tested and challenged.

  • 14 Aug 2014
    Big hits and blunders: A social innovation lab in Armenia

    When UNDP in Armenia launched Kolba over a year ago, it was the only social venture incubator and design lab within the organization. Twelve months and a lot of (emotional) scars later, we thought it was time to share some of our big hits and blunders.

  • 15 Jul 2014
    Single Window and IT systems to be used for full implementation of the e-governance concept in Armenia

    A two-day national workshop on the role of Single Window and IT systems for full implementation of the e-governance concept is organized in Yerevan within the framework of the UNDP implemented “Enhancement of the Border Management Capabilities at Bagratashen – Sadakhlo BCP between Armenia and Georgia” (BSIBM) project.

  • 11 Jul 2014
    Armenia’s Human Rights Action Plan – the beginning of a journey

    Human Rights have always been high on the agenda of progressive states, including Armenia. And while I fully acknowledge that we still face many human rights issues, it is worth noting that never has such a commitment and readiness to advance human rights been recorded in Armenia as in recent years. We now have a new Human Rights Action Plan, but how do we ensure that it doesn’t gather dust on a shelf?

  • 08 Jul 2014
    Connecting local and national decision-makers: women taking the lead

    More than twenty Avagani (community council) members recently brainstormed with the Vice Speaker of the Armenian National Assembly on the importance of women’s involvement in democratic governance. Here UNDP’s Natalya Harutyunyan captures the key points.

  • 04 Jul 2014
    Journalists from Yerevan and regions trained on covering climate change related challenges

    UNDP in Armenia and Armenian Red Cross Society teamed up to organize a two day training on climate change related challenges and their coverage by media in Yerevan in the scope of the UNDP-EU “Clima East Pilot Project” and Armenian Red Cross Society “Climate Forum East Project.”

  • 30 Jun 2014
    Joint Statement on the Launch of the Human Rights Action Plan

    We, the representatives of the United Nations, the Delegation of the European Union, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the Council of Europe, would like to commend the Government of Armenia for adopting the Human Rights Action Plan, and for reaffirming the fundamental importance of protecting human rights for all the people of Armenia.

  • 26 Jun 2014
    Hunting Black Swans

    The nature of global development challenges has changed dramatically. While the foci remain the same – such as poverty and climate change – their pace and interconnectedness have caught many off guard. Unpredictable events – so called “black swans” – are becoming increasingly common. Look no further than the frequency and unpredictability of natural disasters for examples. For this reason, old approaches are looking tired. The idea that development was about poor countries just doing what rich countries have been doing is increasingly absurd. Development is now a shared challenge for all of us.