The 2018 was remarkable for the collective stand of the citizens of Armenia in an overwhelmingly peaceful protest movement in April-May 2018, which led to the resignation of then Prime Minister. The leader of the movement widely called a “velvet revolution”, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan was approved by the Parliament on 8 May and re-appointed on January 14, 2019 after pre-term parliamentary election. The “velvet revolution” also introduced a change in people’s attitude and helped transform the widespread sentiment of apathy and defeatism into hope, empowerment, and pride. Yerevan municipal elections and pre-term parliamentary elections held in 2018 re-confirmed that the government continues to enjoy high popularity across the Armenian society. This provides the government with considerable confidence to pursue its ambitious reform agenda, including economic reforms, elimination of poverty, improved investment climate, combatting corruption, judicial reform and digital transformation, among other.
Key areas of UNDP’s high-impact/visibility support are aimed to enhanced credibility of the electoral processes and capacity of the electoral management body; advanced Armenia’s connectivity and border management in partnership with International Financial Institutions, improved systems of democratic governance, strengthened protection of human rights; women empowerment and reduced gender inequality; innovation for citizen engagement, transparency and accountability of the government.