6 Develop a global partnership for development

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Target 12: Ensure a Level of Governance, Political Rights and Responsibility and Protection of Human Rights that would contribute to the Sustainable Development of Armenia 
Target 13: In Cooperation with the Private Sector, Make Available by 2015, the Benefits of New Technologies, Especially Information and Communications

Achievement status:
In recent years, progress has been reported in the indicators measuring political stability, government effectiveness and regulatory quality. At the same time, in the period from 2003 to 2008, indicators measuring elections, freedom of speech and mass media (voice and accountability), rule of law and control of corruption did not show any progress.

The main challenges and priorities of the governance system reforms in Armenia in order to achieve the objective values of Target 12 indicators by 2015 are democratizing governance further, increasing its efficiency and regulatory quality, protecting the political and civil rights of the population, developing a fair court system, increasing access to justice and reducing corruption.

Armenia ranks 114th on the communication infrastructure indicator (access to the Internet, computer availability, other means of communication), and is 177th in terms of Web presence (a requisite for e-governance).

Taking into account the recent trends of the governance indicators and also the negative impact of the financial crisis, the probability of the achievement of target values for at least half of the Target 12 indicators is low. To fully achieve Target 12 by 2015, the Government will need to substantially increase political will and commitment for more efficient implementation of the governance reforms.

Although the financial crisis will have a negative impact on the attainment of these two indicators by 2015, taking into consideration the Government’s strong commitment to develop IT and ICT, Target 13 of MDG 8 will most probably be achieved by the end of the projected period.

UNDP's work in Armenia

Targets for MDG8
  1. Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system
    • Developing countries gain greater access to the markets of developed countries
    • Least developed countries benefit most from tariff reductions, especially on their agricultural products
  2. Address the special needs of least developed countries
    • Net Official development assistance (ODA), total and to the least developed countries, as percentage of OECD/DAC donors' gross national income
    • Proportion of total bilateral, sector-allocable ODA of OECD/DAC donors to basic social services (basic education, primary health care, nutrition, safe water and sanitation)
    • Proportion of bilateral official development assistance of OECD/DAC donors that is untied
    • Market access
    • Debt sustainability
  3. Address the special needs of landlocked developing countries and small island developing States
    • Official development assistance (ODA) received in landlocked developing countries as a proportion of their gross national income
    • ODA received in small island developing States as a proportion of their gross national incomes
    • Proportion of bilateral official development assistance of OECD/DAC donors that is untied
    • Market access
    • Debt sustainability
  4. Deal comprehensively with the debt problems of developing countries
    • Total number of countries that have reached their HIPC decision points and number that have reached their HIPC completion points (cumulative)
    • Debt relief committed under HIPC and MDRI Initiatives
    • Debt service as a percentage of exports of goods and services
  5. In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries
    • Proportion of population with access to affordable essential drugs on a sustainable basis
  6. In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications
    • Telephone lines per 100 population
    • Cellular subscribers per 100 population
    • Internet users per 100 population