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Preparing airports for disasters

Swamped officials, back-logged visa requests, mountains of lifesaving supplies and throngs of people with nowhere to go - in the face of disaster, most airports look very much alike. And especially for humanitarian relief workers, scenes of chaos and mayhem are all too familiar. Whether it's after Tmore

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Reliable information database - a key planning tool for elimination of regional disparities

To some extent all transitional countries are characterized by regional disparities. These are conditioned not only by geographic, climate and demographic factors, but also institutional and capacity constraints that affect socio-economic development at the regional level. Deepening of regional dispmore

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Social Innovation Camps: From an idea to implementation in 48 hours

A recent Social Innovation Camp hosted by UNDP saw six teams turn ideas into functioning projects over a weekend. UNDP Armenia examines the next generation of participatory processes and how they’re empowering Armenia’s youth and engaging a much wider constituency in decision making. “The potential more

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Social cohesion: the glue that binds society

Finding ourselves often at the intersection of economic, social and environmental policy making, UNDP recognizes the relevance of social cohesion. As an object of public policy social cohesion means that all members of society perceive themselves to be both agents and beneficiaries of progress. Thismore

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Social good with revenue: Incubating youth action in Armenia

It was just a couple of months ago that Kolba Labs hit the road and visited all of Armenia’s ten regions. The objective was to get youth to design, test and lead what could become much bigger initiatives. One simple rule of thumb: All ideas should aim to resolve a social issue but also generate rmore

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Strengthening of Forest Fire Management Capacities in Syunik

The forests of Armenia have suffered from severe deforestation and degradation during the recent decades due to the socio-economic situation in the country. Climate change poses an additional threat for the forest ecosystems of Armenia – wildfires. The forecasted increase in temperature and further more

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The future we want: youth aspirations in Armenia

The ongoing global triple crisis composed of economic, social and environmental dimensions has created greater public debate on intergenerational justice and more sustainable forms of development.  Armenia is not immune to these ongoing external shocks.  While the Government is working to more

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Towards open, but secure borders in the South Caucasus

It is not a secret for anybody that the world has changed drastically in the past two decades. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of the “iron curtain,” unification of Europe, war against terror – all of these somehow affected the way we live and the way our states live and interact with more

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UNDP Focuses on Sustainable Livelihood for the Socially Vulnerable

Geghamasar and Pambak communities are located on the southeastern shore of the Lake Sevan and are bordering with Azerbaijan. Until 1988 Geghamasar was fully inhabited by Azeris but, as a result of a home exchange scheme implemented in November 1988, Armenians from the Lernayin Jagir village of the Smore

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A Public-Private Partnership in Waste Management Sector

Environmental degradation poses serious challenges to sustainable development in any country and Armenia is not exclusion. Environmental pollution associated with plastic waste in Armenia is currently estimated at 5,000-6,000 tons annually, and continues to grow. Prior to 2011 less than 15 percent omore

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