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  • 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.

  • 19 Jun 2014
    Armenia’s International Community Honours Human Rights Advocates

    The U.S. Embassy, Delegation of the European Union to Armenia, British Embassy, OSCE Office in Yerevan, Council of Europe Office in Yerevan, the United Nations Armenia Office and Counterpart International honoured individuals working to promote human rights, accountable governance, civic activism, local government reform, community service and free speech in Armenia at the Universal Rights Awards Ceremony at the Congress Hotel in Yerevan.

  • 09 Jun 2014
    Design literacy for development

    Last week we were joined by the Waag society, one of Europe’s foremost social innovations incubators. Waag was in Armenia to develop design literacy. This means empowering citizens to influence their environment through structured design processes.

  • 06 Jun 2014
    Standard Operational Procedures to be developed for Bagratashen Border Crossing Point

    Yerevan, 06 June 2014– National workshop on Elaboration of Joint Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Bagratashen border crossing point (BCP) was organized on 3-6 June, 2014 in Yerevan within the framework of the Enhancement of the Border Management Capabilities at Bagratashen – Sadakhlo BCP between Armenia and Georgia (BSIBM) project.

  • 05 Jun 2014
    The Secretary-General Message on World Environment Day

    World Environment Day 2014 falls during the International Year of Small Island Developing States, declared by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of the special needs of this diverse coalition as part of the global discussion on how to achieve a sustainable future for all.

  • 03 Jun 2014
    The Avedisian School will be the first certified “green” building in Armenia

    Yerevan, 03 June 2014 – The Khoren and Shooshanig Avedisian School and Community Center in Yerevan’s Malatia-Sebastia district will be a landmark “green” building and the first international LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building in Armenia. The Avedisian School is a joint project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) and Edward Avedisian, a trustee at the American University of Armenia and a member of the AMAA Board of Directors. The state of the art school, when it opens in September 2014, will provide a quality education to 570 Armenian students, who will be able to see, feel and move around in a sustainable design and a low-carbon footprint building.

  • 23 May 2014
    PM appreciates UN-Armenia cooperation and implementation of joint projects

    Yerevan, 23 May 2014 - Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan received UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia Bradley Busetto.

  • 16 May 2014
    A Training Center was opened at the Crisis Management State Academy

    Yerevan, 16 May 2014 – Today, the opening ceremony of the Multi-functional Simulation Training Center took place at the premises of the Crisis Management State Academy (CMSA) of the RA Ministry of Emergency Situations.

  • 15 May 2014
    The Secretary-General Message on the International Day of Families

    As we commemorate this year’s International Day of Families, we recognize the meaningful contributions that families make to advancing the mission of the United Nations.

  • 23 Apr 2014
    The Forest and Climate Change: Children’s painting contest on occasion of the Earth Day

    Yerevan, 23 April 2014 – Today UNDP in Armenia, in partnership with the “Armenia Tree Project.” organized “Forest and Climate Change” children’s painting exhibition and contest on the occasion of the International Mother Earth Day. The event took place in the Geological Museum of the NAS Institute of Geological Sciences.

  • 11 Apr 2014
    A new project to upgrade Bagratashen-Sadakhlo border crossing point

    Yerevan, 11 April 2014 – Today, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia, the EU Delegation to Armenia, the RA National Security Council and the RA State Revenue Committee jointly presented the goals, objectives, budget, implementation timeframe and perspectives of the EU funded and UNDP implemented “Provision of Equipment and Infrastructure for the Bagratashen - Sadakhlo Border Crossing Point between Armenia and Georgia and enhancement of their capacities” project at an opening conference held at “Armenia Marriott” hotel in Yerevan.

  • 08 Apr 2014
    The future starts with you

    Many of the solutions to the challenges facing Armenia already exist. But these solutions are yet to become mainstream. Over the coming three months, UNDP is looking for social innovators and their projects with a view to helping them scale up. Help us to spot the future.

  • 14 Mar 2014
    Joining Efforts to Promote Local Democracy

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia and the RA Ministry of Territorial Administration (MTA) organised the first Community of Practice in the framework of the EU funded project Women in Local Democracy on 14 March 2014. The event brought together around 60 female community leaders, representatives of regional authorities, community civic groups, representatives of local media and NGOs, working in the area of gender equality.