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  • 15 May 2015
    Presentation of Armenia’s Third National Communication to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

    Yerevan, 15 May 2015 – “In the “business-as-usual” scenario, total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Armenia are projected to reach 20,000 tons of CO2 equivalent by 2030 and 14,000 tons in the case of implementation of mitigation measures. At the same time, if no efforts are undertaken to reduce GHG emissions globally, temperature in Armenia may increase by 4.7 degrees Celsius and hydrometeorological extremes may become more frequent and severe”. This is the warning from the Third National Communication (TNC) on Climate Change of the Republic of Armenia that was launched today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia and the RA Ministry of Nature Protection.

  • 07 May 2015
    Climate Change: a predictable shock

    Last month UNDP in Armenia held Yerevan’s very first TEDx Salon. Speakers of all shapes and sizes – environmental experts, civil society leaders, government ministers, and academics – spoke in front of a packed audiences on the perils of climate change and what we need to do to combat it.

  • 09 Apr 2015
    UNECE and UNDP partner with the Government of Armenia to promote sustainable urban development

    The Republic of Armenia is well committed to improve housing condition and urban planning and development. The country is actively working towards the preparation of the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – HABITAT III, which will take place in 2016 and is expected to adopt the New Global Urban Agenda. Armenia has already completed and submitted to the HABITAT III secretariat its national report on housing and urban development and is engaged in multiple projects on urban planning and energy efficient housing.

  • 06 Apr 2015
    Cracking coconuts: Big data, gaming, maps and portals

    For the uninitiated: a Social Innovation Camp brings together people, ideas and digital tools in to create web-based social innovations – from software to business models – all in just a weekend. Originally created by the fine people at Social Innovation Camp, it has now gone global and been implemented in 16 countries across 4 continents.

  • 27 Mar 2015
    Almost 500 new energy efficient LEDs installed along Isakov Avenue and Tairov Street

    Yerevan, 27 March 2015 - Almost 500 new energy efficient LEDs (light emitting diodes) have been installed along Isakov Avenue and Tairov Street, joining Yerevan city center to Zvartnots international airport, within the framework of UNDP “Green Urban Lighting” pilot project. The initiative, which was carried out in partnership with the Ministry of Nature Protection and Yerevan Municipality, allows energy savings of 63 percent, reduction of costs by USD 45,000, and carbon emissions by 220 tons in annual terms.

  • 27 Mar 2015
    Working visit of Deputy Foreign Minister Ashot Hovakimian to New York

    On the margins of his visit to New York, Deputy Foreign Minister Ashot Hovakimian met Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme Helen Clark. Assessing the visit by the Administrator of the UNDP to Armenia in September 2014 efficient, the sides reflected on the final drafts of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF 2016-2020) and the new document of the UNDP for Armenia – Country Programme Document (CPD - 2016-2020).

  • 18 Mar 2015
    45 bordering communities in Tavush will benefit from a community development project funded by the Russian Federation

    Yerevan, 18 March 2015 – Over the next 5 years 45 bordering communities of Tavush region, with an overall population of 62,000, will have the opportunity to develop their own community plans, prioritizing activities - such as infrastructure and income generating activities - for financing within the framework of “Integrated Support to Rural Development: Building Resilient Communities” project, financed by the Government of the Russian Federation and implemented by the UNDP in Armenia, in close partnership with the RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations. The project budget is over USD 5 million.

  • 08 Mar 2015
    Statement on International Women’s Day

    This week, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which remains the world’s best blueprint for achieving gender equality and empowering women. The review of this visionary roadmap, adopted at the Fourth World Conference for Women in 1995, is an opportunity to celebrate the world’s progress toward ensuring the rights and opportunities of women and girls, and also to renew and reinvigorate commitments to achieve gender equality.

  • 13 Feb 2015
    Developing not for but with: Co-designing Armenia

    A common trap in development work is thinking that the service you’re providing will address all the needs of those who will use it. But what would you learn that you otherwise might not if you involved everyday citizens in the design of public sector services?

  • 19 Jan 2015
    Dodging dystopia: crowdsourced foresight in Armenia

    At Kolba lab here in Armenia, we have been testing foresight. We’re trying to gauge its potential in shaping the UN’s strategy in Armenia and in supporting the design of future development programmes. This blog is the second part in a series aimed at sharing our rationales, experiences and results.

  • 06 Jan 2015
    Kolba in 2015: it’s your community, so what will we achieve together?

    We have come a long way since Mardamej. Social innovation camps were a lot of fun, but many of the teams that emerged from these co-design events needed more support. So we built Kolba, a social venture incubator.

  • 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.

  • 26 Nov 2014
    No ceiling: Three approaches to women’s leadership in Armenia

    In Armenia, like in much of the world, we have a problem with glass ceilings. Initially, our question was: What prevents capable and respected women to consider entering local government? Field work indicated a number of interrelated structural factors: narrow gender identities, a fear of failure and reputation loss, lack of skills, prohibitive costs, perceptions of the role of community councils, and the lack of a support network.

  • 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
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.