Statement by Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator, on International Volunteer Day
Dec 5, 2016
On December 5th we celebrate International Volunteer Day in recognition of the enormous contributions made by volunteers to sustainable development and peace around the world. At UNDP, we greatly appreciate the power of volunteerism as a catalyst for change and building a better future for people and our planet.
Supporting Electoral Processes in Armenia
Dec 2, 2016
Yerevan, 2 December 2016 - Today, UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia Bradley Busetto and Ambassador of Germany to Armenia Matthias Kiesler signed a cost-sharing agreement for the “Support to the Electoral Project in Armenia” (SEPA) project. The project is also supported by three other donors, the EU, US and UK, and the Government of Armenia. The project will support the introduction of voter authentication technology for the 2017 April parliamentary elections in Armenia.
Joint Statement – Standing Together Against Gender-based Violence
Nov 25, 2016
On 25 November, the world observes the International Day Against Violence. This day also marks the start of a global awareness raising campaign - the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence Campaign - that runs annually from 25 November to 10 December. Violence against women and girls remains one of the most serious human rights violations. This understanding is reflected in the new global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; Goal Five on gender equality has a stand-alone target to end all forms of violence against all women by 2030.
End Violence against Women Today!
Nov 25, 2016
At long last, there is growing global recognition that violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development. Yet there is still much more we can and must do to turn this awareness into meaningful prevention and response.
Round Table Discussion on Legislation, Policy and Institutional Frameworks of Environmental Education in Armenia
Nov 23, 2016
On November 23, 2016 in the scope of UNDP-GEF “Generate global environmental benefits through environmental education and raising awareness of stakeholders” project a workshop was organized in Yerevan, Armenia. The kick-off workshop was aimed at providing a platform for discussion of draft findings on legislative, policy and institutional aspects of Environmental Education (EE) as a tool for ensuring compliance with multilateral environmental agreements. The workshop was attended by more than 50 stakeholders representing key ministries, governmental and educational institutions, international and non-governmental organizations.
The UN Secretary-General's Message on the International Day of Tolerance
Nov 16, 2016
The values of tolerance and mutual understanding – so firmly embedded in the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – are facing profound tests around the world.
A Modern Border Crossing Point in Bagratashen
Nov 4, 2016
Simplified procedures and reduced waiting times, modern infrastructure and equipment, and improved security – these are only a few of the many advantages that the new border crossing point (BCP) in Bagratashen will provide to ordinary citizens of Armenia travelling from Armenia to Georgia. H.E. Serzh Sargsyan, President of the Republic of Armenia, Mr. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia, Mr. Vardan Harutyunyan, Chairman of the RA State Revenue Committee, Mr. Hoa-Binh Adjemian, Head of the Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Mr. Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, Mr. Sébastien Husson de Sampigny, Head of the EIB Regional Representation for the South Caucasus, and representatives of government agencies responsible for border management, as well as international organizations, diplomatic corps and media attended the official opening ceremony of the Bagratashen BCP within the framework of EU-funded and UNDP implemented “Modernisation of Bagratashen, Bavra and Gogavan Border Crossing Points of Armenia” (MBBG) project. The event participants toured the facility.
South-South cooperation between Armenia and Moldova
Oct 21, 2016
On October 18-20, 2016 UNDP in Armenia hosted a delegation from UNDP in Moldova as part of the South-South cooperation to share experiences in forest-related projects and the overall forestry sector in Armenia. UNDP-EU Clima East Pilot Projects in Moldova and Armenia initiated the exchange mission.
Armenia Advances to Promote, Protect and Ensure the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Oct 20, 2016
Armenia hosted a groundbreaking international conference today, themed “A World without Barriers,” dedicated to the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) that brought together an impressive list of high level partners, marking commitment towards promoting, protecting and ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities. Organized by the Armenian Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and the UN Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the two-day conference is supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and USAID-funded Armenia Pension Reform Implementation Programme (PRIP).
If you judge a book by its cover, you might miss an amazing story…
Oct 20, 2016
People with disabilities are more likely to experience social isolation, which may have a detrimental impact on their physical, social and mental wellbeing. One of the fields where people with disabilities experience hardship and exclusion is the labor market. Despite the stereotypes in Armenia, most people with disabilities are ready, willing and able to work. Often they can be the largest and most underutilised source of talent in the labor market.