Armenia Receives Landmark Grant in Energy EfficiencyAug 22, 2016Diana Harutyunyan is UNDP in Armenia’s foremost Climate Change guru. Between heading an all-star team of experts and giving now-renowned TEDx talks, Diana’s team have just secured the region’s first investment from the new Green Climate Fund. We sat down with her to find out more…
UNDP and IMPACT HUB launch a joint initiative to accelerate the SDGsAug 4, 2016UNDP and Impact Hub are joining forces to launch the #Accelerate2030 platform aimed at supporting and promoting the most promising impact-driven ventures across the globe who focus on tackling the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Five entrepreneurs, selected with the support of the global Impact Hub network, will have the opportunity to participate in the inaugural Social Good Summit Geneva, Switzerland on October 6th 2016.
Inspiring the Paradigm ShiftJul 13, 2016A breakthrough discussion on the role of Social Entrepreneurship & Impact Investments for International Development Organisations was held on 13 July in Geneva. Presenters Prof. Hans Wahl from INSEAD, Katherine Milligan from Schwab Foundation and Artak Melkonyan from UNDP, elaborated on significance of impact investments and social entrepreneurship for developing economies, approaches the development organisations choose to support them and upcoming dedicated conference in March 2017 invited by UNDP and INSEAD in Yerevan, Armenia.
Winners of the #inno4health Social Innovation CampJul 10, 2016Since 2011, UNDP has been organizing social innovation camps in an effort to locate innovative tech solutions that will help to solve issues that exist in different sectors of Armenia. Social Innovation Camps gather people, ideas and digital technologies in one place. Over the course of two days, business prototypes or models of embryonic ideas are cultivated and developed. The camp transforms these theoretical ideas into precise solutions by uniting people from different walks of life. Designers, programmers, marketing gurus, media and SMM specialists all come together to co-create technological solutions to specific social challenges.
Armenia to address energy efficiency in buildings through a USD 20 million grantJul 1, 2016Eight new public sector project proposals have been discussed at the thirteenth meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board in Songdo, Republic of Korea. On June 29th the Board approved a USD 20 million grant proposal from Armenia, “De Risking and Scaling-up Investment in Energy Efficient Building Retrofits”, developed and presented by UNDP as an accredited implementing entity to the Fund.
A Passive Solar Greenhouse in Shirak RegionJul 1, 2016On 1 July 2016 UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia Bradley Busetto and Ambassador of Romania to Armenia Sorin Vasile signed an agreement to implement the “Alternative Growing: Piloting Passive Solar Greenhouse Project in Shirak Region of Armenia” project to be implemented in Shirak region of Armenia. The Government of Romania contributed USD 60,000 for the implementation of the project.
A few degrees doesn’t really make a difference… right?Jun 29, 2016Temperatures around the world are rising. The average increase globally stands at 0.850C but in Armenia, that figure is higher still – 1.10C. Rainfall and other precipitation have also gone down in Armenia by 10% between 1935 and 2012. According to a study by the World Bank, Armenia, out of 28 countries in Europe and Central Asia, is the fourth most likely to experience an increase in extreme weather conditions. Out of the same group, it is the fifth most sensitive country to climate change.
EU continues to support Disaster Risk Reduction in South CaucasusJun 28, 2016Yerevan, Armenia – The regional programme for “Disaster Risk Reduction to Improve Resilience of Communities and Institutions in the South Caucasus” has been launched today in Yerevan. The programme, funded by the European Commission under the Disaster Preparedness Programme (DIPECHO), is implemented by the Armenian Red Cross Society, OXFAM in Armenia partnering with OxYGen Foundation, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Save the Children. It will run until the end of 2017 and is carried out in close collaboration with the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development, and the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Armenia’s International Community to Honour Rights AdvocatesJun 23, 2016Yerevan, Armenia – The U.S. Embassy, Delegation of the European Union to Armenia, British Embassy, OSCE Office in Yerevan, Council of Europe Office in Yerevan and the United Nations Armenia Office honoured individuals working to promote human rights, accountable governance, rule of law, local government reform, rights of women, inclusion and free speech in Armenia at the Universal Rights Awards Ceremony at the Congress Hotel in Yerevan. Since 2012, the Universal Rights Awards Ceremony was the first initiative of the international community to highlight contributions of Armenia’s civil and political rights activists, government officials, media and civil society representatives to the promotion of human rights. Armenian officials, foreign diplomats, civil society and press representatives attended the event.
Helen Clark: Statement for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15Jun 15, 2016With most of the discussion about gender-based violence focused on women and girls of reproductive age, the particular vulnerability to gender-based violence of older women is often overlooked. This year, however, as work begins towards implementing Agenda 2030 and its commitment to “leave no one behind", the international community has a powerful opportunity to recognize and address the multiple forms of violence affecting older women.
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