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  • Warmer rooms, less greenhouse gas emissions: welcome to kindergarten #160 of Yerevan Dec 14, 2017

    Kindergarten N 160 in Kanaker-Zeytun district is now fully renovated and ready to educate generations in better conditions. The kindergarten reopened its doors on December 14, 2017. With the presence of the Mayor of Yerevan, Taron Margaryan, UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia a.i, Dmitry Mariyasin, and other officials, the kindergarten commenced functioning in a radically new and improved environment, with warmer rooms, better lighting due to the energy efficiency component in the program.

  • Scaling Up the Impact of Local Ventures Dec 11, 2017

    The ImpactAim Venture Accelerator – the first impact accelerator in Armenia – was officially launched today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with ImpactHub Yerevan and the Catalyst Foundation. As part of the UNDP’s impact investment strategy, the venture accelerator is designed to leverage the unique global network and expertise of UNDP and to scale up the impact of ventures to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Armenia and beyond. Today, Karen Karapetyan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, representatives of government agencies, as well as international organizations, diplomatic corps, private sector representatives, and media attended the launch event of the ImpactAim Venture Accelerator.

  • New tool to improve the services to foreign investors Dec 8, 2017

    The Development Foundation of Armenia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have launched today a grant program “E-governance as an Electronic Tool for Facilitating the Government to Attract Foreign Investment”. The parties, through the survey among the business community, aim to identify procedures and processes that hinder investments and need to be simplified to improve the investment climate and enhance business competitiveness in Armenia. The project is funded by the Austrian Development Agency.

  • UNDP continues supporting border communities in Tavush region Nov 15, 2017

    A new fruit orchard will be planted in Baghanis village that will boost fruit production in the community. The agro-machinery pool in Sarigyugh-Nerkin Tsaghkavan cluster will help the farmers to better cultivate and collect the crops with minimized loss and maximized profit. These initiatives are part of the five-year “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 Development. The project budget is over USD 5 million and is aimed at increasing income-generation opportunities and supporting rural infrastructure in borderline communities of Tavush region.

  • The Government of Armenia and the UN set up the world’s first National SDG Innovation Lab Nov 14, 2017

    The Government of Armenia and the United Nations have set up the world’s first National SDG Innovation Lab to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Armenia. For the first time, the state, in cooperation with the United Nations, is creating an innovation platform to support the UN SDGs implementation at country level. To do so, the Lab will draw upon innovative methodologies and expertise available from across the world, including the UN’s own innovation facilities and tools.

  • Tourism Research and Development Center Opened in Tavush Region Nov 7, 2017

    Today the official opening ceremony of Tavush Tourism Research and Development (R&D) Center took place in Ijevan branch of the Yerevan State University. The event was organized in the framework of Integrated Rural Tourism Development (IRTD) project, funded by the Russian Federation and implemented by UNDP in Armenia, in close partnership with the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development.

  • Green Lighting Week – Showing Yerevan in a Whole New Light Oct 23, 2017

    The UNDP-GEF "Green Urban Lighting" project, in partnership with the RA Ministry of Nature Protection and Yerevan Municipality, organises a Yerevan Green Lighting Week on 23-27 October aimed at raising public awareness about energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly lighting solutions. The campaign is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals #7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and #13 (Climate Action). Today, Erik Grigoryan, First Deputy Minister of Nature Protection, Dmitry Mariyasin, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Armenia, and Vardan Gabrielyan, Director of the “Yerevan City Light” CJSC of Yerevan Municipality, took part in the kick-off event of the awareness campaign.

  • Administrator’s Statement: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Oct 17, 2017

    This year’s theme for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, “Answering the Call to End Poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies”, celebrates the 25 year anniversary of the creation of this international day and the idea behind it: that hunger, lack of education, and violence are not inevitable. That extreme poverty must be something we all strive to eradicate.

  • Developing rural tourism through engaging local community Oct 16, 2017

    On the first weekend of October, the Integrated Rural Tourism Development project initiated a Fam Trip (familiarization trip) for tour operators. The main idea of the trip was to show tour operators new spots, guest houses in Bjni in order for them to attract and bring tourists here. This way local community members will actively engage in rural tourism development process, thus creating alternative income generating tool for sustainable living.

  • International Conference “Resilience Building for Sustainable Development” kicked-off in Yerevan Oct 11, 2017

    Today, a 3-day international conference entitled “Resilience Building for Sustainable Development” has kicked-off in Yerevan, ahead of the International Day for Disaster Reduction marked on 13 October. The overall objective of the conference is to boost dialogue and awareness on disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the Europe and the CIS region and beyond, as well as strengthen political commitment of key actors for sustainable, risk-informed DRR efforts.

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