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  • Energy efficiency of the building sector in the focus of the UNDP and the Government of Armenia Aug 31, 2017

    The United Nations Development Programme led – Green Climate Fund funded (UNDP-GCF) “De-risking and Scaling-up Investment in Energy Efficient Retrofits” project seeks to systematically de-carbonize the existing building stock in Armenia and reduce GHG emissions, while achieving sustainable development benefits. It is envisaged to ensure about 50-60 percent energy saving through buildings thermal insulation, thus resulting in budget savings and contributing to country’s energy security. Today, the inception workshop of the Project took place in the “Tigran Mets” hall of the Marriott Hotel. The goal of the workshop was to present the main objectives and planned activities of the Project, as well as the existing international experience and achievements in the building sector for enhancing energy efficiency.

  • Finding hidden gems: supporting local festivals in Armenia Aug 22, 2017

    Each year people all across Armenia celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of St. Mary, one of the most awaited events of the year. At the church of the Holy Mother of God in the village of Bjni, Kotayk province, for whom St. Mary is the Patron, it is an even more important event and locals prepare for the day very carefully.

  • Modernising Energy Efficiency of Public and Multi-Apartment Buildings Jul 7, 2017

    The official signing ceremony of the United Nations Development Programme – Green Climate Fund (UNDP-GCF) “De-risking and Scaling-up Investment in Energy Efficient Retrofits” project took place today in the RA Ministry of Nature Protection. The project is the 10th signed by the GCF globally and the first one in the Eurasian region. It is developed in close cooperation with the RA Ministry of Nature Protection, Yerevan Municipality and other stakeholder ministries in the grant amount of USD 20 million. The project document was signed by Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia and Artsvik Minasyan, RA Minister of Nature Protection. The ceremony was also attended by the Yerevan First Deputy Mayor Kamo Areyan, as well as representatives of stakeholder ministries and agencies, international and non-governmental organizations.

  • Transfer of Voter Authentication Devices to the CEC Jul 4, 2017

    On 4 July 2017 the UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Bradley Busetto and the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) Chairperson, Mr. Tigran Mukuchyan, signed the official transfer of property from the UN to the CEC of all voter authentication equipment procured for the implementation of the voter authentication process in Armenia. The process introduced by the Electoral Code of June 2016 was implemented for the first time in Armenia during the 2 April National Assembly elections.

  • Community development: making each voice count Jun 15, 2017

    Tavush, 15 June 2017 – A secondary school in Nerkin Tsaghkavan will have a renovated canteen to provide schoolchildren with access to daily hot meals in more sanitary conditions. Households in the village of Koghb have started producing vegetables using a range of new greenhouses as an alternative source of income. At the same time, the community is also launching a 2 km-long energy efficient LED street lighting system. While the Voskepar village in the community of Noyemberyan is laying the foundations for a forest and agricultural produce collection center. 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 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.

  • Despite the Progress in Human Development, Vulnerable Groups Still Left Behind Jun 7, 2017

    Between 1990 and 2015, there has been impressive progress in human development, but in almost every country, vulnerable groups, such as women and girls, people with disabilities, migrants and refugees, and ethnic minorities face disadvantages that often overlap and reinforce one another, making it harder to catch up with others who enjoy higher standards of living. Global reforms on governance of multilateral institutions, strengthening global civil society, and on better regulation of global markets are critical to achieve genuinely universal development. These are the key findings of the Human Development Report 2016 entitled ‘Human Development for Everyone’, presented at UNDP in Armenia with participation of Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, and Vache Gabrielyan, RA Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of International Economic Integration and Reforms.

  • Building resilience in mountain ecosystems of Gegharkunik region Jun 2, 2017

    02 June 2017 – Restored and newly established forest belts, rehabilitated pasture infrastructures, among which mobile paddocks with equipped solar power systems – these are some of the achievements of the Clima East Pilot Project in Armenia, financed by the European Union (EU) and implemented by UNDP, which aims to enhance resilience to climate change risks and impacts in mountain ecosystems and local communities in Gegharkunik region. Today, Armen Harutyunyan, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Dmitry Mariyasin, UNDP Resident Representative a.i. in Armenia, representatives of regional and local community administrations, as well as media visited Tsovak community of Gegharkunik region to observe the newly established forest plantation site and to participate in the demonstration of the innovative mobile paddocks provided to four target communities.

  • Integrated Rural Tourism Development Project Announced the Launch of the “Bridge” Network May 30, 2017

    Yerevan, 30 May 2017 – Today, the “Integrated Rural Tourism Development” project, financed by the Government of the Russian Federation and implemented by the UNDP in Armenia, announced the official launch of the “Bridge” Network. “Bridge” is a network of private companies in the tourism industry that enables the participants to facilitate open dialogue and discuss priorities and approaches to rural tourism development, exchange their viewpoints and experience, and come up with recommendations in relation to new rural tour products to be created.

  • Hayanist Unveils Innovative Irrigation System May 22, 2017

    Hayanist, Armenia – During a public event on May 22, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company Armenia (CCHBCA), and the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme in Armenia (implemented by UNDP) marked the successful completion of a joint water project in Hayanist, Ararat. This is part of USAID’s broader efforts to curb the rate of groundwater abstraction in the Ararat Valley to sustainable levels.

  • UNDP Statement on the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) May 18, 2017

    This year’s International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) focuses on raising awareness on the role of families in well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. At the core of this year’s theme are two inseparable concepts: inclusion and human dignity. These concepts are also at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which commits to leaving no behind.

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