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.
Improving Armenia’s connectivity to the region and the rest of the world
Oct 1, 2017
Simplified procedures and reduced waiting times, modern infrastructure and equipment, and improved security – these are only a few of the advantages that the new border crossing point (BCP) in Bavra will provide to citizens of Armenia. Moreover, it will enhance Armenia’s connectivity through promoting international trade, transit and tourism. Today, Serzh Sargsyan, President of the Republic of Armenia, Vardan Harutyunyan, Chairman of the RA State Revenue Committee, Ambassador Piotr Antoni Świtalski, Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Armenia, Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, Sébastien Husson de Sampigny, Head of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Regional Representation for the South Caucasus, representatives of government agencies responsible for border management, as well as international organizations, diplomatic corps and media attended the official opening ceremony of the Bavra BCP within the framework of EU-funded and UNDP implemented project on “Modernisation of Bagratashen, Bavra and Gogavan Border Crossing Points of Armenia” (MBBG).
Remodeling Rural Tourism Infrastructure through Education
Sep 25, 2017
The Integrated Rural Tourism Development project, financed by the Government of the Russian Federation and implemented by the UNDP in Armenia, is currently entering a new phase which aims to train and educate rural communities throughout Armenia. One of the core goals of the project is to establish destination management system in rural areas and educate local people on how to identify their communities as a tourist attraction. This will allow local communities to create income-generating tourism activities for sustainable living.
The Government and UNDP address forest and wildfire in Armenia
Sep 12, 2017
Today, Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, and Artsvik Minasyan, RA Minister of Nature Protection, signed a document to initiate the project “Addressing climate change impact through enhanced capacity for wildfires management in Armenia”, funded by the Russian Federation. Ivan Volynkin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Armenia, was also present at the signing ceremony. The budget of the three-year project is USD 1 million.
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.