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  • UNDP to develop the untapped rural tourism potential in 60 communities of Armenia Sep 7, 2016

    Over the next three years 60 communities in Armenia will benefit from UNDP’s intervention to support rural tourism in the country, which will ultimately reduce the level of rural poverty and promote community based tourism and rural development. The “Integrated Rural Tourism Development” project is 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 USD 3 million.

  • Community development: making each voice count Sep 6, 2016

    For the past year and a half, residents of 16 bordering communities of Tavush region, working together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia, have been busy assessing the needs of their communities and developing community plans. The plans address a range of critical areas for community growth, such as employment, rural development and development of agro-processing, revival of infrastructure, education, healthcare, as well as environmental protection and resistance to natural disasters.

  • UNDP and Impact Hub Announce National Finalists in Joint Venture: Accelerate 2030 Sep 5, 2016

    Together, UNDP and Impact Hub are excited to announce the national finalists of the inaugural #Accelerate2030 initiative; supporting impact-driven entrepreneurs accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. After the Accelerate2030 pitching events, out of eleven shortlisted ventures three national finalists have been selected for consideration by the international Jury in Geneva.

  • Armenia Receives Landmark Grant in Energy Efficiency Aug 22, 2016

    Diana 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 SDGs Aug 4, 2016

    UNDP 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 Shift Jul 13, 2016

    A 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 Camp Jul 10, 2016

    Since 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 grant Jul 1, 2016

    Eight 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 Region Jul 1, 2016

    On 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, 2016

    Temperatures 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.

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