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  • EU continues to support Disaster Risk Reduction in South Caucasus Jun 28, 2016

    Yerevan, 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 Advocates Jun 23, 2016

    Yerevan, 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 15 Jun 15, 2016

    With 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.

  • Integrated Climate Risk Management as a Key Global Priority Jun 13, 2016

    Yerevan, 13 June, 2016 – Global climate risk management issues will be discussed at a three-day workshop organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia and the RA Ministry of Nature Protection. The Integrated Climate Risk Programme, funded by the Government of Sweden and implemented by the UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, is planned for the period of 2013-2016. The first phase of the programme was implemented in six countries: Armenia, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, and Uganda. The project is aimed at helping countries to build resilience through risk-informed development, in order to tackle climate change and related natural hazards.

  • Armenia’s National Progress Report on MDGs Launched May 11, 2016

    On 11 May 2016, the UN and the Government of Armenia launched the National Progress Report on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which summarizes Armenia’s progress towards the implementation of the MDGs in the period of 2000-2015.

  • A Perfect Marriage: Bringing together development and entrepreneurship Apr 22, 2016

    According to some estimates, achieving the Global Goals will cost $172.5 trillion by 2030. Consider that aid towards developing countries currently sits around $350 billion annually. It’s clear there is a major gap in funding between where we are and where we want to go.

  • UNDP signed the new Country Programme Action Plan Apr 11, 2016

    11 April 2016 – Today, Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, and Edward Nalbandian, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Armenia, in the presence of Jeffrey Feltman, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, signed the UNDP Country Programme Action Plan between the Government of the Republic of Armenia and UNDP for 2016-2020.

  • 3 things I learned about development from giving a TEDx Talk Mar 31, 2016

    I cringe every time I think of my TEDx talk. What those on stage in California make seem effortless is actually the result of months of work: an incredibly difficult process of condensing thousands of ideas into one simple message. For me, this was all the more difficult because I am a bureaucrat. Advocate, promote and represent are verbs in my job description but “give an inspiring talk without notes or slides on a difficult development topic in front of hundreds of people which will be posted online to be seen by many more” is not – at least not until now. In Armenia, we’re partnering with TEDx Yerevan to bring difficult topics into conversation, and to do it well: no notes, no props, no speech writers.

  • Earth Hour in Yerevan Mar 19, 2016

    At the initiative of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), on 19 March an urban cycling marathon took place in Yerevan dedicated to Earth Hour global environmental campaign, with the support of UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme, SunChild NGO, Federation of Amateur Cycling and Cycle Tourism of Armenia and Velo Club.

  • One Year After Sendai – What The World Can Learn from Armenia Mar 18, 2016

    Armenia is prone to natural disasters. Eight out of every 10 citizens are likely to experience a natural disaster at some point during their lifetimes – an earthquake, landslide, hailstorm or flooding. Each year, the country incurs $33 million in damage from such disasters. As a Member State of the United Nations, Armenia joined the Hyogo Framework for Action in 2005, which brought a common understanding, at the global level, of what is needed to minimize the destruction caused by natural disasters.

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