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  • An Armenian Hackathon: the inside perspective Oct 13, 2015

    Keen not to miss out on such a concentration of bright young minds, Kolba Lab, UNDP in Armenia’s innovation unit, teamed up with the good folk at #createtogether and PicsArt to hold a 15-hour hackathon — a marathon coding event bringing together like-minded hackers and non-hackers alike — intended to transform ideas into reality via mobile and web apps, services and products!

  • Sustainable Energy for a Sustainable Armenia Oct 5, 2015

    Between the 29th September and 2nd October, Yerevan was home to the International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development. Over 260 energy experts from all around the world came together in what was only the sixth time such a forum had ever been organized.

  • NEW GOALS. NEW POWER. NEW TECHNOLOGY. #2030NOW Sep 28, 2015

    This year’s Social Good Summit was the most connected yet. With over 100 countries and counting, Armenia also got in on the party; bringing together activists, artists, leaders and everyday citizens to grapple with the new global goals.

  • 60 fresh graduates, mostly displaced from Syria and Ukraine, will be offered paid internships to smoothly enter the labor market in Armenia Sep 9, 2015

    Yerevan, 09 September 2015 – Around 60 fresh graduates, mostly displaced youth from Syria and Ukraine, will be offered six-month paid internships in private companies in Armenia as a result of a tripartite partnership between the UNDP and UNHCR Representations in Armenia, and the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA).

  • UNDP launches storytelling contest to amplify climate coverage on the run up to Paris summit Aug 27, 2015

    Geneva, 27 August 2015 – UNDP has launched today a global story telling contest,Voices2Paris, to contribute to raising public awareness on the negative impacts of climate change as well as on the opportunities and solutions seen in actions by individuals and governments alike across vulnerable developing countries worldwide. “We want to provide young journalists in developing countries a unique opportunity to contribute to the global debate on climate change in the run-up to COP21, while building their capacity and providing recognition for excellence” noted Neil Buhne, UNDP Geneva Director.

  • How to organize a planet? Dispatch from the Kolba Café Aug 26, 2015

    How do seven billion men, women, and children organize themselves? As the world becomes more globalized and interconnected, do we increasingly resemble an ant colony, acting on instructions from our ant queen? Or are we are becoming more leaderless, acting horizontally by harnessing the power of crowds? According to Vahagn Poghoysan, decentralization is a choice being considered more and more in all domains of life. Poghoysan, the founder of the Yerevan-based engineering and robotics company, dropped by late last month for our latest Kolba Café.

  • ADB, UNICEF AND UNDP PARTNER TO IMPROVE SCHOOL SEISMIC SAFETY IN ARMENIA Aug 5, 2015

    Yerevan, 5 August 2015 — Asian Development Bank (ADB), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia signed an agreement on collaboration on August 5 to strengthen partnership on Seismic Safety Improvement Program in Armenia. In the framework of the document partners will direct their efforts towards improving seismic safety of schools throughout the country to reduce casualties and damages in school buildings during earthquakes. The program will enable better use of school buildings to ensure a safe, resource-efficient and inclusive environment for school children.

  • Reduction of the impact of hazardous waste in the focus of UNDP and the Government of Armenia May 26, 2015

    Yerevan, 26 May 2015 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia and the Government of the Republic of Armenia will work together to reduce the impacts of hazardous waste and related contaminated sites from Soviet times, in order to protect human and environmental health through the effective elimination of obsolete pesticide stockpiles, particularly persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in Armenia.

  • Presentation of Armenia’s Third National Communication to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change May 15, 2015

    Yerevan, 15 May 2015 – “In the “business-as-usual” scenario, total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Armenia are projected to reach 20,000 tons of CO2 equivalent by 2030 and 14,000 tons in the case of implementation of mitigation measures. At the same time, if no efforts are undertaken to reduce GHG emissions globally, temperature in Armenia may increase by 4.7 degrees Celsius and hydrometeorological extremes may become more frequent and severe”. This is the warning from the Third National Communication (TNC) on Climate Change of the Republic of Armenia that was launched today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia and the RA Ministry of Nature Protection.

  • Climate Change: a predictable shock May 7, 2015

    Last month UNDP in Armenia held Yerevan’s very first TEDx Salon. Speakers of all shapes and sizes – environmental experts, civil society leaders, government ministers, and academics – spoke in front of a packed audiences on the perils of climate change and what we need to do to combat it.

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