Green Lighting Week – Showing Yerevan in a Whole New Light
Oct 23, 2017
The UNDP-GEF "Green Urban Lighting" project, in partnership with the RA Ministry of Nature Protection and Yerevan Municipality, organises a Yerevan Green Lighting Week on 23-27 October aimed at raising public awareness about energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly lighting solutions. The campaign is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals #7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and #13 (Climate Action). Today, Erik Grigoryan, First Deputy Minister of Nature Protection, Dmitry Mariyasin, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Armenia, and Vardan Gabrielyan, Director of the “Yerevan City Light” CJSC of Yerevan Municipality, took part in the kick-off event of the awareness campaign.
Administrator’s Statement: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Oct 17, 2017
This year’s theme for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, “Answering the Call to End Poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies”, celebrates the 25 year anniversary of the creation of this international day and the idea behind it: that hunger, lack of education, and violence are not inevitable. That extreme poverty must be something we all strive to eradicate.
Developing rural tourism through engaging local community
Oct 16, 2017
On the first weekend of October, the Integrated Rural Tourism Development project initiated a Fam Trip (familiarization trip) for tour operators. The main idea of the trip was to show tour operators new spots, guest houses in Bjni in order for them to attract and bring tourists here. This way local community members will actively engage in rural tourism development process, thus creating alternative income generating tool for sustainable living.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mitigating the consequences of hailstorms in Armenia’s agricultural sector
May 5, 2017
A trilateral Statement of Intent was signed between ACBA-CREDIT AGRICOLE BANK, the UNDP in Armenia and ARNAP Foundation – the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. The sides agreed to jointly mitigate the consequences of hailstorms in Armenia’s agricultural sector. Within the framework of the agreement, ACBA-CREDIT AGRICOLE BANK will provide targeted loans to farmers for the acquisition of anti-hail nets on a 7-year term, with an initial interest rate of 12,5 percent. In its turn, the UNDP in Armenia will provide 20 percent of necessary volume of the anti-hail nets to farmers as a grant contribution. The ARNAP Foundation, supports farmers in measuring and installation of supporting anchors and anti-hail nets, as well as provides with consultations on maintenance, usage and care of anti-hail nets.