• Warmer rooms, less greenhouse gas emissions: welcome to kindergarten #160 of Yerevan Dec 14, 2017

    Kindergarten N 160 in Kanaker-Zeytun district is now fully renovated and ready to educate generations in better conditions. The kindergarten reopened its doors on December 14, 2017. With the presence of the Mayor of Yerevan, Taron Margaryan, UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia a.i, Dmitry Mariyasin, and other officials, the kindergarten commenced functioning in a radically new and improved environment, with warmer rooms, better lighting due to the energy efficiency component in the program.

  • 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.

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