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.
I am the Community: In Action
Mar 16, 2016
16 March 2016 – Today, UNDP in Armenia, within the framework of the “Women in Local Democracy 2” project, funded by the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency, organized a Community Leadership awarding and networking event called “I am the Community”.
Citizens pave the way for more participatory development in Armenia
Mar 2, 2016
From street lighting to monitoring the effects of the climate change, Armenia is revolutionizing the way services are being delivered by calling on citizens to come up with solutions that work for the public good.
Armenia’s National Human Rights Action Plan
Feb 27, 2016
The second workshop on the Implementation of Armenia’s National Human Rights Action Plan was organized jointly by United Nations Office in Armenia and the RA Ministry of Justice on 26-27 February, 2016. The two-day workshop brought together representatives of RA Government agencies, National Assembly, Office of the Human Rights Defender, international and civil society organizations to discuss the progress, challenges and next steps for a synergized implementation of Armenia’s Human Rights framework.
Steps Toward Green Economy in Armenia
Dec 18, 2015
Yerevan, 18 December 2015 - Poverty and environment in Armenia was the topic of the workshop that brought together representatives of UNDP, government institutions, private sector, academia, and international organizations. The initiative aims to contribute to poverty reduction and improved well-being of poor and vulnerable groups through mainstreaming the environment into national development processes. Attendees of the workshop discussed the UNDP-UNEP Poverty and Environment Initiative (PEI) Technical Assistance Project Phase II.
Youth Discusses Human Rights and Wrongs at HuRiCamp
Dec 10, 2015
On the occasion of the Human Rights Day, on 10 December 2015, the UN in Armenia in partnership with OSCE office in Yerevan, Council of Europe office in Yerevan and EU Delegation to Armenia organized an unconference on human rights - HuRiCamp - at the American University of Armenia.
Green School Concept in Armenia
Dec 3, 2015
On 3 December 2015, in the frames of the joint initiative of UNDP and the British Embassy in Armenia, UNDP in Armenia hosted a round table discussion with major decision makers on green school concept in Armenia in relation with the upcoming school rehabilitation project funded by Asian Development Bank.
Women and Local Governance
Dec 1, 2015
Strengthening the synergies between the activities of the “Women in Local Democracy” (WiLD) project and the ongoing and planned national reforms in local governance (focused on women’s participation, and the application of principles of accountability, transparency and integrity (ATI) in local governance processes) were the main topics of the “Women and Local Governance” Community of Practice - a three-day workshop organized by the EU-funded and UNDP implemented WiLD project.