• Ahead of Climate Summit in Paris Nov 30, 2015

    On 30 November UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Claire Medina and French Ambassador to Armenia Jean Francois Cherpantier were hosted by Nver Mnatsakanyan, the author of the “Interview” daily TV program broadcasted on Public TV of Armenia. The topic of the joint interview was the Climate Summit preparations in Paris, UNDP’s role in tackling climate change issues globally, and in Armenia, in particular.

  • Opening of the Dsegh Nature Visitor Center Nov 12, 2015

    On 12 November the opening of Dsegh Nature Visitor Center took place. The center was established by the joint efforts of UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme, the Rhone Alpes Regional Council in France, SVS BirdLife Switzerland, and the Armenian Society for the Protection of Birds.

  • UNDP in Armenia Goes Climate Neutral! Nov 5, 2015

    Today’s global community is fighting one of the most challenging problems we have ever encountered: climate change. Climate change is neither local nor regional – it is a global threat to development. In fact, this year’s make or break Climate Change Summit in Paris has been billed as a defining moment in the history of mankind. As a leading development actor, UNDP is supporting this fight, playing a key role in raising public awareness on climate change and supporting sustainable development throughout the world. Today we proudly announce that UNDP in Armenia has become officially Climate Neutral!

  • 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.


    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cracking coconuts: Big data, gaming, maps and portals Apr 6, 2015

    For the uninitiated: a Social Innovation Camp brings together people, ideas and digital tools in to create web-based social innovations – from software to business models – all in just a weekend. Originally created by the fine people at Social Innovation Camp, it has now gone global and been implemented in 16 countries across 4 continents.

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