New Goals. New Power. New Technology. #2030Now

Sep 28, 2015

What are the global goals?


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.

What Global Goals?

On September 25th, leaders from every country on planet Earth committed to 17 Global Goals (SDGs) to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years:

1  End extreme poverty;

2  Fight inequality & injustice;

3  Fix climate change.

At the Social Good Summit (September 27-28) people from all corners of the globe got involved, looking into how technology and new media can help us reach these goals.


On 28th September Armenia also joined the global effort through a public launch event hosted by UNDP’s Social Innovation Lab, Kolba.

We gave the stage to some of Yerevan’s newest social start-ups, designed through user crowdsourcing and incubated at Kolba Lab.

The interactive talks each matched a Sustainable Development Goal, addressing a range of critical issues like social justice, energy sustainability, government accountability and urban resilience.

16:30-18:00, Mirzoyan Library (10 Mher Mkrtchyan St.)

  • Speaker: Varya Meruzhanyan: #2030now Framework in Armenia

SDG 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

  • Speaker: Arsen Vardanyan:  Solar Panels and LED lights in Gyumri

SDG 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

  • Speaker: Karen Yerznkanyan: Smart City solutions
  • Speaker: Arthur Dolmajyan: Yerevan Transport Map

SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

  • Speaker: Khachik Harutryunyan: Consumption behavior in Armenia: Research on milk and dairy products:

SDG 16: Build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

  • Speaker: Liana Doydoyan: Keeping public officials accountable: Crowdsourced monitoring of vehicles

Event Language: Armenian

If you want to learn more about how we plan to address some of the world’s biggest challenges over the next 15 years, or just want to check out Armenia’s thriving start-up scene, stay tuned with UNDP in Armenia and our Social Innovation Lab, Kolba!


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