Scaling Up the Impact of Local Ventures
Dec 11, 2017
The ImpactAim Venture Accelerator – the first impact accelerator in Armenia – was officially launched today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with ImpactHub Yerevan and the Catalyst Foundation. As part of the UNDP’s impact investment strategy, the venture accelerator is designed to leverage the unique global network and expertise of UNDP and to scale up the impact of ventures to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Armenia and beyond. Today, Karen Karapetyan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, representatives of government agencies, as well as international organizations, diplomatic corps, private sector representatives, and media attended the launch event of the ImpactAim Venture Accelerator.
New tool to improve the services to foreign investors
Dec 8, 2017
The Development Foundation of Armenia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have launched today a grant program “E-governance as an Electronic Tool for Facilitating the Government to Attract Foreign Investment”. The parties, through the survey among the business community, aim to identify procedures and processes that hinder investments and need to be simplified to improve the investment climate and enhance business competitiveness in Armenia. The project is funded by the Austrian Development Agency.
UNDP continues supporting border communities in Tavush region
Nov 15, 2017
A new fruit orchard will be planted in Baghanis village that will boost fruit production in the community. The agro-machinery pool in Sarigyugh-Nerkin Tsaghkavan cluster will help the farmers to better cultivate and collect the crops with minimized loss and maximized profit. These initiatives are part of the five-year “Integrated Support to Rural Development: Building Resilient Communities” project, financed by the Government of the Russian Federation and implemented by the UNDP in Armenia, in close partnership with the RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development. The project budget is over USD 5 million and is aimed at increasing income-generation opportunities and supporting rural infrastructure in borderline communities of Tavush region.
The Government of Armenia and the UN set up the world’s first National SDG Innovation Lab
Nov 14, 2017
The Government of Armenia and the United Nations have set up the world’s first National SDG Innovation Lab to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Armenia. For the first time, the state, in cooperation with the United Nations, is creating an innovation platform to support the UN SDGs implementation at country level. To do so, the Lab will draw upon innovative methodologies and expertise available from across the world, including the UN’s own innovation facilities and tools.
Tourism Research and Development Center Opened in Tavush Region
Nov 7, 2017
Today the official opening ceremony of Tavush Tourism Research and Development (R&D) Center took place in Ijevan branch of the Yerevan State University. The event was organized in the framework of Integrated Rural Tourism Development (IRTD) project, funded by the Russian Federation and implemented by UNDP in Armenia, in close partnership with the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development.
Improving Armenia’s connectivity to the region and the rest of the world
Oct 1, 2017
Simplified procedures and reduced waiting times, modern infrastructure and equipment, and improved security – these are only a few of the advantages that the new border crossing point (BCP) in Bavra will provide to citizens of Armenia. Moreover, it will enhance Armenia’s connectivity through promoting international trade, transit and tourism. Today, Serzh Sargsyan, President of the Republic of Armenia, Vardan Harutyunyan, Chairman of the RA State Revenue Committee, Ambassador Piotr Antoni Świtalski, Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Armenia, Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, Sébastien Husson de Sampigny, Head of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Regional Representation for the South Caucasus, representatives of government agencies responsible for border management, as well as international organizations, diplomatic corps and media attended the official opening ceremony of the Bavra BCP within the framework of EU-funded and UNDP implemented project on “Modernisation of Bagratashen, Bavra and Gogavan Border Crossing Points of Armenia” (MBBG).
The Government and UNDP address forest and wildfire in Armenia
Sep 12, 2017
Today, Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, and Artsvik Minasyan, RA Minister of Nature Protection, signed a document to initiate the project “Addressing climate change impact through enhanced capacity for wildfires management in Armenia”, funded by the Russian Federation. Ivan Volynkin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Armenia, was also present at the signing ceremony. The budget of the three-year project is USD 1 million.
Energy efficiency of the building sector in the focus of the UNDP and the Government of Armenia
Aug 31, 2017
The United Nations Development Programme led – Green Climate Fund funded (UNDP-GCF) “De-risking and Scaling-up Investment in Energy Efficient Retrofits” project seeks to systematically de-carbonize the existing building stock in Armenia and reduce GHG emissions, while achieving sustainable development benefits. It is envisaged to ensure about 50-60 percent energy saving through buildings thermal insulation, thus resulting in budget savings and contributing to country’s energy security. Today, the inception workshop of the Project took place in the “Tigran Mets” hall of the Marriott Hotel. The goal of the workshop was to present the main objectives and planned activities of the Project, as well as the existing international experience and achievements in the building sector for enhancing energy efficiency.
Modernising Energy Efficiency of Public and Multi-Apartment Buildings
Jul 7, 2017
The official signing ceremony of the United Nations Development Programme – Green Climate Fund (UNDP-GCF) “De-risking and Scaling-up Investment in Energy Efficient Retrofits” project took place today in the RA Ministry of Nature Protection. The project is the 10th signed by the GCF globally and the first one in the Eurasian region. It is developed in close cooperation with the RA Ministry of Nature Protection, Yerevan Municipality and other stakeholder ministries in the grant amount of USD 20 million. The project document was signed by Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia and Artsvik Minasyan, RA Minister of Nature Protection. The ceremony was also attended by the Yerevan First Deputy Mayor Kamo Areyan, as well as representatives of stakeholder ministries and agencies, international and non-governmental organizations.
Community development: making each voice count
Jun 15, 2017
Tavush, 15 June 2017 – A secondary school in Nerkin Tsaghkavan will have a renovated canteen to provide schoolchildren with access to daily hot meals in more sanitary conditions. Households in the village of Koghb have started producing vegetables using a range of new greenhouses as an alternative source of income. At the same time, the community is also launching a 2 km-long energy efficient LED street lighting system. While the Voskepar village in the community of Noyemberyan is laying the foundations for a forest and agricultural produce collection center. These initiatives are part of the five-year “Integrated Support to Rural Development: Building Resilient Communities” project, financed by the Government of the Russian Federation and implemented by UNDP in Armenia, in close partnership with the RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development. The project budget is over USD 5 million and is aimed at increasing income-generation opportunities and supporting rural infrastructure in borderline communities of Tavush region.