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  • 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.

  • Despite the Progress in Human Development, Vulnerable Groups Still Left Behind Jun 7, 2017

    Between 1990 and 2015, there has been impressive progress in human development, but in almost every country, vulnerable groups, such as women and girls, people with disabilities, migrants and refugees, and ethnic minorities face disadvantages that often overlap and reinforce one another, making it harder to catch up with others who enjoy higher standards of living. Global reforms on governance of multilateral institutions, strengthening global civil society, and on better regulation of global markets are critical to achieve genuinely universal development. These are the key findings of the Human Development Report 2016 entitled ‘Human Development for Everyone’, presented at UNDP in Armenia with participation of Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, and Vache Gabrielyan, RA Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of International Economic Integration and Reforms.

  • Building resilience in mountain ecosystems of Gegharkunik region Jun 2, 2017

    02 June 2017 – Restored and newly established forest belts, rehabilitated pasture infrastructures, among which mobile paddocks with equipped solar power systems – these are some of the achievements of the Clima East Pilot Project in Armenia, financed by the European Union (EU) and implemented by UNDP, which aims to enhance resilience to climate change risks and impacts in mountain ecosystems and local communities in Gegharkunik region. Today, Armen Harutyunyan, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Dmitry Mariyasin, UNDP Resident Representative a.i. in Armenia, representatives of regional and local community administrations, as well as media visited Tsovak community of Gegharkunik region to observe the newly established forest plantation site and to participate in the demonstration of the innovative mobile paddocks provided to four target communities.

  • Integrated Rural Tourism Development Project Announced the Launch of the “Bridge” Network May 30, 2017

    Yerevan, 30 May 2017 – Today, the “Integrated Rural Tourism Development” project, financed by the Government of the Russian Federation and implemented by the UNDP in Armenia, announced the official launch of the “Bridge” Network. “Bridge” is a network of private companies in the tourism industry that enables the participants to facilitate open dialogue and discuss priorities and approaches to rural tourism development, exchange their viewpoints and experience, and come up with recommendations in relation to new rural tour products to be created.

  • Impact Hub and UNDP launch the 2017 edition of Accelerate2030 May 16, 2017

    Armenia - Today Impact Hub and UNDP have announced the launch of the second edition of Accelerate2030, an international cross-border scaling program for impact-driven ventures. This year, ventures from 17 developing countries across 4 continents are encouraged to apply to this unique acceleration program: Armenia, Brasil, Cambodia, Colombia, Ghana, Guatemala, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Myanmar, Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe. The ventures must have successful track record and contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Impact Investment for Development Summit 2017 Mar 22, 2017

    Yerevan, Armenia, 22 March 2017 - “How can we finance the next 15 years of development work? In what ways should true innovators be engaged in the development process? How viable is impact investment for business and governments alike?” - these were only a few of the many questions discussed at the very first global summit on impact investment for development, held in Yerevan on March 21-22. The summit, hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia and INSEAD’s Social Impact Initiative as a knowledge partner. Together they have brought together some of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, impact investors and development practitioners.

  • Public Innovation Award Ceremony Jan 27, 2017

    Yerevan, 27 January 2017 – Today, UNDP/Kolba Innovations Lab held a Public Innovation Award Ceremony, which concluded the Public Sector Innovation Week (#PSIWeek), organized annually as part of the “Innovation for Development” (#Inno4dev) project. The project is funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP in Armenia.