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  • 17 Oct 2014
    Message from Helen Clark on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

    Each year on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, we can recommit to that goal, and, in the words of the UN Secretary-General's message for this day this year, plan for a world where no-one is left behind. Since 1990, the baseline date against which Millennium Development Goal progress is measured, hundreds of millions of people have moved out of extreme poverty and attained better access to health care and education. Globally, extreme poverty has reduced by half since 1990; the goal of enrolling all children in primary schools is close to being met; child mortality has been significantly reduced, and 2.3 billion people have gained access to improved drinking water.

  • 13 Oct 2014
    Message on the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

    As a human family, we are growing older. Globally, approximately 700 million people – 10 per cent of the world’s population – are over the age of 60, and by 2030, there will be more elderly persons than children for the first time in history.

  • 15 Sep 2014
    Secretary-General's message on the International Day of Democracy

    As we observe this year’s International Day of Democracy, the world seems more turbulent than ever. In many regions and in many ways, the values of the United Nations, including some of the most fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in the UN Charter, are being tested and challenged.

  • 30 Jun 2014
    Joint Statement on the Launch of the Human Rights Action Plan

    We, the representatives of the United Nations, the Delegation of the European Union, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the Council of Europe, would like to commend the Government of Armenia for adopting the Human Rights Action Plan, and for reaffirming the fundamental importance of protecting human rights for all the people of Armenia.

  • 05 Jun 2014
    The Secretary-General Message on World Environment Day

    World Environment Day 2014 falls during the International Year of Small Island Developing States, declared by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of the special needs of this diverse coalition as part of the global discussion on how to achieve a sustainable future for all.

  • 15 May 2014
    The Secretary-General Message on the International Day of Families

    As we commemorate this year’s International Day of Families, we recognize the meaningful contributions that families make to advancing the mission of the United Nations.

  • 07 Mar 2014
    2014 International Women’s Day Statement for Helen Clark

    This year’s International Women’s Day theme – Equality for Women is Progress for All – states a simple truth. No country will reach its full potential if its female citizens do not enjoy full equality. As the 2015 end date of the Millennium Development Goals nears, and as discussion on the next global development agenda intensifies, there is strong momentum for achieving development with equity, including by eradicating gender inequality and empowering women and girls.

  • 11 Dec 2013
    Helen Clark: Speech at launch of publication on sustainable energy

    It is my pleasure today to launch the third volume of the series: “Empowering Lives, Building Resilience: Development Stories from Europe and Central Asia”. Its theme, sustainable energy, is particularly timely as the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All, declared by the General Assembly for 2014 to 2024, is about to begin.

  • 25 Nov 2013
    Joint Statement on Gender Equality

    On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, representatives of the UN, US, EU, OSCE and Council of Europe Office in Yerevan welcome the 22 November statement of the Women’s Council chaired by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia reaffirming the Government’s commitment to gender equality.

  • 17 Oct 2013
    The UNDP Administrator Statement on the IDEP

    World leaders meeting a few weeks ago at the UN Special Event on the Millennium Development Goals underscored their commitment “to free humanity from poverty and hunger as a matter of urgency.” In their efforts to accelerate progress to meet the MDGs by their 2015 target date and agree to an ambitious new post-2015 global development agenda, they expressed their resolve to ensure the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people remain at the fore. The theme of this year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty “Working together towards a World without discrimination: Building on the experience and knowledge of people in extreme poverty,” reminds us that this objective will require that all of us, as individual citizens, community activists, development actors, and decision-makers confront discrimination in all its manifestations.

  • 19 Jun 2013
    Speech of UNDP RR at MBBG Project Steering Committee meeting

    This is my honor to welcome you all at this event dedicated to marking the progress of the MBBG project. This is also my honor to be the co-chair of the Project’s Steering Committee and I am happy that UNDP is enjoying full trust of the Government of Armenia as the implementing agency of this ambitious project.

  • 05 Jun 2013
    Speech of UNDP RR on the occasion of the World Environment Day

    • I am very pleased that today, at this very day, UNDP Armenia, jointly with the Government of Armenia, are giving birth to a new project, which integrates environmental and social concerns into the management of pastures and forests.

  • 29 Aug 2011
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