The Sustainable Development Goals in Armenia
The Sustainable Development Goals are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the earth’s environment and climate, and ensure that people everywhere can enjoy peace and prosperity. These are the goals the UN is working on in Armenia:
24 June 2022
IOM Armenia holds a briefing on outcomes of International Migration Review Forum (IMRF)
IOM Armenia’s Head of Office Ms. Ilona Ter-Minasyan and the Head of the Migration Service of Armenia Mr. Armen Ghazaryan attended a follow-up meeting with international partners to present main developments on International Migration Review Forum (IMRF), discuss key messages, outcomes of the Forum and priorities of the Republic of Armenia. The discussion was welcomed by Ms. Lila Pieters Yahia, the Acting UN Resident Coordinator in Armenia. During May 17-20, 2022, the first International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) was taken place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The quadrennial International Migration Review Forum aimed to review the progress made by the states at the local, national, regional and global levels in implementing the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). “During the past years Armenia has witnessed significant steps towards the advancement of good migration governance,” – says IOM Armenia Chief of Mission Ms. Ilona Ter-Minasyan and highlights the importance of multi-stakeholder cooperation on migration issues. The Republic of Armenia is one of those countries which in close cooperation with IOM prepared and presented two Voluntary National Reviews on implementation of the GCM and participated in IMRF-2022. The Republic of Armenia was represented at the IMRF by the Head of the Migration Service and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Armenia to the United Nations in New York.
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16 June 2022
Local Authorities and farmers in Gegharkunik discussed with the UN strengthening community resilience to address climate security
The Acting Resident Coordinator of the UN in Armenia, Lila Pieters Yahia and Assistant Representative of FAO, Gayane Nasoyan, and other UN experts met with the Governor of Gegharkunik region. They discussed how security concerns aggravated by climate change include impacts on food security, agriculture production increased competition over natural resources, loss of livelihoods, climate-related disasters, and migration. The visit also included meetings with other authorities and farmers. The mission allowed to hear from first-hand about climate security challenges. Proposed solutions for strengthening communities’ resilience were presented such as securing borders sovereignty, land use preparation, strengthening water management and irrigation and drinking water systems; mitigating the cost of fuel through improved food production and logistics systems; introducing innovative and cost-effective agriculture practices, and labour skills matched. The Governor of Gegharkunik region, Mr. Sargsyan underlined the urgency to address climate security to improve the livelihoods of the people, reduce migration and strengthen the development of his region. He also attached high importance to effective coordination with the UN and other partners. “It was very inspiring to listen to local authorities, citizens, and farmers, including those recently displaced. The problems were well defined, and we had a substantive solution-oriented discussion to better understand how we can support and empower them in addressing the multidimensional challenges they face in a sustainable way”, said Lila Pieters Yahia. “Poverty and food insecurity are closely interrelated, and FAO is committed to supporting Armenia in overcoming both. Food security means not only having access to food but also ensuring a healthy diet for all and leaving no one behind,” said Gayane Nasoyan, Assistant FAO Representative in Armenia.
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01 June 2022
5 Armenian startup teams of adolescents receive seed funding in the Generation Unlimited imaGen Ventures Youth Challenge
Five Armenian startup teams of adolescents advanced to the implementation stage in the Generation Unlimited imaGen Ventures Youth Challenge concluding the weekend bootcamp in Dilijan and each receiving seed funding in the amount of US$1000, equivalent to 444,280 Armenian drams. Launched in early March by UN Armenia, including UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, and AYB Educational Foundation, the GenU Challenge received 109 submissions from young people of 14 to 24 ages, representing Armenia’s six marzes and the capital city of Yerevan. The submissions presented a variety of ideas, ranging from how to raise the quality of education, encourage civic activism, boost employment or combat climate change, raise awareness of media literacy and mental health. The GenU Challenge is supported by the Minsitry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports, Synergy Armenia and BodyShop. Out of the 109 submissions, the selection committee of all partners chose 12 promising ideas to compete in a weekend bootcamp in Dilijan on 28-29 May. As a result of the bootcamp, the following eight teams were selected to proceed to incubation phase: 1. Landslide Rulers, Yerevan – the idea is to build bio-geo-cages that will reuse waste and give it a second life, while also helping against landslides. 2. Climapolis, Vedi – the idea is to produce a board game with its online version in Armenian and English that will teach how to mitigate the consequences of climate change. 3. Creative corner, Gyumri – the idea is to establish a non-formal education institutions that offers training and practice in the service industry, aiding young people to enter the labor market 4. Tea&More –the idea is to produce dried fruites and herbal teas. 5. Girlopolis, Yerevan – the idea is to hold a series of hackathons for girls interested in STEM and business encouraing girls to establish their startups, work on their tech ideas and choose a career path in STEM. 6. MeDialog, Yerevan – the idea is to encourage learning and proficiecy in media literacy for adolescents and young people that will support their mental health, resilience, prevent online violence and scams and make them more self-reliable. 7. Vaeli, Kapan – the idea is to establish a bakery cafe that will create jobs for women as well as serve as a social networking place for young people. 8. Eco Koghb, Koghb – the idea is to start an eco-bag factory in Tavush that will prevent the use of plastic bags, create jobs for women, including those with disability. GenU supporter Body Shop has pledged to support Eco Koghb and promote their tote bags Body Shop stores in Armenia. In the next few months, the project teams will use the awarded seed funding and get additional mentorship from industry experts to put their ideas to practice. “GenU is about giving opportunities to young people to contribute to the society, about unleashing their potential in entrepreneurship and creativity, as well as about listening to the voices of young people. It’s their time and their turn to proactively tackle social issues in their own communities and, as we saw during the application stage, Armenian youth have no shortage of ideas when it comes to the development of their country and their own future,“ state the organizers. In July 2022, two of the most promising solutions from Armenia will be submitted to a global judging process. These projects will receive further funding, along with a tailored global incubation programme from Generation Unlimited partners to support them to scale.
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30 May 2022
UN Refugee Agency opens its Goris Field Unit premises in Syunik
On 24 May 2022, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, jointly with the UN family, held an official opening ceremony of the UNHCR Goris Field Unit office premises in the Verishen settlement of the host community of Goris. The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Governor of Syunik, Mr. Hayk Harutyunyan; the Mayor of Sisian, Mr. Armen Hakobjanyan; a member of the Goris community council, Ms. Irina Yolyan; the UN Resident Coordinator a.i. in Armenia, Ms. Lila Pieters Yahia; the UNHCR Representative in Armenia, Ms. Anna-Carin Öst; representatives of the European Union; other UN agency representatives, officials from state and local authorities, community-based agencies and the civil society; as well as displaced women and representatives of the local community. Field office representatives from the Human Rights Defender’s Office, ICRC, Armenian Caritas, World Vision, People in Need, Armenian Red Cross Society, and other agencies were present at the event as well. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the Deputy Governor of Syunik welcomed the guests and congratulated UNHCR on their new office premises, and on behalf of the community expressed appreciation to the UN for their continuous generous support. He particularly acknowledged UNHCR’s timely and effective humanitarian response activities targeting the displaced families from Nagorno-Karabakh and expressed his solidarity with the displaced people living in the host community of Syunik. During her welcoming remarks, the UN Resident Coordinator a.i. expressed her appreciation to the Goris community, the territorial administration of Syunik, the UN agencies and partners for the joint humanitarian response highlighting the importance of partnership and collaboration in solving the issues by offering sustainable solutions to the displaced families and the host communities. “The UN stands together with the host communities, determined to ease their burden-sharing by ensuring development activities, protection of human rights, gender equality and capacity development leading to strong communities and sustainable opportunities accessible for everyone,” said Ms. Pieters Yahia. Thanking the community for their hospitality and support by providing UNHCR/UN with the office premises, the UNHCR Representative in Armenia, Ms. Öst said, “The UN family and its partner organisations joined their efforts to support Goris and other host communities, providing a wide range of humanitarian assistance to displaced families followed by community support and capacity-building of community-based NGOs. UNHCR is determined to continue to help the families and the communities, including one of the most hospitable and essential host communities in Armenia as Goris and the entire Syunik region.” The opening ceremony was followed by the UN delegation’s meetings with the representatives of the territorial administration and the local authorities and visits to the UNHCR and UN supported project sites, such as the newly constructed playground and sport pitch in Goris and community-based organisations in Goris and Sisian: Goris Women’s Development Resource Centre Foundation, Goris Youth Center NGO, The Sun of Syunik NGO, Partnership and Teaching NGO, and Sisian Adult Education Centre, for observation of their activities in progress, and talks with the displaced women, children and youth accessing their projects.
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27 May 2022
The European Union and WHO donated digital X-ray equipment to Goris Medical Center
The European Union and WHO today donated X-ray equipment to the Goris Medical Center for use in their radiology room. The donation is part of a larger assistance package, provided by the EU to help boost COVID-19 response in the country. 6 other hospitals in the capital Yerevan and regions have received X-ray equipment with the funding from the European Union. The new X-ray units facilitate monitoring of a patient’s progress and improve clinical decision-making. They are invaluable to hospitals which see hundreds of COVID-19 patients daily. While traditional film X-rays continue to be effective in establishing a diagnosis, digital X-rays allow for images to be manipulated, providing better quality and definition. This allows for precise and fast diagnostics in hospitals. Andrea Wiktorin, the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Armenia, Lena Nanushyan, the Deputy Minister of Health and Henrik Khachatryan, the WHO Officer in Charge were at Goris Medical Center to hand over the X-ray equipment. “Support to the healthcare in the regions is essential. The EU stands by Armenia to continue the fight against the virus, and improve the life of Armenian citizens,” said the Ambassador of the European Union to Armenia, Andrea Wiktorin. “I would like to thank our partners for their continued and invaluable support in the fight against COVID-19 for the past two years. Within the framework of the ‘Solidarity for Health’ initiative- with the EU funding and support of the WHO, an X-ray device has been donated to Goris Medical Center, which will enable the necessary examinations with a modern device, providing better medical care to our compatriots," mentioned Lena Nanushyan, Deputy Minister of Health. The Goris Medical Center has been among the recipient hospitals, which have received equipment from WHO through the ‘Solidarity for Health Initiative,’ funded by the European Union. The medical center has been supplied with 1 electrocardiogram machine and 3 oxygen concentrators, which helped hundreds of patients recover from severe illness, caused by COVID-19. The guests also visited the ''Vaccination is Care'' campaign at Goris policlinics and spoke with health workers to hear about their first-hand experience and challenges they face with vaccine deployment. The "Vaccination is care” campaign, implemented within the European Union/WHO action to support deployment of COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination in Armenia and in close cooperation of Ministry of Health, is aimed at making the Covid-19 vaccination more accessible for people over 65 living in the marzes of Armenia through mobile vaccination groups, visiting polyclinics, outpatient clinics and community centers nearer to their residence. In addition to COVID-19 vaccination, the vulnerable elderly population have the opportunity to access other essential health services, including screening for non-communicable diseases such as anemia and diabetes. “WHO has been committed to assist the country with strengthening the resilience of health system in Armenia with focus to regions through provision of training opportunities to local medical staff, supplying required medical essential supplies and equipment, which will make medical services accessible. The ‘Vaccination is Care’ campaign enables population in Syunik marz to get COVID-19 vaccines right in their medical centers without travelling.” mentioned Henrik Khachatryan, WHO Armenia, Officer in Charge.
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