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:
14 July 2023
Joining Forces for Resilient Armenia
The UN World Food Programme (WFP), in partnership with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MLSA), implements the "Integrated Response to Increased Food Prices in Armenia" project, funded by USAID. Together, we are working towards a brighter future for the people of Armenia. As part of this initiative, WFP is proud to launch the design and operationalization of national shock-responsive social protection (SRSP) protocols. These protocols will become sustainable mechanisms for the national social protection system to respond to different shocks that occur in Armenia. To ensure sustainable ways forward, in March 2023, an inter-ministerial Taskforce for shock-responsive social protection was formed and chaired by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Representatives of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure, Ministry of Internal Affairs, and National Migration Services participate in the Taskforce. Their expertise and commitment are instrumental in creating resourced and well-framed protocols for the social protection system that can effectively address shocks and crises where WFP stands as a key partner to facilitate the journey. Recently, the Taskforce in partnership with WFP organized a simulation exercise in Congress Hotel hosting international partners, Taskforce members, and NGOs. In the simulation, all stakeholders engaged in the discussion of two scenarios” earthquake and conflict, to map out response actions and coordination. Several key takeaways from the exercise have been the experience of working together on response, the challenge of distributing roles clearly, and the institutional gaps that stakeholders identify together. We commit to building platforms for joint and coordinated response to shocks.
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06 July 2023
UNICEF, Artik community, and Youth Initiative Center NGO to establish a youth house
UNICEF Representative in Armenia Christine Weigand signed a memorandum of understanding with Head of Artik community Ananik Voskanyan and Chairperson of Youth Initiative Center NGO Artur Najaryan on the establishment of a youth house in Artik. The youth house will be established at the end of 2023 with the support of the Armenian community in Argentina through Hayastan All Armenian Fund and will provide a range of services to around 500-700 children and adolescents, including extracurricular education, career counseling and networking through individual and group work, training, excursions, community events and study visits. “Through the establishment of this youth house, UNICEF will support adolescents and young people of Artik and nearby communities to have access to non-formal education, build their life skills and foster their potential in civic engagement, innovation, and entrepreneurship. This youth house will be an important example of collaboration between many partners from local government to diaspora and civil society to help establish a quality community-based service for adolescents,” said Christine Weigand, UNICEF Representative in Armenia. The municipality of Artik has already selected and allocated the premises of the youth house, as well as pledged to invest into the renovation work. As of 2024 January, the municipality will also cover the operational costs of the house as a community-based service, including staffing and utilities. “The young people of Artik have a great potential to become an active member of the community and contribute to the development of their country. Some of them already serve in the community council. We place great importance in the healthy development of adolescents to reach their full potential, and with this youth house, we stand ready to further support them,” noted Ananik Voskanyan, head of Artik community. Together with Youth Initiative Center NGO, UNICEF will renovate and equip the youth house, as well as supply with utensils, developmental games, learning and recreation materials for various ages of children. Once the new youth workers are recruited, UNICEF and YIC NGO will also provide them with training on adolescent development, principles of working with adolescents and young people and provision of child-friendly services. YIC NGO will further support the operations of the house, helping the community to deliver community-oriented and youth-centered services. “We are hopeful that this youth house will become a platform for young people to have meaningful contribution to the development of their community and to voice their opinions. We pledge to support young people of Artik to acquire practical skills, present their experiences, present their solutions and successfully transition to adulthood and labor market,” noted Artur Najaryan, President of Gyumri YIC NGO. The youth house will be established based on UNICEF’s concept of safe spaces for children and in case of an emergency, will also be prepared to serve as a safe and child-friendly space where children, adolescents and young people can receive psychosocial support and other services. “On behalf of Fondo Armenia de Argentina, we express our heartfelt gratitude to the Argentine Armenian community that has supported this project for children and adolescents in Artik. And we are thankful to UNICEF Argentina and Armenia for the joint work. Looking forward to completing our mutual goals that represent our highest priority to give children and adolescents in Armenia a peaceful and productive future,’’ shared Mr Alex Kalpakian, head of Fondo Armenia de Argentina.
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14 June 2023
“Alaverdi towards Clean Energy Transition” youth awareness campaign” and “My Green Alaverdi” idea competition
On June 5 and 7, within the UNDP implemented #EU4Climate (EU funded) project and the “Strengthened Community Resilience through Energy Efficiency and Low Emission Development” (Sida-funded) project, the sessions of “Alaverdi towards Clean Energy Transition” youth awareness campaign” were held online for Alaverdi community youth. The campaign is aimed raising awareness of around 50 youth (aged 15-21) on climate change, global and local efforts on reducing man-made impact on the atmosphere, particularly how we produce and use energy and advancement of renewable energy. The first online meeting was dedicated to the fundamentals of climate change, energy sector, in particular to energy efficiency, the main sources of GHG emissions. The second meeting was dedicated to the concept of ecological cities, in particular to retrofits of energy efficient buildings and street lighting, innovative solutions in renewable energy and “Smart” house system modelling. Based on the knowledge, information sources and guidance received, the youth will generate ideas – initiatives and actions towards climate change mitigation in their communities. With the ideas they will compete within “My Green Alaverdi” idea competition presenting their ideas (initiatives and actions) bringing their own solutions for greener and sustainable development of their communities. The “Alaverdi towards Clean Energy Transition” awareness raising campaign and “My Green Alaverdi” idea competition is organized within EU Sustainable Energy Week (June 20-22).
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09 June 2023
World Milk Day 2023
On June 1, a panel discussion took place in Armenia, organized by WFP Armenia. The event was dedicated to World Milk Day and International Children's Day, with the aim of raising awareness about the importance of milk and dairy products. The event also served as an opportunity to present the current results of the "Milk in Schools" project, which is being jointly implemented by WFP and "Yeremyan Projects". The main speakers were Nanna Skau, WFP Armenia Representative and Country Director, Davit Yeremyan, General Director of “Yeremyan Projects”, Arman Khojoyan, Deputy Minister of Economy, Araksia Svajian, Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports, Anna Zhamakochyan, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs and Kristine Galstyan, Chief Public Health Specialist of the Ministry of Health. It was also attended by students from Jermuk and Yeghegnadzor communities in the Vayots Dzor region, who are part of the "Milk in Schools" project. They shared their experiences of drinking milk and highlighted the positive impact it has had on their health and well-being. Nanna Skau expressed the importance of celebrating World Milk and Children's Day, emphasizing the role children play in creating positive change. “Just one glass of milk can make a world of difference in leading a healthier life and shaping a brighter future for our children!”, - she added. The "Milk in Schools'' project was launched in 2023 as a joint effort between WFP Armenia and “Yeremyan Projects”. Within the framework of this project, over 300 school children now receive milk every morning and participate in training sessions that promote behavior change.
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08 June 2023
"Food Standards Save Lives:" International Food Safety Day marked in Armenia
The Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO), in partnership with the Ministry of Economy of Armenia, UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the Strategic Development Agency (SDA) organized a conference to mark World Food Safety Day (7 June). Under the theme "Food Standards Save Lives," the event highlighted the critical role of food standards in ensuring public health and promoting safe trade practices. The conference brought together experts, policymakers, and partners from various sectors to discuss the significance of food standards in protecting consumers and fostering sustainable food systems. As we mark the 60th anniversary of the FAO–WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission, or "Food Code," a special reference was made to the importance of following the provisions outlined in it. Armenia’s Deputy Minister of Economy Ashkhen Shirvanyan and Deputy Minister of Health Lena Nanushyan, FAO Representative in Armenia Raimund Jehle, Special Representative of the WHO Regional Director to Armenia Marthe Everard, representatives from the Food Safety Inspection Body and others made opening remarks. “By adhering to globally recommended food standards, we can ensure the safety of food, and safeguard the well-being of individuals and communities, while also contributing to the sustainable development of our societies. As we mark the 60th anniversary of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, we acknowledge the significant progress made in defining the path to safe food for everyone, everywhere, all times,” said FAO Representative Raimund Jehle in his video message. “Together, we can ensure that food standards continue to save lives and pave the way for safe, nutritious, and resilient food systems that benefit us all.” The conference served as an opportunity to deepen the participants’ understanding of the importance of food safety and role of all involved sectors. Exchanging knowledge and experiences contributed to identifying innovative solutions and best practices that will propel them towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and creating a sustainable and inclusive future. Participants explored the ways in which food standards contribute to promoting health, preventing foodborne diseases, and supporting sustainable development. The conference also recognized outstanding contributions to food safety and honoured individuals and organizations for their remarkable achievements in this field. Facts and figures One in ten people worldwide falls ill from contaminated food each year. It affects all countries. Over 200 diseases are caused by eating food contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances such as heavy metals. Children under 5 make up 9 percent of the population but carry 40 percent of the foodborne disease burden. Food safety standards protect the lives of all, and the livelihoods of many. They establish the criteria which food should meet to protect consumers and establish confidence in the product. The Codex Alimentarius Commission has been setting international food standards for 60 years. The Codex Alimentarius, or "Food Code" is a collection of standards, guidelines and codes of practice adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. The Commission was established by FAO and WHO.
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