Mr. Daly Belgasmi, Regional Director, OMC visited Yerevan from May 10-14 to participate in the 27th session of the FAO Regional Conference for Europe.
Taking the opportunity, the Regional Director also had meetings with the Ministers of Agriculture, Education and Science, Labour and Social Affairs as well as other senior Armenian officials. Russia being the donor for the planned 3-year Armenia Development Sustainable School Feeding Project, Mr.Belgasmi invited the Russian representative of the WFP Executive Board and the Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, at that time in Yerevan participating in the FAO Regional Conference, to join him in the meeting with the Minister of Education and Science to finalize some practicalities pertaining to the Project.
Agriculture helped 50 million in region out of poverty
The Europe and Central Asia region has achieved striking success in fighting poverty and food security over the last ten years, with agriculture playing a key role, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said here today.
“Armenia’s migration policies should be built on the human development framework that views migration as a tool for realization of the individual’s opportunities and freedoms,” states the 2009 National Human Development Report (NHDR) that was officially launched today at the UN Office in Armenia.
Students’ arts exhibition dedicated to Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War, organized jointly by the UN Office in Armenia and Yerevan State Academy of Arts was opened today.
"Freedom of Information: the right to know" is this year’s theme for the World Press Freedom Day which was marked today in Yerevan with the opening of a photo exhibition.
The event, organized by the Freedom of Information Center of Armenia NGO, as part of a USAID funded project, in cooperation with the OSCE Office in Yerevan and the UN Department of Public Information Yerevan Office, brought together journalists, representatives of state institutions and civil society in Armenia.
Agreeing unanimously on the centrality of human rights to an effective, fair and humane criminal justice system, the Twelfth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice concluded in Salvador, Brazil, with the adoption of a political declaration calling for greater scrutiny of the rules governing the treatment of prisoners, stronger national child-protection laws and more State action to prevent violence against women and migrant workers, among other issues.
UN Office in Armenia donated more than 6 000 UN publications to the National Library of Armenia with the aim to disseminate the books within the community libraries of Armenia.
This initiative was supported by the UN Department of Public Information (UN DPI) together with the National Library of Armenia within the framework of " Library Week in Armenia" (from 12 to 19 April) and World Book and Copyright Day (April 23).
Heads of UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes in Armenia, together with His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, representatives of the World Council of Churches Armenia Inter-Church Charitable Round Table Foundation, the Armenian Tree Project Charitable Foundation and environmental protection activists, planted trees in Etchmiadzin today on the occasion of the International Mother Earth Day.
A Panel Discussion on the Outcome of the 54th Session of the UN Commission On The Status of Women was organized at the UN Armenia Office with support of the UNFPA “Combating Gender-Based Violence in the South Caucasus” project.
By Ban Ki-moon
No country can afford to ignore the lessons of the earthquakes in Chile and Haiti. We cannot stop such disasters from happening. But we can dramatically reduce their impact, if the right disaster risk reduction measures are taken in advance.
A week ago I visited Chile’s earthquake zone and saw how countless lives were saved because Chile’s leaders had learned the lessons of the past and heeded the warnings of crises to come.
World Health Organization together with UN sister agencies, Government and other partners in Armenia marks World Health Day, the theme of which is urbanization and challenges for public health.
The trends are clear – urbanization is growing. The rapid increase of people living in cities will be among the most important global health issues of the 21st century. Over half of the world’s population now lives in cities. By 2030, six out of every 10 people will be city dwellers, rising to seven out of every 10 people by 2050.
Ms. Shirin Ebadi, a Noble Prize winner lawyer and prominent human rights activist from Iran, was hosted in the UN Office in Armenia. She is in Armenia to attend the 37th Congress of the Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). A lawyer and former judge, Shirin Ebadi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her efforts to promote democracy and human rights, particularly for women and children, in Iran. She became the first Iranian and the first Muslim woman to receive the award.
To celebrate the World Press Freedom Day on May 3rd, the Freedom of Information Center in cooperation with the USAID/Armenia, OSCE Office in Yerevan and UN Department of Public Information, will organize a photo exhibition “Freedom of the Press, the Right to Know”.
Public in Ararat region will have access to more information on United Nations values and UN work in Armenia, since a UN Corner was launched today in the Artashat based Ararat Center for organizing youth activities.
Young people, civil society activists and local authorities jointly with their UN partners will have an opportunity to organize UN-related cultural, educational, and other events for the community and discuss joint solutions to local problems.
On 24 and 25 March high-school students and teachers from Artashat, Masis and Yerevan visited the UN House. Each group was comprised of about 40 high-school student accompanied by their teachers.