Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan received on 24 March Dafina Gercheva, the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia.
Welcoming the guest, the Prime Minister congratulated her on the appointment as UN Resident Coordinator in Armenia and thanked for the substantive contribution of the UN system towards advancing human development in Armenia. Tigran Sargsyan noted that Armenia highly appreciates cooperation with the UN highlighting the strategic impact of UN supported programs which are fully aligned with national development objectives
Young representatives of national minorities, authorities and civil society experts discussed today issues of equal rights, equal opportunities for national minorities in Armenia focusing on access to education in minority languages.
At this UN DPI-supported forum the participants also discussed the specifics of implementation in Armenia of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, and UN International Human Rights Covenants and Conventions.
The UNV Unit (Hakob Matevosyan, UNDP Intern at UNV: Lea Breitner, UNV Intern for Community Mobilization: and Sara Sangoi, UNV PO) met local NGOs at the Youth Centre in Kapan, Syunik region.
Representatives of the 17 organisations present at the gathering, coordinated by Shushanik Araqelyan, warmly welcomed presentations of the concept of volunteerism and of the regional survey, and commented that UNV advocacy action in the regions will surely increase the interest of students and youth for volunteerism and civic participation, which they meant being pretty low in Syunik.
On 15 March 2010 the UNV unit – Hakob Matevosyan, UNDP Intern at UNV; Lea Breitner, UNV Intern for Community Development; and Sara Sangoi, UNV PO – visited Gyumri Youth centre in Shirak region.
This time the visit of the UNV team was related among others to the presentation of the first findings of a survey to measure the economic value of volunteering activities in the regions, commissioned by UNV Armenia and undertaken in collaboration with Yerevan State University – department of Sociology.
On International Women’s Day, let us pay tribute to all women worldwide who contribute so much to the well-being of their families, communities and nations.
In every part of the world, women are the weavers of the fabric of society, and progress towards equality is being made. Today more girls attend school, more women hold parliament and government seats, and more women benefit from paid employment. Yet there is still a long way to go to achieve true equality.
Students’ arts exhibition dedicated to International Women's Day, organized jointly by the UN Office in Armenia and Yerevan State Academy of Arts was opened today.
UN Department of Public Information organized a UN Security Council Model in the UN office in Armenia. Thirty graduate students from the Department of Journalism of Yerevan State University were representing fifteen countries and got an opportunity to learn more about United Nations and to improve their negotiation and communication skills.
Eleven national minorities, government and legislature representatives gathered today at a round table discussion to talk about issues of equal rights, equal opportunities for national minorities in Armenia. The event was supported by the UN Department of Public Information and was conducted on the occasion of International Mother Language Day.
Sociology students from YSU were invited to the UN House to discuss about volunteerism within the framework of a sociologic survey conducted presently by UNV, and commissioned to one Student of YSU’s Sociologic department – Hakob Matevosyan.
Mr. Armen Gevorgyan, RoA Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Territorial Administration received today Ms. Dafina Gercheva, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia. A. Gevorgyan congratulated D. Gercheva with assuming her mission in Armenia and wished successes in her future endeavors, at the same time expressing his readiness for cooperation.
Today Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan received the newly appointed UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia Dafina Gercheva and her Senior Adviser Armen Baibourtian.
Today, the official launching of the Report on the Legal Assessment of the RoA Legislation from Gender-Based Violence (GBV) perspective, conducted within the framework of UNFPA “Combating Gender-Based Violence in the South Caucasus” project, took place at the UN Armenia Country Office. The event was organized to present the outcomes of the assessment carried out by the group of national and international experts.
UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes operating in Armenia had a meeting to discuss their achievements in 2009 and to look forward and plan strategic interventions for 2010, which will be fully aligned with national priorities and will be delivered in a harmonized and coordinated fashion.
Today Ms. Dafina Gercheva, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative (UN RC/UNDP RR) in Armenia handed her credentials to H.E. Serzh Sargsyan, President of the Republic of Armenia. Ms. Laylee Moshiri, UNICEF Representative in Armenia, and Ms. Maria Dotsenko, DPI Representative in Armenia were also present at the meeting.
By Jan Egeland
When the Haitians will have received their life-saving emergency food, water and health care, the world must invest in adequate risk reduction for this disaster ridden nation. Or do we want to continue to administer expensive band-aids every five years for the rest of this century?