UNDP

 

United Nations Development Programme

Mandate

United Nations Development Programme is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 177 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on global and regional knowledge of UNDP and our wide range of partners. UNDP has a long and proven track record in Armenia supporting the Government and its citizens to reach national development priorities and the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

UNDP in Armenia

UNDP in Armenia was established in 1993 and since then it has positioned itself as a strategic and substantive partner to the Government and other stakeholders assisting their efforts towards advanced human development and improved well-being of citizens.

The total volume of UNDP programme since its inception to date is around USD 60 million, which includes UNDP core resources, government and donor cost-sharing. Republic of Armenia Government cost-sharing totals USD 1.7 million for the period 2004-2010.

UNDP's country programme for the period 2010-2015 is fully aligned with national priorities and development needs. It is also further strengthening national capacities for accelerated human development focusing on environmentally sustainable local and regional development and promoting democracy and good governance.

The programme is tightly focused around 3 priority areas aligned with the Sustainable Development Program (2008-2021) and the UNDP Strategic Plan:

  1. Socio-economic Governance
  2. Democratic Governance
  3. Environmental Governance

The impact of the global crisis in terms of increased unemployment, decrease of remittances, and influx of returning economic migrants is putting poverty reduction initiatives and access to social services in the center of UNDP activities in Armenia. Fighting poverty and unemployment, supporting decentralization and ensuring equal access to basic social and economic services for vulnerable groups is the main thrust of the Socio-economic Governance Portfolio. In particular, through the Integrated Community Development program, UNDP contributes to promoting and facilitating participatory community planning and the implementation of infrastructure and income generation projects.

Modernizing the vocational education system, and supporting small and medium-sized enterprises at the regional level is another priority area for UNDP in Armenia.

In the field of Democratic Governance UNDP's support is focused on: i) improved performance of public institutions through increased effectiveness, efficiency and accountability; ii) enhanced citizen participation through the establishment of voice and accountability mechanisms and confidence building; iii) strengthened capacities of state and non-state actors, including the use of media for promotion and protection of human rights, social cohesion and tolerance and confidence building.

In the area of human rights, support is being provided to the Armenia’s Human Rights Defender's Office enhancing institutional capacity for effectively exercising its mandate in line with Armenia's international commitments. In addition, targeted support is provided to the Ministry of Education and Science assisting the integration of human rights education and tolerance building in the school curricula.

Another area of particular importance for the Government is cross-border cooperation. This includes facilitating the movement of persons and goods while still maintaining secure borders. UNDP, in partnership with the EU, is strengthening the capacity of the respective institutions and thus contributing to enhanced regional cooperation.

The main thrust of the Environmental Governance is on Climate Change mitigation, adaptation and energy efficiency aiming at ensuring resilience to climate change by developing low-carbon development strategies. UNDP is investing in strengthening the capacity of national institutions for ensuring environmental security and social and political stability.

The United Nations Development Programme supports the Ministry of Emergency Situations and other stakeholders in enhancing their capacity and elaborating the national disaster risk reduction strategy for Armenia.

CONTACT:

United Nations Development Programme
UN House
14 Petros Adamyan St.
Yerevan 0010, Armenia
Tel.: (374 60) 53 00 00
Fax: (374 10) 54 38 11
E-mail: registry.am@undp.org
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