Sustainable Development Summit

Today, in September 25 UN headquarters in New York has started sustainable development summit, in which approximately 150 world leaders participate.
The main object of summit is to formally adopt the final document of sustainable development new agenda.
The agenda is aimed at promoting the elimination/reduction of poverty, prosperity and human welfare at until 2030, at the same time preserving the environment. It involves sustainable development 17 goals and will replace eight Millennium sustainable goals avowed/accepted in 2000.
The 17 sustainable development goals are:
1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
4. Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
6. Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
8. Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
11. Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
15. Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss
16. Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
17. Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
You can find the agenda here
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On September 17, the first meeting of working team of “Smart City” concept development for Yerevan was held.
The meeting was organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Yerevan Municipality and in the frame of “Information technologies in the process of disaster risk reduction” program implemented by UNDP.

The purpose was to present “Smart City” format and discuss issues for the development od the “Smart city” concept.
During the meeting, experts from the UNDP introduced what a “Smart City” is and why there is need to include DRR processes in the format of “Smart city” concept development for Yerevan. The participants expressed their views on what should be developed in the concept and what problems it must solve. Participants were also introduced a series of successful ‘Smart cities’ examples.
The meeting was attended by the Yerevan Municipality, UNDP, the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations, DRR National Platform.

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In 2014-2015, UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme and Disaster Risk Reduction project in Armenia, in partnership with Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation, World Vision Armenia and Stepanavan municipality, supported the installation of solar thermal systems in three community kindergartens and a sports school, within the framework of the global campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready”.

In one of the kindergartens, the project also installed a local heating system, as well as energy-efficient doors and windows. The project was implemented by “Khoran Ard” Intellectual Center NGO.
The implementation of a complex energy conservation measures in the community kindergartens and the sports school will ensure a monetary saving of at least USD 5,500 annually, which will be redirected to solving other essential needs. Over 550 children attend the kindergartens and visit the sports school.

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On September 10, the United Nations Children’s Fund organized a meeting, the purpose which was to find out what similarities, differences and contradictions there are between disaster risk analysis and risk management at local level guidelines, methodologies, and whether these 2 methodologies can be used with each other..

The meeting was attended by the UN Children’s Fund, and the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations , DRR National Platform Fund, Asian Development Bank, the UN’s humanitarian aid office, the Red Cross and Oxfam Armenia.

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On September 8-9, DRR National Platform Foundation and United Nations Children’s Fund jointly organized a methodology training on “Disaster Risk Analysis” and “Local Level Risk Management”.

The training was organized for the representatives of Lori Regional Administration and 7 communities of the same region (Tumanyan, Ahnidzor, Marts, Atan, Shamut, Qarinj, Lorut).

The aim of the training was to introduce the participants with the detailed processes of the DRR and DRA/LLRM methodology.

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