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24 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • The Government of Armenia and WFP conducted a Systems Approach for Better Education Results (SABER) exercise in partnership with the World Bank and Partnership for Child Development.

  • The Country Office hosted a delegation from the Global Child Nutrition Foundation and WFP’s Center of Excellence Against Hunger to prepare for the Global Child Nutrition Forum to be held in Armenia in September 2016.

17 May 2016 description

Vienna, Austria | AFP | Monday 5/16/2016 - 17:12 GMT

by Sophie MAKRIS Dave Clark

Azerbaijan and Armenia took a step back from the brink of open war on Monday as their presidents agreed to respect a ceasefire in the disputed region of Nagorny Karabakh.

In their first encounter since fierce fighting erupted last month, Azerbaijan's Ilham Aliyev and his Armenia's Serzh Sarkisian also agreed to renewed peace talks in June.

16 May 2016 description

Yerevan, Armenia | AFP | Monday 5/16/2016 - 03:37 GMT

by Mariam HARUTUNYAN and Emil GULIYEV in Baku

The US and Russia will push the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia to shore up a fragile truce when the arch-foes meet on Monday for the first time since a surge in violence over the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh region.

Four days of fighting in Nagorny Karabakh in early April killed at least 110 people as a festering conflict over the territory flared into the worst violence since a 1994 ceasefire that halted a brutal war.

13 May 2016 description

Tensions remain high in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict after the Armenian government last week gave a green light for the country’s Parliament to vote on recognizing the region’s independence. Fighting broke out in the region in early April, killing well over 100 people in the space of four days and reigniting a once “frozen” conflict that has been ongoing for almost three decades. A diplomatic push is urgently needed to help defuse tensions, particularly with the risk of Russia and Turkey being drawn further into the fighting.

11 May 2016 description
report UN General Assembly

The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly the report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization, submitted in accordance with General Assembly resolution 69/325.

Report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization on consolidating gains and accelerating efforts to control and eliminate malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa, by 2015

Summary

10 May 2016 description

A workshop focusing on strengthening citizens’ participation in community-based efforts to reduce disaster risk and the impact of natural hazards was held on 6 May 2016 in Yerevan, Armenia. The event was organized by the OSCE Office in Yerevan, in co-operation with the Fund for Disaster Risk Reduction National Platform.

10 May 2016 description

By Eveline Studer, Nicole Clot and Zenebe Uraguchi

10 May 2016 description

Thousands of incomers feel they are returning to their historic homeland.

By Gayane Mkrtchyan

Amid the refugee crisis sparked by the Syrian civil war, the fate of some 17,000 Armenians from Syria who have sought sanctuary in Armenia stands out as a rare example of integration.

Welcomed by ordinary people and supported by the Yerevan government, many have gone on to find entrepreneurial success in Armenia´s struggling economy.

07 May 2016 description

by Philip Remler

After nearly thirty years without peace, the conflict over the region of Karabakh, which pits Azerbaijan and Armenia against one another, has been called a “frozen conflict.” But with deadly fire across the line of contact every year, it is more accurate to say that the settlement process, rather than the conflict, is frozen. International mediation may have helped to deter the parties from resuming full-scale armed hostilities, but it has failed in its primary goal of resolving the conflict.

05 May 2016 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 71 countries in the first quarter of 2016 (January to March).1 The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.

Global Highlights

•During Q1-2016, FAO’s global cereal price index fell by 14 percent year-on-year thanks to ample supplies and stock positions. The index is now at levels last seen in early 2007. The FAO global food price index is 15 percent lower than in Q1-2015.

01 May 2016 description

Moscow -- The Government of Russia will be making a $10 million contribution towards UNDP programmes which support efforts to mitigate and prevent the negative effects of climate change in developing countries.

The announcement was made just a few days ahead of the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement and during the first annual Consultation Meeting on the partnership implementation between UNDP and the Russian Federation in Moscow this week.

27 Apr 2016 description

Yerevan, ARMENIA | AFP | Wednesday 4/27/2016 - 07:24 GMT

Azerbaijani troops have killed an ethnic Armenian soldier in the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh region, the rebel authorities said Wednesday, accusing Baku of breaching a fragile truce.

"A Karabakh army serviceman was killed overnight Wednesday as a result of Azerbaijan's aggression," said the breakaway region's defence ministry.

"Azerbaijan shelled Karabakh army positions along the entire frontline ... using mortars and rocket launchers," the ministry said in a statement.

26 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

  • During the presentation of the Comprehensive Food Security, Vulnerability and Nutrition Analysis to the government and partners, WFP Armenia’s Country Director linked child malnutrition’s impact on the Gross Domestic Product, “as a result of increased healthcare costs and lower productivity.”

  • On 10 March, the newly appointed Minister of Education expressed strong commitment to support WFP operations in the country and organization of the Global Child Nutrition Forum (GCNF) in September.

22 Apr 2016 description
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ADB has been working with Armenia since 2005, with loans totaling $1.04 billion and $12.3 million in technical assistance grants.

ADB is supporting Armenia’s transport sector to develop an efficient, safe, and sustainable road network for the country. Improvement of transport infrastructure aims to drive economic growth and regional cooperation, upgrade urban services, improve living conditions, and bolster economic opportunities in less developed towns.

21 Apr 2016 description

More than 40 specialists from Afghanistan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan completed a training seminar on advanced explosive ordnance disposal on April 20, 2016 in Dushanbe, organized by the OSCE Office in Tajikistan as a part of a multi-year project.

21 Apr 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Low public spending, ineffective social protection policies and programmes are hampering progress for children in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

GENEVA, 20 April 2016 — Children who are falling furthest behind in society benefit the most when countries invest in more effective social protection, according to a new UNICEF Report launched today.

20 Apr 2016 description
report IRIN

Tom Westcott
IRIN Contributor

The simmering 25-year conflict between Azerbaijan and the Armenian-backed disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh saw a dramatic escalation early this month. It didn’t make many headlines, but more than 100 people were killed in fierce clashes.

As Azerbaijani forces shelled the border, the northern farming village of Talish was evacuated, its residents forced to abandon their homes.

19 Apr 2016 description
report HALO Trust

The HALO Trust has started to clear unexploded ordnance resulting from recent fighting between Karabakhi and Azerbaijani forces.

Between 1st and 5th April 2016 intense fighting broke out in Nagorno Karabakh (NK) all along the front line between Karabakh and Azerbaijan. Ground fighting was confined to areas close to the Line of Contact (LOC) but artillery fire penetrated more than 10km into Nagorno Karabakh.