Our work in Armenia in 2017
In Armenia, the ICRC focuses on civilians living in exposed communities along the international border, missing people and their families, mine victims and people deprived of their liberty.
We also spread knowledge of the international humanitarian law among national authorities, academics and armed forces. Our key partner is the Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS) with whom we coordinate activities aimed at assisting people affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
• The launch of the National Strategic Review in Armenia is scheduled for Monday 15 January 2018.
• Yerevan to receive a new loan from the German Development Bank (KfW) worth $93 million to assist with budgetary expenditures.
• Word Bank provided further support to the development of Armenia’s irrigation systems though a $2 million loan for the Additional Financing of the Irrigation System Enhancement Project.
FACTS & FIGURES
300 000 beneficiaries for the entire region from the period of 2016 to 2017
Total disaster risk reduction (DRR) funding in the South Caucasus: €2.8 million from 2016 to 2018
Total EU humanitarian funding: €188 million from 1993 to 2016
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Cereal production in 2017 estimated close to average level
Cereal imports in 2017/18 marketing year (July/June) expected close to previous year’s level
Prices of wheat flour were stable in last months
Cereal production in 2017 estimated close to five-year average
WFP, Government officials from Republic of Armenia and the Russian Federation officialised the nationalisation of the school meals programme in the province of Tavush during the handover ceremony at Hagharstin School.
Armenian Government Delegation participated in the 19th Annual Global Child Nutrition Forum which took place from 17-21 September 2017, in Montreal,
Armenian student, won a prize in WFP Children’s Design Competition for 2017.
Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General
The Secretary-General welcomes the summit held on 16 October in Geneva, Switzerland, between the President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, and the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, organized under the auspices of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group. He is encouraged by the Presidents’ agreement to take measures to intensify the negotiation process and to take additional steps to reduce tensions on the Line of Contact.
Youngsters who fled conflict and persecution find new friends and new confidence at summer camp in Armenia.
By Anahit Hayrapetyan in Lake Sevan, Armenia
The still waters and stunning landscape of Lake Sevan in Armenia make it a popular beach destination for tourists. But this year it also became the setting for a summer camp that helped 40 displaced young people from Syria, Iraq and Nagorno-Karabakh find confidence, opportunities and friends in their new home.
On 7th July, the National Assembly approved the 2017-2022 Programme of the Government of the Republic of Armenia, which establishes the strategic framework for the next five years across all sectors.
The Minister of Finance approved the 2017-2019 midterm Expenditures Framework, which includes School Feeding with two additional provinces to be taken on by the Government.
Yerevan – On 2 August, the first inter-agency simulation exercise on humanitarian relief and disaster preparedness between Armenia and Georgia took place with the support of IOM, the UN Migration Agency.
At the request of the Armenian Ministry of Emergency Situations, IOM organized a simulation for 30 participants from concerned agencies at the Gogavan crossing on the Armenian-Georgian border. The exercise aimed to build the capacity of Armenian officials in humanitarian crisis response, including conflict-induced displacement.
The Deputy Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) called for Armenia to capitalize on opportunities for inclusive growth during his visit to Yerevan in recognition of the 25th anniversary of Armenia’s membership in the IMF.
In early June, the Armenian parliament unanimously approved Government plans to establish a new anti-corruption task force.
Moscow, July 12, IRNA – Iran Red Crescent chief and Armenian Ministers of Emergency Situations, Health and Territorial Administration and Development agreed on expanding cooperation in related fields.
The high-ranking Iranian delegation, headed by Iran Red Crescent Chief Amir Mohsen Ziaee, in talks with Armenian ministers and authorities on Tuesday explored relations expansion in rescue and relief and other related fields.
Strasbourg, 07.07.2017 - The co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Armenia and Azerbaijan by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have expressed their concern at the escalation of violence near Alkhani village in the Fuzili region, and regretted that this has led to casualties among which are civilians, including reportedly a two-year-old child.
Following the parliamentary elections in April, all ministers resigned from their posts on the 18th of May.
Ten ministers have been reappointed, two of which WFP liaises with directly. These include the Minister of Agriculture and the Minister of International Economic Integration and Reforms, who also serves as the Vice Prime Minister.
Despite ongoing ceasefire violations at the border of Tavush province, school meals operations in Armenia remain uninterrupted and unaffected.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Cereal production in 2017 forecast close to good 2016 level
Cereal imports expected to increase in 2017/18 marketing year (July/June)
Prices of wheat flour decreased in April
Cereal production in 2017 forecast close to good 2016 level
The official results of Armenian’s Parliamentary elections held on April 2nd gave victory to the ruling Republican party.
On April 11th, the Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC), in cooperation with WFP and Maastricht University, presented the findings of a new study, titled “Social Protection and Safety Nets for Enhanced Food Security and Nutrition in Armenia” at the UN House in Yerevan.
Arminian Government signed an agreement with WFP to cover the costs of in-country food transportation and storage.
Hayanist, Armenia – During a public event on May 22, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company Armenia (CCHBCA), and the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme in Armenia (implemented by UNDP) marked the successful completion of a joint water project in Hayanist, Ararat. This is part of USAID’s broader efforts to curb the rate of groundwater abstraction in the Ararat Valley to sustainable levels.
Iraqi Yazidi families who have sought refuge among fellow Yazidi communities in Armenia are finding it hard to integrate.
By Nicola Kelly
ARAKS, Armenia, April 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Shortly before midnight outside a poorly-lit barn in southern Armenia, Sevak Mouradyan is funnelling gallons of petrol into plastic canisters and humming a traditional Yazidi anthem to himself.
He pauses for a moment, squints through the darkness towards a group of men drinking tea and begins to shout orders.
WFP together with UNDP organised a Partnerships Coordination Meeting to enhance synergies around humanitarian and development interventions of partners in Tavush Province. The event followed WFP’s initiative on a Framework of Cooperation in Tavush which mobilized USD 400,000 for school infrastructure development.
WFP launched CBT reaching 74 schools and 7500 primary school-age children in the Tavush Province
On 08 February, WFP Country Director together with the President of Social and Industrial Foodservice Institute had a meeting with the Minister of Education and Science and the Director of the newly established State School Meals Foundation to discuss the modalities of strengthening the capacities of Foundation and the roadmap towards National ownership of the programme.
Georgia - Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS continue to pose a threat to mobile and migrant populations in Europe. Now the countries of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia are teaming up to reduce the threat posed by the two diseases.
A new project, funded by IOM, aims to address the challenges posed by TB and HIV to migrants in the southern Caucasus region. Government representatives from the three countries met with IOM in the Austrian capital Vienna this week to move forward on the project.