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Armenia

Economic overview

 

UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (2021-2025) 

UNECE is a signatory of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework and contributes in particular to the following strategic priorities:

  • Outcome 1.1: People benefit from a universal, affordable, accessible and quality health system, while adopting healthy lifestyle practices.
  • Outcome 1.2: People benefit from a progressively universal, inclusive and shock-responsive social protection system across the lifecycle.  
  • Outcome 1.3: People exercise their talents and skills, benefitting from age-appropriate, life-long learning, inclusive and quality education in an enabling and safe environment.
  • Outcome 2.1: People, communities and regions benefit from equitable economic opportunities, decent work and sustainable livelihoods, enabled through competitiveness and inclusive green growth.
  • Outcome 2.2: Ecosystems are managed sustainably, and people benefit from participatory and resilient development and climate smart solutions.
  • Outcome 3.1: People benefit from effective and accountable governance systems and institutions that safeguard human rights and uphold the rule of law, and a public administration that ensures effective and human centered service delivery for all.
  • Outcome 3.2: People benefit from evidence-based, human-centric and SDG aligned policies supported by diversified sources of financing, innovation, and partnerships for sustainable development for all. 

Previous Cooperation programmes are available 2010-20152016-2020

UNECE works in close cooperation with the Resident Coordinator and the United Nations Country Team.

 

Key highlights

Energy  

Armenia is among the beneficiary countries under the project “Improving the energy efficiency of the global building supply chain industry and its products to deliver high performance buildings”, funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) Germany (SDG7).

Environment  

Armenia is a Party to the 5 UNECE environmental conventions and several of their protocols. Under the Assistance and Cooperation Programme, it has been receiving assistance for enhanced prevention, preparedness and response to industrial accidents and transboundary cooperation in this respect (SDG3, SDG6, SDG9, SDG11, SDG12, SDG13 and SDG16).

UNECE is currently working with relevant national authorities on the second Environmental Performance Review (SDG15).

Forests 

In 2020, UNECE published an Overview of the State of Forests and Forest Management in Armenia.

Armenia participates in the UNECE capacity building project on developing national forest information systems. UNECE is focused on strengthening the forest sector, with a particular focus on the country’s policy framework on forest landscape restoration (SDG13 and SDG15).

Gender equality

The standards body of Armenia is invited to sign the Declaration on Gender-Responsive Standards and Standards Development (SDG5, SDG9 and SDG12).

Housing and urban development 

Most of the housing stock requires refurbishment to ensure access to decent affordable and energy-efficient housing for all, and to legalize and upgrade informal settlements (SDG7 and SDG11).  There is a need for policy reforms to promote access to decent, adequate, affordable, and heathy housing for all, following The Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing principles and recommendations of the Country Profile.

Due to the country’s geographical situation, city planning and construction need to ensure proper preparation for natural disasters.

Innovation

UNECE recently published the Innovation for Sustainable Development Review (I4SDR) of Armenia.

Statistics

UNECE has been supporting Armstat to modernize the production of official statistics, especially in the context of increasing digitalization and the growing demand for new types of statistics to measure sustainable development and other socio-economic phenomena.

UNECE recently published an assessment of the country’s population and migration statistics.

Trade  

UNECE has conducted legal and economic studies on Armenia's integration into regional and global value chains. This included developing evidence-based policy options for more resilient, diversified and sustainable value chains in Armenia and the Eurasian region as a whole (SDG8 and SDG9).

Armenia could accelerate circular economy transition by active participation in the Circular STEP stakeholder engagement platform to exchange experience, challenges and learn about good practices and tools for circular economy transition (SDG12).

 

Additional resources  

Urban Development

The Mayor of Yerevan at the 2022 Forum of Mayors

Smart Sustainable Cities Profile of Goris

COVID-19 Recovery Action Plan for Informal Settlements in the UNECE Region

 

Publications and Reviews

 

News

 

Published on 24 October 2023