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12.11.2019 • UNCTAD’s Investment Policy Review of Armenia took place in Geneva

On November 12 the presentation of UNCTAD’s Investment Policy Review (IPR) of Armenia took place in Geneva. The IPR was initiated at the request of H.E. Mr. Armen Sarkissian, President of Armenia. H.E. Mr. Arman Hovnanyan and H.E. Mr. Avag Avanesyan, Deputy Ministers of Economy headed the delegation of Armenia for the event. H.E. Mr. Andranik Hovhannisyan, Permanent Representative of Armenia in Geneva delivered opening remarks. The Permanent Representatives, diplomats, as well as representatives of various UN agencies, civil society and private sector participated at the lively interactive dialogue.

25.10.2019 • Statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Zohrab Mnatsakanyan on the occasion of Armenia’s election as a Member of the UN Human Rights Council

  At today's elections held in New York, Armenia has been elected as a member of the UN Human Rights Council for the period 2020-2022, with the overwhelming majority of votes. This remarkable achievement is the best demonstration of the acknowledgement by the international community of the significant progress in democratic transformation and protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms following the non-violent, Velvet Revolution in the Republic of Armenia. This success also reflects the high confidence of the international community towards Armenia as a reliable partner, who is at the forefront of protection of human rights, and the prevention of massive violations of human rights and atrocities. As a responsible member of the international community and a supporter of effective multilateralism, Armenia has acceded to all major human rights instruments. Today we can proudly state that these human rights commitments are...

14.10.2019 • PM’s wife attends Swiss Red Cross charity event dedicated to Armenia

  On the margins of her visit to Switzerland, Anna Hakobyan, the spouse of Armenia’s Prime Minister as well as chair of the boards of trustees of the My Step and City of Smile charitable foundations, attended the Swiss Red Cross’ traditional charity gala evening in Geneva on October 12, and which this year was devoted to Armenia.   The Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, also was in attendance to this event.   The bulk of the proceeds from this gala evening will go toward meeting the needs of the elderly and disabled in Armenia, and assisting the country’s activities being carried out in this regard.   State and political figures, diplomats, numerous prominent foreign philanthropists, businessmen, artists, and representatives of the Swiss Armenian community were among the six hundred attendees to this evening.  

12.10.2019 • Armenia PM’s wife in Switzerland, visits École hôtelière de Lausanne

  YEREVAN. – On the margins of her visit to Switzerland, Anna Hakobyan, the spouse of Armenia’s Prime Minister as well as chair of the boards of trustees of the My Step and City of Smile charitable foundations, on Friday visited the École hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) hospitality business school. At this specialized learning institution, Hakobyan met with André Mack, Director at EHL Advisory Services, and Ray Iunius, Director of Business Development at EHL Advisory Services, Anna Hakobyan’s press service informed. The interlocutors exchanged views on tourism and the service sector, Switzerland’s achievements in this domain, and opportunities for respective cooperation with Armenia.   

07.10.2019 • President Sarkissian will chair the UNCTAD Panel of Eminent Persons: President Sarkissian participated in Geneva at the Panel’s deliberations

  President Armen Sarkissian, who is in the Swiss Confederation on a working visit, today at the UN headquarters in Geneva participated at the conference of the UNCTAD Panel of Eminent Persons sian was elected the Chairman of the UNCTAD Panel of Eminent Persons. The Panel provides counselling on the vision regarding the next ten years for trade and development in the world, on critical and urgent economic challenges, and offers ideas and solutions to overcome them. Members of the Panel, who are heads of states and governments, prominent economists and experts, are invited personally by the Secretary-General of the UNCTAD. The sessions of the Panel are conveyed in a closed format, according to the Chatham House rules. The core discussion titled The Main Challenges and Opportunities with the participation of President Armen Sarkissian, were chaired by the Secretary-General of UNCTAD Mukisa Kituyi. After the discussions...

01.08.2019 • President Sarkissian sent a congratulatory message to the President of Switzerland on the occasion of National holiday

  President Sarkissian sent a congratulatory message to the President of Switzerland on the occasion of National holiday President Armen Sarkissian sent a congratulatory message to the President of the Swiss Confederation Ueli Maurer on the occasion of the country’s National holiday. “I attach the utmost importance to the existing friendly relations between our countries, and we are interested in the expansion of the Armenian-Swiss mutually beneficial cooperation in the bilater al as well as multilateral formats. I am confident that the deepening of the Armenian-Swiss partnership emanates from the interests of our friendly nations,” reads the congratulatory message of the President of Armenia.

23.07.2019 • Ambassador Andranik Hovhannisyan left a note in the guestbook of the library of #UNOG:

“It was a great pleasure to visit the # UNlibrary in Geneva. A place where the past meets the present, where one can feel, touch, smell the history and reflect on the future of humanity, very much in line to the purposes of the United Nations. It was very touching to see the historic documents of the short lived Republic of # Armenia of 1918-1920, and the documents on the Armenian refugees of 1910s and 1920s. They are yet another stark reminders of how humanity can degrade in the absence of the international law and order. I wish to thank the staff of the Library for the dedicated work. Շնորհակալություն և ամենայն բարիք!''

28.06.2019 • President Sarkissian met with the Secretary General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development: At the proposal of President Sarkissian, UNCTAD will prepare a report on Armenia's inv

  President Armen Sarkissian, who is in Switzerland on a working visit, met with the Secretary General of UNCTAD Mukhisa Kituyi at the UN Headquarters in Geneva. The Secretary General of the UNCTAD thanked the President of Armenia for accepting the offer and joining the discussion of the UNCTAD Panel of Eminent Persons. This group, which comprises 7 individuals, provides counsel to the Secretary General of UNCTAD on the critical current and urgent economic development challenges, generates ideas to overcome them through the international initiatives. Noting that the Conference on Trade and Development is one of the UN's most important bodies, the President of Armenia hailed the activities of the structure. He also expressed gratitude to the Conference and personally Secretary General for initiating a complimentary report on Armenia’s investment policies. The proposal was made by President Armen Sarkissian and the relevant agreement was...

24.06.2019 • Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan participated in a photo exhibition dedicated to the Velvet Revolution

  On June 24, solemn opening ceremony of the exhibition dedicated to the democratic transition in Armenia in April-May 2018 was held in the United Nations Office at Geneva, organized by the Permanent Representation of Armenia in UN Geneva office.  Minister Mnatsakanyan delivered opening remarks and particularly noted: “This exhibition expresses the spirit of two months of Revolution, where people were truly taking their destiny in their hands, becoming a participant of an important process, where they were owners of the revolution. You will see women, children, elderlies, youth in these pictures, you will see everyone. You will also see hope and determination in the eyes of people. This was exactly the spirit that was advancing the revolution.” “We are very proud of this revolution, because this is a revolution of people. It has been non-violent, it was peaceful, it was a revolution of love and solidarity for the strength of...

24.06.2019 • Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan’s meeting with Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross

  On June 24, within the framework of his working visit to Geneva, Minister  Zohrab Mnatsakanyan met with Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). During the meeting, the issues of cooperation agenda between Armenia and the International Committee of the Red Cross were touched upon. The sides valued the sectoral cooperation with various agencies of Armenia, including regarding the awareness raising on international humanitarian law and reforms being held in judiciary system. Zohrab Mnatsakanyan underlined that Armenia highly appreciates ICRC's humanitarian mission in Armenia and Artsakh, as well as its activities in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone and expressed readiness to ensure the consistent cooperation with the Organization. Touching upon the recent developments in Nagorno-Karabakh peace process the Foreign Minister attached great importance to securing the inalienable rights of people living in...