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UNFPA Armenia holds a session on SDGs and UNFPA mandate at Gevorkian Theological Seminary

22 May 2019

On 22 May 2019, UNFPA Armenia country office held an awareness raising session for the students of the Gevorkian Theological Seminary. The session was devoted to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, as well as UNFPA mandate and activities in Armenia.

Ms. Tsovinar Harutyunyan, UNFPA Armenia Assistant Representative, spoke about the origin of the UN, its evolution, and its role and structure. She described the road from the Millenium Development goals to the Sustainable Development Goals, and covered the SDGs one by one. Ms. Harutyunyan also presented the UNFPA mandate, as well as the main directions and activities currently carried out by UNFPA Armenia country office.

The lecture was facilitated by the Armenia Inter-Church Charitable Round Table Foundation (ARTF). Ms. Karine Kocharyan of ARTF introduced the speaker to the students. 

It has been eight years, since UNFPA Armenia has started its fruitful cooperating with ARTF and, through them, with the Armenian Apostolic Church, the second most trusted institution in Armenia after the army. The cooperation mainly focused on the issues of gender equality, gender-based and domestic violence, as well as prenatal sex selection. 
 
The Gevorkian Seminary is a theological school-college of the Armenian Apostolic Church founded by Catholicos Gevorg IV in 1874. It is located in the city of Vagharshapat (Etchmiadzin) within the complex of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Armenia. It is the only institution in Armenia with a status of an Institution of Higher Religious Education. A number of prominent Armenians have lectured at the Seminary, including Hrachya Adjarian, Manuk Abeghian, and Komitas.