NEW YORK — The Initiatives for Development of Armenia (IDeA) Foundation is seeking to expand its horizons to mobilize investments for implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in Armenia. To further this goal, on January 25, at the United Nations (UN) headquarters, the IDeA Foundation, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Permanent Mission of Armenia to the United Nations held a joint event, titled “Ideas for Impact: Mobilizing Investment for Sustainable Development Goals.”
The event, attended by representatives of the UN Member States, leading philanthropists and impact investors, civil society and diaspora organizations representatives, explored the ways and opportunities to accelerate solutions and innovations contributing to the achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The 17 SDGs summarize the ambitious agenda set by the United Nations Member States to transform the world by 2030.
The panel discussion opened with welcome remarks by Mher Margaryan, the Permanent Representative of Armenia to the United Nations, followed by Inga Rhonda King, president of the UN Economics and Social Council (ECOSOC).
In his opening remarks, Margaryan highlighted the added value of partnerships for sustainable development – the very idea behind the 2030 agenda and Goal 17, which calls for enhanced synergies for inclusive and collaborative action by the government, the civil society, the private sector in supporting sustainable development efforts. “We are determined to continue to work hand in hand with all partners who are committed to ideas for impact, and, in this context, I would like to thank the IDeA Foundation for commitment and dedication to the UN global goals and the projects implemented in support of the SDGs.”
With Government experience exceeding two decades, Margaryan served as First Secretary to Armenia’s Embassy to the United Kingdom from 2006 to 2009, as head of the United Nations Division at the Department of International Organizations at his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2005 to 2006, and Second Secretary to the Armenia’s Mission to the United Nations from 2001 to 2004. From 2000 to 2001, he served as Third Secretary at the Department of International Organizations at the United Nations Desk in Armenia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he also worked as an attaché from 1998 to 1999.
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