Vartkes Kassouni, Orange, CA--Going to Armenia as a tourist has its rewards, however going there with a mission has its special and unexpected rewards. Mrs. Kassouni and I had the privilege of going there in June and connecting with the programs of Jinishian Foundation… A year ago, after some 53 years, when I first met Mr. Jinishian in New York, I reconnected with him by way of volunteering to serve in the promotion of its programs in California, and then traveling to see with my own eyes…

On October 28, 2015 the debate club members of the YES project from Sisian, Kapan cities and the villages of Shaqi and Brnakot visited the United Nations Office in Armenia. This was their first visit to the UN Armenia. Hasmik Sargsyan, the Outreach Officer of the UN Department of Public Information gave a brief review on UN activities and presented the history of the United Nations Office in Armenia. Schoolchildren were attentively listening to the projects that had been implemented since December 1992 in Armenia. Armenia was admitted to the United Nations on 2 March 1992, and on December of that year the United Nations established an office in Yerevan. Since then Armenia has signed and ratified a number of international treaties. The UN Country Team is headed by UN Resident Coordinator and consists of 15 specialized agencies, funds and programs. The latter implement projects that have objectives of halving extreme poverty, halting the spread of HIV/AIDS, reducing the level of poverty and gender-based violence, decreasing the   maternal mortality, as well as promotion of the establishment of inclusive and child-friendly schools throughout Armenia. 

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