The international community combines its efforts to support the RA National Assembly and raising the general efficiency of this structure as an institution working out policy, strengthen the necessary capabilities for mandate implementation and monitoring fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the use of the management modern and innovation tools and mechanisms.
On September 18, the President of the RA National Assembly Ararat Mirzoyan, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Judith Margareth Farnworth, the Charges d’Affaires of the Embassy of Sweden to Armenia Birger Karlsson, the UN Resident Coordinator to Armenia Shombi Sharp, the UNDP Representative to Armenia Dmitry Mariyasin official announced the launch of the four-year programme Modern Parliament for Armenia – an assistance to the National Assembly, which would be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Office in Armenia.
The goal of the programme is to strengthen the legislative body of Armenia in order to implement the elaboration of the laws, its key functions for the provision of the oversight and representation in the framework of its new and substantially expanded role in the state government system, concentrating on the quality of the parliamentary works, the rise of the transparency and inclusiveness levels, in consonance with the SDGs and not ignoring anybody the Agenda 2030 .
In his welcoming remarks, underlining the importance of the programme, the President of the RA National Assembly Ararat Mirzoyan especially stressed: the programme Modern Parliament for Armenia directed to the development of the RA National Assembly capabilities is a serious contribution to the rise of the National Assembly role and in our programmes aimed at making more effective the works of the parliaments on the ways of the ongoing reforms in Armenia. We are thankful to our international colleagues for the immediate involvement and support in these important reforms.”
At the launch of the programme the Ambassador of the United Kingdom Judith Margareth Farnworth noted: “I am glad that the United Kingdom supports this initiative, financing it through the Good Government Foundation. One of the goals of this Foundation is to support the democratic institutes in Armenia, as well as in the United Kingdom, the parliament is the institutional pillar of democracy.”
“Sweden is a proud partner in this programme. We expand our support in the reforms being implemented in Armenia, including the strengthening of democracy, where the parliament has a special role,” the Charges d’Affaires of the Embassy of Sweden to Armenia Birger Karlsson said.
“Today, more than ever the boosting of democracy is in the key of the National Assembly mandate.” The parliament will be equipped with the government innovative tools for implementing this function to face the complicated and complex challenges, to raise the accountability, to root the elaboration way of working of proof-laid policies, which will allow involving the community, including the civil society, and will give them opportunities to promote the legislative processes,” the UNDP Representative to Armenia Dmitry Mariyasin noted.
The programme will be implemented with the national and international concerned colleagues through cooperation and coordination to provide full synergies to the parliament with the assisting current and upcoming programmes which get support by the United Kingdom, the European Union, Germany, the UNDP and other donors.