Reading Cultural Council seeking grant applications
Funding proposals are being accepted for community-oriented arts, humanities and science programs in Reading. The Reading Cultural Council has set an Oct. 17 deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the Reading community.
Tigran Hamasyan, the pianist giving jazz an Armenian twist
He's the hottest pianist in jazz and he likes to mix things up, whether it's bebop, thrash metal or dubstep. But his heart is in the folk music of his native land
Herbie Hancock declared:
"Tigran, you are my teacher now!"
Tigran Hamasyan: 'I get into different types of music and really immerse myself in each one.'
Somewhere, there's home-movie footage of a three-year-old Tigran Hamasyan at his childhood home in rural Armenia. He is listening to Black Sabbath's Paranoid and freaking out on a toy guitar. "That was my childhood ambition," he laughs. "Still, to this day, if I could become a killer guitar player in a couple of years, I'd quit playing the piano and start learning now.
3,000-year-old Settlement in Eastern Turkey reveals Armenian Traces
Largest archaeological settlement of Tunceli province was discovered bearing Armenian writing on ancient stones.
Aurora Prize Ceremony
The inaugural Aurora Prize Ceremony
Tigran Hamasyan wins ECHO Jazz 2016 Awards
Tigran Hamasyan has been named winners of ECHO Jazz 2016 Awards
The Oxford Handbook of Creative Industries – Book Review
Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Best Actor Nomination for 2016 Oscars
The long-coveted event is on its way! The 14th British Film Festival featuring the best and brightest pieces of the British cinematography
Natalie Cole's unforgettable life celebrated at star-studded Los Angeles memorial with
Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight and more
One of the greatest voices of all time was celebrated by music's biggest stars on Monday in Los Angeles.
Montegrappa’s New Pens Highlight the History of Armenia
December 18, 2015
Crafted in collaboration with a group of Armenian artists, entrepreneurs, and clergy members, the new Montegrappa Erebouni series of writing instruments pays tribute to Armenia, the storied nation straddling Europe and Asia between the Black and Caspian seas. Carrying the ancient name of Armenia’s capital city of Yerevan, the collection comprises three versions: the top-shelf Hokevor, the limited-edition Haverj, and the standard-edition Kragan.
ENCATC Cultural Policy and Cultural Management Research Award
AWARD CEREMONY 2015On the evening of 25 November in Brussels, Alessia Usai from Italy and Annika Hampel from Germany were announced as the winners of the 2015 ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Management. ENCATC, the European network on cultural policy and management, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management:
Concert in Vienna, dedicated to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide
The Concert “With you, Armenia” dedicated to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide took place in Vienna, Austria on Saturday, November 7. The concert concluded the series of oversees cultural events took place recently in various major cities worldwide.
Reduced Emissions from Deforestation Opening Window for Green Economy Transition
Durban (South Africa) / Nairobi, 8 December 2011 - Countries across the developing world are engaging with developed country governments and the private sector to simultaneously reduce emissions from forests and fast track transitions to a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy.
These multiple benefits of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) were the focus of a side event at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP17) in Durban today - in particular plans by Indonesia to utilize around US$1 billion-worth of funding from Norway under REDD+.
"In the same way that the Green Economy promotes sustainable, low carbon and resource-efficient economic growth, REDD+ also explicitly addresses the need for a balance between income growth, jobs and social equity", said United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.
"With just over six months until the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil, countries ranging from Indonesia to Brazil and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are recognizing that REDD+ investments can offer myriad opportunities to boost green development in the 21st Century - through optimizing and enhancing ecosystem services, tackling climate change, improving water security or promoting green jobs. Mobilizing more partnerships such as that between Norway and Indonesia, or private sector funding is vital if the full potential of forests to contribute to a Green Economy is to be realized." more ...
Association "For Sustainable Human Development" (UNEP NATCOM)
The Mission of Association “For Sustainable Human Development”, established in January 1996 (Initiative group worked since 1995), is to advocate and spread in Armenia the main ideas, principles and values of sustainable development theory, to promote and assist the creation of a National Council on Sustainable Development and the elaboration and implementation of the SD Concept of Armenia, which will underlie the National Strategy of SD.
Since its creation the Association has been cooperating with UNDP office in Armenia – carried out UNDP projects on preparation and publication of the textbook on Sustainable Development for Universities and investigation in the sphere of SHD Index (1995-96), organized the First National Conference on SD (1997), actively participated in all UNDP measures, dedicated sustainable development issues. UNDP specialists and officers participated in many conferences, workshops, round-tables, organized by Association at local, national, regional and international levels.
From 1995 until 2001 Association participated in NHDRs preparation process. The work on the SHD Index has been honored with an international award, the calculation method is used by the RA State Statistic Committee and the results are located in NHDRs. In the period of her activities the organization published 20 books and brochures on SD, over 100 articles in newspapers and magazines, initiated numerous radio and TV programs. All these activities were supported by UN structures (UNDP, UNDPI, UNEP) Earth Council, USAID, the National Assembly and the Government of Armenia and were often implemented jointly.
Regional branches of the Association promote dissemination of the information all over the country. Since 2001 the Association has the status of UNEP National Committee. In 1999, the Association jointly with local experts prepared the National Report for NCSD’s Global Forum, held in New-York in April 2000. The National report was prepared around CSD8 themes (“Sustainable Agriculture Management”, “Financial and Economical Mechanisms of SD” and “Sustainable Forests Management”) and presented at the Forum on behalf of the RA Parliament and the Association.
Assessment processes “Rio+5” (1996-97) and “Rio+10” (2000-02) were initiated in the country by the Association. The organisation co-ordinated the entire process of preparation of Armenian civic society to WSSD, developed and published the Non-Governmental Assessment Report Rio+10, which underlay the National Assessment Report Rio+10 (in the introduction to the National Report the Prime Minister of Armenia highly evaluates the aforementioned activities). In 2001 the Association together with scientists, NGO’s, the business sector and others developed the Concept of Sustainable Development of Armenia, which was presented on WSSD.
In 2002 the Association conducted contests of journalists articles and Children’s Agenda 21 posters in the frames of the UN DESA worldwide contests “101 way to SD “(supported by UNDPI, Amer. Bar Assoc., Parliamnet of RoA and others) and presented the results on WSSD as well. In November of 2001 the Governmental Commission on Preparation to WSSD (including representative of the Association) was formed with the support of UNDP.
Two representatives of the Association took part at preparation of Governmental Assessment Report. The National Conference, organised by Government of RA and UNDP (May 2002), confirmed the National Assessment Report, which is rather harmonious with the non-governmental version, and the main principles and approaches of SD Concept of the RA. The Chairperson of the Association was included in the Governmental Delegation of Armenia to the Summit. Country reports to UN DESA “Capacity Building Workshop on Governance and Public Administration For Sustainable Development” in Thessaloniki (July 2002) and in Istanbul (Sept. 2000) were prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs jointly with the Association.
In 2001, with the support and by the initiative of the Earth Council, the NGO network in Southern Caucasus was created. Since that time the Association, as the Regional Center for Sustainable Development of the Southern Caucasus (RCSD SC) has been coordinating multistakeholder regional cooperation by distributing the latest information on SD, thus becoming the main SD information service in the SC region.
Assessment process “Rio+10” were initiated by the Association (regional conference on November of 2000) and on May 17-18 of 2002 Regional Workshop “Exchange of Experience of Southern Caucasus NGOs on Preparation to WSSD” (at the support of the Earth Council, REC Caucasus, UNDP and UNEP) was held in Yerevan. The workshop decided to develop SD Concept for Southern Caucasus. The Concept (basic principles and approach) was developed, published and presented by Association on WSSD. Association received an accreditation on Rio+10 process during the Prepcom II.
The Chairperson of the Association have been participated on WSSD in August 26 – September 4 in Johannesburg. Association actively conducts WSSD follow-up:
developed a regional document on WEHAB (with support of REC Caucasus and in co-operation with NGOs and experts of Azerbaijan and Georgia);
published an eco-bulletin (with support of UNEP);
conducted a number of seminars for NGOs and mass-media, lectures for teachers and pupils (with the support of UNDPI and UNDP);
implemented the regional project "Sustainable Cities" (Association is the organisation-leader) with the support of REC Caucasus and Swiss Government and in co-operation with NGOs and Local Authorities of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia (the guidelines for LA21 are prepared and published);
the Chairperson of the Association is the scientific editor of the second National Environmental Report of the Republic of Armenia, 2002 (The report was published in 2003 under the support of UN ECE, the Association was involved for the including the SD principles into the report.)
In 2003 Association participates at development of National Report on Millennium Development Goals and UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). According to the Memorandum of Understanding between the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP RoE) and the Association for Sustainable Human Development, signed on 26.06.2001, the Association gained the status of a UNEP National Committee for Armenia (UNEPCOM). In July 2004 Association received the Status of NGO associated with UN DPI. Source: Association "For Sustainable Human Development