On October 13, 2011 the second secretary of the Economic Section of the Embassy of Japan in Armenia Ms. Mizuki Sugitani visited the Ditak community of Ararat province (marz) to get acquainted with the results of the renovation of the village secondary school.
The guest was solemnly greeted by the School Director Sargis Hovhannisyan, the Mayor of Ditak village Suren Srapoyan, school teachers, schoolchildren and AWHHE NGO members Lilik Simonyan, Emma Anakhasyan and Qnarik Grigoryan. The event was also attended by the journalists and regional television employees, as well guests from various interested organizations. At the end of the visit Ms. Ms. Mizuki Sugitani expressed her satisfaction with the implemented works and shared her impressions about the organized event.
The partial restoration of the 60-year-old school was carried out thanks to the support of $ 104 thousand provided by the Government of Japan within the framework of the project “For Renovation of the School in Ditak Village” implemented under the control of “Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment” (AWHHE) NGO. Financial support for the renovation of the school was also provided by the Swiss Sourire vers l’Avenir Foundation (2000 EUR) and RA Government (by the Government Decision No 108 N of 3 February 2011), but for the complete renovation of the school additional AMD 40,0 million is required. Unfortunately, until now AWHHE has not managed to obtain the mentioned money. Thus, we want to hope that those organizations that are interested in this problem and can help will lend a hand.
In 2011, AWHHE became member of the Clinton Global Initiative and participated in the Annual Meeting.
AWHHE to made a commitment, “Toxic-Free Future: No to Banned and Obsolete Pesticides” which envisages initiating a campaign to develop and implement solutions aimed at eliminating stockpiles of harmful banned and obsolete pesticides at the Nubarashen burial site by the end of 2017. Activities within this commitment, will include a risk assessment of the site, a series of policy dialogues with government leaders, awareness raising activities among affected communities, and training of relevant government offices, community members, and business organizations to ensure proper chemical management and safety protocols generally with an emphasis on agriculture and the transition to organic farming.
About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together nearly 150 current and former heads of state, 18 Nobel Prize laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made nearly 2,000 commitments, which have already improved the lives of 300 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued in excess of $63 billion.
The 2011 Annual Meeting took place Sept. 20-22 in New York City. This year, CGI also convened CGI America, a meeting focused on developing ideas for driving economic growth in the United States. The CGI community also includes CGI U, which hosts an annual meeting for undergraduate and graduate students, and CGI Lead, which engages a select group of young CGI members for leadership development and collective commitment-making. For more information, visit www.clintonglobalinitiative.org.
10th Annyversary of Stockholm Convention
31, May, 2011