The Government of Armenia signed on to Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015.
A year later, in 2016, this was followed by SDGs nationalization process — their integration into the national strategic framework and the establishment of a system of reporting and assessing the progress in achieving each relevant goal. In parallel, in mid-2017, Armenia initiated the development of a new National Armenia Development Strategy (ADS) 2030. The ADS 2030 is expected to come into effect at the beginning of 2018 and will incorporate the outcomes of the Armenian SDG nationalization process. The ADS will reflect the complexity of the SDGs, with their cross-cutting and systematic approach. The complexity and interconnectedness of SDGs require novel approaches, methodologies, strong data systems, and institutions that would have the capacity to provide ‘out of the box’ solutions that bring about transformative impact.
In view of this complexity, the Armenia National SDG Innovation Lab, a joint initiative of the Government of Armenia and the UN, was set up in July 2017, to draw upon innovative methodologies from across the world to support and accelerate the SDG implementation process. Supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) , the Lab will serve as space for experimentation, collaboration, analytics and world-class human resource development to unlock Armenia’s development potential and accelerate the implementation of the Agenda 2030.
In order to maximise SDG achievement in Armenia a range of novel methodologies, that entail unique tools to problem solving need to be utilized. Our Lab uses a toolbox of innovative methodologies to remove barriers to growth at all levels of society, from Armenia’s smallest rural communities to its largest government Ministries.
This intervention is pilot a model for accelerating the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the country level, which, if successful can be replicated across the region and beyond.