Country Profiles

 Republic of Armenia National Council on Sustainable Development




Name: Ms. Karen Margaryan

Position: Head of the Territorial Development and Environmental Department

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Phone: +374 10 51 58 30

Address: Republic Square,

Government House 1,

0010 Yerevan, Republic of Armenia



Mission Statement

The Council is intended to ‘provide for the design of sustainable development-oriented programs’ and to ‘foster and stimulate public participation in decision-making processes in the sphere of sustainable development’.

Council meetings are used to present, discuss and plan for SD-related policies and programmes.




Composition and Membership

The council was set up under governmental decree in 2002.

It is chaired by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, Tigran Sargsyan.

The Council further comprises the Vice-Prime Minister and Ministers of Territorial Administration; Economy; Nature Protection; Health Care; Employment and Social Affairs; Energy and Natural Resources; Finance; Urban Development; Agriculture; Education and Science; the heads of the three National Assembly standing commissions, the National Assembly President, members of the Armenian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (Employers), farmers and civil society representatives.

Recent Activities

  • On 26 April 2013 a session on “Post Rio+20” process was held, where it was decided to create a multi stakeholder commission for realisation of the “Post Rio+20” processes and implementation of recommendations of the outcome document “The Future we want”.

  • In 2011, an NCSD recommendation to create a commission on national preparations for Rio+20 was enacted. As a result of this commission’s work, in direct consultation with representatives of the ministries, independent experts and NGOs, the National assessment report on “Rio+20” was prepared and published. A side event at Rio+20 was also organised to discuss “Possible Models for a Sustainable Development Index”.
  • The Council’s April 2011 meeting saw the results and messages of Armenia’s Second National Communication (SNC) on Climate Change presented and discussed.

  • The Council was involved in the "Progress and Challenges for Sustainable Development in Armenia" evaluation report, produced with the assistance of UNDP Armenia.

  • For more than 15 years the “Polluter pays” principle has been recognised in Armenian law and in decisions of the Government in regulating activities of the private sector. The principles of environmental protection and rational use of natural resources, and social justice are fixed in the Constitution of Armenia.



Note for Participants of the EEAC WGSD Meeting: The Creation and Activity of NCSD in Armenia (May 2013)