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Making Child Rights a Reality for theMost Vulnerable ChildrenRegional parliamentary seminar hosted by the National Assembly of Armeniaand organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the United Nations Children’s Fund(UNICEF)Yerevan, Armenia, 14-16 June 2011Information NoteA. General information about the seminarDatesThe seminar will take place from 14 to 16 June 2011. Please refer to the seminar agenda to identify the bestarrival and departure times.VenueThe seminar will take place on the first day (14 June) at the Armenian National Assembly (19 BagramyanStreet). Buses have been arranged for participants and will be leaving for the National Assembly from hotels at10:45 a.m. On the second and third days (15‐16 June), the Seminar, excluding the field visits, will take place atthe Marriott Hotel in Yerevan.Objectives of the seminarThe seminar will aim to facilitate debate on ways and mechanisms addressing the needs of the most vulnerablechildren, reaching out to them, supporting their well‐being and development, and ensuring respect for theirrights.The seminar will focus on investing in a good start to life for marginalized children and protecting them fromviolence. It will address all functions of a parliament and examine how these can serve to protect children andensure respect for their rights. Experience from various countries will be presented, and specific case studiesaddressed. Particular attention would be placed on reaching out to the most marginalised children andensuring respect for children and their rights with equity.ParticipationThe seminar is open to members of parliament and parliamentary staff from national parliaments of the CEE‐CIS region. Ideally, the membership of each delegation should represent the various political trends in theparliament concerned and include members of parliament who work actively on child rights issues. In line withthe IPU's stated objective to promote partnership between men and women in political life, participatingparliaments should also aim at including an equal number of men and women delegates. Delegations shouldalso have parliamentary staff members from the competent parliamentary committee or committees.NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF ARMENIA1

Organisation of proceedingsIn accordance with the IPU's practice, all participants will have equal speaking rights.So that the discussions can be as fruitful and enriching as possible, there will be no list of speakers on anyagenda item. After an agenda item has been introduced by the resource persons, the floor will be open toparticipants for questions and comments. Participants will be invited to avoid prepared statements and engagein debates.A General Rapporteur will be called upon on the last day to sum up the work of the Seminar at its concludingsession.The debates will take place in Armenian, English and Russian.Field visitsField visits will be organised for participants on 16 June in the morning. Additional information will be providedprior to the seminar.Registration and Information DeskA Registration and Information Desk will be available to participants at the seminar venue from 14 to16 June.Participants are kindly requested to register with this service as soon as possible after their arrival. Itwill issue identity badges, deal with enquiries concerning the Seminar and handle messages and mail.VisasCitizens of CIS countries do not need a visa. Holders of diplomatic and service passports from the followingcountries do not need a visa either: Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, and Romania. Citizens or all other countriesrequire visas, which can be obtained from an Armenian Consulate in the country of tesidence where there isdiplomatic representation. For others, visas can be obtained upon arrival at Yerevan airport. The names of allregistered participants will be provided to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for visa facilitation. There will be novisa charges for Seminar participants. Certain nationalities listed in the link below cannot obtain visas uponarrival and therefore should apply at the nearest Armenian consulate in mmodationA block reservation of single rooms has been made for all participants at the following hotels from 13 June to17 June. All three other hotels are within 5 to 10 minutes walking distance from the Marriott hotel, venue ofthe Seminar.The daily rates for single standard room including buffet breakfast are as follows:Hotel NameArmenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan (5 star)Golden Tulip Yerevan (5 star)Best Western Congress Hotel (double rooms at singlerate) (4 star)Best Western Congress Hotel (single rooms) (4 star)Ani Plaza Hotel (4 star)Hotel rate inUS 19712011095105Participants are kindly requested to fill the enclosed hotel reservation form including credit card details andsend it no later than 20 May (for Golden Tulip and Congress hotels) and 29 May 2011 (for Marriott and Ani2

Plaza hotels) to Marina Ter‐Sargsyan at [email protected] and IPU at [email protected] with copyto Yeghishe Tanashyan, Five Star Travel (at [email protected]).Hotel rooms will be provided on a first come first serve basis, given the number of rooms made available byeach hotel for the Seminar. Where rooms are no longer available in the requested hotel an alternative hotelwill be proposed from the other three hotels.Given the strict cancellation policy of the hotels, after 29th May, hotels reserve the right to charge the penaltyfee:For cancelations from 30 May ‐ 04 June, 2011 1 (one) night cancellation fee per room will apply. Forcancelations after 04 June, 2011 2 (two) nights cancellation fee per room will apply.Lunch and dinner will be provided for meeting participants on 14 and 15 June as part of the Seminar.H1 ‐ Ani hotel, http://www.anihotel.com/H7 ‐ Marriot‐Armenia hotel, http://www.marriottarmenia.com/H13 ‐ Golden Tulip Yerevan, http://www.goldentulipyerevan.com/Default.aspxH17 ‐ Congress Hotel, http://www.congresshotelyerevan.com/Link to Yerevan Map: http://www.yerevan.am/edfiles/files/map/map yerevan.pdfArrival and DepartureIn order to ensure an efficient reception service, all participants are kindly requested to provide sufficientarrival and departure information, including dates, flight numbers and arrival and departure times on the hotelreservation form.A reception service will be provided for participants at Yerevan International Airport from 13 June onwards.The reception service will assist with arrival and formalities and transfers to the hotels. This service will alsooperate at the end of the seminar to assist participants with transfers from their hotels to the airport.Other ServicesThe following services will be available to participants in the Seminar venue: International telephone and fax (participants will pay for their calls when they are made)Restaurant, cafeteria and bar3

B.General information about ArmeniaArmenia (Hayastan in the Armenian language) is located in the southern Caucasus, bordered by Georgia fromthe north, Azerbaijan from the east, Iran from the south and Turkey from the west. Contemporary Armenia hasa territory of 29 800 square km, lying between 1000 and 2500 meters above sea level. The population ofArmenia is around 3.2 million with Yerevan, the capital and largest city, with a population of over 1 million.Ethnic groups in Armenia include Armenians (98%), Kurds, Russians, Yezidis, and others. More than 90% of thepopulation is nominally affiliated with the Armenian Apostolic Church, which is considered to be the nationalchurch of Armenia.Armenia regained independence from the Soviet Union on 21 September 1991. Head of the Armenian state isPresident who is elected by popular vote for a five‐year term (President of Armenia is Serzh Sargsyan). TheGovernment is composed of a coalition of 3 parties. Armenia has a unicameral National Assembly (parliament)elected every five years, with a total of 131 members representing 5 parties.Foreign ExchangeThe exchange rate is US 1.00 AMD 373.66. Exchange counters are located at the airport, at the hotel andthroughout the city. Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) are also available for easy cash withdrawal in Armeniandrams only. Credit Cards are accepted for payment but do avoid personal checks and travelers checks as theymay be difficult to cash or high charges may be applied.There are banknotes of 1000, 5000, 20000, 50000 Dram (AMD) denomination. There are also coins of 10, 20,50, 100, 200, 500 Dram denomination.LanguageThe official language is Armenian, a separate branch of the Indo‐European family. The written characters arevery unique and are not similar to any other alphabet. However, most of the shops and official buildings arealso marked with Latin‐letter signboards. Besides Armenian, nearly everyone speaks Russian, and many cancommunicate in English as well.Telephone/GSM OperatorsIf you plan to make numerous calls and/or need to be reached at all times, one alternative is to carry your GSMmobile phone. You can easily obtain cellular prepaid cards. At present there are three GSM operators: Beeline(http://www.beeline.am), VivaCell (http://www.vivacell.am) and Orange (https://www.orange.am ). There arealso distance call cards which are available in most of the stores.The country code is 374.TimeArmenian time corresponds to GMT 4 hours.Eating outYerevan has a great number of restaurants and cafes which offer both Armenian and international cuisine.The full list of restaurants, cafes and more details can be found at:http://www.armeniapedia.org/index.php?title Yerevan Restaurant GuideTransportationVisitors are recommended to use taxi services during their stay in Yerevan if required, many of which acceptorders by phone. The fares usually start from AMD 600 and vary from 70 to 100 AMD per km. It is best toensure that taxis are labeled with numbers on the sides and use taxi meters.Weather4

During June the climate is mild, slightly warm during the day but may be cool in the evening. It isrecommended to bring along a light jacket. http://www.meteo‐tv.amElectricityThe electricity in Armenia is 220 volt, 50 Hz. Electric outlets in Armenia use European plugs with 2 round pins.The outlet plug adaptors can be purchased at any electronic shop in Yerevan.Medical AssistanceFor medical assistance the UN Medical Doctor at “Nairi” Medical Center can be contacted. Contact person:Ruzanna Melkonyan; cell. 094‐48‐22‐89, office:010 58 00 99, address: 21 Paronyan str., Yerevan.“Nairi” Medical center provides both Emergency and Outpatient Clinic as well as Diagnostics services. It alsoprovides all necessary bills and documents to be submitted to the health insurance companies.The full list of services and facilities can e seen at http://www.nairimed.com/Armenian Emergency NumbersPolice (free number):102Ambulance (free number): 103Fire Department: 101Hospital (UN Medical Doctor, Armamed): (010) 58 00 99Contact NumbersUNICEF Armenia OfficeRepresentative, Laylee MoshiriMobile: 374 (0) 91 – 406 029Email: [email protected] Manager, Marina Ter‐SargsyanMobile: 374 (0)91‐430 922Email:[email protected] Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS)Security Advisor, Plamen SkrobanskiTel: (374 10) 543 822; (374 10) 566 073 (24 hours)Mob. (374 91) 222461; (374 94) 222461Email: [email protected] Yerevan:UNICEF Office is located at the UN House, 14 P. Adamyan Street, Yerevan 0010, ArmeniaTelephone: 374 10 – 543 8095