“For the first time in Armenia, the issue of Syunik’s security was transferred from the political, media top field to those who carry it, where there is no political speculation or misinformation,” said Susanna Shahnazaryan, President of the Goris Press Club NGO, during a conference in Goris. .
The conference was dedicated to the presentation of the preliminary results of the “Human Security in Syunik Region” sociological survey, which was conducted to identify the needs of the residents of the communities of Syunik region in the field of human security.
The research was conducted within the framework of the “Improvement of Local Government Strategy in Syunik for Crisis Management and Public Protection” program, which is implemented by the joint efforts of “Journalists for the Future” NGO, Goris Press Club and “Rainbow” Leaders’ Training Center in Kapan.
The conference was attended by representatives of Syunik Marzpetaran, local self-government bodies, civil society and other stakeholders.
Before presenting the results of the research, about 60 participants of the event got acquainted with the importance of the interconnectedness of security and development in the context of human security.
“The pillars of human security are its three freedoms: the development of the human environment, the protection of human rights, and the provision of a peaceful and secure life. “The collapse of one of these pillars threatens the general well-being of a person,” said Suren Deheryan, President of the “Journalists for the Future” NGO, during his presentation.
According to him, a person may face threats due to lack of adequate food or violation of personal religion, but when some of a person’s freedoms are endangered at the same time, the person loses a sense of security, which can lead to conflicts.
“Therefore, problems threatening human security must be addressed comprehensively, not only to identify the symptoms, but also to address the root causes of the problems.”
In other words, in order to ensure the security of a person, in addition to his physical security, which is carried out by the police, the army or the law, we must also focus on other areas. In order to fully protect the right to human security, the UN has singled out 7 such areas: food, economic, health, environmental, personal, political and community.
Researcher, sociologist Arևik Hambardzumyan, presenting the preliminary results of the research, noted that the results collected by the qualitative methodology prove that each of the 8 enlarged communities of the region has quite different socio-economic and security environment.
“Problems vital to the safe and secure life of the population of Syunik due to the 44-day epidemic have been identified, and the concerns, expectations and opportunities of the population in agriculture, employment, education, security and other areas have been identified,” says Hambardzumyan.
Given the current situation, a human-centered security needs assessment was conducted as part of the study.
“This also made it possible to identify and map people’s perceptions of existing risks and threats.”
The participants of the discussion expressed their observations on the work done.
According to Aram Mirzoyan, Deputy Mayor of Tegh, in addition to presenting the situation, it is possible to develop a roadmap for solutions, which will be aimed at ensuring the safety of people.
Member of the Goris community council Karen Lazaryan referred to the problems in the field of education, which are directly related to the security situation.
“This document can later become a public opinion document, which can serve as a basis for developing further strategic goals of the communities, as well as providing international investments in the communities,” said Irina Yolyan, a member of the Goris community council.
The observations and suggestions of the participants of the event will be included in the research in order to make it more comprehensive and valuable.
Based on the research, a concept of effective management of Syunik communities is being prepared, which, according to lawyer Tatik Tokhyan, will be people-centered, will offer interconnected solutions for the socio-economic development of communities, and ensure security.
This project is implemented under the auspices of the Data for Transparency Activity (DATA) program with the support of the United States Agency for International Development. The views expressed in this article: The content of the materials are solely those of the implementing organizations և their partners և do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the US Government.