• New Head of the United Nations in Georgia

    New Head of the United Nations in Georgia

    Newly appointed UN Resident Coordinator Sabine Machl takes office in Tbilisi

    Dr. Sabine Machl of Austria has been appointed UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia and will begin her assignment on 1 June 2019.

    Prior to her assignment in Georgia, Dr. Sabine Machl has worked in international organizations for more than 22 years among those over 7 years for the UN. Her latest assignment was UN Women Representative in Indonesia and Liaison to ASEAN and before that she headed UN Women in Palestine and Kyrgyzstan.

    From 2007-2011 Sabine was the Head of Section/Senior Adviser to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities in The Hague covering the countries of the former Soviet Union. From 2005-2007 she was posted in Kyrgyzstan as Deputy Head of the OSCE Centre in Bishkek. She also worked for four years as the Head of the Central Asia desk in the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre in Vienna. Throughout 2001 Sabine was assigned Deputy Head of the OSCE Mission to Estonia and during Austria’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2000, she was First Secretary in the Austrian Permanent Mission.


  • The second national SDG Festival highlights development potential of remote and rural regions

    The second national SDG Festival highlights development potential of remote and rural regions

    Georgia reinforces its national commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

    7 June 2019. AMBROLAURI – Thousands of Georgians gathered in the town of Ambrolauri today to take part in the country’s second national Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Festival, initiated and organized by the United Nations in Georgia. The slogan of this year’s edition of the Festival echoed the core theme of sustainable development: to “Leave No One Behind.”

    The President of Georgia, Salome Zourabichvili, addressed the participants and guests of the Festival at the grand opening in the evening.

    The newly appointed United Nations Resident Coordinator in Georgia, Sabine Machl, stressed the continuous efforts of the United Nations to support Georgia in achieving its national SDGs.

    “The UN agencies active in Georgia are covering a wide range of areas related to the five pillars of sustainable development – People, Planet, Peace, Prosperity and Partnership,” she said. “Our work rests on strong cooperation with our partners – the Government of Georgia, local self-governments, civil society, the private sector, academia and all development partners in the international community.”

    The SDG Festival transformed public space in Ambrolauri into a colourful display of activities illustrating the country’s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The busy agenda included sport activities, interactive seminars and workshops, talks and exhibitions featuring SDG activists and supporters from different walks of life – writers, artists, researchers, students, teachers, school children, farmers, diplomats and politicians.

    “It’s no accident that the SDG Festival is taking place this year in Racha,” said Louisa Vinton, Head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Georgia. “Like so many other locations in Georgia, it has vast development potential but needs to overcome the challenges of rural poverty, depopulation and climate change to realize the promise of peace and prosperity. We are confident that the festival will build public understanding and enthusiasm for our shared responsibility ‘to leave no one behind.’