TBILISI, May 4, 2015 – A Conference - Gender biased sex selection in Georgia: Context, evidence, implications and proposed solutions - jointly organized by the UNFPA and the World Bank took place today in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The conference discussed the findings of the research undertaken recently in the South Caucasus including Georgia on the causes, consequences and implications of gender-biased sex selection, as a collaborative initiative co-funded by the World Bank under the Umbrella Trust Fund for Gender Equality and the UNFPA within the framework of the UN Joint Programme “To Enhance Gender Equality in Georgia” funded by the Government of Sweden in partnership with the Gender Equality Council of the Parliament of Georgia.
A road safety awareness event was held at Rooms Hotel May 4, as part of the third UN Global Road Safety Week (May 4-10, 2015).
As the third UN Global Road Safety Week focuses on children and road safety, the event aimed to generate action to better ensure children’s safety on the roads.
Niels Scott, Head of the United Nations in Georgia, has expressed concern about the high numbers of vulnerable road users killed and injured annually in Georgia.
“Protection of the most vulnerable road users requires a coordinated, collaborative response”, said Niels Scott, UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia. “Efforts must be effective on several fronts to stabilize, and then reduce, the level of road traffic fatalities”.
Deputy Minister of Interior Affairs Archil Talakvadze, Vice-Mayor of Tbilisi Irakli Lekvinadze, Chairman of Roads Department of Georgia Vazha Panchulidze, Ambassador of Estonia to Georgia Priit Turk, as well as representatives of the EU Delegation to Georgia, World Bank, US Embassy, and experts addressed the participants of the event.
On April 27, 2015 Georgian Parliament’s Gender Equality Council, UNFPA Georgia and European Youth Parliament – Georgia organized the Youth National Forum. The event took place at Holiday Inn Tbilisi.
Representatives of the Parliament of Georgia, the Government of Georgia, European Youth Parliament, various youth, local and international organizations participated in the event.
The goal of the Youth National Forum was to advocate for the increased investment in adolescents and youth development and the realization of their rights for ensuring sustainable development of the country.
Students from Tbilisi and Gori universities got together to discuss crime prevention and criminal justice issues.
The conference was organised jointly by the Centre for Crime Prevention (a LEPL of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia) and the European Law Students Association with assistance from the United Nations Office in Tbilisi.
The conference dedicated to the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice brought together policy-makers, educators and experts to share their knowledge and experiences on crime prevention and criminal justice issues with students at Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel on April 17, 2015
On Saturday, 28 March 2015, 20:00 – 22:00, Round Garden in Tbilisi will see a traditional celebration of Earth Hour with live music concert and fire-show.
The event is open to everyone who wants to show their support to this global environmental action when millions of people turn off lights for the greener and safer planet.
Earth Hour in Round Garden is organised by the United Nations in Georgia, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, Wild World Fund (WWF) Caucasus, Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN) and Caucasus Nature Fund (GNF).
Let Journalism Thrive! This is the theme of World Press Freedom Day this year.
In 2015, States are accelerating to reach the Millennium Development Goals and shaping a new global sustainable development agenda. Freedom of expression and press freedom are essential to success at every level.
For peace to be lasting and development to be sustainable, human rights must be respected. Everyone must be free to seek, receive and impart knowledge and information on all media, online and offline. Quality journalism enables citizens to make informed decisions about their society’s development. It also works to expose injustice, corruption, and the abuse of power.
For this, journalism must be able to thrive, in an enabling environment in which they can work independently and without undue interference and in conditions of safety.
The world has recently witnessed horrendous attacks against journalists -- at least one journalist is killed each week, in conflict and non-conflict zones. We must redouble efforts to enhance the safety of journalists and put an end to impunity, and this is the goal of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, spearheaded by UNESCO and supported by other UN entities.