• UN RC opening remarks at Tbilisi International Solidarity and Innovative Financing Forum 2018

    UN RC opening remarks at Tbilisi International Solidarity and Innovative Financing Forum 2018

    Welcoming remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton

    Dear Mr. Chairman of the Parliament

    Excellencies, dear delegates and distinguished guests

    On behalf of the United Nations family in Georgia, it’s an honor to be here to welcome you all to the second Tbilisi International Solidarity and Innovative Financing Forum.

    Let me use this opportunity to congratulate Georgia on the achievements of its Presidency of the Leading Group on Innovative Financing, which included a lively discussion of innovations such as cryptocurrencies and blockchain on the margins of the UN General Assembly earlier this year.

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  • EU and UNDP media monitoring examines three-year trends in election reporting

    Growing polarisation and political bias have been the general trends in the Georgian media since 2016. Televisions and online editions demonstrated significant improvement in reducing hate speech, which, however, remained a challenge for newspapers. Election coverage on the radios has not changed much in the last three years and stayed relatively balanced but superficial. Election coverage in all media segments lacked the presentation of electoral programmes and issue-oriented debates among competing electoral candidates.

    These and other findings have been included in the final media monitoring reports of the 2018 Presidential Elections in Georgia, released on 13 December 2018 by the European Union (EU), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and three Georgian civil society organizations – Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics, Internews – Georgia and Civic Development Institute (CDI).

     

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  • EU, UN and Public Defender of Georgia Launch Human Rights Week 2018

    The European Union, the United Nations and the Public Defender of Georgia (PDO) launched a joint communication campaign dedicated to Human Rights Day 2018. Communication activities marking 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will include a number of events as well as a social media and TV campaign.

     

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  • Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet

    On 10 December, we mark the 70th anniversary of that extraordinary document, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    It is, I firmly believe, as relevant today as it was when it was adopted 70 years ago.

    Arguably even more so, as over the passing decades, it has passed from being an aspirational treatise into a set of standards that has permeated virtually every area of international law.

    It has withstood the tests of the passing years, and the advent of dramatic new technologies and social, political and economic developments that its drafters could not have foreseen.

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  • Governments must join hands with civil society and the private sector to ensure equal access to justice for all

    The third International Legal Aid Conference (ILAC) in Georgia highlights global challenges and offers practical solutions in creating and reforming free legal aid systems for the poor and vulnerable 

    TBILISI. 13 November 2018 – Global challenges related to ensuring equal access to justice for all and free legal aid for the poor and vulnerable are the focus of the third International Legal Aid Conference (ILAC) ongoing in Tbilisi on 13-15 November 2018. The three-day event brings together 300 delegates from over 60 countries to discuss how countries can improve access to legal aid in their unique national contexts and deepen international cooperation in this critical field.      

    ILAC 2018 in Georgia is the third international forum on legal aid following the conferences in South Africa (2014) and Argentina (2016).

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