Prime Minister of Georgia, Mr. Irakli Garibashvili and UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia, Mr. Niels Scott signed on Friday the United Nations Partnership for Sustainable Development (UN PSD), which outlines the strategic directions of the UN activities in the country over a five-year period (2016-2020).
"Being a UN family member brings lots of benefits to Georgia,” PM Garibashvili said as he delivered a speech at the ceremony."We highly appreciate your recommendations and we are grateful for your continuous support.”
On November 13, the conference commemorating the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was held in Tbilisi. Shombi Sharp, Deputy Head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), David Narmania, Tbilisi Mayor, Shalva Khutishvili, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia, Tengiz Shergelashvili, Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, Courtney Autrian, Public Affairs Officer of U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, representatives of the diplomatic corps and different government institutions took part in the conference. Temo Arabidze, the winner of the ,,Georgia’s Got Talent’’, who is the wheelchair user himself and who had become disabled after a car crash, shared his experience and focused on barriers he faces daily on Georgian streets.
Rome, 9 November 2015 – This week on an official visit to Georgia, the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo F. Nwanze, will meet with Irakli Garibashvili, the Prime Minister of Georgia, and Otar Danelia, Minister for Agriculture, to discuss the UN agency's continued commitment to promoting agriculture development and poverty reduction in the country.
A key point for discussion is how to revitalise the agriculture sector to reduce poverty and improve the lives of smallholder farmers through innovative approaches such as developing climate smart agricultural systems; improving access for farmers and agri-business to markets; modernizing the value chain approach and creating opportunities for young people.
To reverse the tide of Georgian youth migrating to cities in search of jobs, IFAD is committed to join forces with the government of Georgia to revitalize the agricultural sector, home to 43 per cent of the rural population.
“Your work, what you are doing at the grassroots’ level, is feeding in into my work and contributes to our joint goal to eliminate violence against women; tackling the perception that it is a private matter and not a public concern,” stated Dr. Dubravka Simonovic, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences. She made the statement at a consultation meeting, organized by UN Women, attended by women’s NGOs and key development partners working on women’s rights and gender equality issues in Georgia.
UN Women's Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia Region, Ms. Ingibjorg Gisladottir, in her opening remarks welcomed the participants to the meeting, stressing the importance of civil society and the contribution women’s rights activists make in accelerating the implementation of the gender equality agenda; holding governments accountable for their commitments around women’s rights.
GENEVA (5 November 2015) – Georgia’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the second time on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 in a meeting that will be webcast live.
Georgia is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 2 to 13 November. Georgia’s first UPR took place on 28 January 2011.
The documents on which the reviews are based are: 1) national report - information provided by the State under review 2) information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the Special Procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; 3) information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organizations and civil society groups.
The Ambassadorial Working Group would like to express concern about recent developments related to the Georgian media in general and to the case of Rustavi-2 TV in particular.
As Georgia has committed itself to strengthening the respect for democratic principles of the rule of law and good governance, human rights and fundamental freedoms, including media freedom, as well as to reinforce independence and professionalism of the media, we are confident that the appropriate environment will be ensured by the State.
The Ambassadorial Working Group calls for a peaceful dialogue in resolving the ongoing Rustavi-2 ownership dispute to ensure the adherence to a fair legal process that is free from any political influence.
We affirm the importance of upholding the democratic standards of media freedom and political pluralism in line with Georgia’s constitution and international commitments.