UNFPA’s Assistant Representative in Georgia, Lela Bakradze, welcomed the adoption of a new National Youth Policy by the Georgian Government on 28 March 2014.
“The policy fully reflects the Government’s commitment to ensuring that young people have access to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services and information,” said Bakradze, adding that sexual and reproductive health issues will be integrated both in formal education as well as informal channels such as peer education programmes.
She stressed that the new policy reflects the principles adopted by the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development.
On Saturday, 29 March 2014, 20:00, the Round Garden in Tbilisi will host a traditional celebration of Earth Hour, the world’s largest environmental action when millions of people turn off their lights for greener and safer future of the planet.
The celebration in the Round Garden is open to everyone who wants to show their support to Earth Hour in Georgia. Guests will enjoy live music by candle-light and will have a chance to get potted flowers for their gardens and balconies.
The event is organised by the United Nations in Georgia, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia and the Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN).
Khatuna Gogaladze, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia; Niels Scott, UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia; Nana Janashia, Head of CENN, representatives of the Georgian Government, civil society, international organizations as well as young people and students will attend.
The Government of Georgia and UNICEF evaluate a joint programme of cooperation during an official visit of the UNICEF Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and CIS to Georgia
4 March, 2014, TBILISI, Georgia. The percentage of children living below the national poverty line increased from 25 per cent in 2011 to 27 per cent in 2013 as social spending was more focused on other groups. Over the last two years, extreme poverty among children has reduced but remains higher than among the rest of the population. Georgia has the second highest rate of inequality in Europe. These are the major highlights while the Government and UNICEF review the situation of children in Georgia.
Under the theme: Equality for Women is Progress for All, the Gender Week inspires everyone – from government, civil society, businesses to students and individual citizens, to have their share in promoting gender parity. The events on 4-14 March 2014 will take place in different regions across Georgia.
In his message for International Women’s Day 2014, Niels Scott, Head of the United Nations in Georgia, said:
“United Nations firmly believes that gender equality is a foundation for development. The story of struggle for equality belongs to all who care for human rights. Today we are celebrating Georgia’s success in promoting gender equality through legislation and policies. But we also focus on the areas that require further attention to achieve real progress in all aspects of economic, social and political life.”
The Gender Week is organized by the United Nations Office in Georgia and the UN agencies –United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Population Fund and UN Women, withing the framework of the UN joint programme “To Enhance Gender Equality in Georgia” through generous support of Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).
The protection and promotion of human rights in Georgia will be guided by the National Strategy and Action Plan. These critical documents were presented on 13 February 2014 at the conference organised by the Government of Georgia with assistance from the European Union, UNDP and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia, Tea Tsulukiani, Minister of Justice of Georgia, Niels Scott, Head of the United Nations in Georgia, and Thomas Hammarberg, EU Special Adviser on Constitutional and Legal Reform and Human Rights in Georgia, addressed the participants at the opening session.
Tamar Chugoshvili, Assistant to the Prime Minister on Human Rights and Gender Equality Issues presented the Action Plan which describes the Government’s activities in 2014-2015 in the area of human rights.
This year’s World Autism Awareness Day is a chance to celebrate the creative minds of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and to renew our pledge to help them realize their great potential.
I treasure my meetings with individuals affected by autism – parents, children, teachers and friends. Their strength is inspiring. They deserve all possible opportunities for education, employment and integration.
To measure the success of our societies, we should examine how well those with different abilities, including persons with autism, are integrated as full and valued members.
Education and employment are key. Schools connect children to their communities. Jobs connect adults to their societies. Persons with autism deserve to walk the same path. By including children with different learning abilities in mainstream and specialized schools, we can change attitudes and promote respect. By creating suitable jobs for adults with autism, we integrate them into society.