The Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, Helen Clark, has completed a short visit to Georgia today, 1 October 2014, during which she met with the President, Prime Minister, and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
“UNDP is a strong supporter of Georgia's democratic and sustainable development", Helen Clark said. "Tremendous progress has been made in Georgia's democratic transformation through holding of independent and transparent elections, placing human rights at the centre of policy agenda, and adopting legislative measures to eliminate discrimination."
Ambassador Philip Dimitrov, the Head of Delegation of the European Union Delegation to Georgia; Niels Scott, the Head of the United Nations in Georgia, Simone Wolken, the Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Georgia, opened the newly rehabilitated kindergarten in the village Dvani.
The opening ceremony was attended by Paata Zakareishvili, the State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality; Sozar Subari, the Minister of IDPs from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia, representatives of the diplomatic missions and international organizations, and representatives of the local Government.
The Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, Elguja Khokrishjvili, and the Head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Georgia, Niels Scott, launch a nation-wide campaign for the protection of the stratospheric ozone layer.
The campaign promotes the ozone-friendly technologies and informs the public about home appliances, such as air conditioners and fridges, which use environmentally safe refrigerants. It also informs about the coming legislative changes that will affect a refrigeration market in Georgia.
Georgia is hosting an international parliamentary conference in Batumi on 21-22 July to assess the country’s progress since signing the Association Agreement with the European Union in June 2014.
Victor Dolidze, Head of the European Integration Committee of the Parliament of Georgia; Philip Dimitrov, Head of the European Union Delegation to Georgia; and Niels Scott, Head of UNDP in Georgia, addressed the participants at the opening session.
Representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia and the UNDP join a waste management day in Kharagauli.
Minister Khatuna Gogaladze and the Head of UNDP in Georgia, Niels Scott, checked the work of a press for processing plastic bags and bottles. They also visited the exhibition of environmental posters organised by the young activists in the Kharagauli Park.
Civil society groups in Kharagauli have been working for the last year to introduce environment-friendly practices in waste management. In cooperation with the local municipality they installed 26 alternative waste collectors for plastic bags and bottles, and arranged information sessions for the local residents and open lessons for kids. Plastic waste collected throughout the municipality will be processed in the Business Yard in Kharagauli. The special press allows for safe processing without burning, which reduces the emissions of harmful substances.
Heads of State and Government will join leaders from business and civil society to announce new commitments and practical actions to address climate change at a Climate Summit hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 23 September.
The one-day Summit will mark the first time in five years that world leaders will get together to chart a bold, new course of action on climate change. The Secretary-General has asked leaders to announce significant and substantial initiatives to help move the world toward a path that will limit global warming.