The United Nations in Georgia is deeply saddened by the loss of life as a result of the devastating flood in Tbilisi caused by the heavy rainfalls that hit the country on 14 June 2015.
The United Nations expresses sincere condolences to the people and Government of Georgia, especially the families of those who have died, been injured or otherwise affected in this disaster.
From the outset, we are in contact with the Georgian authorities and are closely monitoring the developments.
The United Nations stands ready to assist the country in mitigating the consequences of this disaster and potential of the future occurrences.
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
The General Assembly on June 3 adopted, by a recorded vote, a resolution recognizing the right of return of all internally displaced persons and refugees and their descendants, regardless of ethnicity, to their homes throughout Georgia, during a session that drew unanimous action on four other texts.
By a vote of 75 in favour to 16 against, with 78 abstentions, the Assembly stressed the need to respect the property rights of all internally displaced persons and refugees affected by the conflicts in Georgia, including in Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, and to refrain from obtaining property in violation of those rights. It reaffirmed the unacceptability of forced demographic changes, and called for unimpeded access for humanitarian activities.
Seeking consensus on the draft, the representative of Georgia stressed that the text was not aimed at any party nor did it point fingers at those responsible for the displacements. Rather, it was intended to affirm the rights of the displaced and the urgent need for action in that regard.