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.
The Georgian media has been paying more attention to education and health issues. Reports linked to charity also prevail among the covered topics followed by crime and social issues - These are the results of the monitoring carried out in January-June by the Charter of Journalistic Ethics with the support of UNICEF.
The results of the monitoring show that in majority of cases the media tried to respect child rights and ethical standards.Journalists and editors are now more careful with children’s issues though the monitoring has also revealed that there are still cases of violation of children’s rights and ethical norms.
Foreign and Georgian artists staged theatre performance with personal stories of such stars as Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Heath Ledger, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Dalida, Edith Piaf and others who were drug dependents and whose lives were taken by drugs. The actors read from the personal diaries of these famous musicians and actors and the performance also included video projection, music and theatrical elements.
More than 200 farming households in the Kaspi municipality received saplings of tomatoes, eggplants and peppers for their gardens. The assistance to the Shida Kartli villages is part of a joint initiative of the UNDP and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to support local residents in the areas adjacent to the Administrative Boundary Line.
Levels in human development continues to rise – yet the pace has slowed for all regions and progress has been highly uneven, according to the latest Human Development Index (HDI) included in the 2014 Human Development Report “Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience”, published today by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Brief facts from the Human Development Report 2014:
Almost 1.5 billion people in the world are multidimensionally poor—with overlapping deprivations in education, health and living standards.
800 million in the world are at risk of falling back into poverty.
Nearly 80 percent of the global population lack social protection.
More than 200 million people a year, most of them in developing countries, are affected by natural disasters.
The number of people displaced by conflict or persecution is the highest in 18 years —45 million by the end of 2012.