09 Feb 2017
“Oladi” (a type of pancake) is one of the most popular pastries in Georgia. It requires little time to prepare and is very tasty, which is why almost every family makes it quite often. The Kvitia sisters, Nona and Nana have been baking oladis since childhood. Later on, baking them became their first source of income.
In 1992, due to the armed conflict in Abkhazia, Nona and Nana, aged 11 and 9 at the time, had to leave their home and move from Ochamchire district to the village of Ingiri in western Georgia. They found shelter with their cousin Inga Chokoraia, whose home was shared with many other relatives displaced from Abkhazia. Facing financial hardships, the three cousins came up with the idea of baking and selling oladis. Nona Kvitia recalls:
“We were too young, but we started up our business out of necessity. First we left the baked goods with our acquaintances to sell in the marketplace. We were avoiding people and did not want to be seen. Eventually, we realized that the oladis were very popular. We became famous, and started selling to shops. After some time, we got active in other fields of work but would always go back to baking when we needed to.”
06 Feb 2017
Female genital mutilation denies women and girls their dignity, endangers their health, and causes needless pain and suffering, with consequences that endure for a lifetime and can even be fatal. Sustainable development demands full human rights for all women and girls. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promises an end to this practice by 2030. On this Day of Zero Tolerance, let us build on positive momentum and commit to intensifying global action against this heinous human rights violation for the sake of all affected women and girls, their communities, and our common future.
27 Jan 2017
Today, we honour the victims of the Holocaust, an incomparable tragedy in human history.
The world has a duty to remember that the Holocaust was a systematic attempt to eliminate the Jewish people and so many others.
It would be a dangerous error to think of the Holocaust as simply the result of the insanity of a group of criminal Nazis. On the contrary, the Holocaust was the culmination of millennia of hatred, scapegoating and discrimination targeting the Jews, what we now call anti-Semitism.
Tragically, and contrary to our resolve, anti-Semitism continues to thrive. We are also seeing a deeply troubling rise in extremism, xenophobia, racism and anti-Muslim hatred. Irrationality and intolerance are back.
This is in complete contrast to the universal values enshrined in the United Nations Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
We can never remain silent or indifferent when human beings are suffering.
01 Jan 2017
António Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, took office on 1st January 2017.
Having witnessed the suffering of the most vulnerable people on earth, in refugee camps and in war zones, the Secretary-General is determined to make human dignity the core of his work, and to serve as a peace broker, a bridge-builder and a promoter of reform and innovation.
Prior to his election as Secretary-General, Mr. Guterres served as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015, heading one of the world’s foremost humanitarian organizations during some of the most serious displacement crises in decades. The conflicts in Syria and Iraq, and the crises in South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Yemen, led to a huge rise in UNHCR’s activities as the number of people displaced by conflict and persecution rose from 38 million in 2005 to over 60 million in 2015.
28 Aug 2016
UN Resident Coordinator Niels Scott has joined the Road Safety public awareness campaign For Your Own Sake, For Your Safety!' launched by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia. In his video message he calls on “to make a commitment to ourselves, our children and our communities that, from today forward, we will work towards the goal of reducing road traffic accidents in the country by 50 percent by the year 2020”, like what the UN global action plan requires member countries to do.
18 Aug 2016
World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on 19 August to recognize the aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, to celebrate the spirit of humanitarianism and to mobilize people to advocate for a more humane world.
This year, WHD will revolve around the theme of ‘One Humanity’, and our shared global responsibility to take action for the more than 130 million people in need of humanitarian assistance around the world.
19 Jul 2016
Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani took part in the Ministerial meeting of the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, held under the ECOSOC aegis, on 18-20 July 2016, in New York. On 18 July, David Zalkaliani delivered a speech at the HLPF general debates.
It should be noted that the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is United Nations central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. The theme of the 2016 HLPF is “Ensuring that no one is left behind”, which is also a central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.