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14 Sep 2017 Global Goals Festival – Future in Focus

Global Goals Festival – Future in Focus

On Sunday, September 24, Rustavi City Park will host a Global Goals Festival – Future in Focus. The event is organized by the United Nations in Georgia in cooperation with the Rustavi City Hall.

The Festival will see a series of activities organised by the United Nations agencies to highlight some key areas of sustainable development – reduction of poverty, human rights, education, health and the protection of environment.

 

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05 Jul 2017 The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)

The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)

The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the central platform for reviewing progress on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global level, takes place this year on 10-19 July at UN Headquarters in New York.  The Forum will bring together member states, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders to review the successes, challenges and lessons learned on achieving the SDGs.

44 countries will present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) or plans to achieve the Goals during the 3-day ministerial meeting from 17-19 July. They are: Afghanistan, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Monaco, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Slovenia, Sweden, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uruguay and Zimbabwe. 

The theme for this year's Forum is “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world” . The set of goals to be reviewed in depth will be the following #1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 14, including Goal 17.

 

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04 Jun 2017 Surge in voluntary commitments for ocean action as Conference to halt ocean degradation set to open

Surge in voluntary commitments for ocean action as Conference to halt ocean degradation set to open

More than 600 commitments received; countries agree to Call for Action

New York, 2 June—A surge in the number of voluntary commitments to take action to improve the health of the ocean by countries, businesses and civil society groups has been recorded, and more are expected as the Ocean Conference gets underway Monday, 5 June  at United Nations Headquarter in New York.

The commitments, now numbering over 600 and still increasing, come as heads of state and government and ministers will join ocean leaders, experts, businesses, and civil society organizations to discuss solutions that restore the health of the world’s ocean.  The commitments target a wide range of ocean problems, ranging from protecting coral reefs, strengthening sustainable fisheries, reducing plastic pollution, and addressing the impacts of climate change on the ocean.

“The Ocean Conference is where we truly begin the process of reversing the cycle of decline into which our accumulated activities have placed the Ocean,” said Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly. “By adding to  the conference’s register of voluntary commitments; of producing practical solutions to Ocean’s problems at the Partnership Dialogues; and through the affirmation of the conference’s Call for Action, we have begun that process of reversing the wrongs.”  

 

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10 May 2017 Competition for journalists

Competition for journalists

UNHCR Regional Representation in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia)

May-June 2017, Tbilisi, Georgia

The human tragedy of massive forced displacement continues around the world. 2016 saw persistent conflict in many regions, notably Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria, leading millions to flee their homes, most remaining displaced within their own country. In total, an unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.

 

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19 Apr 2017 United Nations Regrets Tskhinvali Referendum

United Nations Regrets Tskhinvali Referendum

Stéphane Dujarric, the Spokesman for the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, expressed regret over the April 9 referendum on renaming the Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia into “the Republic of South Ossetia – the State of Alania.”

Responding to questions at a press briefing on April 11, Stéphane Dujarric noted that the United Nations reiterates its “previous calls for the participants in the Geneva International Discussions to engage constructively in making tangible progress and to refrain from any unilateral action that may adversely impact regional peace and security and undermine the work of the discussions.” “We regret any such recent unilateral actions,” he added.

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10 Mar 2017 Secretary-General’s report on “Special Measures for the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA):  A New Approach”

Secretary-General’s report on “Special Measures for the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA): A New Approach”

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has outlined a new victim-centered approach to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse in a new report “Special Measures for the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA):  A New Approach” that calls for financial penalties for failure to investigate allegations and bans on alcohol and fraternization for peacekeepers. In his report, Guterres proposed that payments to countries that fail to investigate allegations involving their troops should be withheld, and that those amounts could be instead directed to a victims' trust fund.

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28 Feb 2017 Note to Correspondents in response to questions on the announced closure of crossing points along the Inguri River

Note to Correspondents in response to questions on the announced closure of crossing points along the Inguri River

Note to Correspondents in response to questions on the announced closure of crossing points along the Inguri River, the Spokesman for the Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric,  has the following to say:

We regret the recently announced plans to close two additional crossing points along the Inguri River, Georgia, which will be detrimental to the freedom of movement and overall well-being of the population, including school children, on both sides of the administrative boundary line, especially those living in the Gali District. We join other international partners in calling for the continued functioning of the existing crossing points to ensure the freedom of movement, including humanitarian crossings. We underline previous calls for all the participants in the Geneva International Discussions to engage constructively in making tangible progress and to refrain from any unilateral actions that may adversely impact regional peace and security and undermine the work of those Discussions.

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