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29 Jan 2020 Annual Development Partnership Forum

Annual Development Partnership Forum

Welcome remarks by UN Resident Coordinator  Sabine Machl at the  Annual Development Partnership Forum

29 January 2020, Tbilisi


Dear Mr. Prime Minister,

Dear Ministers and Deputy Ministers of the Government

Dear Chairman of the Parliament and Members of Parliament,

Dear Development Partners and Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps

Dear Colleagues and Guests,


It is a true honor for me to deliver the welcoming remarks on behalf of the Development Partner Coordination Group. This Group consists of all major bilateral and multilateral development partners including the International Financial Institutions who are operating here in Georgia. On behalf of all of us, I would like to thank you Mr. Prime Minister, your Administration as well as all members of the cabinet for the opportunity to hold this High-Level Forum and to discuss the way forward in our cooperation in order to make our support as effective as possible.

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29 Jan 2020 Annual Development Partnership Forum held in Tbilisi

Annual Development Partnership Forum held in Tbilisi

The government and donors gathered in Tbilisi on 29 January 2020 to discuss government's development plans and increase exchange of information about current reforms and new initiatives.

Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia opened the Annual Development Partnership Forum. The Forum was co-chaired and moderated by Sabine Machl, UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia.

Gakharia thanked the various international organisations and financial institutions which have provided seven billion USD in financial aid for Georgian reforms over the past several years [including 2018].

“"It is a great honor for us to hold this conference today and have a close interaction with our partners in a work-group environment,” Gakharia said. “It is important our partners and colleagues see the country’s progress and results of the reforms and support us on this path”.

During the forum, Gakharia said that Georgia has carried out many reforms and continues to do so and  as of now Georgia has four priority directions,“security, economic development and jobs, education and human capital and open governance - the latter being the most important for us,” Giorgi Gakharia said.

Speaking on behalf of development partners, Sabine Machl noted that all donors remain engaged to support Georgia to achieve its national development priorities.


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The Sustainable Development Goals—our shared vision to end poverty, rescue the planet and build a peaceful world—are gaining global momentum.

With just 10 years to go, an ambitious global effort is underway to deliver the 2030 promise—by mobilizing more governments, civil society, businesses and calling on all people to make the Global Goals their own.

Decade of Action to Deliver the Global Goals

As complex, frustrating, chaotic and confusing as our world may seem, there is evidence of progress—extreme poverty and child mortality rates are falling and access to energy, education and to decent work is rising. But we are far from the world we want.

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30 Dec 2019 Guterres's message for 2020: In world of turmoil, youth are its ‘greatest source’ of hope

Guterres's message for 2020: In world of turmoil, youth are its ‘greatest source’ of hope

From here at the United Nations, I join you in welcoming the New Year.

We enter 2020 with uncertainty and insecurity all around. 

Persistent inequality and rising hatred.

A warring world and a warming planet.

Climate change is not only a long-term problem but a clear and present danger.

We cannot afford to be the generation that fiddled while the planet burned.

But there is also hope. 

This year, my New Year’s message is to the greatest source of that hope: the world’s young people. 


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10 Dec 2019 Human Rights Day - Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet

Human Rights Day - Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet


GENEVA (9 December 2019) – This has been a year of tremendous activism – notably by young people. It is particularly fitting that this year we mark Human Rights Day during the crucial UN conference in Madrid to uphold climate justice. We owe a debt of gratitude to all those millions of children, teenagers and young adults who have been standing up and speaking out more and more loudly about the crisis facing our planet.

Rightly, these young people are pointing out that it is their future which is at stake, and the future of all those who have not yet even been born. It is they who will have to bear the full consequences of the actions, or lack of action, by the older generations who currently run governments and businesses, the decision-makers on whom the future of individual countries, regions and the planet as whole depends.


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06 Dec 2019 Ending Violence Against Women:  The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Ending Violence Against Women: The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence


Violence against women and girls is a global scourge and unfortunately still one of the largest human rights violations worldwide.  One in three women globally continues to suffer from abuses at home or in the workplace during her lifetime.  

Despite the tremendous amount of resources and time invested in the prevention of Gender Based Violence, women and girls continue to experience various forms of violence – from domestic violence to sexual harassment, from trafficking to early marriage and femicide – due to entrenched discriminatory social norms and traditions. In addition, survivors of violence often face social stigma, and victims are blamed as responsible for the violence they survived.


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03 Dec 2019 Despite legal reforms, barriers remain for persons with disabilities (

Despite legal reforms, barriers remain for persons with disabilities (

“See, Hear, Take a Step” conference assesses Georgia’s progress and challenges in ensuring full inclusion

TBILISI. 3 December 2019 – Five years after ratifying the landmark United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Georgia has yet to fully translate its transformative potential into everyday reality, according to speakers at “See, Hear, Take a Step,” a conference organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

In line with the motto of the disability-rights movement, “nothing about us without us,” the conference programme was defined in close consultation with persons with disabilities themselves. The agenda focused on the legislative and policy reforms that are needed to align Georgian laws and practices with the UN Convention; ensuring all public facilities and services are accessible to PwDs; and harnessing the potential of artificial intelligence to help PwDs realize their right to work and live in the community.

“Despite far-reaching legal guarantees aimed at protecting their rights, persons with disabilities remain largely invisible in Georgian society and thus face discrimination on a daily basis,” said UNDP Head Louisa Vinton. “In line with our promise under the Sustainable Development Goals to ‘leave no one behind,’ we need a joint commitment by central and local government, Parliament, civil society and the private sector to build an inclusive environment and break the stigma that currently serves to marginalize PwDs.”

This strong resolve to achieve the full inclusion of PwDs was echoed in welcome remarks by other conference co-organizers, who included Parliament Speaker Archil Talakvadze, Government Administration Head Natia Mezvrishvili, Public Defender Nino Lomjaria, EU Ambassador Carl Hartzell, Swedish Ambassador Ulrik Tideström, British Ambassador Justin McKenzie Smith, and the Prime Minister’s Advisor on Human Rights and Gender Equality Lela Akiashvili.


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