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01 Apr 2020 Statement of the Co-Chairs of the Geneva International Discussions

Statement of the Co-Chairs of the Geneva International Discussions

As we mark the date when the 51st round of the Geneva International Discussions (GID) was supposed to take place (31 March - 1 April 2020), we, the Co-Chairs of the GID (UN Representative Cihan Sultanoglu, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the South Caucasus Rudolf Michalka and EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis in Georgia Toivo Klaar), remain fully engaged to help address the challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic.

While we commend the efforts of health professionals and others who are working hard to stop the spread of COVID-19, we appeal to all GID participants to respond to the call by UN Secretary General António Guterres to put aside mistrust and animosity, avoid antagonistic rhetoric, and work together to reach out to the most vulnerable.

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01 Apr 2020 United Nations Secretary-General launches plan to address the potentially devastating socio-economic impacts of COVID-19

United Nations Secretary-General launches plan to address the potentially devastating socio-economic impacts of COVID-19


Establishes global fund to support low- and middle-income countries


NEW YORK, 31 MARCH 2020—The new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is attacking societies at their core, claiming lives and people’s livelihoods. The potential longer-term effects on the global economy and those of individual countries are dire.

In a new report, Shared responsibility, global solidarity: Responding to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, the United Nations Secretary-General calls on everyone to act together to address this impact and lessen the blow to people.

The report describes the speed and scale of the outbreak, the severity of cases, and the societal and economic disruption of COVID-19, which has so far claimed the lives of 33 257 people, with 697 244 confirmed cases in 204 countries, areas and territories.

“COVID-19 is the greatest test that we have faced together since the formation of the United Nations,” said António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations. “This human crisis demands coordinated, decisive, inclusive and innovative policy action from the world’s leading economies – and maximum financial and technical support for the poorest and most vulnerable people and countries.”
 

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30 Mar 2020 Looking after your own health and wellbeing! Follow the rules!

Looking after your own health and wellbeing! Follow the rules!

The United Nations Office in Georgia has joined hands with the Georgia's Alliance for Safe Roads, Tbilisi Mayor’s Office,  the Center for Disease Control, and Metrograph to assist the Government of Georgia in ensuring that all people in the country are aware of the new rules in public transport to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Two videos were produced targeting passengers in buses and taxi, providing answers to frequently asked questions about the code of conduct.

 

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29 Mar 2020 World’s biggest-ever conversation on the future we want now available in Georgian

World’s biggest-ever conversation on the future we want now available in Georgian

An online survey aims to ignite a people’s debate and make their voices heard

To mark its 75th anniversary in 2020, the United Nations launched the biggest-ever global conversation to collect diverse perspectives and creative ideas on what is needed to address emerging risks and opportunities by 2045.

The survey gives people worldwide a chance to understand better both the threats and the solutions and to have their say on the urgent decisions ahead.  

People can vote on key changes and complex challenges, from the climate crisis to population shifts to the unknown course of technology, they want to see adopted by government leaders.

 

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27 Mar 2020 WHO Head Calls on G20 to Fight, Unite and Ignite against COVID-19

WHO Head Calls on G20 to Fight, Unite and Ignite against COVID-19

27 March 2020 -- Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, addressed Heads of State at yesterday's extraordinary G20 Leaders’ Summit focused on COVID-19. 

He told them, “You have come together to confront the defining health crisis of our time: We are at war with a virus that threatens to tear us apart - if we let it.“

He welcomed the G20‘s initiative to find joint solutions and work together: “This is a global crisis that requires a global response.”

“Fight, unite, ignite“ - Dr. Tedros’ call was clear.

 

 

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27 Mar 2020 “Unacceptable” – UN expert urges better protection of older persons facing the highest risk of the COVID-19 pandemic

“Unacceptable” – UN expert urges better protection of older persons facing the highest risk of the COVID-19 pandemic

GENEVA (27 March 2020) – Society has a duty to exercise solidarity and better protect older persons who are bearing the lion's share of the COVID-19 pandemic, a UN human rights expert said.

"Reports of abandoned older persons in care homes or of dead corpses found in nursing homes are alarming. This is unacceptable," said Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons. "We all have the obligation to exercise solidarity and protect older persons from such harm."

Older persons do not only face a disproportionate risk of death but they are further threatened by COVID-19 due to their care support needs or by living in high-risk environments such as institutions, the expert said.

 

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27 Mar 2020 States must combat domestic violence in the context of COVID-19 lockdowns – UN rights expert

States must combat domestic violence in the context of COVID-19 lockdowns – UN rights expert

GENEVA (27 March 2020) – Restrictive measures adopted worldwide to fight COVID-19 intensify the risk of domestic violence; Governments must uphold the human rights of women and children and come up with urgent measures to the victims of such violence, a UN human rights expert said today.

"It is very likely that rates of widespread domestic violence will increase, as already suggested by initial police and hotline reports. For too many women and children, home can be a place of fear and abuse. That situation worsens considerably in cases of isolation such as the lockdowns imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic," the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Dubravka Simonovic, warned.

"All States should make significant efforts to address the COVID -19  threat, but they should not leave behind women and children victims of domestic violence, as this could lead to an increase of domestic violence including intimate partner femicides," she said

 

 

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