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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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28 Oct 2019 Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo visits Georgia

Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo visits Georgia

On October 27-28 Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs  and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary A. DiCarlo visited Georgia where she met with Georgian government officials, representatives of UN agencies and partner civil society organizations based in Georgia.

On October 28 she met  Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia.  According to the Prime Minister's press office, the meeting underlined the importance of the UN’s Co-Chairmanship of the Geneva International Discussions (GID) in the peaceful resolution of the conflict. The special role of the organization was noted in light of the daily challenges faced in the occupied territories.

 

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24 Oct 2019 The Secretary-General Message on United Nations Day

The Secretary-General Message on United Nations Day

United Nations Day highlights the enduring ideals of the Charter, adopted on this date 74 years ago.

Amid stormy global seas, the Charter remains our shared moral anchor.  

At this time of turbo-charged change, the United Nations remains focused on the real problems of real people.

We are working for a fair globalization and bold climate action.

We are pushing for human rights and gender equality -- and saying “no” to hatred of any kind.

And we are striving to maintain peace – while bringing life-saving aid to millions caught up in armed conflict.

The United Nations itself is becoming ever more agile and accountable as we enhance support to countries.

Next year marks the Organization’s 75th anniversary.  This milestone is a critical moment to shape our future, together.

I invite you to join the conversation. 

Together, let us advance the well-being of “we the peoples”.

Thank you.

 

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18 Oct 2019 UN Week 2019

UN Week 2019

UN Week 2019 rolled out in Georgia October 17 with the visit of the  President of Georgia, Salome Zourabichvili, to the United Nations Office  in Tbilisi. During the meeting the President and the Heads of UN agencies discussed the current state of  cooperation between Georgia and the United Nations and how to implement  the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Development Agenda.

Under the slogan “Global Goals Generation”, several activities in collaboration with  local municipalities and NGOs will take place for children and youth to demonstrate the value of youth engagement, highlight their energy and passion and accelerate action on climate change for the planet.

A drawing and recycling workshop highlighting the values of climate solidarity and promoting SDGs; public lectures; opening of equality corner and tree planting campaigns are planned  in Svaneti, Kutaisi and Tbilisi to mobilize communities, especially young people to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) .

 

 

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