Media Releases

17 Jul 2017 Statement of Niels Scott, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Georgia, on the case of Tatia Dolidze:

Statement of Niels Scott, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Georgia, on the case of Tatia Dolidze:

"We are pleased to hear that Tatia Dolidze’s case will be investigated by the Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, and we hope this investigation will be concluded rapidly. We condemn the incitement of violence in general and, in this case, acts which target women and girls. Clearly these acts have no place in modern society.

It is extremely important that young people, such as Tatia, stand up for Georgia’s values: freedom, solidarity, tolerance, respect, which are also fundamental values of the United Nations. Tatia has demonstrated these values very clearly as Georgia’s youth delegate to the United Nations. 
It is a fundamental of democracy that all citizens are able to promote human rights, non-discrimination and tolerance without fear of harassment, insult and threat."

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19 May 2017 Georgia Ratifies the Istanbul Convention

Georgia Ratifies the Istanbul Convention

Today Mr. Mikheil Janelidze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia deposited the instrument of ratification in respect of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. 

The Convention will enter into force, as regards Georgia, on 1 September, 2017. The Parliament of Georgia confirmed the commitment of combating violence against women through endorsing ratification of the Istanbul Convention and adopting milestone legal framework aimed at harmonization of the domestic legislation with the Istanbul Convention - a package of amendments to 24 laws accompanying the Convention on 4 May, 2017.

Ms. Erika Kvapilova UN Women Country Representative made the following statement: Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations, and it is an extreme manifestation of gender inequality and systemic gender based discrimination. Ratification of the Istanbul Convention will substantially galvanize efforts directed at combating violence against women and girls in Georgia. In addition, it will enhance impetus to strengthen a holistic national framework to prevent it. The process is also instrumental to achieving targets under Georgia’s nationalized Sustainable Development Goal 5.

The Istanbul Convention of the Council of Europe is the most comprehensive international treaty on combating violence against women and domestic violence. The Convention was presented in 2011 and entered into force in August 2014.

 

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12 May 2017 Ambassadorial Working Group Statement on the Tkibuli Mine Accident

Ambassadorial Working Group Statement on the Tkibuli Mine Accident

The Ambassadorial Working Group (AWG) is saddened to learn about the tragic accident that occurred in Tkibuli coal mines on 9 May 2017 claiming the lives of four workers. The AWG expresses deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of the victims.

This tragic accident leading to a loss of peoples’ lives is yet another reminder of an urgent need to establish adequate health and safety procedures in the work place including proper legislation and the establishment of labour inspection mandated in line with International Labour Standards.

 

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10 May 2017 The Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week opens formally in Tbilisi

The Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week opens formally in Tbilisi

On May 10 at Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel the conference dedicated to the fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week was held.  

The conference discussed challenges and effective road safety measures for the future.

The conference brought together the Minister of Interior Affairs Giorgi Mgebrishvili, Minister of Environment Protection Gigla Agulashvili, Tbilisi Vice Mayor Irakli Lekvinadze, MPs, representatives of the Ministry  Economy and Sustainable Development, civil society and international organizations.

The conference was organized by the Georgia Alliance for Safe Roads with the support of the UN Office in Tbilisi (DPI/UNO). 

The Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week takes place from 8-14 May 2017 under the theme of speed management. The key message orientates around the slogan; Save Lives: #SlowDown.

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10 May 2017 Fourth UN Global Road Safety week 8-14 May 2017

Fourth UN Global Road Safety week 8-14 May 2017

The Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week will be held from 8-14 May 2017. The Week will focus on speed and what can be done to address this key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries.

Speed contributes to around one-third of all fatal road traffic crashes in high-income countries, and up to half in low- and middle-income countries.

 

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02 May 2017 UN supports comprehensive tobacco-control legislation in Georgia

UN supports comprehensive tobacco-control legislation in Georgia

The UN Country Team in Georgia welcomes the efforts of the Government and the Parliament of Georgia to address tobacco smoking – an issue on which Georgia is one of the worst performing countries.

Tobacco smoking causes addiction and results in devastating consequences for individuals, their families and all of society. In Georgia, the prevalence of smoking among men is among the highest in the world at approximately 57%; the prevalence of smoking among women, despite still being relatively low, has almost doubled in the recent years. Thousands of smokers and people exposed to tobacco smoke suffer from numerous diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, lung diseases and cancers. Half of all long-term smokers will be killed early by a smoking-related disease. Approximately 11,000 citizens of Georgia die prematurely every year from diseases caused by tobacco, and among those are approximately 3,000 non-smokers. The alarming figures clearly indicate a need for strong and imminent action in tobacco control.

The draft legislation being considered by the Parliament this week would be a significant step forward in saving lives, growing the economy and further integrating the country with the European Union.

 

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01 May 2017 Press conference: United Nations Calls for Strong Action to Control Tobacco Smoking in Georgia

Press conference: United Nations Calls for Strong Action to Control Tobacco Smoking in Georgia

On Tuesday, 2 May 2017, at 09:30 am, in the UN House in Tbilisi (9 R. Eristavi Street, Tbilisi), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and World Health Organization (WHO) are organizing a press conference to support the adoption of the Tobacco-Control Law in Georgia.

Representatives of the United Nations will update the media about preliminary findings of the FCTC Investment Case – recent research implemented by the WHO and UNDP to promote implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Georgia. They will also inform about economic burden of tobacco smoking in Georgia, importance and practical implications of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) for the member states, and key measures of tobacco control.

 

 

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