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25 Nov 2019 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Each year on November 25 the world marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, while for the next 16 days, from November 25 through to December 10 (Human Rights Day), the16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence will be marked to raise public awareness and mobilise people to bring about change.

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.  At least one out of seven women has experienced violence  in Georgia.

The United Nations in Georgia will mark the 16 Days of Activism  Against Gender-Based Violence this year under the theme: "Every Woman has a Story!” to put the spotlight on the voices of survivors and activists.

 

 

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11 Nov 2019 From Cairo 1994 to Nairobi 2019: Reigniting the movement for rights and choices for all

From Cairo 1994 to Nairobi 2019: Reigniting the movement for rights and choices for all

World leaders, civil society and private sector gathering in Kenya to commit to actions for ending maternal death, meeting demand for contraceptives and protecting women and girls from violence by 2030

NAIROBI, 8 November 2019 -- Actions to save mothers’ lives, meet the global demand for contraception and stop violence against women and girls by 2030 are the primary focus of a three-day global summit that takes place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 12-14 November 2019.

The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 is happening 25 years after the groundbreaking International Conference on Population and Development, or ICPD, in Cairo where 179 governments unanimously called for the empowerment of women and girls in all spheres of their lives, including sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights.

At the Nairobi Summit, top government officials, including heads of state, parliamentarians and representatives from non-governmental and civil society organizations will announce financial and programmatic commitments, policies and other initiatives with a view to achieving all the goals laid out in the Programme of Action stemming from the ICPD in 1994.

 

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10 Nov 2019 Statement by the UN Office in Georgia about Nino Sukhishvili, National Goodwill Ambassador for SDGs

Statement by the UN Office in Georgia about Nino Sukhishvili, National Goodwill Ambassador for SDGs

Contrary to what has been reported by several media, the United Nations Office in Georgia has not suspended Ms. Nino Sukhishvili as a National Goodwill Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goals.  

The UN expects of all goodwill ambassadors to adhere to their commitment to the 2030 Agenda and to the declared goal of leaving nobody behind.

The United Nations Office in Georgia remains grateful to Nino Sukhishvili and our two other National Goodwill Ambassadors for Sustainable Development Goals for their support of our work, much of which has since 2017 focused on promoting the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. 

The voluntary services and support of renowned Georgian figures as National Goodwill Ambassadors are temporary and are subject to rotation.

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30 Oct 2019 From November 1, 2019 the State Inspector’s Service investigative function will be launched

From November 1, 2019 the State Inspector’s Service investigative function will be launched

From November 1, 2019 the State Inspector’s Service will commence to perform its investigative power. The Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia, the State Inspector of Georgia Londa Toloraia, the First Deputy Chairperson of the Parliament Tamar Chugoshvili, Minister of Justice Thea Tsulukiani, EU Ambassador to Georgia Carl Hartzell  and UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia Sabine Machl opened the event dedicated to the launch.

The representatives of Government of Georgia, members of the Parliament of Georgia, representatives of other agencies, diplomatic corps, international organisations and non-governmental organisations attended the event.

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25 Oct 2019 Hundreds plant trees to celebrate United Nations Day in Georgia

Hundreds plant trees to celebrate United Nations Day in Georgia

In order to do our part to make the air around us cleaner and healthier, the United Nations Office in Georgia teamed up with Tbilisi and Kutaisi municipalities, NGOs and young volunteers to plant trees in the Kutaisi Botanic Garden and near the Tbilisi Sea.

In the last weekend of October, volunteers showed up in droves to help plant the trees, which included the eldarica pine (Pinus eldarica) and several red list trees of Georgia: Celtis CaucasicaSophora Colchis, bladdernut, etc.

The 570 trees planted will soon be enduring additions to the Kutaisi and Tbilisi landscapes.

“Georgia has experienced the destructive impact of climate-driven disasters over the past two decades. And the impacts of climate change are certainly going to get more than twice as bad if no preventive measures are taken now,” said Sabine Machl, UN Resident Coordinator.

 

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22 Oct 2019 UN Day in Kutaisi

UN Day in Kutaisi

On October 22 over 200 young people gathered in Kutaisi Botanic Garden  to celebrate United Nations Day.

Under the slogan “Global Goals Generation”, several activities in collaboration with Kutaisi  municipality and NGOs took 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.

Sabine Machl, UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia, Nino Tvaltvadze, Deputy Mayor of Kutaisi Municipality, Ioseb Khakhaleishvili, Deputy  State Representative of Imereti Region, Eka Laliashvii, Chair of the Board of Georgia Alliance for Safe Roads  and Lika Kiladze, Chair of the Board of Education Development and Employment Center  took part in the event.

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19 Oct 2019 United Nations Week was marked in Ushguli

United Nations Week was marked in Ushguli

On October 19, 2019, with joint efforts of the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Georgia Country Office, the United Nations Week was marked in Ushguli as well, together with other cities and municipalities of Georgia. Sabine Machl, UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia and Lela Bakradze, Head of the UNFPA Georgia Country Office attended the planned activities.

 

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