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30 Apr 2018 UN supports comprehensive enactment of tobacco-control legislation in Georgia

UN supports comprehensive enactment of tobacco-control legislation in Georgia

The UN Country Team in Georgia welcomes enactment of tobacco control legislation in the country. From May 1st, 2018 the following measures enter into force: 

smoke free policy introducing ban of smoking in enclosed public and workplaces as well as some open areas and in public transport,

ban of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

UN Country Team welcomes implementation of this important regulation endorsed by the Parliament of Georgia a year ago. All national stakeholders are encouraged to secure its implementation, and consequently protect present and future generations from catastrophic consequences of tobacco use.

 

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12 Apr 2018 New Campaign to Promote Clean Air

New Campaign to Promote Clean Air

Clean air - we all want to know our air is healthy. But too many of us breathe dirty air every day, especially in our towns and cities. Many people don’t realise what a serious threat to their health it is. Air pollution is a hidden killer. Breathing polluted air has been linked to the major health concerns of our time, such as cancer, asthma, and cardiovascular diseases.

The Georgia Alliance for Safe Roads and the UN Office in Georgia (UNO) today announced a new campaign, For Clean Air, to bring awareness to the health effects of breathing polluted air. This is a comprehensive, nation-wide campaign, involving a number of partners.

 

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31 Mar 2018 The conference in commemoration of the Int'l Women's Day

The conference in commemoration of the Int'l Women's Day

Up to 40 students from Kakheti region met on 31 March 2018 to discuss issues related to women’s role in politics and business, civic engagement, and gender-based violence.

The event was organized by the European Law Students Association of Georgia (ELSA Georgia) with the support from the UN Office in Georgia (UNO), in cooperation with the Training Center of Justice of Georgia. The conference was held for the second time in commemoration of the Int’l Women’ Day.

 

 

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22 Mar 2018 Inclusiveness of older persons in Georgia must be a priority - UN expert says

Inclusiveness of older persons in Georgia must be a priority - UN expert says

TBILISI (22 March 2018) – An independent expert appointed by the United Nations has called on the Government of Georgia to “make it a top priority to ensure inclusiveness and equality of older persons”.

Georgia is the most aged country in the South Caucasus region, and according to the last census, every fifth person is aged 60 and over. By 2050, the percentage of people over 60 in Georgia will further rise to over 30 percent.

“Population decline paired with an ageing society has significant implications for the enjoyment of human rights by older persons,” Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, said at the end of her first official visit to the country.

 

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08 Mar 2018 Georgia hosted #WikiGap event in connection to International Women’s Day

Georgia hosted #WikiGap event in connection to International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, with the purpose of reducing gender inequality in Wikipedia, Georgia joined the global initiative #WikiGap for the first time.

Globally, 90 per cent of Wikipedia’s editors are men, and it has four times more content about men than women. #WikiGap, a joint initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden and the Wikimedia Foundation, aims to address this gap. The initiative is focused on two areas: involving more female editors and increasing the amount of content about women in Wikipedia.

 

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08 Mar 2018 UN expert to assess human rights situation of older persons in Georgia

UN expert to assess human rights situation of older persons in Georgia

GENEVA (8 March 2018) – United Nations human rights expert Rosa Kornfeld-Matte will carry out her first official visit to Georgia from 12 to 22 March to assess the human rights situation of older persons in the country.

“This visit provides an important opportunity for dialogue with Georgia,” said Ms. Kornfeld-Matte. “It will be extremely useful to assess the implementation of national and international standards relevant to the rights of older persons, to identify good practices and provide recommendations on how to close potential gaps.

 

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07 Mar 2018 AMBASSADORIAL WORKING GROUP STATEMENT

AMBASSADORIAL WORKING GROUP STATEMENT

The Ambassadorial Working Group continues to closely observe developments on gender equality in Georgia, including in the area of women’s political and economic empowerment. We welcome the recent amendment to the Constitution of Georgia, which provides for special measures to be implemented by the State to ensure substantive equality between men and women and to eliminate inequalities.

We take note of the legislative initiative supported by more than 37,000 citizens of Georgia which, if passed, would significantly increase representation of women in elected bodies at all levels and would help Georgia to bring women's voices more prominently into political discourse. We consider the initiative to be timely as it provides a tool to meet one of the objectives of the EU-Georgia Association Agenda 2017-2020 and brings Georgia, in line with other successful reforms, closer to the average proportion of women at national parliaments in the EU (30.4%). This legislation would also bring Georgia into better compliance with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #5 and the recommendations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) when it comes to women’s political participation.

 

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