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17 Oct 2017 FAO celebrates World Food Day in Georgia

FAO celebrates World Food Day in Georgia

This year World Food Day was celebrated in over 150 countries, including Georgia. An event was organized by the Representation of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Georgia and the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia. This year WFD was dedicated to the importance of food security and rural development in addressing the root causes of migration. The slogan for World Food Day 2017 was: Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development.

The event was opened with the welcome addresses by Mr. Levan Davitashvili, the Minister of Agriculture of Georgia, Mr. Mamuka Meskhi, Assistant FAO Representative in Georgia, Mr. Niels Scott, UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Arad Benkö, the Ambassador of the Republic of Austria and Mr. Grigol Giorgadze, the First Deputy Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia.

The speakers highlighted the importance of rural development and food security to challenge young generation to stay in their home villages and rural areas and become successful farmers.

 

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12 Sep 2017 United Nations General Assembly opens on 12 September 2017

United Nations General Assembly opens on 12 September 2017

The General Assembly of the United Nations opens its seventy-second session on Tuesday, 12 September, at 3 p.m., at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Assembly’s annual general debate, when Heads of State and Government and other senior national representatives gather to present their views about pressing world issues, will open on Tuesday, 19 September, and run through Monday, 25 September.

 

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11 Sep 2017 President of the seventy-second session of the United Nations General Assembly H. E. Mr. Miroslav Lajcák

President of the seventy-second session of the United Nations General Assembly H. E. Mr. Miroslav Lajcák

On 31 May 2017, the General Assembly of the United Nations elected H. E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák of Slovakia as President of its seventy-second session, which spans from September 2017 to September 2018. At the time of his election, Mr. Lajčák was serving his third term as Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, a position he held since April 2012. From April 2012 to March 2016, Mr. Lajčák also served as Deputy Prime Minister of his country.

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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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