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24 Mar 2020 UN Agencies Work Continues as Coronavirus Spreads

UN Agencies Work Continues as Coronavirus Spreads

The Government of Georgia is to be commended for taking proactive measures to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to treat those affected.

The UN agencies, in close consultation with the Government, continue to identify needs and provide support to all the people of Georgia, with a focus on ensuring that the most vulnerable groups are not left behind in this crisis.

 

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16 Mar 2020 COVID-19: We Will Come Through This Together

COVID-19: We Will Come Through This Together

The upheaval caused by the coronavirus – COVID-19 -- is all around us.  And I know many are anxious, worried and confused.  That’s absolutely natural.

We are facing a health threat unlike any other in our lifetimes. 

Meanwhile, the virus is spreading, the danger is growing, and our health systems, economies and day-to-day lives are being severely tested.

The most vulnerable are the most affected—particularly our elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions, those without access to reliable health care, and those in poverty or living on the edge.

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13 Mar 2020 Critical preparedness, readiness and response actions for COVID-19

Critical preparedness, readiness and response actions for COVID-19

All countries should increase their level of preparedness, alert and response to identify, manage and care for new cases of COVID-19. Countries should prepare to respond to different public health scenarios, recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing cases and outbreaks of COVID-19. Each country should assess its risk and rapidly implement the necessary measures at the appropriate scale to reduce both COVID-19 transmission and economic, public and social impacts.

 

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10 Mar 2020 Women face an uphill climb in Georgia’s civil service

Women face an uphill climb in Georgia’s civil service

An invisible but rigid gender hierarchy systematically gives men the advantage, UNDP study shows

Tbilisi. 10 March 2020 – Over 1,000 civil servants took part in the first systemic attempt to assess how gender affects career development and professional growth in the Georgian public sector. The findings: 86 percent of survey participants believe that men enjoy more power and influence than women in the workplace, while 69 percent think that men receive more rewards for their work.

The study was commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a part of a UK-funded program supporting Public Administration Reform in Georgia. It was conducted by the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI). The presentation of the findings marked the ongoing Gender Equality Week in Georgia.

 

 

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06 Mar 2020 COVID-19 update for representatives of embassies and development agencies

COVID-19 update for representatives of embassies and development agencies

Sixty representatives of embassies, international organizations and development agencies gathered today in Tbilisi to get first-hand information from the representatives of the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia and the World Health Organization (WHO) Office in Georgia on the current situation with the COVID-19 outbreak.

The meeting was moderated by Dr. Sabine Machl,  UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia.

“We recommend the authorities of different countries to prepare for three possible scenarios”, said Dr. Silviu Domente, WHO Representative and Head of WHO Country Office, Georgia.  “The first scenario is when the country has imported cases, as it is now in Georgia. The second phase is local transmission, and the third is widespread transmission. Each country has to prepare for these three scenarios. In general, response measures and readiness should be complex, we should consider various aspects, ranging from state coordination and communication to hospital readiness, healthcare readiness, and then increase of the capacity of laboratories,” said Silviu Domente.

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04 Mar 2020 Statement by the UN in Georgia on the current situation with the COVID-19 outbreak

Statement by the UN in Georgia on the current situation with the COVID-19 outbreak

The Government of Georgia is to be commended for quickly prioritizing preparedness for the potential importation of COVID-19 into its territory. In close coordination with WHO, the Ministry of the Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia has taken concrete measures to be able to detect, assess, contain and treat the first cases of COVID-19, followed by rigorous tracing procedures of potential contacts and accompanied by regular and transparent public risk communication with a focus on high-risk groups.

 

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04 Mar 2020 Debate begins about preventing violence against women in politics and elections

Debate begins about preventing violence against women in politics and elections

“Violence against women is an underlying factor for women’s low political participation,” stressed UN Resident Coordinator Sabine Machl at the 4 March meeting dedicated to the prevention of violence against women in politics and elections.

The meeting was organized by the UN Gender Theme Group with the support of the Government of Sweden and the participation of representatives from the legislative and executive branches, the Public Defender’s Office, the diplomatic corps, political parties and civil society. The key goal of the meeting was to raise awareness and prevent violence against women in politics and elections.

 

 

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