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17 May 2019 International community calls for an end to violence and discrimination against LGBTQI+ persons in Georgia

International community calls for an end to violence and discrimination against LGBTQI+ persons in Georgia

17 May 2019, Tbilisi.

This joint statement is issued by the United Nations Resident Coordinator; the Ambassadors of the European Union (EU), Austria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom; the Head of Mission of the United States; and the Head of the Council of Europe Office in Georgia.

On the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB),[1] we express our support for and solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) community in Georgia.

Georgia’s national law prohibits all discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. The country has also ratified the core international human rights conventions that bar discrimination against LGBTQI+ persons, just as they forbid discrimination based on race, sex, religion, or political conviction. Under the Association Agreement with the EU, Georgia has likewise committed to fully respect the rights of persons belonging to minorities.

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08 May 2019 Georgian officials and UN experts discuss how to unlock progress towards the SDGs

Georgian officials and UN experts discuss how to unlock progress towards the SDGs

KACHRETI. 8 May 2019 – More than 70 representatives of the Georgian government and the United Nations (UN) team in Georgia gathered in Kachreti for a two-day workshop organized jointly to identify “bottlenecks” and “accelerators” in the country’s progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the global agenda for sustainable development adopted by all UN member states in 2015.

The workshop was opened by Kakha Kakhishvili, Head of the Government Administration and Chairman of the National SDG Council, and Louisa Vinton, who leads the UN Country Team in Georgia.

“Georgia was a pioneer in translating the SDG framework into national strategies and in establishing a structure for SDG implementation,” Kakhisvili said. “This workshop gives us an opportunity to see how well we’re doing, what we should adjust to move faster and where Georgia might need assistance.”

“Our focus today is on bottlenecks,” said Vinton, “since if Georgia takes action now to dismantle the biggest barriers to progress, the country is poised to surge forward in the achievement of multiple goals. Our analysis suggests that the best prospects here are youth employment and rural development.”

 

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01 May 2019 United Nations agencies present annual progress report for Georgia

United Nations agencies present annual progress report for Georgia

Strategy review highlights 2018 results and 2019 priorities for Government validation

Tbilisi. 1 May 2019 – The United Nations Country Team in Georgia today organized a presentation of its achievements in 2018 and its priorities for 2019-2020 to mark progress in pursuing the joint strategy agreed with the Government for 2016-2020. The event was designed to underscore the commitment by the UN agencies to “Deliver as One” in alignment with national priorities and the Sustainable Development Goals. The Government was invited to validate UN results and provide feedback on future plans.

Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze attended the presentation, who said that the UN’s priceless contribution has turned Georgia into a regional leader and advanced in democratic transformation and economic growth.

 

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12 Apr 2019 Georgia: UN experts urge responsible business conduct to tackle work accidents and pollution

Georgia: UN experts urge responsible business conduct to tackle work accidents and pollution

GENEVA / TBILISI (12 April 2019) – The Government of Georgia and businesses in the country must take urgent, robust action to address critical business and human rights challenges, say a group of UN human rights experts.

“We were alarmed at how a decade of deregulation aimed at attracting foreign investment has become a carte blanche for irresponsible business practices,” said Surya Deva, Chairperson of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, presenting a statement at the end of a 10-day visit to the country.

 

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11 Apr 2019 Georgia: UN experts visit to assess corporate respect for human rights

Georgia: UN experts visit to assess corporate respect for human rights

Georgia: UN experts visit to assess corporate respect for human rights

GENEVA (29 March 2019) – The United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights is undertaking its first official country visit to Georgia from 3 to 12 April to assess efforts to identify, prevent and address adverse human rights impacts of business operations.

At the end of their mission on Friday 12 April, 13:00, Marriott Courtyard Hotel (4 Freedom Square, Tbilisi) the experts will hold a press conference to present preliminary observations from their visit. Access will be strictly limited to journalists.

“The inclusion of a specific chapter on business and human rights in the 2018-20 Georgian Human Rights National Action Plan demonstrates the commitment of the Government to promote corporate respect for human rights. We look forward to learning about the concrete steps to develop a coherent policy framework and translate this commitment into reality,” said Mr. Surya Deva, Chairperson of the Working Group’s and member of the country visit delegation.

 

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08 Apr 2019 Georgia harnesses European expertise in rural development

Georgia harnesses European expertise in rural development

Leading experts and policy-makers from Georgia and European Union (EU) member states gathered in Tbilisi on 8 April 2019 to take part in the international conference “Rural Development Policy 2020+. Translating European practice into Georgian reality”. With a focus on rural development policy and practice, the Conference aims to assist the Government of Georgia in developing its second national Rural Development Strategy for 2020-2027.

The Conference was opened by the President of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili.

 

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05 Mar 2019 Modern technology creates new opportunities for achieving gender equality

Modern technology creates new opportunities for achieving gender equality

Tech4Equality Talk on International Women’s Day – a spotlight on women in science and technology  

Tech makers, women scientists and promoters of equality in technologies met young people today for an inspirational Tech4Equality talk on new ways of empowering women and girls by supporting their involvement in the field of technology and science. In focus was a “generational breakthrough” now taking place which has the potential to make women and girls in science and tech a driving force for social change.

 

 

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