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18 May 2020 The United Nations allocate 1 million USD to support COVID-19 response in Georgia

The United Nations allocate 1 million USD to support COVID-19 response in Georgia

Funding will help vulnerable communities weather the pandemic

TBILISI. 18 May 2020 — Georgia is among the 46 countries that were eligible for immediate support from the United Nations COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to protect vulnerable groups from the shocks of the current pandemic.

The United Nations Multi-Partner Trust Fund for COVID-19 Response and Recovery, an inter-agency finance mechanism, was launched by the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres on 31 March 2020, to help countries mitigate the emergency and bolster the post-crisis social and economic recovery.

On 15 May a proposal of the UN country team in Georgia was approved. It concerns a project of USD 1 million to better respond to immediate health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the most vulnerable groups from the devastating socio-economic impacts of the health crisis.

 

 

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17 May 2020 LGBTQI+ rights need attention during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond

LGBTQI+ rights need attention during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond

17 May 2020, Tbilisi. This joint statement is issued by the United Nations system in Georgia; the Ambassadors to Georgia of the European Union (EU), Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States; the Head of the Council of Europe Office in Georgia; and the Head of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia.

Today marks 30 years since the landmark decision by the World Health Organization to recognize that homosexuality is not a disease. On this International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), we express our support for and solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) community in Georgia.

This year’s IDAHOBIT passes in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. No one is immune from the health threat, nor from the risks to livelihoods that stem from the measures imposed to halt the outbreak. But the hardest hit are the vulnerable and the marginalized, including the LGBTQI+ community.[1]

 

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22 Apr 2020 Leaving no one behind in the COVID-19 response

Leaving no one behind in the COVID-19 response

UNDP helps protect the rights of persons with disabilities amid the pandemic

TBILISI. 17 April 2020 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is working hand in hand with the Government of Georgia to ensure that persons with disabilities all over the country have full access to accurate and timely information to protect themselves from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Timely access to accurate information is vital as we are fighting COVID-19,” said Lela Akiashvili, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Georgia on Human Rights and Gender Equality. “Since the breakout of the pandemic, the Government of Georgia is closely collaborating with international partners, national Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs), and people with disabilities to make information resources fully accessible for all.”

 

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17 Apr 2020 Share the Easter spirit, not the virus!

Share the Easter spirit, not the virus!

Easter is a very special occasion for Georgia, when many families come together and share a heartwarming celebration. The community spirit at the heart of Easter includes a sense of responsibility to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. 

The UN in Georgia commends the people of Georgia for the responsible way they are complying with the protective measures recommended by the Government, guided by the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO). This approach has already reduced the number of cases of infection and saved lives.  We need to continue this trend.

This year we call on every family in Georgia to share the spirit of the celebration, but put the health and the wellbeing of the community first. Please, stay home and avoid gatherings to ensure that you and your loved ones remain healthy in these unheard-of circumstances. 

More than ever, we should make use of modern technology to reconnect with relatives and friends living far and close: physical distancing is not social isolation. Let’s maintain our connections by conducting faith activities in alternative ways.

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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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