The Government of Georgia and UNICEF evaluate a joint programme of cooperation during an official visit of the UNICEF Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and CIS to Georgia
4 March, 2014, TBILISI, Georgia. The percentage of children living below the national poverty line increased from 25 per cent in 2011 to 27 per cent in 2013 as social spending was more focused on other groups. Over the last two years, extreme poverty among children has reduced but remains higher than among the rest of the population. Georgia has the second highest rate of inequality in Europe. These are the major highlights while the Government and UNICEF review the situation of children in Georgia.
Under the theme: Equality for Women is Progress for All, the Gender Week inspires everyone – from government, civil society, businesses to students and individual citizens, to have their share in promoting gender parity. The events on 4-14 March 2014 will take place in different regions across Georgia.
In his message for International Women’s Day 2014, Niels Scott, Head of the United Nations in Georgia, said:
“United Nations firmly believes that gender equality is a foundation for development. The story of struggle for equality belongs to all who care for human rights. Today we are celebrating Georgia’s success in promoting gender equality through legislation and policies. But we also focus on the areas that require further attention to achieve real progress in all aspects of economic, social and political life.”
The Gender Week is organized by the United Nations Office in Georgia and the UN agencies –United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Population Fund and UN Women, withing the framework of the UN joint programme “To Enhance Gender Equality in Georgia” through generous support of Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).
The protection and promotion of human rights in Georgia will be guided by the National Strategy and Action Plan. These critical documents were presented on 13 February 2014 at the conference organised by the Government of Georgia with assistance from the European Union, UNDP and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia, Tea Tsulukiani, Minister of Justice of Georgia, Niels Scott, Head of the United Nations in Georgia, and Thomas Hammarberg, EU Special Adviser on Constitutional and Legal Reform and Human Rights in Georgia, addressed the participants at the opening session.
Tamar Chugoshvili, Assistant to the Prime Minister on Human Rights and Gender Equality Issues presented the Action Plan which describes the Government’s activities in 2014-2015 in the area of human rights.
The Ambassadorial Working Group (AWG) closely follows the latest developments related to the media environment in Georgia. We take note of the adoption of amendments in 2013 to the Law of Georgia on Broadcasting regulating the selection of the Board of Trustees at the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB). We believe that the law must now be implemented in such a way that a professional and independent Board of Trustees at the GPB is appointed, and the Georgian media environment is further reinforced.
The Coalition of Georgian Non-Governmental Organizations presented an assessment of Georgia’s progress with the recommendations received from the United Nations Human Rights Council in January 2011.
1 March 2014 –Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is “gravely concerned” about the deterioration of the situation, spoke by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin today.
“It is crucial to restore calm and proceed to an immediate de-escalation of the situation. Cool heads must prevail and dialogue must be the only tool in ending this crisis,” Mr. Ban said afterwards, adding that he appealed to Mr. Putin to urgently engage in direct dialogue with the authorities in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.
In a statement issued earlier in the day by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General reiterated his call for the full respect for and preservation of Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
During the Security Council's discussions, members expressed grave concern about the rapidly deteriorating situation in Ukraine, Ambassador Sylvie Lucas of Luxembourg, which holds the Council presidency for March, told reporters after closed-door talks.more