UNICEF welcomes ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the appointment of the Public Defender as a structure to popularize, protect and monitor implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Establishment of a Consultation Council at the Public Defender’s Office to monitor implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities is another important step forward.
According to the existing data of the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs up to 10,000 children with disabilities are registered in Georgia. This represents about 1% of the total child population. However, international evidences demonstrates that at least 2.5% of the child population live with disabilities. Hence, about 15,000 children are still invisible to the child care system.
This makes the role of the Consultation Council even more important in order effectively address the high level of stigma associated with disabilities, lack of services to support families, especially in small cities and rural areas, and existing medical model of disability assessment that focuses on a medical diagnosis and the limitations arising from impairments and ignores many children with special needs.
The Parliament of Georgia, in cooperation with the Open Government Partnership (OGP), the Congress of Chile, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and a number of international and local organizations in Georgia, convened a global two-day conference on legislative openness in Tbilisi, Georgia on 14-15 September 2015.
The conference, titled Committing to Openness: Parliamentary Action Plans, Standards and Tools, was attended by more than 70 foreign delegates, including government, parliamentary and civil society leaders. Conference speakers called on parliaments around the world to advance legislative transparency and expand opportunities for meaningful citizen participation in the legislative process.
David Usupashvili, Speaker of Parliament of Georgia, held the bilateral meeting with UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark on September 2, 2015 on the sidelines of the 4th Inter-Parliamentary Union conference in UN headquarters, New York. The sides discussed legislative process in Georgia, disaster risk reduction and other development issues.
TBILISI. 31 July 2015 – Targeted, poverty reducing benefits for people living in the highlands of Georgia, as well as incentives for businesses and budget support to economic and social development are envisioned in a newly adopted Law on the Development of Mountainous Regions, which comes into force today, 31 July 2015.
The draft law adopted by the Parliament of Georgia last week was prepared by the Government of Georgia with the leadership of the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure, and support from the Swiss Cooperation Office for the South Caucasus, Austrian Development Cooperation and UNDP.
“The new Law establishes objective criteria for classifying mountainous areas and settlements. It provides important and substantial social, economic and business benefits, together with a guarantee of annual funds from the national budget reserved for mountain development,” said Tengiz Shergelashvili, Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia.
The benefits described in the new Law include: tax exemptions for selected companies operating in the mountainous areas; improved social benefits for local residents; higher salaries for teachers and medical staff; and increased social assistance for pensioners. In addition, more opportunities and support will be available for infrastructure and business development in the highlands.
The Ministry of Corrections of Georgia presented the results of its efforts to enhance staff professionalism in the Georgian prison system. With assistance from the Government of Sweden and UNDP, the Ministry has set up a system of professional training of the staff to ensure the protection of human rights and fair treatment to prisoners. With the new recruitment procedure to be introduced in September 2015, applicants to the positions in penitentiary now undergo specialized training by the Penitentiary and Probation Training Centre.
“The ongoing reform is leading us to the European standards in penitentiary that are based on the protection of human rights. Qualified staff is one of the key prerequisites of these systemic changes,” said Kakhi Kakhishvili, First Deputy Minister of Corrections, at a conference on 21 July 2015 which summarised the results of the training project.
On 25-27 September, over 160 Heads of State and Government will gather at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York for the adoption of the new sustainable development agenda. This bold and ambitious agenda aims to end poverty and promote prosperity and people's well-being while protecting the environment over the next 15 years.
The summit outcome document, entitled “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” was agreed on by the 193 Member States of the United Nations, and includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals.