Future in Focus – Georgia Celebrates the Global Goals Festival

Hundreds of Georgians gathered in the city of Rustavi on September 24, 2017, to celebrate the first national Festival of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – Future in Focus.  The event was organized by the United Nations in Georgia in partnership with the Rustavi City Hall and in cooperation with the UN’s...

Azerbaijan, Georgia Enhance Coordination of Their Land Border Management for Open and Secure Borders

The European Union (EU), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Governments of Azerbaijan and Georgia summarised the results of a three-year initiative which aimed to enhance land border protection between Azerbaijan and Georgia. Theclosing conference of the programme in Tbilisi on September 25,...

Re-imagining Rustavi

A friend posted a question on Facebook once asking which of the Georgian cities was most “Soviet-looking”. A lot of respondents named Rustavi, a little place some 25 km away from Tbilisi. Indeed, Rustavi, built in 1940s around the country’s largest metallurgical plant as an industrial face of Soviet Georgia, has an...

Climate Change and Biodiversity in Focus of the Media and Academics

More than 80 journalists and academic researchers took part in a series of workshops on September 8-10, 2017, which aimed to promote the UN Conventions on Biodiversity, Desertification and Climate Change, and support their implementation in Georgia.   The workshops were organised by a non-governmental...

Human rights protection improves but Georgians concerned about labour rights, personal data and rights of minorities – EU and UNDP research reveals

The number of Georgians, who think that their rights are protected, has doubled in the last ten years. Nevertheless, every second Georgian feels insecure about their personal data. Almost a third of the respondents (27% in average and 36% in Tbilisi) see labour rights as the most frequently abused human rights...

Supporting Strategic Change in Civil Service of Georgia

Over 20 representatives of the Administration of Government of Georgia (AoG), Civil Service Bureau (CSB) and eight ministries took part in the training exercise on August 1-3, 2017, designed to help the Government of Georgia implement organizational changes, known as Change Management, needed for successful...

Designing a city for people not cars

When I walk to the office, I think about cities having their own personalities. I see Batumi as male, smart, well-groomed, and laid-back as if the salt and holiday spirit of the Black Sea have sunk into his system. He appreciates the fusion of the jumble in the old city, the scent of magnolia and coffee around the...

Georgian Government Gets Ready to Adopting the Human Rights Action Plan 2018-2020

39 Georgian public officials took part in a training about human rights monitoring, evaluation and reporting. A series of training on 12-14 and 18-20 July, 2017, was organized by the Administration of the Government of Georgia with assistance from the European Union (EU) and United Nations Development Programme...

Georgia Harnesses International Expertise in Disaster Management

Effective assessment of loss and damage caused by natural disasters was discussed at a workshop on July 11, 2017, organized by the State Security and Crisis Management Council of Georgia with assistance from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Government of Sweden. The workshop brought...

Georgian Parliament Takes Part in a Six-Day Training Marathon to Ensure Gender Equality in Budgets and Laws

The leading international expert in gender and human rights held bespoke sessions with the Parliament of Georgia and representatives of civil society on July 6-12, 2017, to discuss gender budgeting practices in Georgia and worldwide, and analyse the policy and law-making process from the gender equality perspective....