From Exclusion to Equality: Georgia is Developing National Mechanism to Protect the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

On 3 December 2016, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Government of Georgia presented its first report to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The event was organised with assistance from the European Union and UNDP. The Report describes the country’s...

Tbilisi Arbitration Days Support Georgia's Efforts to Become Regional Arbitration Hub

On 1-3 December 2016, Tbilisi hosted an international conference “GIAC Arbitration Days”, the lead regional forum on arbitration organized by the Georgian International Arbitration Center (GIAC), an organization established by the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI). The Conference was supported by...

Civil Society and Community Organizations Receive Grants for Environmental Initiatives

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia launched a new phase of the Small Grants Programme funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). On 29 November 2016, Niels Scott, Head of UNDP in Georgia; Ekaterine Grigalava, Deputy...

UNDP Awards Gender Champion

The United Nations in Georgia joined hands with the Women’s Fund in Georgia and the Swedish organization “Kvinna till Kvinna” for the annual Kato Mikeladze Prize which acknowledges outstanding achievements in supporting women’s rights and gender equality.  A 2016 champion – Eka Skhiladze, Deputy Public Defender of...

Batumi Becomes First Georgian City with Transport Model

Batumi residents prefer to walk (31.44%), take public transport (36.02%) or ride a car (30.19%). Only 1.27% takes a taxi, and almost no one (0.28%) bikes. An average Batumian makes 1.24 trips per day, which is less that in the other cities of the world. These are some of the findings of a recent research undertaken...

Georgian Government, Civil Society Discuss Association Agreement with the European Union

Tbilisi hosts a conference “Georgia-EU Association Objectives” – a joint initiative of the Government of Georgia and Georgian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum. The conference echoes the cooperation memoranda between the Government of Georgia and Georgian National Platform of the...

Georgia Moves Forward to Developing Mediation and Increasing Access to Justice

An international conference Tbilisi Mediation Days opened in Tbilisi today, 21 November 2016. The conference aims to enhance mediation in Georgia as an alternative method of dispute resolution, and contribute to ongoing reforms in the system of justice.   The event brought together prominent experts and...

Parliament of Georgia Kicks Off Induction Programme for Its Newly Elected Members

Newly elected Members of the Parliament of Georgia attend an induction programme to learn about their legislative, oversight and representative functions, as well as broader roles and constitutional responsibilities. The programme was prepared by the Parliament Staff with support from the European Union (EU) and...

Election Media Monitoring Examines Media Coverage of the Second Round of Parliamentary Polls in Georgia

European Union and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) present the fourth monitoring report on media coverage of the parliamentary elections covering the period from 26 September until 2 November 2016. The monitoring is implemented through civil society organizations under the joint EU-UNDP project....

The Story of Floods

The torrents of cascading water, mud and rocks flattening houses, sweeping away roads, lands, cars and farm machinery – thinking of an opening scene from a Hollywood blockbuster, probably directed by some well-known king of enviro-disaster movies? Hate to break the news, but this is a very real story of human...

National Training System for Local Civil Servants in Georgia

9 November 2016. Tbilisi. The Centre for Effective Governance System and Territorial Arrangement Reform presents the National Training System for Local Civil Servants in Georgia. Shombi Sharp, Deputy Head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Georgia, Tengiz Shergelashvili, Deputy Minister of...