Reflecting the EU's key commitment to cooperation with Georgia, on 14 July Commissioner Hahn will travel to Georgia to deliver the keynote speech at the 13th Batumi International Conference on "Georgia's European Way 2016" together with high ranking Georgian politicians. In addition, he will hold a series of bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze and State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Davit Bakradze.
The annual Batumi International Conference is an important discussion hub on European affairs since 2007, and creates a venue for high officials from Georgia, its partner nations as well as EU countries to analyse current issues and exchange ideas in order to address current EU-related challenges.
After the conference, Commissioner Hahn will also visit a number of EU-funded agriculture projects in Adjara region, accompanied by EU Ambassador to Georgia Janos Herman and United Nations Resident Coordinator Niels Scott.
The UN Human Rights Office adopted the conclusion and the recommendation regarding the 4th intermittent report of Georgia of August 19, 2014, namely: “The State shall investigate the past inhuman treatment facts taking place prior to 2012 Elections to prevent political revenge. The state shall undertake all necessary measures within authority to provide the victims of the offenses with effective protection in line with the paragraph 3, Article 2 of the Convention”.
The Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee, based on the hereof recommendations, set up the working group to develop the legal estimation of past torture and inhuman treatment facts (2004-2012). The legal document was been publicly represented in Hualing Hotel, attended by the Prime Minister, the Speaker, the Chair of the Supreme Court, legislative and executive authorities, Public Defender and the diplomatic corps.
The Georgia Alliance for Safe Roads and the United Nations Office in Georgia organized a conference on May 10 2016 to discuss challenges and effective road safety measures for the future.
The conference organized within a framework of the UN Decade of Action for Road safety, brought together representatives of the Government, civil society and international organizations.
The European Law Students’ Association-Georgia, with assistance from the United Nations Office in Tbilisi, organized a conference on 8 April 8 2016 to promote a greater knowledge of and respect for the diverse heritage, culture and contribution of people of African descent to the development of societies.
Religious leaders in the Pankisi Gorge will no longer endorse marriage for those under the age of 18. Pankisi is located in the eastern part of Georgia (Kakheti region) and is mostly populated by ethnic Kists. The decision was made by imams from traditional Islamic mosques, together with the Council of Elders in the Gorge.
Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani took part in the Ministerial meeting of the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, held under the ECOSOC aegis, on 18-20 July 2016, in New York. On 18 July, David Zalkaliani delivered a speech at the HLPF general debates.
It should be noted that the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is United Nations central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. The theme of the 2016 HLPF is “Ensuring that no one is left behind”, which is also a central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.