David Zalkaliani has arrived in the village of Gugutiantkari
Georgian Foregn Minister David Zalkaliani arrived today in the village of Gugutiantkari to see for himself the situation on the ground and hear directly from the local people about their needs and concerns.
Zalkaliani provided the local population with detailed information on the steps taken by the Foreign Ministry in reaction to the illegal activities of the occupation forces.
The Minister discussed with representatives of the local municipality the situation in the village, including the artificial fences erected by the occupation forces.
According to the Minister, Georgia enjoys the international community’s firm support and the actions of the occupation regime are condemned.
“I assure you we are using all resources and international mechanisms available to us. It is not easy to achieve that the UN Secuirty Council convenes its debates but we achieved this. Our partners made very strong and condemning statements” – Zalkaliani said.
According to the Minister, the Ministry works around-th-clock to constantly update the international partners on the ongoing processs.
TURKMENISTAN HAS BEEN GRANTED THE OBSERVER STATUS IN THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
On July 22, 2020, the successive session of World Trade Organization (WTO) General Council was held in WTO headquarters located in Geneva of the Swiss Confederation, during which the application of Turkmenistan on accession to WTO as an observer was considered.
The Turkmen side was represented at the session by the Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the United Nations at Geneva, as well as the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations, Ministry of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan who took part via videoconference.
In honor of assessing the request of Turkmenistan for accession to WTO in the status of an observer, a special ceremony was organized during which the Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan delivered a speech on behalf of the Government of Turkmenistan. During the address, he informed the participants of the General Council about the background of the accession process to the Organization, in particular about the pioneering policy of implementing the external economic activity of Turkmenistan. It was stated that the Programme on Foreign Economic Activity of Turkmenistan for 2020-2025 is a vital document in this regard.
The gaining of this status by the country is intended to contribute to the dynamic development of the national economy of Turkmenistan, strengthen its standing in regard to foreign trade, carry multilateral cooperation, attract foreign investments and improve international trade ties. This also concerns the development of commercial and trade strategies including their successful implementation.
Following the address of the Turkmen side, a number of representatives of the Organization’s member-states, including Afghanistan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Republic of Panama, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkey and Ukraine expressed support to the initiative of Turkmenistan on the accession to the Organization as an observer.
After the discussions, the member-states of WTO General Council unanimously adopted the resolution on granting Turkmenistan the status of an observer in WTO.
Currently there are 164 WTO member-states. Twenty four countries possess the status of an observer. Turkmenistan became the 25th country with a status of an observer.
D. Zalkaliani has spoken over the phone with the newly-appointed Foreign Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan, J. BayramovOn 17 July 2020, the Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani spoke over the phone with the newly-appointed Foreign Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Jeikhun Bayramov.
Congratulating on the appointment, Zalkaliani wished his Azeri counterpart success in his new role as Foreign Minister. The Ministers reaffirmed their commitment towards further deepening the friendship and strategic partnership between the two countries.Enquiring about the escalations at Azerbaijan’s border with Armenia, Zalkaliani received the latest information on the ongoing situation. According to him, there is no alternative to peaceful settlement of the conflict. The Georgian Foreign Minister expressed the hope that through the engagement of international mechanisms and of the OSCE Minsk Group, in particular, it will be possible to bring the peace process back on track and de-escalate the tension.
Within the framework of his visit to Brussels, David Zalkaliani, held a meeting with the EU Commissioner
Within the framework of his visit to Brussels, the Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani, held a meeting with the EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Policy, Olivér Várhelyi.
The discussion touched upon cooperation within the format of the “Eastern Partnership Initiative”, including the framework of Ministerials for Foreign Ministers and meetings for the leaders of member states. Namely, the discussion took place regarding issues associated with the upcoming summit and future perspectives of the partnership beyond the year of 2020.
The parties, once again, exchanged opinions regarding the priorities and views of the Georgian side.
The Georgian party expressed gratitude towards the EU for the active support provided to Georgia during the COVID-19 pandemic. In turn, the EU Commissioner gave a positive assessment of the steps taken on behalf of the Georgian Government in terms of preventing the spread of the virus.
The developments and general situation on the ground in the occupied territories was also discussed, condemning the illicit activity of the occupational forces, which only became more distinct during the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerns were expressed regarding the illicit detainment and arrest of the Georgian citizen on the 11th of July perpetrated by the occupational regime forces.
The role of the EU was underscored in terms of finding a peaceful resolution of the conflict, outlining the significance of the EUMM (EU monitoring mission) as a preventive force in the occupied regions on the ground, deescalating the situation via the means of the monitoring process.
UN and EU launch ambitious initiative for gender equality in Eastern Partnership
With support from the European Union, the two UN sister agencies will work with government bodies and civil society partners in six countries to challenge deeply ingrained gender stereotypes, increase men’s involvement in domestic work and childcare, and engage with potential perpetrators to prevent gender-based violence.
UN Women and UNFPA, together with the European Union (EU), have launched a three-year regional programme to tackle gender stereotypes and gender-based violence in six countries of the Eastern Partnership: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.
The programme, entitled “EU 4 Gender Equality: Together Against Gender Stereotypes and Gender-Based Violence,” ultimately seeks to strengthen equal rights and opportunities for women and men by challenging perceptions about men’s and women’s roles in the family and in society and working to eliminate gender-based violence.
“This is our first regional programme covering gender equality in the Eastern Partnership region and we are intensely proud of it,” said Lawrence Meredith, Director for Neighbourhood East in the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations at the European Commission. “We can and we will do more to develop this underused economic and social potential with our Eastern neighbours. As we emerge from the pandemic, we will propose that the future Eastern Partnership be more inclusive.”
A first of its kind, the programme has been informed by an in-depth situation analysis and intergovernmental consultations with the six countries. It is designed to engage a wide range of government bodies, civil society organizations, and individuals.
“We will work closely with governments and civil society organisations in the six countries to ensure the success of the programme,” says Alia El-Yassir, UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia. “This work is even more crucial now as the COVID-19 crisis has put into stark relief the imbalanced distribution of responsibilities based on traditional gender stereotypes.”
The programme aims at achieving real behavioural change. It relies on strategies designed to challenge structural gender barriers and norms, with particular emphasis on transforming gender-stereotyped behaviour, strengthening men’s involvement in parenting and domestic responsibilities, increasing men’s access to parental leave, and reducing the number of people affected by gender-based violence through prevention interventions with potential perpetrators.
“During the COVID-19 crisis, we have unfortunately seen an increase in women’s unpaid care workload and in cases of gender-based violence across the six countries,” says Alanna Armitage, UNFPA Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. “Our programme comes at the right time to fight these trends. We all have to work hand-in-hand to build a more just, equal, safe and secure world for all.”
The programme has a budget of €7,875,000 and is anchored in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework, launched by the United Nations in 2015, and the EU Action Plan 2016-2020 on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Transforming the Lives of Girls and Women Through EU External Relations. It provides a unique opportunity for the EU and the six participating countries to affect social discourse, perceptions, and practices related to gender equality with the ultimate goal of achieving gender equality and related SDGs.
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David Zalkaliani on the repatriation flights to bring Georgian citizens home
At a briefing following the government meeting, the Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani spoke about three opportunities offered to Georgian citizens wishing to return home.
Charter flights, which will be operated by two airlines: Wizz Air and Myway. The government subsidizes these flights, and maximum ticket price will be 200 euros. The charter flights will gradually bring home Georgian citizens from Warsaw, Athens, Rome and Madrid.
The Ministry of Economy is negotiating resumption of flights with various airlines. It is already agreed that Lufthansa will carry out two weekly flights. Negotiations are underway with Air Baltic and Air France on resuming regular flights from August.
Georgian Airways will operate charter flights from Vienna, Amsterdam and Tel Aviv.
“I want to assure our citizens wishing to prolong this process that repatriation flights may be extended up to August and September, and this will be determined based on the information and analysis we receive every day from our embassies to the EU Member States” – Zalkaliani said.