EU-UNICEF juvenile justice programme in Georgia: over 5,600 children and young people diverted from prosecution

Published in Justice
Friday, 15 April 2022 12:35

Over a decade, as many as 5,600 children and young people aged between 14 and 21 have been diverted from prosecution, as a result of eleven years of work by the Diversion and Mediation Programme, reported at a conference organised by the Ministry of Justice and UNICEF, with the support of the European Union.

The conference was held in the framework of the project ‘Strengthening Child Protection Systems and Services in Georgia’, aimed in particular at developing the capacity of professionals at central and municipal levels to support and protect children and families in Georgia.

Diversion is an alternative mechanism to criminal proceedings and a major cornerstone of the juvenile justice system. According to the Juvenile Justice Code, diversion is the priority measure, which means that, if a juvenile commits an offense, the use of diversion should be considered as a first priority.

According to experts, the Diversion and Mediation Programme, introduced in 2010, has made major progress in Georgia, making a significant shift from a zero-tolerance policy to restorative justice and rehabilitation. Since 2014, the programme has included those juveniles who have committed not only minor offences but also serious crimes. 

Georgia: EU and UNICEF to support social programmes for children

Published in Economics
Friday, 11 March 2022 10:41

Children and families in Georgia will benefit from child-centered municipal social programmes as a result of a new initiative funded by the EU and implemented by UNICEF.

The 18-month project, ‘Supporting Municipalities in Developing Municipal Social Programmes for Children and Families with Children’, will assist ten selected municipalities in developing social programmes tailored to the needs of the children and families with children. 

The project, based on the methodology used by the EU Member States, will develop social needs assessment guidelines and tools, and provide trainings and on-the-job coaching to members of the local task force in pilot municipalities. They will also learn how to monitor the implementation of social programmes.

The project is implemented in partnership with the National Association of Local Self-Government of Georgia.


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UNICEF with the support from USAID/Georgia is organizing the information sessions in Samtskhe-Javakheti region about COVID-19 vaccination

Published in Health
Thursday, 13 May 2021 12:19
UNICEF with the support from USAID/Georgia is organizing the information sessions in Samtskhe-Javakheti region about COVID-19 vaccination. UNICEF Representative in Georgia, Ghassan Khalil together with the representatives from National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, and health experts visited Akhalkalaki and Akhaltsikhe.
The first meeting is happening now with the Orthodox Religious Leaders, to discuss topics such are COVID-19 vaccination, immunization programmes in Georgia and etc. The meeting will end with a discussion.
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EU doubles contribution to COVAX to €1 billion to ensure safe and effective vaccines for low and middle-income countries

Published in World
Wednesday, 03 March 2021 11:28

The European Union has announced today an additional €500 million for the COVAX Facility, doubling its contribution to date for the global initiative that is leading efforts to secure fair and equitable access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines in low and middle-income countries. This new pledge brings us closer to achieving COVAX's target to deliver 1.3 billion doses for 92 low and middle income countries by the end of 2021. Team Europe is one of the lead contributors to COVAX with over €2.2 billion, including another €900 million pledged today by Germany.

Announcing the new contribution at the G7 virtual leaders' meeting, President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said: “Last year, as part of our Coronavirus Global Response, we committed to ensuring universal access to vaccines everywhere on Earth, for everyone who would need them. COVAX is best placed to help us reach this goal. This is why we decided to double the European Commission's contribution to COVAX, to 1 billion. With this new financial boost we want to make sure vaccines are soon delivered to low and middle-income countries. Because we will only be safe if the whole world is safe.

Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships, added: “We are in a race against the virus and COVAX is our best hope that all our partners, in Africa and elsewhere, have access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. The EU has been leading efforts in international fora, such as the G20 and G7, to guarantee that collectively we ensure that COVID-19 vaccines become a global public good. This is why today we are doubling our support to COVAX.”

Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, stressed: Humanism and solidarity are essential values for Europe. These values have been our compass since the onset of the pandemic. The EU has invested close to 3 billion to pre-finance the production of safe and effective vaccines, which will benefit not only the EU but citizens across the world.  Vaccines produced in Europe are now going all over the world and we as Team Europe are working to share doses secured under our advanced purchase agreements preferably through COVAX with the Western Balkans, Neighborhood and Africa – benefitting above all health workers and humanitarian needs.”

The contribution announced today is composed of a new €300 million EU grant and €200 million in guarantees by the European Fund for Sustainable Development plus (EFSD+) that will back a loan by the European Investment Bank. This is subject to the adoption of the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) by the Council and the European Parliament. The EIB loan to be guaranteed by EFSD+ is subject to the approval of the EIB's Board of Directors. These funds will complement a previous €100 million grant and €400 million in guarantees from the EU budget.

To date, a total of 191 countries participate in the COVAX Facility, 92 of them low and middle-income economies eligible to get access to COVID-19 vaccines through Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC). Most of these are in Africa. Through these contributions, the Commission and its partners will secure purchase options for future COVID-19 vaccines for all the participants in the Facility.

Vaccines will be procured and delivered to countries by the UNICEF Supply Division and the PAHO's Revolving Fund for Access to Vaccines. The fast arrival of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines has shown that multilateralism and multi-actor partnerships work to solve the most pressing problems of our time.


COVAX is the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, a global collaboration to accelerate the development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines.

The COVAX Facility aims to purchase 2 billion doses by the end of 2021, including at least 1.3 billion doses for low and middle-income country. It will help to develop a diversified portfolio of vaccines, negotiated with different suppliers, and covering different scientific technologies, delivery times and prices. The COVAX Facility is a risk-sharing mechanism: it reduces the risk for manufacturers who invest without being sure about future demand, and it reduces the risk that countries would fail to secure access to a viable vaccine.

The European Commission is committed to ensuring that everyone who needs a vaccine gets it, anywhere in the world, and to promote global health. This is why together with partners it has helped raised almost €16 billion since 4 May 2020 under the Coronavirus Global Response, the global action in support of universal access to tests, treatments and vaccines against coronavirus and for the global recovery. Team Europe's contribution was as follows: EU Member States (€3.1 billion), European Commission (over €1.4 billion) and EIB (almost €2 billion pledged in May and €4.9 billion pledged in June).

The EU's efforts to develop and produce an effective vaccine will benefit all in the global community. The EU investment in scaling up manufacturing capacity will be to the service of all countries in need. Through its Advanced Purchase Agreements, it requires manufacturers to make their production capacity available to supply all countries and calls for the free flow of vaccines and materials with no export restrictions. For instance, the pharmaceutical company Sanofi-GSK, with whom the Commission concluded an Advanced Purchase Agreement in September, will endeavour to provide a significant portion of their vaccine supply through the COVAX facility.

Building on the EU Vaccines Strategy, the EU is in the process of setting up vaccine sharing mechanism to allow EU Member States to redirect some of the doses procured under the advanced purchased agreement, preferably through COVAX.

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Briefing dedicated to cooperation of Turkmenistan with the international organizations in the area of healthcare was held in the MFA

Published in World
Monday, 05 October 2020 15:10

On the 5th of October 2020, a briefing was held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan dedicated to cooperation of Turkmenistan with the international organizations in the area of healthcare.

The briefing focused on the recently signed Resolution of the President of Turkmenistan, in accordance with which the Minister of Health and Medical Industry was authorized to sign of behalf of the Turkmen side the Plan for Procurement of Vaccines and Immunization Devices in 2021-2025 under the Framework of the Standard “Memorandum of Understanding on the Provision of Procurement Services between the Government of Turkmenistan and UNICEF, United Nations Children's Fund,” signed on 28 August 2015.

The heads and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan, the chiefs of the diplomatic missions and representations of international organizations accredited in the country, as well as the representatives of national and foreign mass media participated to the briefing. 

Opening the briefing, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan B. Myatiyev noted the special importance of the expansion of international cooperation of Turkmenistan in the field of healthcare. 

During his speech, the Minister of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan N. Amannepesov reflected the high indicators of the activities of the healthcare system in the framework of the implementation of the National Immunization Programme financed by the Government.  He added that “the long-term practice of stable financing in the country enabled to build a strong system of immunization”.

The Head of UNICEF Office in Turkmenistan Ms.Christine Weigand highly appraised the cooperation with Turkmenistan in the field of healthcare, in particular in the area of protecting the children’s health.  Ms. Weigand underlined that “Turkmenistan is a leader in the region and globally on sustaining nearly universal rates of vaccination.”

The Head of WHO Country Office in Turkmenistan Ms. Paulina Karwowska informed during her speech about the high efficiency of cooperation between Turkmenistan and WHO, as well as other international partners and donors. 

This topic was further elaborated by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the European Union to Turkmenistan Diego Ruiz Alonso, who emphasized that Brussels pays special attention to cooperation in the area of healthcare and supports the preventive plans and programmes of Turkmenistan in relation to healthcare in the conditions of global pandemic.  

In turn, the Rector of the State Medical University of Turkmenistan named after Myrat Garryev Ms.N. Myratnazarova noted that “in recent years, Turkmenistan has achieved great results, conducting continuous and extensive work in the field of immunization and the effective use of evidence-based approaches in the field of public health.”

The Government of Turkmenistan significantly increased the financing of immunization of the population. The country adheres to the long-term cooperation with the UN and its specialized agencies.  In this regard, the collaboration of the country with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is stipulated by the efficient implementation of joint programs and plans on the national level aimed at the enhancement of measures in the area of healthcare, including the social security system on the way to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.        

In the framework of the event, the signing of the Plan for Procurement of Vaccines and Immunization Devices in 2021-2025 under the Framework of the Standard “Memorandum of Understanding on the Provision of Procurement Services between the Government of Turkmenistan and UNICEF, United Nations Children's Fund,” signed on 28 August 2015 took place.

This Document was signed by the Minister of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan N. Amannepesov on the part of Turkmenistan and by the Head of UNICEF Office in Turkmenistan Ms. Christine Weigand on the part of UNICEF.

В МИД состоялся брифинг, посвященный сотрудничеству Туркменистана с международными организациями в области здравоохранения

5 октября 2020 года в Министерстве иностранных дел Туркменистана состоялся брифинг, посвященный сотрудничеству Туркменистана
с международными организациями в области здравоохранения.

В фокусе брифинга было подписанное на днях Постановление Президента Туркменистана, в соответствии с которым Министр здравоохранения и медицинской промышленности уполномочен подписать с туркменской стороны «План закупки вакцин и оборудования для иммунизации на 2021-2025 годы в рамках «Меморандума о взаимопонимании между Правительством Туркменистана и ЮНИСЕФ в отношении обеспечения услуг по закупке», подписанного 28 августа 2015 года.

На брифинге приняли участие руководители и представители министерств иностранных дел, здравоохранения и медицинской промышленности Туркменистана, а также главы дипломатических миссий и представительств международных организаций, аккредитованных в стране, представители национальных и зарубежных средств массовой информации.

Открывая брифинг, заместитель министра иностранных дел Туркменистана Б.Мятиев отметил особую значимость расширения международного сотрудничества Туркменистана в области здравоохранения.

В ходе своего выступления Министр здравоохранения и медицинской промышленности Туркменистана Н.Аманнепесов отразил высокие показатели деятельности системы здравоохранения в рамках реализации Национальной программы иммунизации, финансируемой Правительством. Он добавил, что «многолетняя практика стабильного финансирования в стране позволила построить сильную систему иммунизации».

Глава представительства ЮНИСЕФ в Туркменистане Кристин Вейганд дала высокую оценку сотрудничеству с Туркменистаном в области здравоохранения, в частности по защите здоровья детей. Госпожа Вейганд отметила, что «Туркменистан является лидером в регионе и в мире по поддержанию почти всеобщего уровня вакцинации».

В своем обращении глава странового офиса Всемирной организации здравоохранения в Туркменистане г-жа Паулина Карвовска рассказала о высокой результативности сотрудничества Туркменистана с ВОЗ, а также другими международными партнёрами и донорами.

Эту тему продолжил Чрезвычайный и Полномочный Посол Европейского Союза в Туркменистане Диего Руиз Алонсо который отметил, что Брюссель придает большое значение сотрудничеству по линии здравоохранения и поддерживает реализацию превентивных планов и программ Туркменистана в области здравоохранения в условиях глобальной пандемии.

В свою очередь, ректор Государственного Медицинского университета Туркменистана имени М.Гаррыева г-жа Н.Мыратназарова отметила, что «за последние годы Туркменистан достиг весомых результатов, ведя непрерывную и обширную работу в области иммунизации и эффективного использования научно-доказательных подходов в области охраны здоровья населения».

Правительство Туркменистана значительно повысило финансирование иммунизации населения. Страна привержена долгосрочному сотрудничеству с ООН и её специализированными агентствами. В этом контексте, взаимодействие страны с Детским фондом Организации Объединенных Наций (ЮНИСЕФ) обусловлено эффективным претворением в жизнь на национальном уровне совместных программ и планов, нацеленных на совершенствование мер в области здравоохранения, включая систему социальной защиты на пути к достижению Целей Устойчивого Развития.

В рамках мероприятия состоялось подписание «Плана осуществления закупок вакцин и оборудования для иммунизации на 2021-2025 годы в рамках стандартного «Меморандума о взаимопонимании о предоставлении услуг по закупкам между Правительством Туркменистана и ЮНИСЕФ, Детским фондом Организации Объединенных Наций», подписанного 28 августа 2015 года».

Данный документ подписали с туркменской стороны Министр здравоохранения и медицинской промышленности Туркменистана Н.Аманнепесов, а со стороны ЮНИСЕФ - Глава представительства ЮНИСЕФ в Туркменистане Кристин Вейганд.

A new partnership initiative to support primary health care launched in Georgia

Published in Health
Tuesday, 11 August 2020 16:58

A new partnership initiative to support primary health care launched in Georgia.

"Focusing and improving Georgia's primary healthcare is one of our top priorities" - Czech Ambassador to Georgia H.E. Petr Mikyska said at the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Czech Development Agency (CzechAid) and UNICEF Georgia. The Memorandum was signed by the Ambassador on behalf of the Czech Development Agency and the Director of UNICEF Georgia Mr. Ghassan Khalil. Mrs. Tamar Gabunia, First Deputy Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, witnessed the signature.

Within the framework of the Memorandum, the Czech Development Agency and UNICEF unite their forces to support the strengthening of primary health care in Georgia, expanding the original CzechAid project (focused mainly on the adult population) to children, youth and maternity. The project was conceived in close cooperation with Georgian authorities, reflecting the urgent needs in this field.

In total, 46 primary health care facilities will be covered by the project, including 146 village doctors and nurses in Dusheti and Zugdidi municipalities. Project duration is from May 2020 till June 2023, with total funding by the Czech Government via CzechAid of 1.25 million EUR and UNICEF contribution of 70 000 USD with future expansion of around 85 000 USD.

The Forum “Challenges of Child Welfare in Georgia” Is Held at the Initiative of the President of Georgia

Published in Politics
Thursday, 19 January 2017 10:30

The forum “Challenges of Child Welfare in Georgia” was held at the Presidential Palace. The forum was opened by the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili.
The forum aims to identify and discuss the problems in the field of child welfare, in order to promptly determine necessary solutions and offer them to the decision-makers.
The President has thanked the diplomatic corps, international partners, and donors, participating in the forum, who help our country overcoming hardships through their resources. He has also thanked the government and those agencies who have taken serious steps in improving the social and health conditions of children.
"What could be better, more adequate and important than the care of the older generation on the future generation, in order our children to be live in a more protected environment. Numerous problems still exist in this regard, which require our coordinated and active response.
The fact that according to the UNICEF’s data, one in six children lives in poverty; the challenges that handicapped children face in terms of social integration; the fact that in many occasions children work like elders; or the fact that many children still live outside – these are all problematic issues.
These problems exist in every society; however, societies are measured according to how able they are to overcome and solve these hardships.
I see the willingness of the government of Georgia and the executive and legislative structures to face these problems and take steps to overcome them.
Unfortunately, the objective reality exists, full of economic problems, certain taboos, and clichés, which complicate the process of overcoming these challenges.
Our today’s gathering aims to unite us and to further strengthen our spirit of overcoming challenges and improving children’s rights, conditions of daily lives, and social integration process.
I will also be very actively involved in solving these problems in the future”, - stated the President.
The welcome speeches at the opening were also delivered by the Advisor to the President in Ethnic Minority Issues Mrs. Sopio Shamanidi, the Public Defender Mr. Ucha Nanuashvili, the Deputy Minister of Labour Health and Social Affairs Mr. Valeri Kvaratskhelia, the Chairperson of Education, Science and Culture Committee Mrs. Mariam Jashi, the Deputy Minister of Education Mrs. Lia Gigauri, and representatives of international and local organizations, working on children’s rights.
The welcome speech was also delivered by the First Lady of Georgia, Mrs. Maka Chichua who has thanked the President for this initiative.
"I have been very actively involved in this issue for several years; I constantly study and know many things that we need to do to overcome children’s problems. I will overcome these problems only with you. We must fight to ensure that we take serious, solid, and satisfactory steps. We will only manage this through the involvement of the government and the active participation of those institutions that need to be more engaged, namely the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs, and each of us”, - stated Mrs. Chichua.
As she further noted, the forum aims to identify all problems and to discover ways of resolving them. Today the working groups will be established that will work on the above mentioned problems.
At the forum, the issues, recognized through practice and research in the field of child welfare were discussed, such as – deinstitutionalization of child care system, alternative systems of care, the services for children outside the government plan, the services of child protection, custody and care, exploitation of homeless children, violations against children, children left outside the education system, child labor, the support systems for children with disabilities and their parents.
The opening was also attended by the Head of the Administration of the President of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili, the Secretary of the National Security Council Mr. Davit Rakviashvili, and advisors to the President.

The meeting of the Chair of the Education, Science and Culture Committee with the representative of UNICEF to Georgia

Published in Politics
Friday, 09 December 2016 12:38

The Chair, Ms. Mariam Jashi held the meeting with the UNICEF representative to Georgia, Ms. Laila Omar Gad. The parties discussed the early pre-school and general education system, cooperation outcomes and prospects of joint activities.
M. Jashi emphasized the survey data by UNICEF and the indices on children welfare and education. As Ms. Gad noted, UNICEF hails the law on “Early and Pre-School Education” adopted by the Parliament to be enacted in sundry phases and the first phase shall be accomplished on April 1, 2017.
The parties touched upon the results by PISA and emphasized unfavorable state of academic performance of children of 15. The parties agreed on coordinated cooperation with the Education and Science Ministry to develop the fundamental reforms on pre-school and general education.

Kakha Kakhishvili met with the representative of UNICEF

Published in Society
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 17:50

The Minister of Corrections Kakha Kakhishvili met with the representative of UNICEF in Georgia Laila Omar Gad. According to reports, the meeting was introductory. Kakhishvili presented to Laila Omar Gad the implemented reforms in Juvenile Justice System. As he said, Georgian Government supports the children rights and this issue is one of the priorities of Georgia. According to him, the European standards law was adopted. 

UNICEF calls on the government to take decisive steps to combat child poverty- Sascha Graumann

Published in Society
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 14:36

According to the special representative of UNICEF to Georgia Sascha Graumann every fourth child lives under the subsistence minimum in Georgia. He commented on the report of Public Defender which includes information about children’s rights in Georgia.
“I want to remind the government of Georgia to fulfill its obligations. Moreover, every fourth child lives below the subsistence minimum here. UNICEF calls on the government to take decisive steps to combat child poverty. Georgia is not in the list of poorest countries in Europe and Asia but however, the situation is difficult. The government should take effective measures in health care, education, food term..”-Sascha Graumann said.

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