The 1st October marks 10 years since the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) was deployed to Georgia. For a decade, the EUMM has contributed to enhanced security and stability, conducting over 65,000 patrols on the ground. Over 1,700 EU nationals have served in the Mission over the years. That these staff have come from all 28 EU Member States is the strongest possible testament to the commitment of the entire European Union to this Mission.
Ten years after conflict involving Georgia, Russia and the South Ossetia region broke out, United Nations chief, António Guterres said on Tuesday that “increased commitment” is needed by “relevant actors” to advance the on-going reconciliation and peace process.
“The Secretary-General recalls that it is a reminder of the need to resolve this and other protracted conflicts in Europe,” said a statement issued by his Spokesperson. “This requires increased commitment by the relevant actors, backed by strong political will and a reinvigoration of mediation processes.”
Description of the disaster
On 5 July 2018, due to heavy raining, melting of snow and glacier in the upper part of the river Nenskra basin, a part of the mountain Khokrili (Samegrelo Zemo Svaneti Region, Georgia) collapsed, blocking the Nenskra River bed. As a result, accumulated water flooded the Nenskra valley villages. In total 1,143 people (323 families) live in Chuberi community villages. All of them were affected by the flooding according to the local government of Mestia.
The European Commission and the Emergency Management Service of Georgia will sign an administrative arrangement in Tbilisi enhancing ties in civil protection and disaster risk management.
The administrative arrangement outlines key areas of cooperation on disaster prevention, preparedness and response on issues such as forest fires, floods, and search and rescue missions.
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The South Caucasus region is particularly prone to natural hazards, including earthquakes, floods, and landslides. Effects of climate change are exacerbating the impact of climate-related disasters. Improving the capacity of national authorities and local communities to prepare for and respond to disaster is a priority for the European Union in the region.
‘The Hotline serves as a catalyst for cooperation between conflict parties. At the same time, it defuses tensions and prevents escalations, it represents an excellent instrument for confidence building, and it contributes to improving lives of people on both sides of the Administrative Boundary Line’. – Erik Høeg, Head of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Cereal production in 2018 forecast close to average
Imports of cereals in 2018/19 expected below previous year’s level
In April, prices of wheat flour and potatoes above their values a year before
Cereal production in 2018 forecast close to average
US$70 million UNDP-supported project, financed through the Green Climate Fund, Swiss Government and the Government of Georgia, signals 'paradigm shift centred around risk reduction, prevention and preparedness'
Georgia, 28 February 2018 – The Green Climate Fund approved a new project that will scale up early warning systems and the use of climate information in Georgia, enhancing resilience of 1.7 million people and their livelihoods to floods, droughts and other heightened climate risks.
Japanese government grant supports halo’s transformational work in Georgia
The HALO Trust has been awarded a grant of $400,000 USD from the Government of Japan to support the clearance of unexploded ordnance in Georgia, allowing over 585,000 square metres of land to be made safe.
Geneva (ICRC) – The 12th meeting of the coordination mechanism seeking to account for people who went missing in connection with the conflicts of the 1990s and August 2008 and their aftermath took place today in Ergneti. The meeting was chaired by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in its capacity as a neutral intermediary.
Georgian, South Ossetian and Russian participants met to discuss the progress they had made in clarifying the fate and whereabouts of173 missing people since the last meeting in April 2017.
Today representatives of the EU, FAO and Georgian Government marked the end of a 2 year project which assisted over 800 of the most vulnerable IDP families in Georgia.
In November 2014, the Government of Ukraine took a decision to stop payment of pensions and social payments to the citizens remaining in non-government controlled areas. The Government of Ukraine should provide all citizens, irrespective of their location in the country, with access to their earned entitlements.
In search of potential mechanisms to provide pensions for citizens living in non-government controlled areas, the experience of other countries of the region may prove useful. In this regard, one of the most relevant examples may be Georgia.
Having returned from his fact-finding visit to Tbilisi, Georgia on 27 November 2017, Killion Munyama (Poland, EPP/CD) said:
NATO has successfully completed a three-year project to clear unexploded ordnance from an ammunition depot in central Georgia. A closing ceremony for the Georgia IV NATO Trust Fund project was held on 7 November 2017 in Tbilisi, attended by more than 70 guests including NATO and partner nations’ Ambassadors and Defence Attaches, as well as senior NATO and Georgian Government representatives.
The effects of climate change are already increasingly visible around the globe. Images of the devastating hurricanes in the Caribbean are fresh on the minds of participants in the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23), underway this month in Bonn, Germany, where leaders have gathered to accelerate the transformation to sustainable, resilient, and climate-smart development.
"It has been 24 years of sheer hell for my family. The first few years after he went missing, we did not know if my father was alive or dead. Once we heard about his death, we did not know where he was buried. It's taken almost a quarter of a century to finally get some closure... the darkness of not knowing has been lifted."
145,000 people to benefit from HALO’s work
On the 1st November, a ceremony took place to mark the handover of Chognari minefield located in Imereti Region, Georgia, following HALO’s successful clearance work. In total, 985,654 square metres of land, where mines had claimed the lives of three local people, have now been declared safe.
By Nora Peter, IFRC
Graffiti on the wall, trees and old furniture in the courtyard – this is how a youth community centre looks like in the city of Gori. The centre, established by the Georgia Red Cross, was designed and is being run by the young people who actually use it.
Human Rights Council Thirty-sixth session 11-29 September 2017 Agenda items 2 and 10
Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General Technical assistance and capacity-building