Tbilisi. The Government of Georgia and the United Nations signed on June 14 a programme of cooperation, which outlines the strategic directions of the UN activities in Georgia during the upcoming five years (2011-2015).
This programme of cooperation, known as the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) was signed by Prime Minister of Georgia, Mr. Nika Gilauri and UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia, Mr. Jamie McGoldrick.
"This agreement formalizes the working relationship between the Government of Georgia and the United Nations, and ensures that this fruitful cooperation will continue in an efficient and well-coordinated manner in the years to come," Mr. McGoldrick said.
The UNDAF has been developed in line with the national development priorities and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The new programme of cooperation is the result of in-depth consultations with the Government, the participating UN bodies, donors, civil society and other partners.
With a budget of US$ 188.5 million, UN agency programmes under the UNDAF will primarily address issues in the areas of poverty reduction, democratic development, and disaster risk reduction. Over the coming years the UN will contribute towards building a better future for Georgia and its people by addressing inclusive and sustainable growth, promoting balanced, independent, fair and participatory governance systems and protection of human rights and effective disaster risk and environmental management. In addition, special UN initiatives will aim to contribute to reducing post-conflict risks and rebuilding confidence and preventing conflict. The UN will continue to reach out to the most vulnerable groups — the poor, the disabled, IDPs, refugees, and the marginalized.
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