The United Nations in Georgia

The United Nations system in Georgia is a unique set of diverse institutions –funds, programs and specialized agencies– united by common vision for the development of Georgia and empowerment of its people.

Georgia joined the United Nations on 31 July 1992, shortly after the country became independent. In the span of last 28 years, the United Nations has very much been part of Georgia’s history and development.

Working closely with the government of Georgia, civil society, and other national and international partners, the UN works to respond to national development needs and improve the economic and social conditions of people in Georgia.

Within its mandate to support Georgia to achieve its national priorities, the United Nations is providing tailor-made support to address the issues of sustainable human development while also supporting the national priority goal of European Integration.

UN’s support covers a diverse range of areas, including economic well-being, health, human rights, education, agriculture, industry, environmental protection, gender equality, effective governance and the rule of law. In the crisis areas, UN stands with people who suffer from crises and need help in relief and recovery.

As a reliable partner to the people of Georgia in addressing key national challenges and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN brings worldwide experience and advice to help Georgia build a better life and become a prosperous, peaceful, and resilient society, leaving no one behind.

Youth in Georgia during the UN Day celebration in Tbilisi
Photo: UNO Tbilisi

Milestones

  1. The UN supported adoption of the landmark Code on the Rights of the Child which aims to reinforce the state systems that safeguard the welfare and protection of all children.
  2. The UN supports the government's response to immediate health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and assists in addressing potential social and economic impacts of the crisis on vulnerable and marginalized groups.
  3. The UN has been assisting vulnerable and at-risk people and communities, including IDP-returnees, in the conflict-affected areas, improved access to livelihoods and essential social services across the ABL to strength mechanisms for confidence-building, social cohesion and people-to-people contacts.
  4. The UN works with the Government of Georgia to boost country’s potential in agriculture and rural development by improving the livelihoods of communities and creating employment opportunities by supporting creation of rural vocations outside farming.
  5. The UN has been supporting Geostat in the launch of the MICS 6 data and preparations for the Population Census 2020 Round, including to collect and disseminate sex-disaggregated data, and in the preparation and adoption of the first country-wide National Statistics Development Strategy 2020-2023
  6. With the UN’s substantial support, the first Voluntary National Review (VNR) report on the SDGs was prepared in 2016. The SDG Council and the thematic SDG working groups under the SDG Council were established to coordinate and monitor the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Georgia. In late 2019, the process of nationalization of SGDs was finalized.

The Sustainable Development Goals in Georgia

The Sustainable Development Goals are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the earth's environment and climate, and ensure that people everywhere can enjoy peace and prosperity. These are the goals the UN is working on in Georgia: