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MAY 6, 2016

GLOBAL SUMMIT ON CORPORATE


RESPONSIBILITY

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On May 4-6 the Global Compact Network Czech Republic


organized a summit in Prague. Its aim was to raise awareness
about corporate sustainability and the United Nations
Global Compact, the biggest business initiative on corporate
sustainability in the world. The representatives of local
networks from other countries were invited, including
Georgia. Salome Zurabishvili, Georgian contact person of UN
Global Compact local network, attended the summit.

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The Summit GLOBAL COMPACT 2030 - Looking into the


Future of Corporate Sustainability introduced specific steps
and actions that companies can take to incorporate
sustainability into their strategy. The Summit encouraged
participation among Czech and international companies in
the area of corporate sustainability and United Nations
Global Compact.


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At the conference, business representatives presented their


best practices in CSR and highlighted the importance of
business contribution in implementation of sustainable
development.

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On May 5-6 European Local Networks Regional Meeting


2016 took place along with the Summit. The meeting was led
by Lise Kingo, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact.
The meeting brought together the representatives and
contact persons of all European Local Networks to exchange
best practices and key learnings. A number of topics were
d i s c u s s e d , i n c l u d i n g : l o c a l n e t w o r k s ' e f fe c t i v e
encouragement of the implementation of SDGs by
businesses, future plans of Global Compact, and the format
of its activities. The meeting also served as a platform in
which UN Global Compact in New York presented the global
updates and allowed for a dialogue between headquarters
and Local Networks, especially on how to advance the
implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs) at the local level.
Visit costs of the Georgian representative were co-funded by UN Global compact HQ.

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MAY 11, 2016

POPULATION INTRODUCED TO BOLNISI THE


PROJECT ON ACCESS TO JUSTICE

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On 11th of May 2016 lawyers of CiDA Teona Kiladze and Khatuna


Menabdishvili have presented a project on the issue of access to free
legal services for the local population at the meeting in Bolnisi
municipality. Population was informed on the availability of the
project Legal Aid and Strategic Litigation Services in Kvemo Kartli
aimed mainly at women and national minorities.
The project is implemented in Kvemo Kartli region through Rustavi
and Dmanisi offices. Representatives of the project also provide
legal consultation sessions in villages to ensure that territorial issues
are not hindrance to the functioning of the project. According to
CiDA's lawyer, Teona Kiladze representation at court without any
financial input from the representative of the vulnerable groups is
also guaranteed in the framework of the project.
According to her: The Association of Law Firms of Georgia (ALFG) is
our partner throughout this project. ALFG will represent the interest
of the vulnerable groups in case of appeal and cassation for the cases
of strategic importance. We address issues of violence, premature
marriages of under aged population but we are open to provide legal
consultation on any issue brought up by the population. Our
consultations are permanent. The information meetings serve the
purpose of providing as much information as possible to locals about
the availability of legal services without any charges.
The participants of the meeting expressed their interest with regard
to the legal procedures and sanctions in case of early marriages. It
was also mentioned that village population faces huge problem with
regard to the procedures of the registration of agricultural lands.
Attendees have evaluated positively the project and highlighted the
importance of holding such meetings.
It is a great project with huge benefits for people. This kind of
projects should be prolonged to make people aware of their rights. It
is very important that legal consultation is provided for free as many
have financial problems and cannot pay for this service. I will spread
word about the information I got during the meeting among
acquaintances and I hope they will make use of the services. - said
Ervand Marukyan, representative of Gamgebeli in the village of
Bolnisi.
Informational material was also distributed during the meeting. This
type of meetings are held permanently in Kvemo Kartli region.
The project Legal Aid and Strategic Litigation Services in Kvemo Kartli Region is supported by
the East-West Management Institute (EWMI) and is funded by the US Agency for
International Development (USAID) within the program entitled Promoting Rule of Law in
Georgia (PROLoG) Activity.

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MAY 17, 2016

CONSULTATION MEETING AT DMANISI


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On May 17th 2016 lawyer of CiDA Khatuna Menabdishvili has


held a meeting with the population of village Dagarakhlo in
Dmanisi municipality. Menabdishvili has consulted the local
population on the issues of early marriages, family violence
and discrimination and has informed them about the
possibility of receiving free legal aid.

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During the meeting, which was mainly attended by the local


Azeri population, it was revealed that early marriages are the
most problematic issue. Elaborated answer on the topic was
provided to the interested individuals about the following
legal procedures and sanctions in case of such occurrences.

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The meeting was held in the framework of the project Legal


Aid and Strategic Litigation Services in Kvemo Kartli aimed
mainly at women and national minorities. The project covers
Kvemo Kartli region through Rustavi and Dmanisi offices.
Informational material was also distributed during the
meeting.
The project Legal Aid and Strategic Litigation Services in Kvemo Kartli Region is supported
by the East-West Management Institute (EWMI) and is funded by the US Agency for
International Development (USAID) within the program entitled Promoting Rule of Law
in Georgia (PROLoG) Activity.

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MAY 24, 2016

SOCIAL FRIDGE OPENED IN RUSTAVI

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On May 24, Social Fridge was opened in Rustavi in front


of the Madagoni Market. The aim of the Fridge is to
unite residents of the town to help socially vulnerable
group of people. In other words, people who wish to
help other people can bring different foods and put
them into the Fridge, so that vulnerable ones can take
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The Fridge opening was initiated by young people of


Rustavi, whose idea has been supported by CiDA.
In order the Fridge to be secured there is a video
camera controlling the area.
During last several months this is the third Social Fridge
that has been opened in Georgia. The first Fridge was
opened in Gori in 2015 and the second in Tbilisi.

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MAY 24, 2016

INFORMATION MEETING WITH THE AZERI


POPULATION OF KVEMO KARTLI REGION

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On 24th of May 2016 a meeting with local population was


held in the Village of Tazaqendi, Gardabani municipality.
During the meeting, lawyer of CiDA has explained to the
population that the project is oriented on the solving of
problems on such issues as family discrimination, violence
against women and early marriages. She has also
presented specific examples on the types of sanctions
introduced in case of early marriages. Teona Kiladze has
explained the rights to the participants of the meeting
granted by the Constitution of Georgia to their citizens
equally. Ms. Kiladze also talked about the instances when
one can appeal to court and has informed the audience
that CiDA provides free legal aid to the women who are
victims of violence and oppression.

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Participants of the meeting were interested whom they


should address in case of need for help. During the
meeting, informational material in Azeri language was
distributed with all the contact details. Local population
mentioned that there are facts of family violence in their
village but victims do not speak out about the issue. They
have also highlighted their preference with regard to the
path they wish for their children which is connected with
getting an education but unfortunately their traditions step
in and the aim is not always fulfilled. That is why we have
to work all hand in hand to solve these type of problems
and ensure that next generations will live in better
environment. said lawyer of CiDA.
The project Legal Aid and Strategic Litigation Services in Kvemo Kartli Region is
supported by the East-West Management Institute (EWMI) and is funded by the US
Agency for International Development (USAID) within the program entitled
Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia (PROLoG) Activity.

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JUNE 1, 2016

MEETING OF THE BOARD OF GLOBAL


COMPACT GEORGIA NETWORK

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On June 1st 2016 at the BP Georgia Office second meeting


of the Board of Global Compact Georgia was held where
the representatives of the organization have discussed
the plans and challenges of the Network.


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The contact person for the Global Compact Georgia


Network Salome Zurabishvili has talked about the
regional meeting held in May in Prague by the Global
Compact Europe Network. She has highlighted priority
areas of the Global Compact Network and the United
Nations' Strategy of Global Compact.
The members of the board have discussed the events of
the Network and the Corporate-Social Responsibility Club
and have highlighted the possibility of synergy of the two
platforms.
The Board has also brought up an issue of activation of the
business, ways of motivating existing members and
attracting new members. The Board members have
agreed that during the summer period the Network will
elaborate the Strategy and Action Plan. The Global
Compact Georgia Network will take into account the
experience of the European Networks and will offer its
members attractive service packages.

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JUNE 16, 2016


CSOS HOLD REPORT PRESENTATION ON SELFGOVERNMENT BODIES' ACTIVITIES
Representatives of Civil Society organisations (CSOs) held a report
presentation which concerned the activities of self-government
bodies in Georgia and the ongoing process of decentralization.
The report presentation was held in the framework of a conference
entitled 'Self-Government Bodies and the Decentralization Process Evaluation by the Civil Society Organisations', which was organized by
the Civil Development Agency (CiDA) and the International Society
for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) on June 16. The report
covered both the flaws and progress which have been identified by
CSOs. In addition, the CSOs gave concrete recommendations to the
government of Georgia to be taken into account during the reform
process.
During the presentations, representatives of the Institute for
Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) talked about the
transparency and openness of the self-governing bodies;
Transparency International Georgia (TIG) focused on finances,
budgetary processes and procurement; the Georgian Young Lawyers
Association (GYLA) assessed the competences and powers of the selfgovernment bodies; an ISFED representative discussed policies on
human resources and holding competitions unfairly in selfgovernment bodies; lastly, CiDA made a presentation on society's
involvement and control, nihilism and the lack of interest amongst
the population to take part in public sessions.
While commenting on the presented report, the Executive Director of
CiDA, Zviad Devdariani, stated that with this report, interested people
will have a general overview of the decentralization process and the
activities of self-government bodies in Georgia. Devdariani
highlighted that the goal of the report was not to show only negative
aspects and assessments, which was why the CSOs assessed the
entirety of the process and presented both the negative and positive
effects of it.
In the process of evaluation, a number of pending issues have been
identified, including the financial independence of municipalities, the
low level of engagement of citizens in decision-making processes, as
well as nepotism and other challenges. However, positive
achievements should also be noted, such as such as the direct
elections of various mayors and gamgebelis, and the increasing level
of transparency which is very important for carrying out successful
reforms.
The head of the Department of Self-government Development and
Regional Policy of the Ministry of Regional Development and
Infrastructure of Georgia, Mamuka Abuladze, welcomed the CSOs'
recommendations, and said that when there is one goal to achieve, it
is important that government and civic organisations cooperate with
each other and consider their recommendations and opinions.
However, he also said that significant steps in terms of
decentralization have been put forward, and nowadays central
government's involvement in self-government bodies activities is
minimal, which has been caused by the fact that mayors and
gamgebelis are directly elected. Abuladze claimed that the situation
is different from previous years, as now there is no 'faade' selfgovernance in the country. He also forecast that more positive results
of the reform process are still to come.
The report was prepared by the Civil Development Agency (CiDA) and

the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy,


in cooperation with the Regional Civil Society Network (RCSN) and national civil organizations.
The report was compiled with the support of the Open
Society Georgia Foundation, the East-West Management
Institute's ACCESS programme, funded by USAID, and the
National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
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JUNE 25, 2016

UN GLOBAL COMPACT LEADERS SUMMIT


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On June 22-23 Salome Zurabishvili, CSR Manager of CiDA


and Contact Person of UN Global Compact local network,
and , CEO of Adjara Group Hospitality Valeri Chekheria,
took part in UN Global Compact Leaders Summit and in A
Night of Pioneers: Leaders Dinner.

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Leaders Summit was held in New York at UN Headquarters


and it was opened by Secretary-General of the United
Nations Ban Ki-moon. About 1000 global business
representatives and UN Global Compact local network
representatives attended the summit.
The summit provided a dynamic stage to jump-start
business action everywhere on the new Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs). At the Summit, the journey
ahead to turn global goals into local business was outlined,
and leaders jointly identified opportunities for action and
innovation around the SDGs.
On June 22 Georgian participants Salome Zurabishvili and
Valeri Chekheria met with Permanent Representative of
Georgia to the UN Kakha Imnadze. They discussed future
cooperation opportunities in the field of Corporate Social
Responsibility in Georgia.
Zurabishvili also attended the closing meeting organized by
the UN Global Compact with 33 representatives of other
countries. The aim of the meeting was to summarize the
conference, share opinions and set future goals and plans.
Visit costs have been financed by Adjara Group Hospitality.

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