UN to allocate funds to support COVID-19 response in Georgia
BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 18
By Tamilla Mammadova - Trend:
The United Nations (UN) will allocate $1 million for Georgia to help the country better respond to immediate health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, Trend reports with reference to the UN office in Georgia
According to the UN office in Georgia, Georgia is among 46 countries that were eligible for immediate support from the United Nations COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to protect vulnerable groups from the shocks of the current pandemic.
The United Nations Multi-Partner Trust Fund for COVID-19 Response and Recovery, an inter-agency finance mechanism, was launched by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on 31 March 2020, to help countries mitigate the emergency and bolster the post-crisis social and economic recovery.
On 15 May, a proposal of the UN country team in Georgia was approved. It concerns a project of $1 million to better respond to immediate health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the most vulnerable groups from the devastating socio-economic impacts of the health crisis.
“As we are fighting the coronavirus outbreak, the primary goal today is to save lives of our citizens, stop the spread of the virus, as well as to contain the economic consequences and to set our economy up for a strong and sustainable recovery. We appreciate all the support from international partners to ensure the smoother transition from the global pandemic to a post-crisis reality,” said Head of the Administration of the Government of Georgia Natia Mezvrishvili, reads the statement of the organization.
“We are immensely grateful to the governments of the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, and Denmark that have provided a first contribution to enable the work of the United Nations COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund that helps support Georgia’s response to the pandemic and its impacts on human lives and livelihoods”, said UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia Sabine Machl.
The project ‘Assisting the Georgian Government and Local Communities in Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19’ will be implemented by United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) in collaboration with all other UN agencies in Georgia.
This assistance is part of UN’s broader COVID-19 response in Georgia to help the authorities respond effectively to this unprecedented crisis. Since the first case of COVID-19 was detected in Georgia on February 26, the UN country team has supported the Government to address immediate health needs as well as potential social and economic impacts with a focus on women, children, the elderly, refugees, migrants and other vulnerable and marginalized groups.
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