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Georgia is the OGP Chair

On September 19, 2017, at the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly,the official meeting of the Open Government Partnership’s (OGP) Steering Committee took place. At the meeting, the Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili officially took over the OGP chairmanship from the French President Emmanuel Macron.

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Georgia to Become OGP Chair

On September 19, 2017, at the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, the official meeting of the Open Government Partnership’s (OGP) Steering Committee will be held. Within the framework of the meeting, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the Prime Minister of Georgia, will officially take over chairmanship of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) from Emmanuel Macron, the President of France. Furthermore, the Prime Minister of Georgia will present Georgia’s vision on the chairmanship of the Partnership to the OGP member states.

 

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Regulating Secrete Surveillance in Georgia (January-August, 2017)

IDFI report includes statistics on cases of secrete surveillance in Georgia, updates on ongoing legislative processes and different positions of civil society and the government on this matter. 

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Promoting SDGs in Gori

IDFI hosted a meeting on the 2030 UN sustainable development agenda at the Gori Civic Engagement Center. IDFI representative Saba Buadze presented the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their component objectives. The meeting was attended by representatives of Gori, Kaspi, Kareli and Khashuri municipalities.

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Sustainable Development Goal #1 - End Poverty in All its Forms Everywhere

Author of the given Essay is the student of Georgian Technical University Ana Giorgashvili. The Essay was prepared specifically for the contest on “Sustainable Development Goals and Georgia” organized by IDFI in cooperation with UNDP Georgia and with the financial support from the Government of Sweden.

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Regulating Inadmissible Internet Content – Georgia in Need of Legal Changes

Parallel to the unprecedented growth of the Internet’s importance in contemporary democratic societies, it is all the more pressing to determine the rules of engagement in this medium. The goal of such regulations is, on the one hand, not to restrict or hamper the use of the Internet and, on the other hand, to protect the interests that in certain cases contradicts freedom of expression.

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New Draft Law on Remuneration in Public Service Fails to Meet Existing Challenges

Despite positive changes, IDFI believes that the new draft law on remuneration in the public service proposed by Ministry of Finance and the Civil Service Bureau fails to meet existing challenges.

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Clean Water and Sanitation

Author of the given Essay is the student of Tbilisi State University Lana Kapanadze. The Essay was prepared specifically for the contest on “Sustainable Development Goals and Georgia” organized by IDFI in cooperation with UNDP Georgia and with the financial support from the Government of Sweden.

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Meeting of the Permanent Parliamentary Council on Open and Transparent Governance and Its Consultative Group

On August 2, 2017, the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) organized a meeting of  the Permanent Parliamentary Council on Open and Transparent Governance and its Consultative Group.  The aim of the meeting was to define and approve new dates for implementation of commitments under the Open Parliament Georgia Action Plan 2017-2018.

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Court Directs Ministry of Internal Affairs to Retract Information Defaming Giorgi Kldiashvili

On December 12, 2014, the Director of IDFI Giorgi Kldiashvili was arrested by the Department of Central Criminal Police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Georgia, on charges of illicit carrying of firearms (Art. 236.2 of the Criminal Code) and was taken to a pre-detention cell where he was kept for three days. On December 14, Giorgi Kldiashvili was released from the courtroom on bail, and his detention was declared illegal.

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