Permanent Mission in Geneva: Main Goals and Plans for Future Involvement in UNHRC

The activities of the Permanent Mission in Geneva, the world's most active center of multilateral diplomacy and one of the most important centers of global governance, has two main goals, namely, to contribute to the effective multilateralism in order to seek solutions to global challenges and to promote Georgia’s interests.

In achieving these goals, the Mission is engaged with other delegations to promote and develop international norms and standards in humanitarian law and human rights, health and labor, intellectual property and environment, trade and disarmament.

Particularly, Georgian Mission is focused on the work of the UN Human Rights Council, a principal intergovernmental body charged with promoting and protecting human rights, addressing the situations on human rights violations and coordinating human rights issues within the UN system. Our team contributes to a range of cross regional statements, initiatives and resolutions. In the frame of the HRC sessions, Georgian Mission highly prioritizes the addressing of challenges caused by the occupation of Georgia’s Abkhazeti and Tskhinvali regions. In this context, Mission’s activities and statements are focused on the deplorable human rights situation therein, the right of safe and dignified return of IDP’s and refugees, the responsibility of the occupied power and the role of the international actors in addressing the current situation.

Georgia is a candidate country to the UN Human Rights Council for the term 2016-2018. The elections are set for this fall. The membership in de facto one of the principal organs of the UN, will present the opportunity to be instrumental in realizing set goals. Our team is looking forward to represent Georgia in the HRC for the first time in its history.

Shalva Tsiskarashvili
Permanent Representative of Georgia
to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva