Georgia

Tea Akhvlediani meets young representatives of ethnic minorities on Tolerance Day

Tbilisi:  Tea Akhvlediani, the Minister of State for Reconciliation and Civil Equality, on the Day of Tolerance, met young representatives of ethnic minorities in the country. She told young people from Samtskhe-Javakheti, Kvemo Kartli and Kakheti regions to integrate Georgia into the European and Euro-Atlantic, addressing the issues of cultural-educational seminar and congratulated for the International Day of Tolerance. 

 Akhvlediani noted that in Georgia, given the unique historical experience of living with dignity in a tolerant environment of ethnically diverse societies, as well as the principles of equality and common European values, the equality and rights of ethnic minorities are ensured by the current international standards and mechanisms implemented within the framework of the State Strategy.

The State Minister informed the youth about the activities of the apparatus, priorities, achieved results and future plans, implementing which is one of the top priorities of politics. She emphasized the importance of informing and raising awareness of the population of ethnic minorities in the effective implementation of state policy, including Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic Uri focused on the prospects of integration. 

The participants of the seminar were also addressed by Tamara Tsuleiskir, Director of the Information Center for NATO and EU, and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

As part of the events planned for the day, a presentation of a clip on tolerance shot during the pandemic was held on the initiative of the Minister’s Office, which was attended by the honorable guests from different spheres Representatives, including participants in the clip dedicated to tolerance.

“I congratulate Georgia on the International Day of Tolerance, where members of our society who are different from the ethnic origin, culture, traditions and beliefs for centuries live with dignity and celebrate the development of our homeland together”. Today reminds us once again that a society based on mutual respect and equality is the solid foundation of democratic stability. These values and the unique historical experience of our country are established by the state policy of civil equality and integration. 

“That is why, today, we celebrate, together with young people invited from Samtskhe-Javakheti, Kvemo Kartli and Kakheti regions, with various events within the framework of cultural-educational seminar aiming to develop our country’s European development and raising the awareness of the younger generation over Euro-Atlantic priorities,”- said Akhvlediani.

Up to 40 young people are participating in the two-day seminar. The cultural-educational seminar includes meetings with the Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia and representatives of various state agencies, community experts and international partners. During the event, the participants will also visit the Museum of Occupation.

The cycle of cultural and educational information campaigns on reconciliation and civil equality is carried out by the joint partnership of the Georgian Minister of State and the Information Center on NATO and the European Union, which is supported by the United States Department of State.

 The participants of the information campaign were given certificates and symbolic gifts from the Council of Europe: branded memory cards and T-shirts at the end of the seminar.

Zurab Kvaratskhelia

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