“This fund will help Georgia harness the enormous political enthusiasm there now and, using appropriate expertise and effective programmes, transform that energy into sound and lasting reforms,” UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown told a news conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.”We welcome this new fund and the support from UNDP and OSI, which should help sustain Georgia in this critical period of structural reforms,” said President-elect Mikhail Saakashvili, who was elected earlier this month following the resignation of President Eduard Shevardnadze in November.The Capacity Building Fund for Georgia created by UNDP and OSI will finance the design of a thorough reform package, focusing on public administration. It will also support the fight against corruption. The fund will allow the Government to call on the services of local, international and expatriate experts who can assist in the planning and implementation of key reforms.”Georgia seeks to build an open society – and for that, its civil servants need the skills to implement reforms and respond to public demands,” OSI founder and philanthropist George Soros told the news conference.Working in collaboration, OSI and UNDP have been supporting similar programmes in Serbia and Montenegro. As in the case of South-East Europe, the new Georgian fund will also seek to tap the expertise of the diaspora by giving incentives to those who choose to return home to work in public service.The fund is open to contributions from other donors and efforts are currently underway to bolster international support for Georgia’s ambitious reform programme.
The Assembly adopted Resolution 181 on the partition of Palestine in 1947, but an independent and sovereign state has yet to be realised.Mr.Guterres called on Palestinian and Israeli leaders “to restore faith in the promise of Resolution 181, of two States living side-by-side in peace and security, fulfilling the legitimate national aspirations of both peoples, with borders based on the 1967 lines and Jerusalem as the capital of both states – East Jerusalem being the capital of the Palestinian state.”This, he said, was “the only way to achieve the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.”President of the General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa highlighted the role of the United Nations in the peace process.She reminded the committee and others in attendance of the theme of the 73rd session of the General Assembly: “Making the United Nations Relevant to All.”“I would like to emphasize this point, ‘relevant to all,’” she said. “Our solidarity with the Palestinian people must not be rooted just in sympathy. As worthy as that is, the Palestinian people are entitled to more than that.”Part of the UN pledge to leave no one behind, Mrs. Espinosa said, means doing “everything in our power to end their current nightmare.”She said it was “not enough” to advocate on behalf of the Palestinian people, “if we don’t exercise the political will needed to make the stand count.”Calling on world leaders, the Assembly President declared the need for an urgent response to the longstanding and complex humanitarian crises arising from the decades of conflict and mistrust.“The state of the Palestinian people remains a scar on our collective conscience,” she said, “and we all have a responsibility to press the urgency of the need for an expeditious resolution.”