UN-backed Workshop on National Human Rights Institutions Takes Place in Minsk 22 July 2014
The international workshop «National Human Rights Institutions: Establishment and Functioning» (Workshop), co-organized and co-hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, the Office of the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator and UNDP in Belarus, the Secretariat of the Council of Europe, the Council of Europe Information Point in Minsk, and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) took place in Minsk on July 18, 2014.
Innovation Lab in Belarus - Place Where Ideas Become Innovations 08 July 2014
Hack4SocialChange — the first event within the Innovation lab. The goal is — to bring together young people to jointly find solutions to the problems and challenges faced in Belarus. The Hack4SocialChange is organized in the format of a Hackathon — for 48 hours participants will develop operating prototypes to solve social problems and challenges. Prototypes vary from mobile applications, websites, projects based on 3d–printing, augmented reality, to electronic devices based on Arduino or Raspberry PI or urban projects — architectural, etc.
UNDP Belarus launches new English website 20 June 2014 | UNDP UNDP Belarus is launching its new English website, which can be accessed at by.undp.org. This site was designed as a resource for governments, civil society, the media and the public, who wish to gain and share knowledge about the development challenges in Belarus, as well as the solutions that UNDP offers to meet those challenges. Current UNDP Belarus website will not be updated any more – but we recommend you to use it as an archive of our activities and some publications.
UN and Belarusian partners develop cooperation strategy for 2016-2020 18 June 2014
Two-day Strategic Planning Retreat started in Minsk Crowne Plaza Hotel on 18 June 2014. The Retreat is devoted to the planning of the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Belarus for 2016–2020. The participants of the event are the UN Country Team members, representatives of the government of Belarus, private sector, civil society organizations and other national and international development partners.
Nelson Mandela International Day 16 July 2014
Last year, the world lost one of its greatest leaders when Nelson Mandela passed away. We remember his legacy especially on his birthday, the 18th of July. Nelson Mandela and the United Nations had a strong history together. Shortly after he was released from prison, he came to our Headquarters. It was a moment of great excitement.
FAO: Codex Alimentarius Commission - Geneva, 14-18 July 2014 16 July 2014
Countries to adopt recommendations on use of drugs in food–producing animals, maximum levels of lead in infant formulae and arsenic in rice, and new food safety and quality standards for shellfish, fruit, vegetables. Members of the international food standards body, the Codex Alimentarius Commission, will meet in Geneva next week.
Secretary-General's Message on 2014 World Population Day 09 July 2014
The world today has its largest generation of youth in history – 1.8 billion young people, mostly in developing countries – with enormous potential to help tackle the major challenges facing humanity. But too many are denied their rightful opportunities to get a quality education, find decent work, and participate in the political life of their societies. World Population Day is an opportunity to renew our commitment to help young people unleash progress across society. Action is urgently needed. Too many young people lack resources they need to lift themselves out of poverty. I am particularly concerned about adolescent girls who may face discrimination, sexual violence, early marriage and unwanted pregnancies.
General Assembly confirms Jordan’s Prince Zeid as new UN human rights chief 17 June 2014
The United Nations General Assembly today unanimously approved Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al–Hussein of Jordan as the new High Commissioner for Human Rights, succeeding Navi Pillay of South Africa. “I am going to be the first High Commissioner from the Asian continent and from the Muslim and Arab worlds,” Prince Zeid said after the 193–member body approved his appointment by consensus.