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General Assembly criticizes human rights abuses in Belarus
21 December 2006
Acting on reports of torture in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), harassment of journalists and failure to hold free elections in Belarus, and intimidation of human rights workers and political opponents in Iran, the General Assembly has called on all three States to immediately end such abuses.
Belarus launches the Global Compact Initiative
20 December 2006 | UNDP
Over 170 participants representing business, government, civil society organizations and media launched the Global Compact in Minsk, Belarus today. During the event, 26 Belarusian companies collectively committed to the principles and working jointly on establishing a local Global Compact chapter.
Statement by Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, on occasion of Global Compact official launching event, Minsk, 20 December 2006
20 December 2006 | UNDP
"The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), entrusted by the United Nations to bring the Global Compact to national level, has been facilitating this process in Belarus so far and will further seek to support and strengthen the efforts of the private sector in Belarus to engage in corporate social responsibility."
International Organization for Migration – 10 years in Belarus
18 December 2006
On the International Migrants Day, which is traditionally observed on December 18th, Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the Republic of Belarus celebrates its 10th anniversary. The IOM Mission in Minsk was opened in 1996. The Agreement on cooperation between the Belarusian Government and the IOM was ratified in 1999. In November 2005 Belarus became a full-fledged member of the Organization.
Special Rapporteur expresses deep concern over deteriorating health of Alexander Kazulin
08 December 2006
The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Adrian Severin, expresses his deepest concern over the deteriorating health condition of Mr. Alexander Kazulin after 49 days of hunger strike.
Prospects of bio-energy development in Belarus are more optimistic due to UNDP Project
06 December 2006 | UNDP
Technical, economic, environmental, financial, legislative and social aspects of large-scale utilization of wood-waste fuel was in the focus of a thematic forum held yesterday in Minsk. The workshop “National Plan on Providing Sustainable Development of Bio-Energy and Dissemination of the Project Activities Results” was arranged under the UNDP and the Global Environment Facility project “Biomass Energy for Heating and Hot Water Supply in Belarus”.
Address by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, at the Biomass Workshop
05 December 2006 | UNDP
"<...>wood biomass is considered by the international community an environmentally much friendlier alternative to another domestic fuel targeted by the Belarusian Government – peat. The experience of UNDP worldwide clearly indicates that extraction of this non-renewable source of energy not only threatens landscape and biological integrity, but also leads to huge carbon dioxide emissions."
2nd December – International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
02 December 2006
Slavery does still exist today in its ancient forms such as forced labour and servitude. Furthermore, it is quite recently that society has had to face modern type of slavery – trafficking in human beings. Labour and sexual exploitation is turning to be one of the most profitable spheres of transnational crime, along with arms and drug trafficking. The profits from trafficking in human beings are estimated to come to about 10 billion dollars annually.
Address by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, at the Parliamentary Hearings of the Council of the Republic on the State Policy of the Republic of Belarus on HIV/AIDS Prevention, 1 December 2006
01 December 2006 | UNDP
"Belarus is one of the few countries in Eastern and Central Europe where one can say that the situation is under control or stabilized. <...> Belarus with its 0.3% prevalence rate looks in a better shape. This shows that, in Belarus, thanks to the Government’s public health policy and efforts of the national AIDS Centre and other governmental structures, as well as many non-governmental organizations working in this field, it has been possible to rein in the fast spread of the epidemic."
Experts share experience in dealing with border security issues
01 December 2006 | UNDP
Cross-border character of international organized crime demands new coordinated approaches of border and law enforcement agencies of European states and international organizations. This was the main thesis of a three-day international conference “Ensuring Border Security in the Context of Modern Challenges and Threats to the System of International Security” which was closed yesterday in Minsk.
Speech of the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus Cihah Sultanogly for the opening of the International Conference on border security, 28 November 2006
28 November 2006 | UNDP
"Today, the issues of international and human security are voiced at every high level meeting due to the threat of terrorism, increased drugs and human trafficking, and trafficking in arms. These issues are equally important for the countries of this region and are becoming more and more crucial for Belarus and for the countries of the former Soviet block. This is caused primarily by the new dynamics related to the EU enlargement, global context and the challenges it brings."
The problem of HIV/AIDS in prisons is in the spotlight of international conference
27 November 2006 | UNAIDS
Providing all Belarusian citizens with appropriate medical treatment is currently among the basic tasks of HIV prevention. This was the main thesis of the 3rd International scientific practice conference “Acute Problems of Penitentiary Medicine. HIV/AIDS in Prisons” held on 23-24 November in Minsk.
19 new projects approved within CORE Programme
20 November 2006 | UNDP
19 projects have been upheld by the Approval Board (AP) of the CORE (Cooperation for Rehabilitation) International Programme at its sitting held on 16 November in Stolin of the Brest region. Altogether 124 projects worth about EURO 9.0 million have been approved since the beginning of the Programme implementation.
Professionals and representatives of civil society discussed medical and social aspects of HIV-infection
13 November 2006 | UNAIDS
The Third National Conference entitled “Medial and Social Aspects of HIV-infection, Parenteral Viral Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infections” was held last Friday in Minsk. The conference is a joint effort of the Belarusian Ministry of Health and the National Center of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Public Health with support from UNDP Project “Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in the Republic of Belarus”.
Address of Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, at the 3rd National HIV/AIDS Conference, 10 November 2006, Minsk
10 November 2006 | UNDP
"I feel privileged and delighted to be opening this conference today which gathered nearly 250 participants from different regions of Belarus. For me, it is another proof that Belarus gives priority to the issues of HIV prevention and treatment and to the health issues of its population in general. As many of you know, Belarus is lucky not to be one of the high prevalence countries in the region, but it is still at a high risk due to its geographical position and intensive movement of the population."
Statement by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative at the press conference on the occasion of the launch of the Human Development Report 2006, 9 November 2006, Minsk
09 November 2006 | UNDP
"The Report’s main message is that it is not the shortage of water, which causes global water crisis, but the lack of sound management. Water resources are often thoughtlessly wasted, and cooperation between countries sharing water basins is often insufficient. For Belarus, whose water consumption per capita levels are well–above European average, and who shares Dnieper and Neman basins with its neighbours, this message has direct relevance."
2006 Global Human Development Report launched in Minsk
09 November 2006 | UNDP
The 2006 Global Human Development Report was presented to the Belarusian public today at the National Press Centre in Minsk. The presentation was part of the global launch of the Report in Cape Town, South Africa, and other major capitals. The title of the Report is “Beyond scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis."
New signatories join the CORE Programme Declaration of Principles
02 November 2006 | UNDP
For the past several days, three new entities have become signatories of the Declaration of Principles on the CORE Programme (Cooperation for Rehabilitation): a private enterprise “Institute of Radiation Safety “BELRAD”, the Mogilev and Gomel regional executive committees.
Minsk hosted the International conference on combating trafficking in human beings
27 October 2006
International conference on combating trafficking in human beings, devoted to strengthening cooperation between source and destination countries on how to reduce demand for trafficked persons, took place in Minsk on 26–27 October, 2006.
UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus visits Stolin
20 October 2006 | UNDP
Ms Cihan Sultanoglu paid a working visit to the town of Stolin (Brest region). Ms Sultanoglu had a meeting with the head of the Stolin district executive committee Alexei Demko to discuss preparation and holding of a PAC regular sitting scheduled for 15 November in Stolin, and implementation of CORE projects in the Stolin district.
UN focuses on the right of people with disabilities for a decent life
19 October 2006 | UNDP
Securing the right of persons with disabilities for employment is an inalienable prerequisite of the poverty prevention in this social group. This was the main thesis under discussion at a round table sitting for mass media held today at the educational technology hall of the National library of Belarus.
World Investment Report 2006 presented in Belarus
16 October 2006
Minsk hosted a presentation of the World Investment Report 2006 prepared by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The topic of the Report is “Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from Developing and Transition Economies: Implications for Development”.
Statement by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative at the presentation of the World Investment Report 2006, 16 October 2006
16 October 2006
"UNCTAD helps developing countries and countries in transition promote foreign direct investment and improve their investment climate. It also assists governments to improve the general understanding of global trends in foreign direct investment and related policies."
UNDP contributes to sustainable development of the Belavezhskaya Pushcha region
15 October 2006 | UNDP
The potential for the development of agro-tourism and eco-tourism in the Belavezhskaya Pushcha region of south-east Belarus has been significantly strengthened by the implementation of the UNDP project “Environmentally Sustainable Development in the Belavezhskaya Pushcha Region: Combining Protected Area Management with Rural Sustainability”.
Hydrological regime of Osveiskoe peatbog will be restored
13 October 2006 | UNDP
The restoration of the natural hydrological regime of the Osveiskoe peat bog that had been damaged as a result of peat extraction will become one of the key activities under the Osveiski preserve’s new management plan. Yesterday the town of Verkhnedvinsk in the Vitebsk region hosted a seminar on the plan’s preparation.
Professor Lars O. Kallings, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe
04 October 2006 | UNAIDS
From 2 to 4 October 2006 UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe Professor Lars O. Kallings (Sweden) paid a high level advocacy visit to Belarus. Professor Kallings expressed his satisfaction with the progress achieved by Belarus in the area of HIV and AIDS prevention. The Special Envoy underlined that Belarus can serve as an example of a comprehensive and sustainable response to the epidemic-related challenges in the region.
Anti-AIDS motor rally launched in Belarus
02 October 2006 | UNDP
On 30 September, a campaign titled “Motor Rally: Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise” was launched at the main entrance to the Gorky Park in Minsk. The special motorized campaign is part of the UNDP project “HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment in the Republic of Belarus” that is implemented in cooperation with the Health Ministry and with the financial support of the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Let us create a society for all ages
28 September 2006
The United Nations General Assembly designated 1 October the International Day of Older Persons on 14 December 1990. By definition of the UN Statistical Bureau, an “older person” is a person, who reached the age of 60 or older.
Human Rights Council discusses reports on situation of human rights in Sudan and Belarus
27 September 2006
27 September 2006 the Human Rights Council discussed the reports of its Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in the Sudan and in Belarus, and then took up the report of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.
Anti-AIDS motor rally starts in Minsk
21 September 2006 | UNDP
An action “Motor rally “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise” will be launched on Saturday, 30 September at 17.00 at the main entrance to the Gorky Park in Minsk. The action is carried out within the UNDP project “HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment in the Republic of Belarus”.
International Literacy Day is celebrated around the world on 8 September
08 September 2006
In 2006 the International Literacy Day is celebrated for the 40th time. The Day was proclaimed by the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) in 1966 by the recommendation of the World Education Ministers Conference on Eradication of Illiteracy, which was held in September 1965 in Teheran. 8 September is the day of solemn opening of the Conference.
UN Office hosts a presentation of the second Environmental Performance Review of Belarus
08 September 2006
The Review contains analysis of the current situation with environmental management and recommendations for addressing the most pressing environmental issues in Belarus, with due respect to the economic and social development. The objective of the Review is to assess the progress made by Belarus in environmental management since 1997 when the first review took place.
The UNFPA State of World Population Report 2006 focuses on international migration
06 September 2006
Young people attending the Minsk presentation told their stories of Belarusian youth migration. The stories covered many cases: illegal work abroad; a dream to marry abroad and its accomplishment results; study abroad with the goal to receive complementary education; life of foreigners, including foreign students, refugees, immigrants’ children in Belarus.
Statement by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNFPA Representative, at the launch of UNFPA State of World Population Report 2006, Minsk, 6 September 2006
06 September 2006
"To many of us, a migrant face is a man; however, for more then 40 years, the number of female migrants has been nearly equal to the number of men who migrate. The report points out that migration can contribute to the positive social and economic empowerment of women. On the other hand, domestic work and entertainment – the most vulnerable and exploitative service sectors that attract majority of women migrants – make them subject to discrimination and abuse, including human trafficking."
UNDP and EU continue to support Belarus in enhancing border management
04 September 2006 | UNDP
A new joint project of the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) “Enhancing the System of Immigration Control at the State Border of the Republic of Belarus” (BOMBEL-2) will be launched in Belarus in September. The BOMBEL-2 programme is to be implemented within 16 months.
UNDP project announces a contest on best PR action in Belarus rural areas
17 August 2006
Belarus launches a contest on national best PR action in regional and district centers on the topic “Family is My Protection from HIV”. The contest is carried out under the project “Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in Belarus” jointly implemented by the UNDP and the Ministry of Health of Belarus.
CENTRalized struggle for youth health in Belarus
14 August 2006
By the end of 2006 preparation for opening Youth Health Centers in all Belarus’ regions will have been completed. By today 4 centers have been opened in Gomel, Mogilyov, Grodno and Soligorsk. They will be followed by new centers in Borisov, Vileika, Zhodino, Molodechno and Slutsk scheduled for opening in September.
UNFPA: youth sickness rate has increased in Belarus
01 August 2006
According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), youth sickness rate has surged by 30.9 per cent for the past 10 years. In UNFPA view, taking into account Belarus’ population reduction by 49.9 thousand people in 2005, youth reproductive health rate has an impact on the national demographic situation, in particular.
Europe and the CIS Regional MDG Report presented in Minsk
25 July 2006
The UN Office in Belarus hosted a presentation of the report “National Millennium Development Goals: a Framework for Action” prepared by the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS (RBEC) with the assistance of the UNDP regional country offices. The report reviews the progress in 32 Central and Eastern European and the CIS countries and territories in achieving the nationally adopted Millennium Development Goals.
Statement by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative at the presentation of the Europe and CIS Regional MDG Report “National Millennium Development Goals: A Framework for Action”, 25 July 2006, Minsk
25 July 2006 | UNDP
Belarus, indeed, advanced very much in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. But this fact should not be the reason for complacency. At the moment, more ambitious goals and targets should be on Belarus’ human development agenda. United Nations Development Programme and other UN agencies stand ready to provide any necessary assistance to Belarus in this area.
Exhibition on UNRRA Mission in Belarus opened in Minsk
21 July 2006
On 20 July 2006 the Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War hosted opening an exhibition “UNRRA Mission in Belarus in 1946-1947”, jointly organized by the Museum and the United Nations Office in Belarus under support of the United States of America Embassy in Belarus.
The International Organization for Migration in the Republic of Belarus opens a Rehabilitation Center for victims of trafficking
18 July 2006
Minsk, 17 July, 2006 – The International Organization for Migration in the Republic of Belarus (IOM) opens Medical Rehabilitation Center for victims of trafficking in Minsk under financial support of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
UNICEF proposes to adopt a bill on universal consumption of iodized salt in Belarus
12 July 2006
While participating in a round-table discussion on the programme of elimination of iodine deficit-related diseases, the UNICEF Assistant Representative in Belarus Branislav Jekic introduced an initiative on adopting a bill on universal consumption of iodized salt in the country.
World Population Day 2006 focuses on young people
11 July 2006
“This day is neither New Year eve nor birthday – the holidays which everybody is attached to, looks forward to and celebrates in the family circle. This is a day which accumulates the past year problems and sharpens the long-standing issues that are yet to be responded to. This year focuses on values of the youth”.
The 11th International Summer University of UNESCO Clubs opened near Minsk
10 July 2006
An official ceremony of opening the 11th International Summer University of UNESCO clubs was held in Zhdanovichi, Minsk region. This year about 100 representatives of UNESCO clubs from Belarus, Russia and Latvia will participate in the University activities.
Interview of Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, for BelaPAN Information Company, 10 July 2006
10 July 2006 | UNDP
"2005 has been really a remarkable year for the UNDP in Belarus. Its annual project funding was the highest since the establishment of the UNDP Office in the country in 1992, totaling USD 7.3 million. Moreover, cost-sharing of projects implemented — in 2005 we had 18 projects at different stages of realization — increased fourfold over the last three years."
UNDP Project strengthens Belarus' capacities in poverty assessment and reduction
04 July 2006 | UNDP
A step forward in addressing poverty reduction in Belarus was taken on 30 June in Minsk at a concluding meeting reviewing the results of the UNDP project “Assisting in Elaborating the Basic Foundation for a National Poverty Reduction Strategy in Belarus”.
UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme to fund five NGO projects
30 June 2006 | UNDP
A signing ceremony for the first five contracts to be funded in Belarus through the GEF/UNDP Small Grants Programme was held today in the UNDP Office in Belarus. The Small Grants Programme was officially launched in Belarus in summer 2005. The Programme envisages allocating grants up to USD 50,000 to non-governmental and community-based organizations dealing with the environment protection issues.
Opening remarks of Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative at the final meeting of the Advisory Board of the project on poverty reduction, Minsk, 30 June 2006
30 June 2006 | UNDP
"This project was designed to produce a theoretical framework for improvements in the national social policies with respect to poverty. I believe it played an important role in strengthening the national capacity for analyzing and measuring poverty and in coordinating stakeholder contribution to this task. Strength of the project is that it approaches poverty from a broad human development perspective without viewing it simply in terms of insufficient income."
Statement by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative at the signing of Memoranda of Agreement with winners of the UNDP-GEF Small Grants Program in Belarus, 30 June 2006
30 June 2006 | UNDP
Following endorsement by the Cabinet of Ministers of Belarus, we are officially launching today the first 5 projects of the Small Grants Program (SGP) in Belarus, which is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) as a corporate program and is implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Regional conference on strengthening law-enforcement cooperation started in Minsk
28 June 2006 | UNDP
A three-day regional conference “Interaction of Law Enforcement Agencies in Combating Drugs Trafficking” started today in Minsk. The workshop participants will discuss legislative and practical aspects of carrying out domestic and international undercover operations, controlled deliveries, and analysis and information exchange.
On-Line conference on drugs was held on 26 June
26 June 2006 | UNDP
A lot has been said and written about the problem of drug addiction. There are numerous public and charitable organizations in the world drawing the public attention to this issue. Unfortunately, the number of drug addicts is still increasing. The main consumers of narcotics are young people lacking richness and fullness of life, extreme feelings and impressions, self-expression.
Poverty reduction seminars started in Belarus
16 June 2006 | UNDP
A series of regional seminars entitled “The Main Directions of the National Poverty Reduction Strategy in Belarus” started yesterday in Gomel.
UNDP/GEF launch new large scale project on wetland biodiversity conservation
08 June 2006 | UNDP
Belarus’ capacity to conserve wetland biodiversity in its network of wetland reserves will be significantly increased thanks to a new large–scale project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF).
Rural tourism guidebook issued by UNDP
26 May 2006 | UNDP
A booklet “Leisure in a Village House in the Close Vicinity of the Belavezhskaya Puscha” was designed within the framework of the UNDP project entitled “Environmentally Sustainable Development in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha Belarus-Poland Region: Combining Protected Area Management with Rural Sustainability” which has been implemented in Belarus since 2004.
Belarus remembers victims of AIDS
19 May 2006 | UNDP
Starting from 1983 the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is marked every year on the third Sunday of May in more than 85 countries. On 19 May the youth informational and educational consulting room on HIV/AIDS on the premises of the AIDS prevention department of the National Center for Hygiene, Epidemiology and Public Health hosted a press-conference on the occasion of the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial.
IOM to make final awards to Nazi victims and legal successors under two major claims programmes by 30 September 2006
15 May 2006
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is entering the final phase of two programmes which make compensation payments to former slaves, forced labourers and other victims of the Nazi regime. All remaining payments from the programmes which began in 2001, must be made by 30 September 2006.
Special Rapporteur on situation of human rights in Belarus demands release of political prisoners, urges dialogue with civil society and political opposition
02 May 2006
The Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in Belarus expresses grave concern over the detention of opposition leaders Aleksandr Milinkevich, Vintsuk Vyachorka, Aleksandr Buchvostau, and Sergei Kalyakin, who were arrested in Minsk on April 27, 2006, and sentenced to 15 days of imprisonment on charges of organizing and participating in an unauthorized protest rally, following their participation in a march to protest the government's management of the Chernobyl nuclear accident of 1986.
UN marks Chernobyl anniversary with a message of hope, offers fresh initiatives to revitalize affected communities
28 April 2006 | UNDP
The United Nations is marking the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident with a vital message of hope and an appeal to the international community to redouble efforts to assist the social and economic recovery of the regions hardest hit by the 1986 reactor explosion.
Rural Development Center opened in the Stolin District
28 April 2006 | UNDP
Local entrepreneurs and owners of small land plots in the Stolin district, Brest region, from now on will be able to obtain comprehensive support for the development of their business from the Local Fund “Stolin District Center for Support to Rural Development and Entrepreneurship”, which was opened today in Stolin.
World Bank approved a US$ 50 million loan to Belarus for an energy efficiency project targeted at people living in Chernobyl-affected areas
20 April 2006
The Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank approved a US$ 50 million loan to the Republic of Belarus for an energy efficiency project targeted at people living in Chernobyl-affected areas. The project marks a shift from humanitarian assistance towards longer-term sustainable development. Counterpart funding from the government of Belarus amounts to an additional US$11 million.
UN Under-Secretary-General Ad Melkert gives message of solidarity on Chernobyl anniversary
19 April 2006 | UNDP
The UN Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator for UNDP, Ad Melkert, conveyed a message of remembrance of the human casualties and vast damage caused by Chernobyl twenty years ago, but also said there is cause for hope in the region for the future.
UNICEF says iodine could have prevented cancer among Chernobyl victims
19 April 2006
Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today that iodized salt could have significantly lowered the numbers of exposed children who developed thyroid cancer and called for the supplement to be widely used throughout the affected region.
Ad Melkert: United Nations considers Chernobyl as a development challenge
18 April 2006 | UNDP
On the eve of his visit to Belarus to participate in the International Conference, commemorating the 20th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster, Mr. Melkert, UN Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator of UNDP, answered the questions from the UN Bulletin.
UN Under-Secretary-General Ad Melkert to participate in 20th anniversary Chernobyl commemorations in Belarus
17 April 2006 | UNDP
Ad Melkert, the UN Under-Secretary-General and UNDPs second highest ranking official, will participate in the 20th anniversary Chernobyl commemorations in Belarus, including a conference in Minsk and Gomel. He will visit contaminated areas near Gomel and attend a Project Fair organized by UNDP, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the World Bank and the Chernobyl Committee of Belarus.
UNDP workshops focus on people living with HIV/AIDS
17 April 2006
The problems and needs of people living with HIV/AIDS and issues related to HIV/AIDS in prisons were discussed at two workshops organized last Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the framework of the UNDP Project “HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment in Belarus”.
UNDP to help rehabilitate Belarusian peatlands
13 April 2006 | UNDP
A new UNDP project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) will help Belarus address the problem of peatlands degradation and will contribute to Belarus’ fulfillment of its obligations under the three UN international environmental conventions: on biodiversity, on climate change, and on combating desertification and land degradation.
Gomel Project Fair to Showcase Local Initiatives
12 April 2006 | UNDP
The Project Fair will be held on 20 April 2006 within the framework of the International Conference “Twenty Years after Chernobyl: Strategy of Recovery and Sustainable Development of the Affected Regions”.
Chernobyl Photo Exhibition "Pain Abates Slowly" to be Held in Minsk
05 April 2006
The photo exhibition has been organized on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. The National Arts Gallery (20 Lenin Str.) will play to host the exhibition from 7 till 30 April. The exhibition is supported from the Belarus Ministry of Culture, Belarus Ministry of Information, Komchernobyl, UN Office in Belarus.
UNDP trains Belarus officials, NGOs in gender mainstreaming
04 April 2006 | UNDP
A series of trainings on gender mainstreaming were held by UNDP experts in Minsk last week to facilitate a better alignment of the work of Belarusian legislative and executive authorities, and NGOs with the principles of gender equality.
Youth trained on HIV/AIDS prevention share best practices
31 March 2006
Young people who have been trained as part of the UNDP Project “Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in Belarus” and are currently involved in HIV/AIDS prevention based on the “peer education” model have been sharing best practices in building healthy lifestyle skills at a conference held from 30 to 31 March at the National Children’s Recuperation Center “Zubrenok.
UN human rights experts express serious concern over the deterioration of the human rights situation in Belarus
30 March 2006
"We express our serious concern over the deterioration of the human rights situation before, during and after the recent presidential election in Belarus. Specifically, we are alarmed at the large number of violations of the rights to freedom of expression, freedom of association, fair trial, physical and mental integrity and to liberty."
Deploring rights abuses in Belarus, UN expert calls for detainees’ release
24 March 2006
In his third condemnation in a week over presidential elections in Belarus, decried by monitors as neither free nor fair, a United Nations expert today deplored the escalation of Government abuses against the independent press, opposition candidates and supporters, and called for the immediate release of all political detainees.
Special Rapporteur on Belarus condemns Human Rights violations during recent presidential elections
23 March 2006
"The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Adrian Severin, reiterates his strong condemnation of the numerous human rights violations committed by the Belarusian Government against the independent press, opposition candidates and their supporters, and human rights defenders, on the occasion of the presidential election in Belarus."
UNDP for open dialogue with teenagers about healthy lifestyle
16 March 2006 | UNDP
“Being healthy is trendy!” – claim the organizers of the action with the same name. Its final events took place yesterday in Minsk. The action was intended to attract attention of the public, particularly young people, to the problem of HIV/AIDS.
Revitalizing of the Belarusian wetlands: cooperation that counts
14 March 2006 | UNDP
Recommendations for enhancement of the Belarusian environmental legislation Belarus, management plans for internationally important areas and the unique experience of rehabilitation and stabilization of the hydrological situation in wetlands are among the outcomes of the UNDP project that has just been completed.
A photo competition “Stop AIDS. Keep the promises!” starts in Belarus
10 March 2006
A national photo competition “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promises!” starts on 15 March under the project “HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment in the Republic of Belarus” which is jointly implemented by the UNDP and the Belarusian Ministry of Health. 15-30 year old people are legible for the competition with no limitations to work or study place.
Youth hotline on HIV/AIDS launched in Minsk
01 March 2006
A telephone hotline on HIV/AIDS for youth was launched today in the premises of the HIV/AIDS informational and educational consulting room under the UNDP project “HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment in the Republic of Belarus”.
Belarus and Ukraine exchange experience of revival and development
27 February 2006
With support from the United Nations, the Coordination Team of the Belarusian Programme “Coordination for Rehabilitation” focusing on provision of assistance to people affected by the Chernobyl accident visited their Ukrainian counterparts from the Chernobyl Programme “Revival and Development”. During a five-days visit which ended on 24 February, members of the Coordination Team studied the Ukrainian experience of addressing social, environmental and economic impacts of the man-made disaster which occurred 20 years ago.
UNDP Office in Belarus considers topic for the next National Human Development Report
22 February 2006 | UNDP
Preparations for the 2006-2007 National Human Development Report (NHDR) for Belarus started with an expert meeting on the 2006-2007 Report held at the UNDP office in Minsk.
A study visit of CORE Programme Coordination Team to the Ukraine
17 February 2006 | UNDP
A study visit of “Cooperation for Rehabilitation” (CORE) Programme Coordination Team and local facilitators in Bragin and Chechersk to the Ukraine will take place from 20 to 24 February 2006. The aim of the visit is to get acquainted with the experience of the Chernobyl Recovery Development Programme (CRDP) in the Ukraine.
Belarus to host the International Conference on the Occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Catastrophe at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant
03 February 2006 | UNDP
26 April 2006 marks the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster. Within the framework of the 58th Session of the UN General Assembly, the Republic of Belarus suggested that the International Conference on the Occasion of the 20th Anniversary be held in Minsk from 19 through 21 April 2006.
The UNICEF session approved National Programmes for Georgia, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine
18 January 2006
The first 2006 session of the UNICEF Executive Board opened in New York on Monday, January 16 resulted in approving the national programmes and allocating finances for Georgia, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine for 2006-2010.
Belarus highly appreciates UNICEF readiness to assist in the implementation of Belarus’ initiative on the fight against human trafficking
17 January 2006
Head of the humanitarian cooperation and human rights department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Elena Kupchina made a statement at the UNICEF Executive Board session at the UN headquarters in New York in which she pointed out the UNICEF broader involvement in the sphere of the fight against trafficking in people, particularly children.


 
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