Nordic Council of Ministers to sponsor UN Ad Competition on Water 13 December 2011
The United Nations in Brussels, in collaboration with the Nordic Council of Ministers, today launched a European Ad Competition called “The Future We Want – Drop by Drop“, that brings together water, the green economy and Rio+20. The Europe–wide competition is a part of the United Nations´ globa lcampaign called the Future We Want in the lead up to Rio+20: the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, scheduled for 20–22 June 2012.
Human Development Report 2011 presented to the public 09 November 2011 | UNDP
A press-conference on the presentation of the Human Development Report 2011 took place today at the National Press Center of the Republic of Belarus. The HDR is a global analytical publication commissioned by the UN Development Programme and prepared annually by a group of international experts. This year’s report entitled “Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All” shows how sustainability is inextricably linked to equity and access to a better quality of life.
Wards for HIV-Positive Children Put to Use on United Nations Day 24 October 2011 | UNDP
On the United Nations Day wards for patients living with HIV were put to use after renovation in the Children’s Infectious Diseases Hospital in Minsk. The renovation works were financed by the Project “Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in the Republic of Belarus – 2” which is implemented by the UN Development Programme in cooperation with the Belarusian Ministry of Health and is supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
UNDP/GEF Project Brings Back a Rare Flower 23 October 2011 | UNDP
On 20 October more than a thousand of sprouts of a rare flower – adenophora lilifolia – were planted in the Republican Biological Reserve “Sporauski” in the Biaroza district of the Brest Region. Planting became the final stage of works on rehabilitation of adenophora lilifolia performed by the staff of the Central Botanic Garden of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Belarus within the framework of UNDP/GEF Project “Catalyzing sustainability of the wetland protected area system in Belarusian Polesie through increased management efficiency and realigned land use practice”. The Zditau secondary school students actively participated in the event.
The Results of the Largest Conference on Energy Efficiency Have Been Summarized 13 October 2011 | UNDP
The Second International Conference “Facilitation and Practical Experience of Attracting Investments in Energy Efficiency Improvements in the Republic of Belarus” was held in Minsk on 13 October within the framework of Belarus Sixteenth Energy and Environment Forum with support from the United Nations Development Programme. About 300 professionals from all regions of Belarus were given the opportunity to compare the experience of Belarus, Russia and Austria in the field of energy saving.
Second Action on Restoration of Fish Population Held at Pripyat 07 October 2011 | UNDP
The second action on releasing more than 700 sterlet babies into the Pripyat river was held on 7 October in the Republican Landscape Reserve “Middle Pripyat” in the Luniniec district (the Brest region). The event was organized by UNDP/GEF joint project “Catalyzing Sustainability of the Wetland Protected Area System in Belarusian Polesie through Increased Management Efficiency and Realigned Land Use Practices” together with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus. The first public action on stocking the Pripyat river with sterlet fish was held a year ago – on 19 October 2010 – also in the “Middle Pripyat”.
The Valozhyn District is to Become a Center of Eco-Tourism 03 October 2011 | UNDP
The new land management plan of the Valozhyn district provides for conservation of its biological diversity, development of eco-tourism, creation of the republican-level landscape reserve and optimization of its administrative and territorial arrangements.
Rahachou Residents Have Made One More Step Towards Art 29 September 2011 | UNDP
On 23 September the town of Rahachou (the Homiel Region) hosted the official inauguration of the local initiative “Make a step towards art!” implemented within the framework of the UN project “Development of International Chernobyl Research and Information Network (ICRIN)”. With the opening of the exhibition hall in the town center (50, Lenin street) the dream of many artists of the district has come true.
ICT Center Opens in Vietka 16 September 2011 | UNDP
A ceremony of the opening of the Center for Access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) established within the framework of the Development of International Chernobyl Research and Information Network (ICRIN) Project was held yesterday in Vietka (the Homiel Region). People living in Vietka and nearby districts can now visit the ICT Center at their convenience and use modern computers offering access to high–speed Internet.
Contest of scholarships for students, candidates for a master's degree, post-graduate students 13 September 2011
Contest of scholarships for students, candidates for a master's degree, post–graduate students
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and International Non–governmental Association for Scientific Research, Information and Educational Programmes «Evolutio» announce contest of research works of students, candidates for a master's degree, postgraduate students «Solution of the problems of refugees and stateless persons: Belarusian and International experience»
First Youth Serial Soon in Belarus 01 August 2011 | UNDP
The first serial about today’s Belarusian young people and today’s Minsk which will present the best Belarusian contemporary music will be soon produced in Belarus. The genre of the serial is dramedy, the format – 8 series, 44 minutes each. The premiere is scheduled for February 14, 2012.
World Investment Report 2011 launched in Minsk 27 July 2011
On 27 July the National press–center hosted a presentation of the World Investment Report 2011 which was organized by the UN Office in Minsk in partnership with the Ministry of Economy of Belarus. The presentation attended more than 30 media representatives including TV, print and electronic media.
Belarusian Farmers Visited French Counterparts With a Study Tour 14 July 2011 | UNDP
In early July livestock breeders and technologists from the Slaŭharad district visited the suburbs of Lyons (the Rhone–Alps region) with a study tour entitled “Dairy production in France”. During a week they studied local practices of cow breeding, fodder production, cheese making and distribution.
World Refugee Day marked in Belarus 23 June 2011
On June 17, 2011, concert devoted to the World Refugee Day took place in the “House of Moscow” in Minsk. Organizers of the event were the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Office in Belarus and the Center for Children and Adolescents “Evrika”. During the concert the awarding ceremony of the winners of the contest of children’s art works “We are different — We are equal”.
UNHCR global campaign "Do 1 Thing" 17 June 2011
In the framework of the global campaign "Do 1 Thing" the UNHCR Office in Republic of Belarus has prepared a poster for World Refugee Day (June 20). The campaign will carry the message that "One Refugee Without Hope is too Many."
UN Human Rights Council Condemns Election-Related Violence 17 June 2011 | UNDP
The United Nations Human Rights Council today voted to condemn human rights violations before, during and after the presidential elections in Belarus late last year and urged the Government to end what it described as the “persecution” of opposition leaders.
Future of AIDS response focus of UN General Assembly High Level Meeting 07 June 2011 | UNAIDS
More than 3000 people will come together at the United Nations in New York tomorrow for the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS. The meeting, which runs from 8–10 June, will provide an opportunity to take stock of the progress and challenges of the last 30 years and shape the future AIDS response.
Opening of the Exhibition of children’s art works “We are different — We are equal” 07 June 2011
On the eve of the World Refugee Day which is celebrated in Belarus for the 11th time, UNHCR in cooperation with the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus and the Center for Children and Adolescents «Evrika» organized and carried out competition of children’s art works “We are different — We are equal”. The implementer of this activity is the Center for Children and Adolescents «Evrika», which for several years has been engaged in its preparation, organization and conduction.
Speech by Mr. Antonius Broek, UNDP Resident Representative, dedicated to the World Environment Day 05 June 2011 | UNDP
Dear Mr. Tsalko, Deputy Ministers of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Chairpersons of the Regional and City Environmental Committees, ladies and gentleman! First of all allow me to thank you cordially for the possibility to join the Ministry of Environment to celebrate today this very important UN occasion – the World Environment Day 2011, which celebrates its 11th Anniversary this Sunday.
Timely Commitment from Top Leadership at AIDS Meeting 01 June 2011 | UNAIDS New York/Geneva, 31 May 2011—As the AIDS response reaches a critical turning point, world leaders are showing renewed commitment to AIDS as more than 30 Heads of State and Government and Vice Presidents are expected to convene at next week’s UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS. The top level support is coming at a decisive moment in the AIDS response as more people than ever before are living with HIV but international funding for AIDS is seen to be declining.
Workshop on Human Rights Education Took Place in Brest 18 May 2011
On May 18 Brest State University hosted an interuniversity scientific–methodical seminar “Modernization of human rights education. Human rights: understanding and role in society of today”. In course of the seminar the participants discussed topical issues directly connected with the World Programme for Human Rights Education (2010–2014), namely facilitation of culture of human rights and common understanding of basic principles and methods of human rights education with regard to international documents.
Brest Ñonducts a Ñreative Ñontest Dedicated to Forests 17 May 2011
On May 17 Brest hosts an award ceremony for the winners of the creative works contest held among the young students of the region and dedicated to the International Year of Forest. The participants of the contest included students of secondary schools, gymnasiums, lyceums and vocational schools, submitting more than 70 works.
UNECE Launches the Publication "Innovation Performance Review of Belarus" 17 May 2011 Geneva, 17 May 2011 — The UNECE publication Innovation Performance Review of Belarus which just came out of print was presented at the fourth session of the UNECE Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies, Geneva, 12–13 May 2011. The participatory policy advisory service behind this publication was carried out by a group of international experts and experts from the UNECE secretariat in close cooperation with the national authorities and local experts, responding to a request by the Government of the Republic of Belarus.
The Report “Belarus: The Human Development Implications of Trade Policy” prepared by the UNDP Regional Project “Wider Europe: Aid for Trade for Central Asia, South Caucasus and Western CIS” with financial support from the Foreign Ministry of Finland has been presented today in Minsk.
Memo for Asylum Seekers Released 26 April 2011
In the framework of the joint EU—UNHCR project «Strengthening Protection Capacity in the Republic of Belarus — phase II» «Memo for Asylum Seekers» came out. The Memo gives information on how a foreigner can claim refugee status or subsidiary protection in the Republic of Belarus and on where one should apply to be recognizes as a refugee in the Republic of Belarus.
On International Mother Earth Day UNDP Projects Planted Trees and Rescued Amphibia 25 April 2011 | UNDP
Two nature conservation events supported by UN/UNDP Office in Belarus were organized on International Mother Earth Day which is celebrated worldwide on 22 April. Long-lived trees were planted in the Kletsk district of the Minsk Region upon initiative of the Ministry of Forestry of Belarus. The event was attended by senior officials of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, UN Office staff and representatives of the Kletsk District Executive Committee and the Kletsk Forestry Administration Unit.
A New Forest Planted in Kleck District on International Mother Earth Day 20 April 2011
On International Mother Earth Day — April 22, 2011 — an event featuring the planting of valuable tree species took place on the premises of the Kleck Forest Farm (in the Kleck District of the Minsk Region). The environmental event featuring the planting of young oaks and larch–trees was taking place within the framework of the National Forest Week 2011 and the International Year of Forests that has been announced by the United Nations Organization.
Security Council Press Statement on Minsk Bombing 13 April 2011
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the apparent terrorist attack that occurred in Minsk, Republic of Belarus, on 11 April 2011, causing numerous deaths and injuries. They expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the victims of this heinous act and to their families, and to the people and Government of the Republic of Belarus.
Secretary-General Saddened by Deadly Explosion in Minsk Metro 12 April 2011
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary–General Ban Ki–moon:
The Secretary–General was saddened to learn about the deadly explosion today in the Minsk metro system in the Republic of Belarus, which has reportedly killed at least 11 people and injured many others. He conveys his sincerest condolences to the people of Belarus and, in particular, to the families of the victims. He wishes those injured a speedy recovery.
Taking Stock of Energy Marathon 2010 04 April 2011 | UNDP
The fourth national contest of school projects dedicated to energy saving and thrift – Energy Marathon 2010 – has drawn to a close. Its final phase took place in Homiel on March 31 – April 1, 2011. The contest organizers were the Department of Energy Efficiency under the State Standardization Committee, the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus, and the Homiel Region Executive Committee. For the second year in a row, the contest took place with support from the UNDP/GEF Project “Removing barriers to energy efficiency improvements in the state sector in Belarus.”
UN Secretary-General outlines new recommendations to reach 2015 goals for AIDS response 31 March 2011 | UNAIDS NAIROBI, 31 March 2011—Thirty years into the AIDS epidemic, investments in the AIDS response are yielding results, according to a new report released today by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Titled Uniting for universal access: towards zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths, the report highlights that the global rate of new HIV infections is declining, treatment access is expanding and the world has made significant strides in reducing HIV transmission from mother to child.
Regional Report on Business Solutions to the Problem of Poverty Presented in Belarus 01 March 2011 | UNDP
A presentation of the UNDP Regional Report on “Business Solutions to Poverty” took place today at the National Press Center. Inclusive business models presume involvement of people in need as employees, manufacturers and entrepreneurs from the supply side as well as consumers or clients from the demand side. Such models provide for arranging mutually beneficial contacts and relations between businesses and poor people.
The First Resource Center for Specialists on Drug Abuse Treatment Opens in the Country 09 February 2011 | UNDP
The opening of a new resource center for specialists who work in the field of drug use prevention and treatment has taken place today at the Minsk Region Narcological Dispensary as part of a grant provided by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and implemented by the UNDP. A substitution therapy office has already been in operation on the premises of the regional narcological dispensary as part of the grant, where approximately 50 patients have been receiving substitution therapy to mitigate the risk of HIV infection, and a social support office has been in operation as well.
WHO mission to visit Belarus 04 February 2011
The WHO mission on assessment of collaboration between TB and HIV programs will be carried out from the 8 to 11 of February 2011 in Minsk. Mission will be conducted by Dr. Alberto Matteelli, WHO consultant on TB / HIV collaboration programs. The main aims of the mission are to assess current level of collaboration between both HIV and TB control programs and to provide recommendations for improvement in accordance with the recent WHO recommendations.
Belarus: Ban again calls on Government to release detainees 01 February 2011
Voicing concern at reports of harassment of political opponents in Belarus, Secretary–General Ban Ki–moon today reiterated his call for the release of journalists, opposition candidates and their supporters detained after recent presidential elections. “The Secretary–General continues to call for respect for the rule of law, democratic principles and protection of human rights in Belarus,” spokesman Farhan Haq told a news briefing in New York.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day is Commemorated in Belarus 28 January 2011
On 27 January the commemorative ceremony dedicated to the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust took place in the National Museum of Great Patriotic War. The event was organized jointly by the UN office in Minsk (UNO) and Belarusian National Fund “Holocaust”. The UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Antonius Broek, Israeli Ambassador in Belarus Edward Shapiro and representative of the US Embassy in Belarus Anton Cooper spoke at the ceremony.
Summing up the contest for students on refugee protection 21 January 2011
The results of the contest of the works of students, candidates for a master's degree, post–graduate students “Protection of the Rights of Refugees and Stateless Persons and Formation of a Tolerant Attitude towards them”, which was held in September—November 2010 by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and International Non–governmental Association for Scientific Research, Information and Educational Programmes “Evolutio”, have been summed up.
Ban calls on Belarus to release detained journalists and opposition leaders 11 January 2011
Secretary–General Ban Ki–moon today called for the release of journalists, opposition candidates and their supporters who continue to be detained in Belarus following recent presidential elections. Mr. Ban noted the serious concerns voiced by observer groups regarding the electoral process and post–electoral developments and called on the Government to observe fully human rights and due process, spokesperson Martin Nesirky told a news conference in New York.