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UN70 Belarus Express for Sustainable Development Goals Starts the Journey

On the day of the departure from Minsk of the UN70 Belarus Express for Sustainable Development Goals a set of 70th UN Anniversary festivities took place. The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States Ms. Cihan Sultanoğlu and the UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Mr. Sanaka Samarasinha planted a Tree of Peace and Sustainable Development in the capital city Loshitsky Park to celebrate the 70th anniversary of end of the WWII and creation of the United Nations. United Nations Development Assistance Framework for Belarus for 2016–2020 signing ceremony took place later in Loshitsa mansion.

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A photo exhibition devoted to 70th UN anniversary and activities of the UN Agencies in Belarus was launched by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Vladimir Makey and UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Mr. Sanaka Samarasinha. Franking of the special postage stamp issued by Belposhta and devoted to UN Jubilee also took place on this day.

The peak of this day of celebrations was the departure of the UN70 Belarus Express for Sustainable Development Goals from Minsk central railway station. Ceremonial speeches for the participants of the train ride were said by Mr. Amad Alhendawi, the United Nations Secretary–General's Envoy on Youth; UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Mr. Sanaka Samarasinha; Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States Ms. Cihan Sultanoğlu and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Ms. Darya Domracheva.

The peak of this day of celebrations was the departure of the UN70 Belarus Express for Sustainable Development Goals from Minsk central railway station. Ceremonial speeches for the participants of the train ride were said by Mr. Amad Alhendawi, the United Nations Secretary–General's Envoy on Youth; UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Mr. Sanaka Samarasinha; Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States Ms. Cihan Sultanoğlu and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Ms. Darya Domracheva.

The Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee Mr. Andrey Shorets and UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Mr. Sanaka Samarasinha exchanged texts of the Declaration of Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals signed earlier by the Parties.

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The UN70 Belarus Express arrived to Hrodna on the night of the same day where the participants of the ride were welcomed by the Head of Hrodna Region Mr. Vladimir Kravtsov.

The building of the Hrodna railway station hosted the ceremony of signing the Declaration of Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals by the Head of the Region and Ms. Zsuzsanna Jakab, the WHO Regional Director for Europe.

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If you need more information, please turn to Mr. Viktor Radivinovsky, the Head of the UN Department of Public Information in Belarus. Tel: +375(29) 6114114. More information about UN70 Belarus Express for Sustainable Development Goals may be found at: www.UN70.by

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A Warm Welcome to the Participants of UN70 Belarus Express For Sustainable Development Goals in Minsk

On Friday, October 30, after a–week journey around the regions of Belarus "UN70 Belarus Express for Sustainable Development Goals" came back to Minsk. At the railroad train platform in Minsk the participants of the UN initiative received a warm welcome from the officials of Minsk Oblast Executive Committee, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, diplomatic missions, non–governmental organizations, media and Minsk residents.

"The Belarusian society followed the media and kept a close eye on the journey the Train took across Belarus. This initiative got the world's attention. It aimed at getting the residents of Belarus to know better the sustainable development goals. They are our goals and we will do our best to achieve them", said Valentin Rybakov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus in his speech at the ceremony of signing the Declaration of Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals.

According to the UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus, Sanaka Samarasinha, within 7 days the participants of the “UN70 Belarus Express for SDGs” visited seven cities around the country to hold 253 events, 70 workshops, talk shows and discussions. At different points an overall number of travellers on board the train was about 1,500 people and over 30,000 people from different parts of the country took part in the activities in the cities. The initiative was attended by representatives of 30 diplomatic missions, 30 private companies and 40 non–governmental organizations as well as representatives of almost all line ministries, the President’s Administration, members of the Parliament, governors of all regional executive committees and districts’ local authorities.

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"Our initiative does not end here. In every regional city we signed the Declaration of Commitment to Sustainable Development Goals. We have heard the voices of people. We have documented their views and wishes. And we will present them to all the governors and the Prime Minister for everyone to understand the way 17 sustainable development goals will be implemented", said in his speech UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus.

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This joint initiative "UN 70 Belarus Express for Sustainable Development" got possible through a partnership between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UN agencies in Belarus.

The key sponsors from the private sector such as Mobile Tele Systems (MTS), Coco-Cola Inc., Priorbank, Renaissance Hotel Minsk, Hotel Minsk, EPAM Systems, Belarusian National Bank, Conte, “Event Studio BonBon”, Onega, “Slodych”, Samsung, “Soundcafe”, Nagesh, «Mulberry Club» and donors like Sida, Sharapova Fonudation, USAID, International Trade Centre, Russian Federation Embassy, OSCE, EU, Global Fund, GEF, Envsec, Embassy of the Republic of Poland, and our information partners: TUT.by, Belta and First Belarusian National Channel. And, of course, our volunteers and the children have made a valuable contribution to the preparations and implementation of the UN 70 Belarus Express.

For more information, please, contact Victor Radivinovski, Officer–in–Charge of the UN Department of Public Information in Belarus, on the telephone (29) 6114114. Further information about the initiative "UN 70 Belarus Express for Sustainable Development" can be found on the website: www.UN70.by

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