UN in Belarus:

16 January 2018 – Having taken office with a call for peace to be the watchword of 2017, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday said the world instead had ‘gone in reverse,” and that there are critical areas that need action in the New Year, including climate change, the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, the Middle East conflict, and the Rohingya crisis.

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On the results of the parliamentary hearing of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus “Partnership of branches of power as a prerequisite for successful implementation of SDGs”, the following recommendations to the state bodies and organizations have been made:  

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus and the National Coordinator on Implementation of SDGs in Belarus with the support of the United Nations in Belarus are organising a regional forum to advance the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals. The two-day event will take place on 21 and 22 February 2018 in Minsk, Belarus.

The growing volume of electronic waste, including discarded products with a battery or plug, such as mobile phones, laptops, televisions, refrigerators and electrical toys, poses a major threat to the environment and human health, the United Nations warned on Wednesday.

Those who fail to bet on a green economy will be living in a grey future, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned Tuesday, calling for greater ambition by governments, civil society, the private sector and finance partners to help tackle the global climate challenge.

Governments and the private sector have not kept up with the game-changing pace of digital technologies, exposing children to new risks and harms – both on and offline – and leaving millions of the most disadvantaged behind, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Monday in a new report.

The United Nations on Sunday kicked off in Paris, France, a year-long campaign to honor the foundational human rights document, which next year marks its 70th anniversary.