Statelessness is a problem that affects at least 10 million people worldwide and about 6,000 people in Belarus. Statelessness impacts social and economic rights such as the right to education, work, social security, housing, medical care, as well as civil and political rights, including freedom of movement, freedom from arbitrary detention and the right to participate in political life.

On July 15, “Learn. Act. Share.” a youth camp relating specifically to counter-trafficking in persons opened in the health and fitness centre near Minsk.

At the 12th meeting of the Working Party on the Accession of Belarus on 11 July, a high-level government delegation led by First Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Turchin reaffirmed the strong intention of Minsk to complete WTO accession negotiations by the next WTO Ministerial Conference, which will take place in June 2020 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

The Decay of the Land

Desertification is the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas. It is caused primarily by human activities and climatic variations.

On June 15, on the threshold of the 2nd European Games, the team of the United Nations in Belarus and its partners conducted a bike ride in support of equal rights and opportunities, environmental protection, and healthy lifestyle.

On April 18, a presentation of a new edition of the HIV/AIDS Information Strategy for 2019-2023 developed by the Joint UN Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in consultation with state, international, and non-governmental organizationы was conducted in Minsk.

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, annually held at the UN headquarters in New York since 2012, ended in New York yesterday.The forum provides young people a unique opportunity to express their opinion, exchange ideas and think together about what they can do to achieve sustainable development. 

On April 9, a three-day training seminar for policy makers and professionals in charge of development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policy and programs on drug use prevention in Belarus opened in Minsk.