On May 27, 2020 an online meeting was held bringing together SDG National Coordinator Anatoly Isachenko, UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Belarus Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki, UNICEF Representative in the Republic of Belarus Rashed Mustafa Sarwar, UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus Alexandra Solovieva, and UNFPA Assistant Representative in Belarus Olga Atroshchenko.
The participants discussed the issues of execution of the UNDP/UNICEF/UNFPA project entitled, “Supporting Functioning of Architecture for Managing Sustainable Development Goals Achievement in the Republic of Belarus” supported by SDG National Coordinator and the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Belarus.
UN Resident Coordinator and heads of UN agencies spoke about the activities of the UN system in Belarus aimed at providing urgent assistance amounted to 5,5 million US dollars to the country in overcoming the aftermath of the pandemic.
Highlighting the unique character of the joint project designed to support SDG attainment not only for the region but for the world as a whole, UN representatives underlined the importance of the long-term planning when implementing follow-up projects on SDG achievement, integration of SDG in the national plans and programs, and coordination of SDG implementation and use of cross-sectoral approaches.
It is important that the new United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for Belarus for 2021-2025 aims to support implementation of the National Sustainable Development Strategy until 2035.
To carry out the long-term planning it is necessary to harness the potential of the Council for Sustainable Development, which engages all the ministries and many partners, including the private sector, who support SDG activities at the local level. The format of the Council’s activities will also allow the UN agencies to coordinate their work on SDG achievement more efficiently, in particular, after signing and start of implementation of the new United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for Belarus for 2021-2025