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.

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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.

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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

Concerted action with a focus on equity could still limit the impacts of this unprecedented crisis: closing the digital divide would reduce by more than two-thirds the number of children currently not learning because of school closures.

Over 60 schools of Minsk region have taken part in the regional discussion conducted today as part of The Future We Want global dialogue, the initiative carried out by UN in Belarus in partnership with the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus on the occasion of the United Nations Organization's 75th anniversary.

To mark its 75th anniversary, the United Nations is launching a global conversation on the role of international cooperation in building the future we want.

As we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and pay tribute to the people who lost their lives in the War, we recall and salute their enormous sacrifices. We pay respect to the people of Belarus who fought and died during the War and to those who were left behind and worked hard to rebuild their lives destroyed by this horrendous conflict.

Targeted measures are needed to address the disproportionate risks faced by persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting the UN Human Rights Office to publish a guidance note for States and other stakeholders on COVID-19 and the human rights of persons with disabilities.

Exactly 34 years ago today, the largest accident in the history of nuclear energy occurred – it was an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukrainian SSR. About 155,000 km² of the territory were polluted and nearly 8.4 million people in three affected countries were exposed to radiation.