On 23-24 October 2019, the National Consultations on the Priorities of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for Belarus for 2021-2025 were held in Minsk.
Close to 200 national partners from the Government, civil society, private sector and academia sat together with the UN agencies to openly discuss strategic priorities of the UN cooperation with Belarus in the upcoming period and outline key outcomes to frame the UN development system’s collective offer to support the country in addressing key SDG priorities and gaps, including through the lens of “leaving no one behind”.
The participants of the Consultations worked for two days to examine development challenges in the four priority areas:
- Green transition to inclusive and sustainable growth;
- Future generation orientation;
- Digital transformation and social innovation;
- Gender equitable society.
According to the Sustainable Development Goals Index, Belarus is ranked 23rd for two consecutive years (among 158 countries in 2018 and 162 countries in 2019) and is generally estimated above the regional average for Eastern Europe and Central Asia in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.