Ms. Amina J. Mohammed will participate in the Regional SDG Coordination Leaders Forum, which will be held in Minsk on 21 February.

Regional Forum “Building a Partnership to Underpin National Sustainable Development Solutions” is organized by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus and the National Coordinator for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Belarus with the support of the United Nations in Belarus. The two-day event will take place on 21 and 22 February 2018 in Minsk, Belarus.

The event will for the first time invite senior national decision makers from across the region, who are responsible for coordination of the SDGs implementation in their countries, and provide them with the opportunity to share the national knowledge and experience on how to advance towards the accomplishment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The event will be attended by the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the deputy directors of UNIDO, FAO, UNCTAD, UNAIDS, high representatives of almost all UN agencies, direction of the World Bank, the EBRD and the Eurasian Economic Commission. A total of 54 high representatives are expected to arrive in Minsk.

Forum participants will exchange experience on achieving the Global Goals and discuss areas of concern in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. he dialogue will facilitate the dissemination of the best world practices and innovative approaches in the field of achieving the SDGs, and will become a platform for the establishment of a regional network of national SDGs focal points.

Belarus initiated the Forum being convinced of the need of practical cooperation between the representatives of the countries that are responsible for the work on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals at the national level.

Belarus has already taken a number of significant steps on achieving the SDGs. The Government approved the National Strategy for Sustainable Social and Economic Development for the period up to 2030. The head of state appointed the National Coordinator for the achievement of the SDGs - Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Republic Marianna Shchetkina. The actions in the field of achieving the SDGs are undertaken by the state in cooperation with business circles, civil society and international organizations.

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