In January 2020, the United Nations (UN) kicked off a series of events to commemorate its 75th anniversary focusing on the global conversation on international cooperation and the role of UN in building the future we want for our contemporaries and future generations.
The Republic of Belarus and the United Nations in Belarus have agreed to join efforts and work together in order to not only highlight the role of Belarus in creation of UN and draw the attention of the society to the unchanged relevance of the UN Charter as part of the UN75 campaign, but also to launch the nation-wide conversation involving young people on the most acute for Belarus and UN issues of sustainable development.
On February 17, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the Republic of Belarus hosted a symbolic ceremony of signing a plan of joint events for commemoration in the Republic of Belarus of the 75th Anniversary of UN creation.
The ceremony was attended by MFA Minister Vladimir Makei, UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki, representatives of UN Country Team and MFA Directorate General for Multilateral Diplomacy.
The Plan defines a series of joint commemorative, awareness-raising and educational activities involving a wide range of governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, educational establishments, international organizations and embassies, and mass media.
Among them there are Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Communication and Informatization, Ministry of Education, Belarusian youth organizations, Commission on Youth Affairs of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus. Active participation of the National Coordinator on SDG implementation, Council for Sustainable Development members, and many other policy makers is expected.
Speaking at the signing ceremony Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei stated that the Plan was a result of collaboration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations. While implementing this Plan it is important and necessary to bring the UN work closer to the people of Belarus making it more comprehensible so that they learn about the role of this organization at the global and country levels.
For her part, when thanking the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the initiative of the joint Action Plan signing, UN Resident Coordinator Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki emphasized that the planned events would show the whole world how UN remains relevant and can be a tool in finding solutions for the global challenges. She also stressed that the UN75 initiative was intended to examine the vision of future by the youth and those groups of population who normally do not have power to influence the UN activities.
Among the events to be conducted during the jubilee year there will be a solemn ceremony on the occasion of the first International Delegate's Day (April 25) established upon an initiative of Belarus by the UN General Assembly, a historic photo exhibition dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the International San-Francisco Conference, a presentation of the UN Charter in Belarusian language to be organized on June 26 - the day of its signing, and a jubilee concert on October 24 - the UN Day.
Nation-wide conversations involving Belarusian students of high schools and universities on the UN role and future in Minsk and the regions of Belarus in cooperation with the Ministry of Education will be an important item of the Plan.
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