UN70 Belarus Express for Sustainable Development Goals Starts the Journey

On the day of the departure from Minsk of the UN70 Belarus Express for Sustainable Development Goals a set of 70th UN Anniversary festivities took place. The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States Ms. Cihan Sultanoğlu and the UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Mr. Sanaka Samarasinha planted a Tree of Peace and Sustainable Development in the capital city Loshitsky Park to celebrate the 70th anniversary of end of the WWII and creation of the United Nations. United Nations Development Assistance Framework for Belarus for 2016–2020 signing ceremony took place later in Loshitsa mansion.

On the day of the departure from Minsk of the UN70 Belarus Express for Sustainable Development Goals a set of 70th UN Anniversary festivities took place. The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States Ms. Cihan Sultanoğlu and the UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Mr. Sanaka Samarasinha planted a Tree of Peace and Sustainable Development in the capital city Loshitsky Park to celebrate the 70th anniversary of end of the WWII and creation of the United Nations. United Nations Development Assistance Framework for Belarus for 2016–2020 signing ceremony took place later in Loshitsa mansion.

A photo exhibition devoted to 70th UN anniversary and activities of the UN Agencies in Belarus was launched by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Vladimir Makey and UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Mr. Sanaka Samarasinha. Franking of the special postage stamp issued by Belposhta and devoted to UN Jubilee also took place on this day.

The peak of this day of celebrations was the departure of the UN70 Belarus Express for Sustainable Development Goals from Minsk central railway station. Ceremonial speeches for the participants of the train ride were said by Mr. Amad Alhendawi, the United Nations Secretary–General's Envoy on Youth; UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Mr. Sanaka Samarasinha; Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States Ms. Cihan Sultanoğlu and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Ms. Darya Domracheva.

The Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee Mr. Andrey Shorets and UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Mr. Sanaka Samarasinha exchanged texts of the Declaration of Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals signed earlier by the Parties.

The UN70 Belarus Express arrived to Hrodna on the night of the same day where the participants of the ride were welcomed by the Head of Hrodna Region Mr. Vladimir Kravtsov.

The building of the Hrodna railway station hosted the ceremony of signing the Declaration of Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals by the Head of the Region and Ms. Zsuzsanna Jakab, the WHO Regional Director for Europe.

If you need more information, please turn to Mr. Viktor Radivinovsky, the Head of the UN Department of Public Information in Belarus. Tel: +375(29) 6114114. More information about UN70 Belarus Express for Sustainable Development Goals may be found at: www.UN70.by

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