International Development Assistance in the Focus of Conference on Cooperation

On January 29, 2015, Minsk hosted the International Conference “Strengthening Belarus–UN Development Cooperation: Results, New Perspectives and Emerging Opportunities” (‪#‎IDPC2015) organized jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus and the United Nations in Belarus.

On January 29, 2015, Minsk hosted the International Conference “Strengthening Belarus–UN Development Cooperation: Results, New Perspectives and Emerging Opportunities” (‪#‎IDPC2015) organized jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus and the United Nations in Belarus.

All stakeholders involved in the implementation of International Development Assistance (IDA) to Belarus, i.e., representatives of the Belarusian government and government agencies, non–governmental organizations, the private sector, academia and faith–based organizations as well as 24 UN agencies and 16 foreign development partners, including traditional and emerging donors, were participating in the event.

Addressing the conference, the UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Sanaka Samarasinha said, "According to the UN data on human development, Belarus occupies a high place in the group of middle income countries. In order to make development process more efficient and effective, it is necessary to define new approaches to work — it should be a collaborative process, joint decision–making."

The participants of the conference focused on determining priorities for international development assistance taking into account the development of the National Strategy for Sustainable Socio–Economic Development (NSSSED) until 2030 and the National Development Plan for 2016–2020 which determine the short–and long–term priorities of the country.

It is expected that the results of the Conference will give new momentum for further development of national legislation related to mobilization and implementation of international development assistance.

This was the first event of such scale in Belarus, which became a platform for discussions of lots of vital issues like fighting HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, gender equality, achieving MDGs in Belarus, healthcare, technical assistance for development and many others.

The International Conference ended with an interactive exhibition which presented the results of the projects which are being implemented by the UN agencies and their partners in the country.

 More photos from the event are avalable here.