The Official Launch of Human Development Report Took Place on UN Day in Minsk

On the UN Day, in the National Press–Center Belarus marked the official launch of the Human Development Report–2014 “Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience”. The event was organized by UNDP in Belarus and hosted by the UNDP Resident Representative Mr.  Sanaka Samarasinha. The Government of the Republic of Belarus was represented by Minister of Economy Mr. Nikolay Snopkov and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Valentin Rybakov.

On 24 October 2014, the UN Day, in the National Press–Center Belarus marked the official launch of the Human Development Report–2014 “Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience”.

The event was organized by UNDP in Belarus and hosted by the UNDP Resident Representative Mr.  Sanaka Samarasinha. The Government of the Republic of Belarus was represented by Minister of Economy Mr. Nikolay Snopkov and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Valentin Rybakov.

The Official Launch of the HDR–2014 was attended by representatives of central and regional authorities of Belarus, diplomatic corps, NGOs, UNDP national partners and media.

The new Human Development Report, presented July this year in Tokyo, provides a fresh perspective on vulnerability and proposes ways to strengthen resilience.

According to income–based measures of poverty, 1.2 billion people live with $1.25 or less a day. However, according to the UNDP Multidimensional Poverty Index, almost 1.5 billion people in 91 developing countries are living in poverty with overlapping deprivations in health, education and living standards. And although poverty is declining overall, almost 800 million people are at risk of falling back into poverty if setbacks occur. Many people face either structural or life–cycle vulnerabilities.

At the opening of the event Mr. Sanaka Samarasinha noted that Belarus was ranked 53rd in the Human Development Report. He thanked the Belarusian Foreign Minister on behalf of the UN team in Belarus. “I would like to say that we have very good and long–standing relations with the Belarusian government and civil society,” Sanaka Samarasinha said. He noted that being one of the UN founding members, Belarus keeps playing an active role in the organization. 

Sanaka Samarasinha added that it is important that the UN member states managed to prevent the third world war, which was one of the goals of the organization. Belarus has also contributed to that. However, he noted that the world is still pulled apart by conflicts, including those going on near the borders of Belarus. He expressed hope that local conflicts will be resolved at the negotiating table with the help of experienced diplomats.

“Belarus occupies the leading position in terms of human development among countries of the former Soviet Union. It indicates that the social and economic development model of the republic is successful,” stressed Nikolai Snopkov. “Changes of the modern situation necessitate improvement. But for now we have things to be proud of. With existing high standards in education and healthcare success with regard to the ranking has been achieved through economic growth”, said the Minister of Economy Mr. Nikolay Snopkov.

Closing the event, the UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Sanaka Samarasinha handed Russian copies of HDR–2014 to the representatives of the Government and the UNDP partners in Belarus.

Contact Information

Aliaksandr Vlaskin, Communications Specialist, UNDP Belarus, e–mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.