UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus met with the Prime Minister of Belarus

The UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus Mr. Sanaka Samarasinha met with the Prime Minister of Belarus Mr. Mikhail Myasnikovich on Monday. During the meeting a wide range of issues relevant to the joint work of the UN / UNDP and the Republic of Belarus were discussed. Both parties underlined the importance of the current United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for 2011–2015 – the first joint framework agreement of the UN agencies in partnership with the Belarusian Government and other counterparts.

The UN Resident Coordinator / UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus Mr. Sanaka Samarasinha met with the Prime Minister of Belarus Mr. Mikhail Myasnikovich on Monday. During the meeting a wide range of issues relevant to the joint work of the UN / UNDP and the Republic of Belarus were discussed.

Both parties underlined the importance of the current United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for 2011–2015 – the first joint framework agreement of the UN agencies in partnership with the Belarusian Government and other counterparts.

The Prime Minister positively evaluated the current UNDAF. “The present budget is $78m. It is important that these figures do not go down, but on the contrary, only increase, considering that our areas of cooperation are expanding,” he said.

“The structure and the text of the current UNDAF are much better than that of any other similar document that I have seen. But a lot of efforts have to go into the implementation. Perhaps, some other participants of this UNDAF had different expectations. We will consider these during the preparation of the next UNDAF for 2016–2020,” Mr. Samarasinha added.

The UNDAF 2016–2020 is currently being developed jointly by the UN agencies and the Government with broad participation of the civil society, academia and private sector representatives.

The Prime Minister and the UN Resident Coordinator also discussed the UN’s and the country’s continuous efforts in overcoming the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster, stressing the importance and the impact of the work being done.

The parties elaborated on the new areas of programme activities, including public private partnership, regional and local development, and support to people living with disabilities among others.

The Prime Minister emphasized the expansion of the cooperation areas between the UNDP and Belarus. “We see good dynamics not only in traditional fields and areas of cooperation, but also in new emerging directions like public–private partnership. We also expect further expert support from the UNDP in economic development, in particular in the preparation of the National Strategy for Sustainable Socio–Economic Development until 2030,” Mr. Myasnikovich said.

The Prime Minister will be travelling on an official visit to New York at the end of September. During the visit Mr. Myasnikovich will participate in the UN Climate Summit due to take place on 23 September 2014. The Belarusian delegation led by the Prime Minister is expected to meet the UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki–moon and the UNDP Administrator Ms. Helen Clark for the first time. They are expected to discuss further cooperation of the United Nations and the UN/ UNDP with the Republic of Belarus.

Mr. Samarasinha and Mr. Myasnikovich also touched upon the upcoming first Belarusian–American Investment Forum that is taking place 22 September 2014 in New York and signifies the benefits that potential partners are seeing in the development of relations and strengthening cooperation ties with Belarus.

Mr. Samarasinha noted the excellent collaboration between the UN and UNDP and the Government of the past years.

“I am personally thankful for the highly constructive engagement we have been able to have during my time here as well. This relationship of mutual respect and trust has also provided a platform to engage many actors from the civil society, the private sector and the international community on important national, regional and global issues. I look forward to expanding the collaboration even further.”

Photo: Press–Service of the Government of the Republic of Belarus