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13 February 2020, 13:11

Dapkiunas, Guterres discuss preparations for UN's 75th anniversary celebrations

Photo courtesy of Belarus' Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Photo courtesy of Belarus' Ministry of Foreign Affairs

MINSK, 13 February (BelTA) – The preparations for the official events to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Organization were discussed at a meeting between Belarus Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrei Dapkiunas and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Andrei Dapkiunas emphasized the importance of deciding on the agenda of the UN Summit and the appropriate commemorative events. The Belarusian representative stressed his country's readiness, as an UN founding member, to make its contribution to the celebration of the milestone dates.

The parties discussed the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Second World War as an important part of the UN anniversary series. “This memorable date should be celebrated by a commemorative event with the participation of all the UN member states in a friendly, honest and open atmosphere in order to stress the historical role and responsibility of the United Nations and its founding states in an effort to preserve peace and prevent new conflicts,” the ministry said.

Belarus' approaches to the organization of the forthcoming events in the United Nations were voiced at a meeting with President of the UN General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande. He expressed readiness to support and cooperate with Belarus on the UN anniversary agenda.

The deputy minister also took part in a thematic event "Artificial Intelligence: a threat or a tool to maintain international peace and security", organized on the initiative of Belarus at the UN headquarters. Representatives of the diplomatic corps, the UN Secretariat, the expert community and non-governmental organizations exchanged views on how to overcome the current challenges and threats to international peace and security using new and emerging technologies.

Andrei Dapkiunas issued a statement in which he stressed Belarus' contribution to international efforts to develop information technology, including in the context of the fight against terrorism.

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