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20 April 2021, 14:37

FM: Belarus supports UNECE's initiative of sustainable use of natural resources

MINSK, 20 April (BelTA) - Belarus supports the initiative of the UNECE executive secretary to promote the theme of circular economy and sustainable use of natural resources in the region, Belarus' Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said as he spoke at the high-level segment of the 69th session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva on 20 April, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“We view the transition to a circular economy to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as important. This development model is defined as one of the priorities of the National Sustainable Development Strategy of the Republic of Belarus for the period until 2035. We fully support the importance of using the Commission as a tool of technical assistance to the interested states in achieving their national objectives on the circular economy,” the minister said.

“We pass on to the Secretariat of the Commission the Belarusian voluntary commitments to develop the circular economy. We urge all governments to continue strengthening UNECE with a special focus on innovation, market access, trade facilitation, standardization, and public-private partnership,” the minister added.

Vladimir Makei thanked the Bureau members, all national delegations, and the executive secretary for supporting Belarus as chair of the Commission in 2019-2021.

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