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Belarus highlights importance of partnership of national coordinators for sustainable development

Society 31.01.2018 | 12:37
Andrei Dapkiunas. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Andrei Dapkiunas. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

MINSK, 31 January (BelTA) – Belarus' Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrei Dapkiunas made a statement at the plenary discussion of the 56th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD) which opened at the UN headquarters in New York on 29 January. In his speech he underlined the importance of promoting a Belarusian initiative to forge an international partnership of national coordinators for sustainable development, BelTA learned form the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Andrei Dapkiunas reiterated the invitation to the countries of the region and other stakeholders to attend the Minsk forum of national SDGs coordinators “Building a partnership to underpin national sustainable development efforts” which will make a significant contribution to the architecture of global partnership for development.

In his statement the deputy minister laid out the vision of Belarus on the ways of eradication of poverty, which is a priority theme of the current session of CsocD. The Belarusian diplomat noted the impossibility of eradicating poverty and achieving prosperity for all without ensuring equality of opportunity at national and global levels. In this context Andrei Dapkiunas informed the session about the most important mechanisms for solving the problem in Belarus, including ensuring quality education, healthcare, effective state social policy, sustainable economic growth policies for full employment and decent work for all, stimulating private initiative and creating a public-private partnership for development.

The deputy minister noted that the modern realities in the fight against poverty require prudent global approaches. Andrei Dapkiunas urged the international community to eliminate unilateral coercive economic measures and destructive sanctions driven by selfish political goals, which brought damage to the interests of the countries that needed support for their development. The Belarusian diplomat stressed that such step would really promote greater global justice and implementation of the Agenda for Sustainable Development.

On the same day Andrei Dapkiunas met with Alanna Armitage, Director of UNFPA's Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, to discuss the preparations for the Regional Forum of National Coordinators for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Minsk.

Andrei Dapkiunas and Alanna Armitage. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The deputy minister proposed more active cooperation with UNFPA to disseminate Belarus' positive experience in demographics. Alanna Armitage, for her part, noted the constructive cooperation between Belarus and UNFPA and suggested holding a joint international conference on family policies. The parties agreed to continue active cooperation in the field of population in the framework of national interests of Belarus.

The Regional Forum of National SDG Coordinators will be held in Minsk on 21-22 February 2018. Organized jointly with the UN, the event will be the first regional forum on this topic in the world. The event is expected to be attended by Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Amina Mohammed, and also high representatives of the World Bank, the EBRD, UN agencies, countries of Europe and the CIS.

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