MINSK, 9 October (BelTA) – Belarus urges UNICEF to harness innovative ideas and expand the range of partners, Belarus' Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrei Dapkiunas said during a meeting with UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Charlotte Petri Gornitzka on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly on 8 October, BelTA has learned.
The parties noted that Belarus and UNICEF have a rich history of cooperation, and discussed the implementation of the third UNICEF country program for Belarus for 2016-2020 with a total funding of $8.5 million. The program targets the most vulnerable categories of children, including children under the age of 8, with special development needs, without parental care, minors in conflict with the law, survivors of violence and/or witnesses, and teenagers. Preparations for the fourth country program for the next five-year period will begin in 2019.
The parties also discussed the initiatives promoted in Belarus through the UNICEF country office. The initiatives are aimed at implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
“Deputy minister Andrei Dapkiunas highlighted a project on sport inclusion implemented in Belarus and aimed at children with autism to ensure their full involvement in society. The parties discussed the status of implementation of the UNICEF Child Friendly Cities international initiative in Belarus. In Belarus, 25 cities joined the initiative, including Minsk, Gomel, and Brest,” the press service of Belarus' Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
“Andrei Dapkiunas called on UNICEF to search for innovative ideas and expand its pool of partners, while emphasizing uniqueness of the UNICEF's mandate that reveals the fund's objective advantages in implementation of its program activities,” the press service of Belarus' Foreign Affairs Ministry noted.More about Society