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Belarus lauded for contributing to global sustainable development agenda

Society 23.10.2019 | 13:52
Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki. Archive photo
Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki. Archive photo

MINSK, 23 October (BelTA) - Belarus actively contributes to the global sustainable development agenda, UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki told the media on the sidelines of the national consultations on the priorities of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for Belarus for 2021-2025, BelTA has learned.

Belarus got actively involved in the process of shaping the global agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals. These plans need to be translated into the local context, specific priorities and objectives into the national country context. Belarus' Sustainable Development Goals have already been defined. Work is in progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for Belarus until 2025. Belarus also has something to be proud of. The country ranks 23rd on the sustainability index. Of course, we have to work further to keep it going for the future,” Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki said.

She stressed that the SDGs are a global strategic plan until 2030. The world is changing very fast, all countries are striving to be competitive, to grow faster economically. We need to support and improve the level of growth and life that we already see in Belarus. The national consultations are another opportunity to talk about how the state, non-governmental organizations and the private sector would like the UN to contribute to the development of Belarus and cooperation at the regional and global levels,” she said.

Belarus' Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrei Dapkiunas described such meetings as an opportunity to look at the systemic work of Belarus with the UN and to take the cooperation to a new level. “On the one hand, the event can be seen as a working meeting. This is not the first country program. It is known that our country has a long-standing constructive relationship with UN agencies, and that many technical assistance projects have been implemented. On the other hand, we are at a new stge of further cooperation," he said.

The national consultations on the priorities of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for Belarus for 2021-2025 are running in Minsk on 23-24 October. This programme will replace the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the Republic of Belarus for 2016-2020. The first part of the consultations will focus on the priorities of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development of Belarus for the period up to 2035, the results of regional consultations, ways to accelerate the effort towards the SDGs. UN agencies and national experts will discuss the priorities in the work to achieve the SDGs in four areas: green transition to inclusive and sustainable growth, commitment to future generations, digital transformation and social innovation, gender equality in society.

The national consultations on the priorities of United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for Belarus are held with the broad participation of UN partners such as representatives of the government, parliament, organizations civil society and business. The consultations are a continuation of the work of UN organizations in Belarus to assist with achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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