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Government eager to promote active ageing program in Belarus with UNFPA support

Society 09.12.2019 | 13:56

MINSK, 9 December (BelTA) – The government intends to promote active ageing in Belarus with assistance of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Igor Petrishenko made the statement as he met with United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem on 9 December, BelTA has learned.

Igor Petrishenko said: “The populations in Europe and Belarus are getting inevitably older. It is important for us to develop the so-called active ageing program with your assistance.”

The deputy prime minister reminded that Belarus acceded to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2016 and is vigorously taking measures on socializing people with disabilities. The prevention of domestic violence is another avenue of cooperation with the UNFPA.

Igor Petrishenko concluded: “I hope in the future we will continue to have positive avenues and contact points in order to keep advancing our cooperation.”

Natalia Kanem
Natalia Kanem

In turn, Natalia Kanem remarked that Belarus had achieved considerable accomplishments in reducing maternal mortality and infant mortality. “Belarus can be an excellent example for other countries in this regard,” she believes.

Apart from meetings with representatives of government agencies during the visit to Belarus Natalia Kanem talked to developers of the mobile app for women Flo. She spoke positively of their practice of finding jobs for women with disabilities.

The UNFPA has worked in Belarus since 1994. The UNFPA's second country program is being implemented in Belarus now. Designed to run in 2016-2020, it has a total budget of $3.7 million.

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