MINSK, 9 December (BelTA) - On 8 December 2022 Belarusian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yuri Ambrazevich held a meeting with Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Population and Development Fund (UNFPA) Yib Petersen, BelTA learned from the press service of the Ministry of foreign Affairs.
The parties discussed cooperation between Belarus and the UNFPA, including within the framework of the UNFPA 2021-2025 Country Program to assist the government of Belarus in implementing national medical and educational programs in the field of reproductive health of women and girls, sustainable ageing and gender equality.
The UNFPA's representatives spoke highly of Belarus' advances in the protection of motherhood and childhood.
Yuri Ambrazevich held briefings for the representatives of the member states of the Non-Aligned Movement and the countries participating in the Group of Friends in Defense of the UN Charter. Yuri Ambrazevich communicated Belarus' position regarding the illegality of the economic sanctions imposed by Western countries against Belarus, their damaging impact on global and regional trade, food and aviation security and the system of multilateral diplomacy as a whole.
Representatives of foreign states expressed their full agreement with the Belarusian assessments of Western sanctions, condemned their use, pointing to their destructive impact on the potential to achieve sustainable development goals.
Support was also expressed for Belarus' call on the international organizations of the UN system to seek an unbiased assessment of the impact of unilateral sanctions adopted without the authorization of the UN Security Council on development issues and thus form a legal basis for their global condemnation and prohibition.
Yuri Ambrazevich held a meeting with the permanent representatives of the CSTO member states to inform them about the priorities of Belarus' chairmanship in the CSTO. Prospects for intensifying the work of the CSTO at the UN were discussed.
The meetings were held on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.