17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 subordinate tasks are an integral part of the Agenda that must be achieved by 2030. Progress towards the Goals will be monitored and tracked through a set of global indicators. The adoption of the new Agenda required for all states to review and specify national plans and mechanisms for achieving sustainable development of society, taking into account the SDGs.
Belarus is committed to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and has taken a number of important steps for its implementation. In order to create a clear mechanism for implementing the Agenda and to carry out general coordination of activities to achieve the SDGs by Belarus, the President of the Republic of Belarus appointed the Deputy Chair of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, Marianna Shchotkina, as the National Coordinator for achieving Sustainable Development Goals. In February 2020, Anatoly Isachenko, the Deputy Chair of the Council of the Republic, was appointed National Coordinator.
Under the leadership of the National Coordinator, the Sustainable Development Council was formed, which included representatives of state bodies at the level of deputy leaders. It is possible to involve representatives of business circles, public associations and international organizations in the work of the Council. The National Coordinator organizes, within the framework of the Council, consideration of various aspects of the implementation of the SDGs and annually reports to the President and the Government on the progress of the implementation of the SDGs, as well as makes recommendations to improve the effectiveness of this work. The activities of the National Coordinator and the Sustainable Development Council are supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Belarus undertakes efforts to implement the SDGs at all three levels: national, regional and global. In 2017, at the UN headquarters in New York, Belarus presented its voluntary national review, which reflected the start-up approaches to achieving a number of SDGs.
In 2018, Regional SDGs Coordination Leaders Forum for countries of Europe and Central Asia was organized. Its goal was to foster collaboration between national institutions responsible for achieving the SDGs. The outcome document of the forum was the Chair’s summary. The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed took part in the regional forum and commended Belarus’s efforts in the implementation of the SDGs.
In 2019, a broad-based National Forum on Sustainable Development was held, which was attended by over 450 people, including representatives of government leaders, parliament and government. As a result of the event, an outcome document was adopted.
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