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Belarus priorities at the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly

At the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly the delegation of Belarus will focus on the following areas and issues: 

  •   we will continue to advance the concept of the diversity of ways towards progress and development as a value of mankind;
  •   Belarus will support efforts aimed at reinforcing the central role of the United Nations in global governance, revitalizing its General Assembly, strengthening the UN’s social and economic sector, above all, in the context of ECOSOC reform;
  •   we intend to vigorously advance the implementation of the “Global Partnership for Development”, a key partnership in the United Nations system, for the purpose of realizing the current global development agenda built around the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals;
  • Belarus attaches overriding importance to the finalization of the post-2015 United Nations development agenda with the Sustainable Development Goals at its core. In this context Belarus stresses the need for adequate international assistance to deliver on future SDGs;
  • we will continue to advocate the idea of global partnerships that bring together all international stakeholders – states, international intergovernmental organizations, global civil society and private sector – in a common effort against specific transnational threats and challenges;
  • Belarus will continue to be actively involved in efforts at making the newly established high-level political forum on sustainable development a cross-cutting multilayered intergovernmental process that plays pivotal role in sustainable development within and outside the UN System;
  • we see the need to reflect in relevant development-oriented resolutions the extent of impact produced by multiple and interrelated factors like compliance with the commitments for development, in particular in terms of international financing, food production, access to energy, transfer of technologies, climate change, HIV/AIDS on the state of global, regional, as well as national development, thereby generating input to various strategies to tackle these interconnected challenges;
  • we attach particular significance to the need to enhance cooperation with middle-income countries, especially in line with the provisions of UNGA resolution 68/222 titled “Development cooperation with middle-income countries”;
  • Belarus will continue to address in a comprehensive manner the issue of human trafficking in its various forms, in particular on the basis of the provisions of UNGA resolution 68/192 “Improving the coordination of efforts against trafficking in persons” as well as of other resolutions recently adopted on the subject by various intergovernmental fora. Belarus plans to sponsor some relevant events in order to take stock of what has been achieved at the international level and what needs to be done in this regard;
  • Belarus will work with interested Member States with the view to ensuring respect for international law, as well as international human rights law, which some countries have repeatedly violated through their unilateral activities;
  • Belarus will continue to promote constructive dialogue on human rights with equal attention to all categories of rights, including social and economic as well as civil and political rights. To this end, Belarus will pay particular attention to the activities and reports of appropriate UN human rights organs and mechanisms;
  • we will strongly oppose country-specific resolutions on the situation of human rights, which, in our firm belief, have nothing to do with human rights, but rather stand as a tool invoked by some countries to advance their own political and economic interests against other countries, Belarus will work with all those interested in promoting basic rights of children and women;
  • we will continue to advance the issue of the family and its role in society as a contributor to sustainable development;
  • Belarus will continue to pay great attention to the issue of disarmament. In particular, we will submit a traditional resolution on the issue of prohibition of development and manufacture of new types of weapons of mass destruction and new systems of such weapons; 
  • Belarus will actively work with interested Member States to ensure dignified commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in World War II;
  • we intend to advocate enhanced patterns of UN co-operation with regional organizations, in particular, between the United Nations and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), which Belarus chairs in 2014, as it did in 2013. Specifically, we intend to sponsor a UNGA draft resolution titled “Cooperation between the United Nations and the Commonwealth of Independent States”.