On February 21, 2018 Regional Forum of National Coordinators on Sustainable Development Goals from Europe and Central Asia began its work in Minsk. The event is organized on the initiative of Belarus with the support of the United Nations.
The main task of the Forum is to foster closer cooperation between the policy-makers responsible for coordinating national activities of achieving Sustainable Development Goals. This idea was put forward by Belarus and received broad international support, including from the leadership of the UN system.
High representatives of about 40 countries of the region, including officials of the ministerial level, take part in the Forum.
International organizations have demonstrated significant interest in the event. The meeting is attended by the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, and the UN Under-Secretary-General, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe, Olga Algayerova. Among the participants of the forum are high representatives of UNIDO and FAO, leadership of World Bank, Eurasian Economic Commission, EBRD, the UN agencies and European Union.
In the coming two days the participants of the meeting will exchange advanced experience in coordinating national implementation of Sustainable Development Agenda.
The event of such format on the subject of coordination in the sphere of sustainable development in the region is being held for the first time. The Minsk Forum is an element in the implementation of the international initiative of Belarus to create a regional partnership of coordinators in the field of sustainable development. Its results are planned to be presented at forum on sustainable development convened by the UN Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva on March 1-2, 2018.
Belarus will continue joint efforts with international partners in order to substantiate the regional process by countries and organizations to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.