Permanent Representative of the Republic of Belarus to the United Nations, Valentin Rybakov, delivered a statement at the briefing by the Secretary-General on the repositioning of the UN development system.
In his speech, the Head of the Mission outlined approaches of Belarus to the repositioning of the development system and expressed hope that the work on the repositioning would be aimed at addressing the problematic areas of the system functioning.
The Belarusian diplomat called for the necessity to preserve the universality of the development system, its non-politicized character, and also the determining role of governments in choosing methods and means to achieve sustainable development goals in their countries.
V.Rybakov noted that for Belarus the key question was how the development system would operate at the country level after repositioning, and outlined a number of issues that were most urgent for the country.
The Permanent Representative stressed that the reform of such an important segment of the UN’s work as development should not result in the malfunction in the work of country offices and create additional tasks and financial implications for recipient countries.
In conclusion, V.Rybakov noted that Belarus expected all the elements of the ongoing repositioning to be based on the principle of the correspondence of operational activities to national priorities of recipient countries.