On April 4, 2018 the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Head of the National Commission for UNESCO, Vladimir Makei, chaired the meeting of the Commission dedicated to the results of its’ work in 2017.
During the meeting, the participants discussed the results of the activity of five thematic committees of the Commission (on culture, education, science and education in the field of natural sciences, information, youth affairs and UNESCO clubs). It was noted that with the assistance of the Commission in Belarus unique projects have been implemented in the field of integrated education of children with special needs, protection of historical and cultural heritage, education and international youth cooperation.
Concrete steps were determined for including Minsk's Nezavisimosti Avenue into the Belarusian tentative list of the UNESCO World Heritage List. Nezavisimosti Avenue may become the foundation for a joint nomination by several countries for inclusion into the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Participants of the session discussed priority tasks in Belarus' work in UNESCO taking into account the fact that Belarus had been elected to the UNESCO Executive Board. A plan to guide the work of the National Commission on UNESCO Affairs in 2018-2019 was adopted during the session. In particular, there are plans to stage events in Belarus in honor of the jubilees of Regina Salomea Rusiecka and Stanislaw Moniuszko as well as events to celebrate the 400th anniversary since the world's first primer was published. Apart from that, seminars and conferences on sustainable development will be arranged as well as events to highlight Belarus' joining the UNESCO Creative Cities network.
V.Makei presented the commission's diplomas to representatives of the subcommittees, who made a significant contribution to the advancement of cooperation with UNESCO in education, science, culture, and youth movement.