On October 8, 2019 the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Andrei Dapkiunas, met with the Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Charolotte Petri Gornitzka, on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly.
The interlocutors noted with satisfaction the rich history of cooperation between Belarus and UNICEF and discussed the implementation of the third country program of the Fund for Belarus.
Background Information: The third UNICEF country program for 2016–2020 with a total funding of $8.5 million is currently in force. The most vulnerable categories of children are in the focus of the program, including children under the age of 8, with special psycho-physical development needs, children without parental care, minors in conflict with the law, survivors of violence and/or witnesses, as well as teenagers. Preparations for the fourth country program for the next five-year period will begin this year.
Initiatives promoted in Belarus through the UNICEF country office, aimed, inter alia, on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in the field of sustainable development, were also touched upon during the meeting.
The Deputy Minister drew attention to the project on sport-inclusion, implemented in Belarus and aimed at children with autism to ensure their full involvement in the society.
The interlocutors discussed implementation in Belarus of a UNICEF global initiative “A city friendly to children”.
Background Information: UNICEF launched the initiative “A city friendly to children” in 2007 to maintain a safe urban environment for a child’s life. In Belarus, 25 cities joined this initiative, including Minsk, Gomel and Brest.
A.Dapkiunas called on UNICEF to search for innovative ideas and expand its pool of partners, while emphasizing uniqueness of the UNICEF’s mandate, which reveals Fund’s he objective advantages in implementation of its program activities.