Permanent Representative of the Republic of Belarus to the United Nations Valentin Rybakov delivered a statement at a second briefing by the Secretary-General on the repositioning of the UN development system.
In his speech, the Head of the Belarusian Mission stressed that Belarus pays special attention to all work on the UN reform, including segment on repositioning of the development system.
V.Rybakov noted the systemic nature of the second report of the Secretary-General on repositioning and expressed his full support for the direct recognition in the document of the necessity to give a new impetus to assistance provided to middle-income countries, as well as for unconditional respect for the principle of national ownership.
The Belarusian diplomat drew attention to a number of the Secretary-General’s proposals on repositioning of the development system, that require additional comments, among which he expressed concern about a significant increase in financing the system of resident coordinators.
The Permanent Representative also called for a more detailed justification for a proposal to create a new body in the UN development system – Joint Steering Committee to Advance Humanitarian and Development Collaboration, setting out doubts about the necessity for inflating the bureaucracy by creating additional bodies/mechanisms and as a result increasing financial burden of Member-States on development system.
At the end of his speech, V.Rybakov emphasized the commitment of Belarus to the purpose of aligning the development system to agenda 2030.
On the sidelines of the event, the Permanent Representative had a brief conversation with the UN Secretary-General.