On June, 5, 2018 the Permanent Representative of Belarus to the United Nations, Valentin Rybakov, took part in a thematic side-event “Population Dynamics and Sustainable Development in Europe and Central Asia” co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of Albania and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on the sidelines of the annual session of the Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS *.
Albania represents Eastern European Group at the Bureau of the Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS in 2018. Belarus is a member of the Executive Board until the end of this year.
During his presentation “Impact of Evidence-based Family Policy on Population Dynamics” V. Rybakov briefed participants of the event on modern demographic trends in Belarus and on directions of national demographic policy.
The Permanent Representative presented main outcomes of a large-scale survey “Belarus: family structure, family relations, fertility in changing socio-economic conditions” conducted on the basis of the international methodology of the Program “Generations and Gender” in Belarus in 2017.
The survey “Belarus: family structure, family relations, fertility in changing socio-economic conditions” was implemented within the international technical assistance project “Support to the Implementation of the National Programme of Demographic Security of the Republic of Belarus” funded by the Russian Federation, UNFPA and UNICEF.
The Belarusian diplomat noted that Belarus is interested in continuing cooperation with UNFPA, UNECE and UNICEF, Russia and other donors, as well as with other international partners to strengthen demographic potential and develop an effective family policy for implementation of national priorities in this area and for achieving Sustainable Development Goals.
* UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS - United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Population Fund, United Nations Office for Project Services