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UN Global Compact Initiative presented in Belarus
21 December 2005 | UNDP
A new United Nations initiative – “The Global Compact” – was presented to the Belarusian public and mass media during a conference held yesterday at the Minsk International Educational Center. Representatives of ministries and agencies, the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus, international organizations, enterprise associations and businessmen participated in the conference entitled “UN Global Compact Initiative: Opportunities for Building Partnerships of Government, Business Community and Civil Society”.
Statement by Mr. Levan Bîuadze, Deputy UNDP Resident Representative, at the conference “UN Global Compact Initiative: Opportunities for Building Partnerships of Government, Business Community and Civil Society”, December 20, 2005
20 December 2005 | UNDP
"The world we are living in today is constantly changing. As part of this change, governments, civil society organizations and businesses are learning how to work together more effectively. Growing numbers of companies are building on their market successes by integrating social and environmental concerns into core business operations, and by designing and implementing pro-poor and pro-development business models."
Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Belarus expresses deep concern over proposed amendments to criminal code and code of criminal procedure
09 December 2005
The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Adrian Severin, expresses deep concern over the adoption by the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus of amendments to the Criminal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure of the Republic of Belarus.
Youth consulting room on HIV/AIDS opened in Minsk
02 December 2005
A youth informational and educational consulting room on HIV/AIDS was opened yesterday on the premises of the AIDS prevention Department of the National Center for Hygiene, Epidemiology and Public Health, in Minsk (3, Ulyanovskaya Street).
The Republic of Belarus joins the International Organization for Migration
30 November 2005
On 29 November 2005 during the 90th Session of the IOM Council in Geneva the Republic of Belarus became a member of the International Organization for Migration. IOM Membership gives Belarus the right to vote as well as take part in the decision-making process of the Council. Besides, Belarus enjoys the right of being involved in already running programmes or proposing new projects, which correspond to the government’s interests and needs.
CORE Programme approves 34 new projects
25 November 2005 | UNDP
34 new projects were approved in the framework of the Chernobyl Cooperation for Rehabilitation (CORE) Programme at an Approval Board (AB) session held yesterday in Chechersk, Gomel region during which representatives from the 30 signatories to the CORE declaration met to review the progress of the programme.
Belarus makes progress in combating human trafficking
25 November 2005 | UNDP
Belarus has made considerable progress over the last years in combating trafficking in human beings also thanks to a joint project of the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme, officials stressed today at a press-conference in Minsk dedicated to the project’s completion.
UNDP trains housing and communal services staff in biomass energy
22 November 2005 | UNDP
Specialists of housing and communal services of the Minsk region, dealing with wood waste collection, treatment, transportation and burning, are being trained this week in the framework of a UNDP project on Biomass Energy. This week-long course is the first such training organized in Belarus.
"Mothers against Drugs" from Belarus became one of the winners of the UN Vienna Civil Society Award
21 November 2005
The winners of the annual United Nations Vienna Civil Society Award established in 1999, which honours individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the fight against drug abuse, crime and terrorism, will receive their prizes in Vienna, Austria, today, 21 November. The 2005 winners are the Bogota Children's Shelter (Colombia), Mothers against Drugs (Belarus) and the Rebirth Charity Organization (Iran).
Belarus has become a member of FAO
21 November 2005
On 19 November 2005 at the 33rd Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) held in Rome, the FAO member states voted for accession of the Republic of Belarus. In the congratulation speech FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf noted a considerable contribution of Belarus to agricultural development, nature management and environmental protection and stressed that Belarus is striving for full-scale international cooperation in these areas.
UNDP helps pupils to improve their radio-ecological knowledge
16 November 2005 | UNDP
An educational and counseling center was opened on 15 November in a secondary school of the Vaskovichy village of the Slavgorod district (the Mogilev region). The new center will help children and members of their families to build up practical skills of reducing the risk of radiation exposure, to learn how to assess the radiological situation and to make informed choices needed to develop safe behaviors.
Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Belarus calls for investigation of murder of journalists
11 November 2005
The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Adrian Severin, issued the following statement today in Geneva: The Special Rapporteur expresses deep concern over the deaths of journalists Veranika Charkasova and Vasil Hrodnikau in Minsk over the past year.
UNDP, gov’t, NGOs and business call for stepping up social policy standards in Belarus
10 November 2005 | UNDP
Representatives of governmental agencies, NGOs and business called for the improvement of the organization of the country social policy with a view to meet the world’s highest standards in the social sphere at a workshop held today in Minsk as part of a UNDP project.
UNDP presents new poverty publication to media
28 October 2005 | UNDP
A book entitled, Raising Living Standards as Social Policy Priority, was presented to journalists in Minsk today. The publication, which treats various aspects of social policy used for raising living standards in transition economies, is intended for a broad range of readers.
Statement by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, at the UN Day, 24 October 2005
24 October 2005 | UNDP
"Sixty years ago, fifty-one nations, including Belarus, founded the United Nations to promote social progress and better living standards for all people in peace and in freedom. Though UN’s objectives have not changed since then, we must recognize that the world today is very different from that of our founders."
Address by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, at the opening of the “UN60: Historical Tour” Exhibition, 21 October 2005
21 October 2005 | UNDP
"It is my pleasure to participate today in the opening of the exhibition we called “UN60: Historical Tour”. The photo exhibit depicting unique and rarely seen images of the United Nations goes on display in the National Library of Belarus as part of activities to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the United Nations."
Workshop on combating human trafficking: building bridge from current to a new project
13 October 2005 | UNDP
A two-day international workshop on the coordination of law-enforcement agencies’ efforts to combat human trafficking has begun in Grodno. Organized in the framework of a joint project of the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), "Combating Trafficking in Women in the Republic of Belarus," the workshop is aimed at coordinating the efforts of various agencies and organizations to eradicate human trafficking.
Conference in Minsk reviewing results of UNDP project for women leaders
07 October 2005 | UNDP
A final conference in the framework of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s project, “Support to Expanding Public Space for Women in Belarus,” was held in Minsk. The conference, which was entitled, “Breaking through the Glass Ceiling,” reviewed the results of the project that started in spring 2002, and exchanged experience among project participants with regard to gender development in Belarus.
Special Rapporteur ON Belarus to visit Baltic Countries
19 September 2005
The Special Rapporteur on the situation in Belarus of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, Adrian Severin, will visit Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from 18 to 24 September 2005. The mission will take place in the Baltic States because the Government of Belarus has denied the Special Rapporteur access to that country.
UNDP promotes development of impact assessment practices in Belarus
19 September 2005 | UNDP
International strategies of impact assessment of legislation were presented today in Minsk during a training on “Practical aspects of the impact assessment of legislation: national and international experience” organized by UNDP. The training promotes the development of impact assessment practices in Belarus with a focus on Regulatory Impact Analysis - an integrating tool of impact assessment activities.
NEXUS between Asylum and Migration Seminar
16 September 2005
Within the EU TACIS – UNHCR project on strengthening the national asylum system, the UNHCR Office in Belarus held the seminar on Nexus between Asylum and Migration that took place on 16 September 2005 at the National cultural information Center (Oktiabrskaya St. 5).
UNDP launches training seminars on HIV treatment for youth and teachers
16 September 2005
A series of training seminars for youth and teachers on treating HIV was launched in Grodno, Belarus, on 15 and 16 September as part of the UNDP project “HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment in the Republic of Belarus”. Twenty-five youth activists of the Grodno region are attending one of the workshops, “Peculiarities of HIV/AIDS Prevention and the Promotion of a Healthy Lifestyle among Youths,” including representatives of youth NGOs, school leaders and students’ self-government bodies.
Belarus National Human Development Report examines tradeoff between the pace of reform and social costs
31 August 2005 | UNDP
By taking a staged and gradual approach to reform, Belarus has avoided many errors and social costs of transition, but may also face serious social and economic implications from delaying necessary change, argues the new National Human Development Report for 2004–2005 “Belarus: Addressing Imbalances in the Economy and Society”.
Statement by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, at the Press Conference on the occasion of the launch of the National Human Development Report 2004-2005, 31 August 2005
31 August 2005 | UNDP
"Human development is about putting the human being at the centre of the decision-making process. The degree to which policy decisions and actions increase people’s choices to receive a good education, lead long and healthy lives and receive a decent income is measured by the already well-publicized Human Development Index for each country, which appears in UNDP’s annual global Human Development Report."
EU/UNDP Project held International Workshop in Kyiv
16 August 2005 | UNDP
Only through close cooperation can countries efficiently counteract human trafficking was the conclusion of participants in an international workshop held in Kyiv between 11 and 13 in the framework of a joint project of the European Union and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) aimed at combating trafficking in women in the Republic of Belarus.
UNDP welcomes Belarus' decision to accede to Kyoto Protocol
15 August 2005 | UNDP
UNDP has welcomes today the decision of Belarus to accede to the Kyoto Protocol – a key international mechanism to mitigate global climate change. A decree to this effect was signed by the President of Belarus on Friday 13, 2005. The protocol will enter into force for Belarus on the ninetieth day following the date of deposit of its instrument of accession with the UN Secretary-General.
UNDP, GEF Small Grants Programme in Belarus presented in Grodno and Brest
12 August 2005 | UNDP
The recently launched UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme in Belarus (SGP) was presented in the regional towns of Grodno and Brest during the course of two information seminars held on 11 and 12 August. Representatives of Grodno and Brest regional executive committees, regional committees of natural resources and environmental protection and representatives of NGOs and the scientific community have taken part in these events.
Tenth International Summer University of UNESCO Clubs opens in Belarus
09 August 2005
An opening ceremony for the 10th International Summer University of UNESCO Clubs was held at the Foton summer health camp on August 8. An important aspect of the jubilee university's activities will be workshops on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle, which are part of the information and educational component of the UNDP's project aimed at the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS in Belarus.
Commemoration of Ruth Waller, UNRRA staff in Belarus
04 August 2005
"We gathered today to pay tribute to Ms. Ruth Waller, one of the first UN staff members who lost their lives in service to humanity. Her life and her work for the UN Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) is a shining model of human bravery and solidarity in the face of challenges facing our world."
UNDP, Global Environmental Facility launch Small Grants Programme in Belarus
03 August 2005 | UNDP
The Small Grants Programme (SGP) of the Global Environmental Facility has been launched in Belarus yesterday at a UNDP conference attended by Government officials, representatives from NGOs and scientific circles. The Programme will provide grants of up to 50,000 US dollars to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) working in the sphere of environment.
UNDP and SDC sign cost-sharing agreement on Chernobyl CORE projects
02 August 2005 | UNDP
Seven small-scale projects approved in the framework of the Cooperation for Rehabilitation Programme (CORE) in Belarus will receive funding under a cost-sharing agreement signed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The projects, totaling just under 53,000 US dollars, are local initiatives from three districts affected by the Chernobyl catastrophe, Chechersk, Slavgorod and Stolin.
UNDP project promotes development of agro-tourism in Belarus
25 July 2005 | UNDP
The successful development of agro-tourism in Belarus requires an improvement of the legal basis, local authorities should be encouraged to prepare projects, and a competitive brand in the given sphere of services must be created. These were the conclusion of the participants at a conference held from July 21-23 in the Zel’vensky district of the Grodno Region. The conference was organized at the initiative of the UNDP and the Belarus Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection
UNICEF signs the Declaration of Principles of the CORE Programme
14 July 2005
13 July, 2005 has seen the official signing ceremony of the Declaration of Principles of the CORE Programme (“Cooperation for Rehabilitation”) by UNICEF, 29th co-signatory of the Declaration. The Declaration has been signed by UNICEF Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States and Baltic States Ms. Maria Kalivis.
NEW EU/UNDP border management programme launched in Belarus
07 July 2005 | UNDP
A new two-year programme of the European Union on enhancing border management in the Republic of Belarus (BOMBEL 1) was launched in Belarus. The programme will be co-financed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The primary objective of BOMBEL 1 Programme is to facilitate the integration of the Border Guards of the Republic of Belarus into the common system of the European standards.
Drive is over, antidrug effort to carry on
29 June 2005 | UNDP
The final stage of a regional drive for the prevention of drug addiction, "The Minsk Region Against Drugs," was held in Soligorsk on June 24, the eve of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, in the framework of the Belarus/Ukraine/Moldova Actions on Drugs (BUMAD) programme funded by the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
UNDP launches systematic work to teach doctors all aspects of HIV treatment
24 June 2005
A two–day training workshop for doctors on the "Treatment and Prevention of HIV Infection," held in the framework of a special project of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), came to an end today in Minsk. The workshop was the final stage of a two–week HIV Infection Treatment course for doctors held at the Belarusian Postgraduate Medical Education Academy.
The anonymous office of comprehensive services for drug users opens in Minsk
07 June 2005 | UNDP
An anonymous office of comprehensive services for injection drug users, called "Your Choice," opened in the city’s drug and alcohol treatment center at 162 Mayakovskogo Street in Minsk on June 6. The opening of the office became possible thanks to a project aimed at increasing the efficiency of social assistance programs to care for drug addicts in Belarus. The project is part of the Belarus/Ukraine/Moldova Actions on Drugs (BUMAD) program funded by the European Union and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Belarus and Russia's MPs govt officials, recommend measures to combat human trafficking
03 June 2005 | UNDP
MPs, Government Officials and other high level officials from Belarus, Russia as well as Minsk-based international organizations, gathering at a UNDP roundtable in Minsk on 31 May-1 June agreed on a set of recommendations aimed at combating human trafficking.
New chair urges Belarus to accelerate accession work
30 May 2005
The seventh meeting of the Working Party for the accession of Belarus to the WTO was held on May 24, 2005 presided by the new chairperson Ambassador Mia Horn af Rantzien of Sweden.The delegation of Belarus was led by Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Andrei Kobyakov.
BUMAD programme promotes healthy lifestyle as alternative to drugs
25 May 2005 | UNDP
A series of events offering youths an alternative to the use of drugs through the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and sports were held in two cities of the Minsk region this past weekend as part of the Belarus/Ukraine/Moldova Actions on Drugs (BUMAD) programme funded by the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
An action dedicated to the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial was held in Minsk
14 May 2005
May 14, the Orthodox Laity in Honour of Madonna's Icon "All Grieves' Joy" (Minsk, 65 Pritytskogo Street) held, with the support of the UN Office in Belarus, a church and public action "Light a Candle," dedicated to the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial. During the action, they chanted a requiem and performed a joint concert of the "Art Harmonicum" Accordion Orchestra and the Minsk School of Bell Ringers.  More...
Address by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative at wreath laying ceremony dedicated to the Days of Remembrance and Reconciliation, 8 May 2005
08 May 2005 | UNDP
"The war turned into the greatest tragedy for the peoples of Europe and the entire world, irrespective on whose side their states fought. Not a single family, not a single human story was left untouched by its consequences. As survivors dwindle in number it falls to succeeding generations to carry forward the work of remembrance."
Agrotourism can help reduce rural poverty UNDP seminar say
06 May 2005 | UNDP
One of the possible ways to address rural poverty is to create new jobs in the field of agro-tourism, said participants of a two-day seminar ending today in the Rossony District of the Vitebsk Region, in the framework of a UNDP project. The seminar provided participants with information on the national legal basis for the development of rural areas and tourism; considered utilizing microcrediting as a tool for promoting rural business; and encouraged cooperation of local authorities and farmers.
UNDP/EU project BUMAD, to hold seminar on legal cooperation
03 May 2005 | UNDP
On May 11-13, the Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Anti-Drug Programme (BUMAD), jointly funded by the UNDP and the European Union, will hold a national seminar entitled: “Implementing the norms of international law on extradition and mutual legal assistance into national law and practice”. The seminar is conducted within one of the BUMAD Programme component which aims at reinforcement and harmonization of the Belarusian national legislative and regulatory frameworks in the area of drug control in accordance with the international standards.
The International Photo Contest "Sports for Peace and Development"
02 May 2005
The United Nations has declared the year 2005 to be the International Year of Sport and Physical Education, as the means to promote education, health, development, and peace. The relevancy of the topic is beyond doubt and actual for many nations of various countries. To mark the International Year of Sport and Physical Education, the United Nations Office in Belarus together with the "Krayavid" Photographic Studio of the Minsk State Palace of Children and Youth and the "Photo Arts" Belarusian Non-Governmental Association held the Second International Photo Contest "Sports for Peace and Development."
UNDP trains managers of consulting units on HIV/AIDS prevention among drug users
29 April 2005
Twenty three managers of Anonymous Consulting Units (ACU) from the Minsk, Vitebsk and Gomel regions of Belarus, learned skills on the prevention of HIV/AIDS among injecting drug users during a three-day workshop on the "Efficient Management of an ACU" ending today near Minsk. The workshop is the first in a long-term training course for managers and coordinators of Anonymous Consulting Units organized under a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)'s project on HIV/AIDS prevention.
UNDP workshop prepares teachers to train youth on HIV/AIDS prevention
28 April 2005
A two-day national workshop on the "Organization and Dissemination of Information and Educational Work on HIV/AIDS" prepared education professionals to train young students on methods of HIV/AIDS prevention. The workshop, which ended in Minsk today, was held in the framework of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)'s project “Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in the Republic of Belarus”. The country's Ministry of Education was a co-organizer of the workshop.
Nineteen Years after Chernobyl, Misconceptions Prevail
26 April 2005
Nearly two decades after the devastating accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on 26 April 1986, residents of areas affected by radioactive contamination in Belarus, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine still lack the information they need to lead healthy, productive lives, according to a new report from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Instead, misconceptions and myths about the threat of radiation prevail, promoting a paralyzing fatalism among residents about their own health.
Workshop for representatives of the mass media
26 April 2005
On 27 – 29 April, 2005 the UNHCR Office in Belarus in cooperation with the International Public Association for UN Studies, Information and Educational Programmes and the Belarusian State University conducts a workshop in Brest for journalists on how to write about refuge issues in the media. The workshop is organised in the framework of the joint EU TACIS -UNHCR project aimed at strengthening the national asylum system in the Republic of Belarus.
UNFPA held the Practical Workshop for teachers of medical colleges
20 April 2005
April 19-20, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Health of Belarus, held the National Practical Workshop for teachers of medical colleges. The meeting considered the experience of introduction into the curriculum and the future prospects of the elective training course "Consulting Teenagers and Youth on Reproductive Health Issues."
Contest "A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body!"
19 April 2005
The nationwide contest «A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body» dedicated to the International Year of Sport and Physical Training is under way in Belarus. The contest is a joint initiative of the «Narodnaya Gazeta» Editorial Board, the National Olympics Committee, the Belarusian Physical Training and Sport Society «Dynamo» and the UN Office in Belarus.
CORE Programme is a key tool for Chernobyl long-term recovery in Belarus, UNDP says
12 April 2005 | UNDP
UNDP considers the Cooperation and Rehabilitation (CORE) Programme in Belarus as a unique framework to mobilize and coordinate rehabilitation and recovery efforts by international, national and local donors and partners, UN Resident Cordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, Ms Cihan Sultanoglu, said in Paris, France, today.
The contest for journalists was announced to attract attention to the refugee problem
08 April 2005
The UNHCR, European Comission and International Public Association for UN Studies, Information and Educational Programmes announce the contest for journalists to attract attention of Belarusian people to the refugee problem.
UNHCR announced a contest of scholarships for students and postgraduates
07 April 2005
The objective of the contest is to provide financial support for the most talented Belarusian students and postgraduates, who are involved in studying the issues of refugees, statelessness, cross-cultural relations and migration. It is planned that, the winners of the contest will be granted with monthly scholarship at the rate of about 200 000 Belarusian rubles in period from September till December 2005.
UNDP, EU project on combating trafficking in women in Belarus is presented to diplomats
01 April 2005 | UNDP
A joint project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Union on combating trafficking in women in Belarus was presented today to Minsk-based foreign diplomats. The presentation was intended to familiarize the diplomatic corps with the achievements attained in almost two years by the project in tackling human trafficking Belarus.
Workshop on Inclusion Clauses of the 1951 Refugee Convention
29 March 2005
Within the EU TACIS – UNHCR project on strengthening the national asylum system, the UNHCR Office in Belarus organises the seminar on inclusion clauses that will take place on 2005 March, 31 and April, 1 at the Minsk International Educational Center (IBB).
UNDP trains personnel of Belarus' correctional institutions on HIV/AIDS prevention
24 March 2005
A two-day seminar, ending in Minsk today, trained medical workers of Belarus’ correctional institutions to work with volunteer inmates and prison personnel in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The seminar was part of a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project on prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and was co-organized by the Penal Department of the Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs.
International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’ launched in Belarus
22 March 2005
The International Decade for Action ”Water for Life” was launched in Minsk today at a ceremony attended by Government officials, NGOs, academics and the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative. It will be followed by two expert roundtables on the situation of water in Belarus.
Address by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative at the World Water Day and the launch of the International Decade for Action "Water for Life", 2005-2015, 22 March 2005
22 March 2005 | UNDP
"On 23 December 2003 the General Assembly proclaimed the period from 2005 to 2015 the International Decade for Action, "Water for Life", to commence today, on World Water Day, 22 March 2005."
UNDP project trains advisers on HIV/AIDS prevention
21 March 2005
Teams of volunteers and outreach workers were trained last weekend to provide advice to risk groups on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs), during two workshops held in Minsk as part of a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project carried out in cooperation with the Belarus Ministry of Health.
HIV/AIDS in the spotlight in Belarusian Media
14 March 2005
Six journalists were awarded diplomas and valuable prizes at a ceremony held last week after winning a national contest for the best newspaper stories on issues related to HIV/AIDS and drug addiction. The contest, which was organized by the UN Office in Belarus, the Belarusian Ministries of Health and Information and the Belarusian National Youth Union, was aimed at drawing public attention to problems related to the spread of HIV, drug addiction and venereal diseases, as well as at pointing out measures to prevent these diseases.
Statement by the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus on the 2006 Chernobyl International Conference to be held in 2006
03 March 2005 | UNDP
"You may recall the recommendations of the 2002 UN Report “Human Consequences of the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident: A Strategy for Recovery” for a new developmental approach to tackling the problems caused by the Chernobyl accident and the events that followed. The report advocated, among other things, that all parties should work towards the development of the individuals and communities concerned in an attempt ‘to give them control over their own futures’."
World Bank prepares new lending operation in Belarus
02 March 2005
Mr. Paul Bermingham, the World Bank Director for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, paid a two-day-visit to Belarus to exchange views with Belarusian counterparts on the country socio-economic situation, status of agreed programs and future plans. Meetings with the Government representatives were focused on preparation of Post Chernobyl Recovery Project, implementation of Social Infrastructure Retrofitting Project, other areas of cooperation.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has funded a sewing mini-shop
01 March 2005
February 27, 2005, the "Eureka" Children and Youth Creativity Centre of the Frunzenskiy District of Minsk held the traditional holiday of children's fashion named "Kaleidoscope of Fantasies-2005." During the event, a fashion show of a unique collection of clothes took place, which had been designed and tailored by young fashion designers. The "highlight" of the holiday was an opening ceremony of a sewing mini-shop, in which the premises repairs and the purchase of the sewing equipment had been funded by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Belarus.
Belarus reforms business registration procedure
28 February 2005
February 24, 2005, Minsk hosted a roundtable on the problems of state registration of commercial organizations and individual entrepreneurs. The sitting was organized by the International Financial Corporation (IFC) and the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus under the IFC's Business Enabling Environment Project. The participants were representatives of the Republic's governmental agencies, employees of local executive-and-administrative bodies, members of SME associations and law offices.
Drugs Expert Visits Belarus in EU/UNDP Programme
23 February 2005 | UNDP
A European Union drugs expert Paul Cook is visiting Belarus on 20-24 February as part of a EU and United Nations Develoment Programme (UNDP) anti-drugs trafficking programme — the Belarus/Ukraine/Moldova Actions on Drugs (BUMAD). Mr. Cook’s visit is part of the preparations for a pilot campaign against drug spread to be conducted under the BUMAD program from April through June this year.
UNDP completes "National Capacity Self-Assessment for Global Environment Management in Belarus" project
22 February 2005 | UNDP
A joint United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Global Environmental Facility (GEF) project on the implementation of three UN environmental conventions was completed on 17 February at a conference, which brought together more than 50 participants among government, NGOs and international organizations.
Statement of Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, at the Workshop on draft National Millennium Development Goals Report 22 February 2005
22 February 2005 | UNDP
"... the Millennium Development Goals is an international commitment, to which Belarus has committed itself at the highest level (in September 2000 at the UN Millennium Summit the president of Belarus together with the leaders of more than 140 countries of the world adopted the millennium declaration, from which MDGs derive)."
Soligorsk opens service centre for injecting drug users
17 February 2005
A medical centre providing services to injecting drug users while preserving their anonymity was opened in February inside the premises of the Soligorsk City Centre for Hygiene and Epidemiology. The Centre, which was named "Your Choice", has been established under a EU/UNDP: “Programme of Assistance for the Prevention of Drug Abuse and Drug Trafficking in Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova”.
February 14, Mogilyov hosted an action "Time to Love – Time to Think"
14 February 2005
February 14, on St. Valentine's Day, the city of Mogilyov hosted an action "Time to Love – Time to Think," organized under the Project "Expansion of Access of Youth to Services and Information in the Sphere of Reproductive Health," which is implemented with the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
UNDP to hold a series of seminars on Chernobyl
14 February 2005 | UNDP
On February 17 in Brest region within the framework of the UNDP support project for the CORE Programme and with support of the SDC an integration workshop will be held. At the end of February – beginning of March this year the CORE programme Coordination Team within the component “Local Coordination and Integration” of the UNDP support project is planning a series of mini-trainings for the project proposals initiators in the four CORE districts.
February 17, the "Brigantina" Vitebsk cinema will show the "Ally's Dream" documentary
14 February 2005 | UNDP
17 February, the "Brigantina" Vitebsk cinema will show the "Ally's Dream" documentary, which was filmed under the EU/UNDP Project "Combating Trafficking in Women in the Republic of Belarus." The most of the audience will make School Director Assistants for Upbringing. After the film, a meeting with the representatives of the Project will take place.
Citizens of Belarus make donations to help tsunami victims
09 February 2005
The tsunami attack that happened on December 26, 2004, in the South-Eastern Asia was the heaviest of all calamities, to which the United Nations had to react throughout its 60-years history. According to the latest data, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed more than two hundred thousand people and injured five hundred thousand more. About five million people lost their homes, food and means of subsistence.
A seminar on the Strategic Environmental Assessment was held in Belarus
08 February 2005 | UNDP
February 8, the "Hope 21st Century" Children Rehabilitation Centre hosted a practical seminar "Approaches Used at Making Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and SEA – Similarities and Distinctions," held under the initiative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Office in Belarus.
Information technologies come to boarding schools
07 February 2005
A workshop for social teachers and psychologists of the boarding schools of the Minsk Region "Information Technologies in the Education Process of Boarding Schools" was held on February 4 in the computer class of the "United Way" BROO. The event was a part of the computer education process of specialists of the boarding schools of the Minsk Region, carried out by the experts of the "Focus Group" Public Association under the Project "Internet – Boarding School."
Minsk International Workshop considers biomass usage issues
04 February 2005 | UNDP
February 3, the Conference Hall of the "Yubileynaya" Hotel in Minsk hosted a workshop, named same as the Project of the UNDP "Biomass Energy for Heating and Hot Water Supply in Belarus." The event, which was attended by about a hundred participants from Belarus, Russia, Belgium, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, and Austria, was dedicated to considering modern technologies of woodwaste combustion for thermal and electric power generation, and to sharing international experiences in manufacture of boilers and construction of boiler houses and thermal power plants (TPPs), which use biomass as fuel.
The Internet now answers entrepreneurs' questions on how to run business
24 January 2005 | UNDP
Belarusian entrepreneurs have acquired a competent helper – the www.info.minsk.by electronic city information system, designed by the "Information Society" National Public Association (NPA) under the Joint Project of the of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Government of the Republic of Belarus "Promoting Enterprise Activity through Public-Private Partnerships in Belarus." Some of these days, the presentation of the Internet web site has taken place during the summing up procedure of the second mini-grants tender, which was directed at infrastructural support of small businesses.
UNDP started implementation of the project on HIV/AIDS prevention in Belarus
18 January 2005
The United Nations Development Programme jointly with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus started the implementation of international technical assistance project «Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in the Republic of Belarus”. The Project was approved by the Resolution of the Council of Ministers of Belarus and is funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which represents partnership between governments, civil society and the private sector with the Secretariat in Geneva (Switzerland).
Belarusian organisations and individuals can donate in support of tsunami victims
06 January 2005
Spearheading the international effort to bring relief to the victims of last week's devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on 6 January launched a $977 million flash appeal for emergency aid – by far the largest ever for a natural disaster and almost three times the previous record. “As we grieve for the dead and pray for those still searching for loved ones, we have a duty to the survivors,” Mr. Annan told a meeting of world leaders in Jakarta, Indonesia, calling for a concerted effort to prevent a second wave of death from preventable causes due to polluted water, and a third wave of despair where people cannot recover their livelihoods, homes or communities.
Interview of Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, for BelaPAN Information Company
03 January 2005
"For United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the year 2004 was rather successful: the total project delivery reached US$ 3,000,000 – the highest level since UNDP started its operations in Belarus in 1992. During the year, UNDP had over 20 projects at different stages of implementation, with financing primarily in co-operation with other partners."


 
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