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Results of the First Year Implementation of the Global Compact in Belarus Summed Up
21 December 2007 | UNDP
A catalogue “Global Compact and Socially Responsible Business in Belarus” timed to summing up the results of the first year implementation of the Global Compact in Belarus was presented today at the conference hall of the Victoria hotel. The event also featured by presenting certificates to companies which have joined the GC in the second half of 2007.
Hot Line on Drug Addiction in Action
14 December 2007 | UNDP
Questions related to drug addiction were directed to experts during a hot line, which was held at the premises of the editorial office of the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper. The teleconference was arranged under the EU/UNDP BUMAD Programme (Programme for the Prevention of Drug Abuse and the Fight against Drug Trafficking in Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova).
Leaders of the Christian Churches Sign Declaration on Social Partnership against HIV/AIDS
28 November 2007
The Declaration on Social Partnership of the Christian churches against HIV/AIDS drafted under the joint UNDP/UNAIDS project was officially signed yesterday in the conference hall of the Academy of Sciences of Belarus.
Human Development Report 2007/2008 Presented in Minsk
27 November 2007 | UNDP
Minsk, 27 November 2007, Human Development Report 2007/2008 entitled “Fighting climate change: Human solidarity in a divided world” was launched today at the National Press Center. It is an independent report commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme. Today’s presentation in Belarus was a part of the global launch of the Report which was held on this day in Brazil and more than 100 countries.
Information Campaign against HIV/AIDS/STIs
14 November 2007 | UNDP
In November 2007, the Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs and UNISTAR radio station have launched an information campaign aimed at preventing HIV, AIDS and STIs among male drivers and population as a whole. The campaign is carried out under the project “Prevention of HIV, AIDS and STIs among Commercial Sex Workers on Highways.”
Migration management in the spot of the International conference in Minsk
13 November 2007
International conference “Migration Processes and Demographic Security“ will take place in Minsk on 14–15 November, 2007. The event will be held in the International Training Center on Migration and Trafficking in Human Beings, which has recently been opened on the basis of the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Minsk.
Construction of Water Regulating Facilities to Restore Depleted Peatlands has Started
17 October 2007 | UNDP
In Belarus, UNDP/GEF project on restoration of depleted peatlands has started construction of regulating facilities at project sites “Dokudovskoe”, “Bartenikha”, “Miranka”, which had formerly undergone peat extraction. Construction of water regulation facilities, fire preventing channels and ponds will help decrease the risk of peatlands fires, reduce CO2 emissions, restore habitat for globally valuable flora and fauna species and solve significant ecological problems.
Alexander Patlis Keeps the Promise
16 October 2007 | UNDP
Belarus’ Star Team for fighting AIDS continues to do its best to keep the promises made in support of the global campaign “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise”. The singer Alexander Patlis is one of the Star Team members. His promise was to help HIV-positive children. The proceeds gained from the last concert under the “Pure Heart” project inspired and organized by Alexander Patlis will partially go to help HIV-positive children.
Dog Training Center of the State Border Committee Opens after Re-equipment
10 October 2007 | UNDP
A festive opening of the Dog Training Center of the State Border Committee of Belarus took place yesterday in the premises of the Smarhon Border Service Detachment (Hronda region). The Center was improved within the EC/UNDP joint project Enhancing the System of Immigration Control at the State Border of the Republic of Belarus” (BOMBEL-2).
Ms Cihan Sultanoglu: “Administration of justice is the place where human rights become reality”
19 September 2007
A workshop “Application of international human rights standards in the administration of justice” was conducted yesterday in Minsk under the UNDP project. Representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Constitutional Court, the Republican Bar, the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Supreme Court, the National Center of Law Drafting Activities under the auspices of the President of Belarus, district court judges and district prosecutor’s officers, law university instructors, and scientists participated in the workshop.
New Project is Set to Improve Administration of Justice in Belarus
12 September 2007
Implementation of a new UNDP project “Promotion of a wider application of international human rights standards in the administration of justice in Belarus” funded by the European Commission, UNDP and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) starts in September 2007. The national implementing agency of this two-year project is the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus.
Foreign experts may get Czech permanent residence already after 18 months
16 August 2007
Since 1st July 2007 a new category of highly qualified participants of the Czech pilot project Selection of Qualified Foreign Workers has been introduced. It shall be opened for foreigners who are working in the Czech Republic on posts which require university degree and matches their profession (education or working experience).
UNFPA to Support the 2009 Census in Belarus
07 August 2007
UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund, and the Ministry of Statistics and Analysis of the Republic of Belarus signed an Agreement on the implementation of the Project “Support to the 2009 Population and Housing Census in the Republic of Belarus” on August, 7.
Star Team Makes Promises to Fight AIDS
24 July 2007 | UNDP
An action “I Promise” with participation of Belarus’ sports and show business stars was announced today in Minsk. The Star Team participants who were presented to the journalists will be engaged in solving acute social problems, first of all HIV/AIDS.
Speech by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UNDP Resident Representative, at the launch of information campaign with the Belarusian Star Team
24 July 2007 | UNDP
It is now more than 20 years since the first case of AIDS was detected, and still the humanity can not stop the spread of the epidemic. Millions of dollars of international resources are being poured to fight the virus, but it still spreads. The main cause of the virus spread is the behaviour of people, quite often irresponsible and careless about themselves and other people. One of the effective tools to influence the behaviour of people is involving well-known personalities in the prevention campaigns, those who listened to by the society, in particular the young people.
New FM initiative to improve public awareness of HIV/AIDS and STIs
17 July 2007 | UNDP
The UNDP project « Prevention of HIV, AIDS and STIs among Commercial Sex Workers on Highways” has launched a new awareness–launching initiative in collaboration with Radius–FM Radio. The initiative entitled “Crossroads” aims to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among long–haul drivers and the general public.
Statement by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, at the Regional Training Session on International Investment Agreements and Investment Disputes for countries from Eastern and Southern Europe and Central Asia, Minsk
16 July 2007 | UNDP
Through its programmes of Investment, Technology and Enterprise Development, UNCTAD helps countries to promote international investment and understand the issues involved in the universe of international investment agreements; thus, building national capacity and capability to understand and benefit from these agreements.
Secretary-General to participate in training session on international investment agreements
13 July 2007 | UNDP
Regional training workshop in Minsk for 15 countries of Eastern and Southern Europe and Central Asia to review key issues in investment agreements and dispute settlement procedures.
UNCTAD Secretary-General to Visit Belarus
13 July 2007 | UNDP
On 15-17 July, Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will visit Belarus at the invitation of Prime Minister of Belarus Sergei Sidorsky. The aim of the visit is to discuss issues related to current and future cooperation between UNCTAD and Belarus, and to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on the Priority Areas of Cooperation in the Field of International Trade, Investment and Development.
Belarus is Likely to Join the School Milk International Programme
29 June 2007 | UNDP
Belarusian school children should have milk back in their diet. The participants of an international round table Development of Nutrition Programme for Children in Belarusian Schools and Preschool Institutions propose concrete steps to strengthen kids’ health and have an impact on their nutritional behavior.
Eleven CIS countries adopt international occupational safety and health standards
28 June 2007 | ILO
“First and foremost, we need to challenge the assumption that unsafe work is the inevitable price to pay for economic progress. Second, we have to make it known that the conditions that make work hazardous are often the same ones that provide an obstacle to productivity”, said Elaine Fultz, ILO Subregional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She spoke at the International Conference on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Status in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and on the implementation of a new standard called GOST 12.0.230–2007(Moscow, 27–28 June 2007).
Government Officials and UNDP Jointly Elaborate New Ideas on HIV Prevention among Youths
28 June 2007 | UNDP
A seminar “The Role and Contribution of Non-Medical Bodies to HIV Prevention” which was conducted yesterday in Minsk gathered about 30 representatives of Belarusian government agencies (ministries of labour and social protection, economy, sports and tourism, industry, justice, housing and communal cervices, trade, education, defense, etc.) as well United Nations Development Programme, Belarus TV and Radio Company, and Belarusian Railways.
Belarusian Wetlands in International Spotlight
25 June 2007 | UNDP
Two major international forums devoted to wetland conservation were held in Belarus last week. On June 19-21, Pinsk (Brest region) hosted a seminar “European Polesie – Economic Importance and Environmental Risks” organized by the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus under financial support of the UNDP project “Catalyzing sustainability of the wetland protected area system in Belarusian Polesie through increased management efficiency and realigned land use practices”.
ILO Executive Director arrives in Minsk
20 June 2007
On June 20, ILO Executive Director Kari Tapiola arrived in Belarussian capital for a three–day visit. He is accompanied by Ms. Karen Curtis, Deputy Director of the Standards Department, and Ms. Oksana Wolfson, legal officer of the same department.
Belarus invited Kari Tapiola to discuss a draft law on trade unions and take part in a meeting of the council for upgrading labour legislation under the Belarussian Labour and Social Protection Ministry due on June 21.
Minsk Hosts a Seminar on Kyoto Protocol Implementation
15 June 2007 | UNDP
A two-day international seminar on development of legal and methodological basis of for implementation of the main mechanisms of Kyoto protocol started its work yesterday. The seminar is arranged under UNDP project on capacity building for implementation of flexible mechanisms of Kyoto protocol in Belarus in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection.
Opening Statement by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative at the International Workshop "Legal and Methodological Basis of Joint Implementation and “Green” Investment Scheme in Belarus” within Kyoto Project
14 June 2007 | UNDP
It gives me great pleasure to participate in today's event that is dedicated to a subject of high importance and relevance both to Belarus and to the international community. Global climate change and related impacts have been dominating the international agenda over the recent years. There is a growing understanding that in the long-term this is the single most important challenge faced by the global community. At a number of high-level international fora, including last year's Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the past two G-8 summits, the issue has been given top priority.
Information about Peatlands Gets Easier to Access
29 May 2007 | UNDP
A new information source on Belarusian peatlands has been launched online. The website www.peatlands.by has been created under the project on renaturalization and sustainable management of peatlands which is implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environmental Facility (GEF) in partnership with the Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Belarus.
Speech by Cihan Sultanoglu, UNDP Resident Representative / UN Resident Coordinator at the press-conference for the launch of the TB grant, 8 May 2007
08 May 2007 | UNDP
"Today is a remarkable day for all of us here, but even more for those in need of treatment and care in respect to tuberculosis. In continuation of UNDP’s partnership with the Global Fund to Fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria to prevent and treat HIV in Belarus since 2004, we are now proud to extend this cooperation to the area of TB. The UN has a long-standing fight commitment to combat HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. To halt and reverse the spread of these diseases is one of the Millennium Development Goals that the world has committed to achieve by the year 2015. We are happy to see that commitment in action in Belarus."
Belarus will receive a USD 14.2 mln. grant to fight tuberculosisBelarus will Receive a Large Grant to Fight TB
08 May 2007 | UNDP
Belarus will receive a USD 14.2 mln. grant to fight tuberculosis. An agreement to this end was signed yesterday between the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the UNDP Representative in Belarus.
Migrant Accommodation Centre Opens in Brest
24 April 2007 | UNDP
On 20 April Brest hosted an official opening of a Migrant Accommodation Centre constructed and equipped under the EU/UNDP joint project “Enhancing Border Management in the Republic of Belarus” (BOMBEL-1).
UNDP New Project “Prevention of HIV, AIDS and STIs among Commercial Sex Workers on Highways”
09 April 2007 | UNDP
Belarus starts implementing a UNDP new project aimed to strengthen prevention of HIV, AIDS and STIs among road–based commercial sex workers, long–haul truck drivers and traffic police officers.
The project will increase awareness of safe sex practices among women selling sex on roads and their clients by means of targeted prevention interventions.
Combating human trafficking is in the spotlight of an international forum
09 April 2007
The Fourth Annual International Conference ‘Perspectives of International Law Enforcement Cooperation in Combating Trafficking in Human Beings’ will take place in Minsk on April 10–12, 2007. The Conference is organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
Creation of a favorable business environment is the goal of a new UNDP project
26 March 2007 | UNDP
A new project of UNDP is aimed at improving private sector environment by developing and facilitating dialogue between the state and business. The project will be implemented within three years by the Council for Enterprise Development in direct partnership with business associations and private sector organizations, Ministry of economy, Ministry of Taxes and Duties, Ministry of Statistics and Analysis and other government and public authorities.
The Government of Belarus has demonstrated strong political will to fight trafficking
23 March 2007
Country Report on Situation on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings states that the Government of Belarus has demonstrated strong political will to fight trafficking. The Report was presented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on 5 March 2007 at the International Conference “Trafficking in Women and Girls: Meeting the Challenge Together” at the United Nations in New York.
UNDP helps Belarus improve energy efficiency of state enterprises
23 March 2007 | UNDP
United Nations Development Programme will assist Belarus in establishing an Energy Center which will provide energy saving services to state enterprises. Minsk hosted today a launching seminar on a joint project of UNDP, Global Environment Facility, United Nations Environmental Commission for Europe and the Department of Energy Efficiency of the State Standardization Committee “Removing Barriers to Energy Efficiency Improvements in the State Sector in Belarus”.
Human Rights Council to discuss reports on situation of human rights in Belarus
20 March 2007
The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus Mr. Adrian Severin prepared a new report on the situation of human rights in Belarus. This report will be discussed at the fifth session of the UN Human Rights Council in June 2007.
Teenagers teach adults how to tolerate HIV-positive
20 March 2007 | UNDP
A new youth informational and educational room on HIV/AIDS opened today in Vitsebsk on the premises of the regional hygiene, epidemiology and public health center. It is the fourth room set up under the “Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in the Republic of Belarus” project implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Health under the financial support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Belarus’ churches to cooperate in response to the HIV epidemic
19 March 2007 | UNAIDS
The problems and needs of people living with HIV/AIDS and issues related to faith-based organizations’ joint response to HIV/AIDS were discussed today by His Eminence Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk Philareth, Patriarchal Exarch to the whole Belarus and Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus.
National Global Compact Participants Network created in Belarus
16 March 2007 | UNDP
Yesterday a Belarus’ National Global Compact (GC) Participants Network was established in the settlement of Kolyadichi near Minsk. The managers of the participating companies adopted the Local Network Regulations developed by an initiative group, and elected a Coordinating Council (CC). The meeting participants defined the goals of the National Network of Global Compact.
The UNHCR Office in Belarus conducts a seminar on Mixed Migration Flows and International Protection of Refugees
09 March 2007
The UNHCR Office in the Republic of Belarus conducts a seminar on Mixed Migration Flows and International Protection of Refugees on the 13 — 14 of March in Resort Complex “Logoisk” (Minsk Region). This seminar is going to be the first arrangement of this kind in the framework of the EU AENEAS — UNHCR project “Strengthening the Protection Capacity in the Republic of Belarus”, which will be conducted during 2007 — 2008.
Two reports on drugs presented in Minsk
02 March 2007 | UNDP
Yesterday the National Press Center hosted a presentation of two reports – the Annual Report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) for 2006 and the Drug Abuse and Illegal Drug Trafficking Report which was prepared and published with support from the Programme of Assistance for the Prevention of Drug Abuse and Drug Trafficking in Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova (BUMAD).
Statement by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus, at INCB Report 2006 presentation, 1 March 2007
01 March 2007 | UNDP
"Unfortunately, Europe has become the second largest illicit market for cocaine in the world and continues to be one of the main illicit markets in the world for stimulants. The illicit manufacture of methamphetamine appears to be taking place on a small scale but is growing. Heroin abuse has remained largely stable and even declined in Western and Central Europe, while the level of abuse of opiates has increased in Eastern Europe, and particularly in the CIS."
New UNDP project supports the promoting administrative reform in Belarus
26 February 2007 | UNDP
A new project of UNDP in Belarus is aimed to secure the constitutional rights of Belarus’ citizens and promote the principles of responsibility and transparency in the work of state bodies by supporting the administrative procedures reform.
HIV/AIDS consulting room opens in Mogilev
23 February 2007
Today the Mogilev center for hygiene, epidemiology and public health hosted a ceremony of opening a youth informational and educational room on HIV/AIDS. From now on anyone can receive here professional consultation and get access to a set of educational services. The room was set up under the “Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in the Republic of Belarus” project implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Health of Belarus.
UNDP equips teachers with innovative approaches to HIV prevention
13 February 2007 | UNDP
Training manual “Innovative Approaches to HIV Prevention” has been issued under the UNDP project “Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in the Republic of Belarus” funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria and implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Health of Belarus. The issue has a unique collection of modern methods of carrying out HIV/AIDS prevention work with young people.
Anti-drug programme prolonged for two years
01 February 2007 | UNDP
February marks the launch of the third stage of the Programme of Assistance for the Prevention of Drug Abuse and Drug Trafficking in Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova (BUMAD-3). The European Commission and UNDP have committed 670,000 Euro for the coming two years. The Ministry of Interior as one of the principle recipients of the Programme assistance is responsible for the project implementation in Belarus.
A Belarusian E-Red Book created
12 January 2007 | UNDP
An Internet-version of the Belarusian Red Book has been created under the UNDP/GEF project “Catalizing Sustainability of the Wetland Protected Area System in Belarusian Polesie through Increased Management Efficiency and Realigned Land Use Practices”, implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus, Institute of Zoology and Institute of Botany of the National Academy of Sciences, and the “MediumM” company.


 
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