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Speech by Mr. Antonius Broek, UNDP Resident Representative, at the seminar on the results of the Small Grants Programme activities in 2007-2008
26 December 2008 | UNDP
The Small Grants Programme was launched in 1992, and is rooted in the understanding that global environmental problems can best be addressed if local people are involved, and direct community benefits and ownership are generated. In 16 years of operation, SGP funded over 9,000 projects in 104 countries in the field of biodiversity conservation, climate change, land degradation and persistent organic pollutants.
Results of the students essay contest on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
09 December 2008
An awards ceremony featuring winners of the students’ essay contest “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in My Life” and an opening ceremony of an exhibition of human rights literature will be arranged on December 10, 2008, on Human Rights Day, at 14:00 pm at the 2nd floor atrium of the National Library of Belarus(116, Prospect Nezavisimosty, Minsk).
The Minsk District Becomes the First Pilot Site of a Partner Project on Telemedicine
03 December 2008 | UNDP
A new step in the development of telemedicine has been taken under the UN Global Compact. The Minsk district has become Belarus’ first pilot site, where cellular communications technologies were applied in telemedicine.A partner project of business, the state and UN agencies on the development of telemedicine in Belarusian regions was launched on March 27, 2008 at the meeting of a working group comprised of representatives of the Ministry of Health of Belarus, Belarusian Center for Medical Technology, Scientific and Research Institute of Oncology, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Mobile TeleSystems Ltd. (MTS), World Health Organization, and UNDP.
Statement by Mr. Antonius Broek, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, at the Press-conference on Telemedicine Development in Belarus
02 December 2008 | UNDP
Telemedicine is an innovative and effective way of improving the health status of people in rural and remote areas by providing improved access to specialist care. Development of telemedicine contributes to improving living standards and conditions, and, thus, to sustainable human development what is fully in line with the UN objectives.
Film programme "Human Dignity, Equality, Justice": 2-10 December 2008
02 December 2008
The United Nations Office in Belarus has the pleasure to announce the film programme «Human Dignity, Equality, Justice”, which will be held on 2–10 December 2008 at the “Pobeda” cinema (20, Internatsionalnaya Street, Minsk). The programme is co–sponsored by the UN Office, OSCE Office, and UNHCR Office with support from the Embassy of Poland. 
Belarusian Stars Become Comic Characters to Unite Their Efforts in Fighting AIDS
01 December 2008 | UNDP
Today, Minsk secondary school #161 hosted an unusual action dedicated to the World AIDS Day. The members of the Star Team to fight AIDS, which was created last year under the UNDP project “Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in the Republi of Belarus”, held an autograph session and a presentation of comics where they featured.
Speech by Mr. Antonius Broek, UNDP Resident Representative, at the gala concert in the Palace of the Republic dedicated to World AIDS Day
01 December 2008 | UNDP
Today December 1st, as you know is the World AIDS Day, when the whole Universe remembers that over 33 million people are infected and almost 2 million people are dying of AIDS every year. The United Nations in all countries where we are present is trying to help stop the spread of the infection. Today we gathered here to remember those who are affected by AIDS, and on the other hand, we also came here to give our own promise to stop AIDS together with Belarusian stars.
Speech by Mr. Antonius Broek, UNDP Resident Representative, at the presentation of comics on HIV/AIDS at Minsk school No. 161
01 December 2008 | UNDP
The World AIDS Day is the day when the whole Universe remembers that over 33 million people are infected and almost 2 million people are dying of AIDS every year. The United Nations in all countries where we are present is trying to help stop the spread of the infection. And that is why we have gathered here today – to launch comics series for young people – that is for you. Those comics are dedicated to love and devotion and will tell you how to avoid getting into trouble.
Representatives of Churches Elaborate Recommendations on HIV
23 October 2008 | UNDP
Leaders and representatives of the Christian churches of Belarus are tackling the issues of HIV/AIDS at an international conference “Christian Response to HIV: Theory and Practice” held on 22–24 October in Minsk. The forum arranged under the UNDP project “Contributing to the HIV and AIDS Activities of Christian Churches in Belarus” has gathered guests and speakers from the CIS countries, Poland, Sweden, and South Africa.
International Motor Race STOP-AIDS! Finishes in Minsk
06 October 2008 | UNDP
A charity gala–concert of the international motor race “STOP–AIDS!” took place yesterday in the centre of Minsk, with Belarusian and Russian singers participating. The motor race, which started on 27 August in Moscow, went through the cities of Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus.
Presentations of the mostly asked-for administrative procedures are put on the Internet
05 October 2008 | UNDP
Since now on, any citizen of Belarus using the Internet has an opportunity without leaving home to find out where to apply for one or another permit or certificate, which documents to submit, and what expenses to cover. Web presentations of certain administrative procedures, mostly asked for by Belarus’ citizens with state administrative bodies, were made public for the first time on 3 October in Kirovsk (Mogilev region) during a workshop “Positive practice of administrative procedures regulation in Belarus” arranged by the UNDP project.
Maria Sharapova launches programme of scholarships for youth from Chernobyl-affected areas in Belarus
18 September 2008 | UNDP
Geneva/ Minsk 18 September 2008 Tennis star Maria Sharapova announced today that she is launching a $210,000 scholarship programme for students from Chernobyl–affected areas of Belarus. The programme is a joint initiative of the Maria Sharapova Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where she serves as Goodwill Ambassador. The scholarships will enable 12 talented young people from Chernobyl–affected regions to follow a full course of studies at two leading universities in Belarus.
New UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative Antonius Broek presented his credentials to the Prime Minister of Belarus Sergei Sidorsky
31 July 2008
Belarus welcomes the UN assistance and partnership initiatives, Prime Minister of Belarus said at a meeting with new UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus Mr. Antonius Bernardus Broek on 31 July 2008. Mr. Antonius Broek presented Sergei Sidorsky his credentials from the UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki–moon who designated him as UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus.
IOM Minsk Legal Seminar Announcement, July 29-30, 2008
18 July 2008
Seminar “Biometric applications in passports – international standards and best practices” will be held by the Office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the Republic of Belarus in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) of the Republic of Belarus on July 29 – 30, 2008.  
A Balloon with the World AIDS Campaign Slogan Flew Up during the Slavyansky Bazaar Festival
17 July 2008 | UNDP
A balloon with the World AIDS Campaign slogan “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise” flew up yesterday over Vitsebsk, which was hosting the 17th International Arts Festival “Slavyansky Bazaar”.  The balloon was lifted during an electronic music concert–festival “360 Open Air: Music against AIDS” arranged as part of the Bazaar programme.
EC and UNDP Launch Environmental Protection Project in Belarus
17 July 2008 | UNDP
The European Commission (EC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed an agreement on July 16, 2008 to launch a joint initiative entitled “Support to environment and sustainable development in Belarus”
The Problems of Disabled People is in the Spotlight of the International Conference
30 June 2008
On 4 July 2008 the International Scientific and Practical Conference “Disability and Society” takes place in the Minsk International Education Center(ul. Gazety Pravda, 11). The conference is organized by the Public Association “Belarusian Association of Disabled People”, State Management and Social Technologies Institute of the Belarus State University with support of the UN Office in Belarus.
National Cinema Action Contributes to Fight against Drugs
27 June 2008 | UNDP
A national cinema action “Keep your Dream – Say “No” to Drugs” was organized yesterday within the framework of the BUMAD–3 project implemented jointly by the EU and UNDP. The objective of the action timed to the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was to attract attention of the society to the drug addiction problem.
Peatlands Restoration Project Demonstrates the First Results
23 June 2008 | UNDP
The first practical results of hydrological regime restoration by the example of depleted peatland “Bartenikha” have been presented during field workshop “Methods of Hydrological Regime Restoration at Depleted Peatlands” which was held on June, 20 interms of UNDP–GEF project.
Mr. Antonius Broek Appointed New UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus
05 June 2008 | UNDP
Mr. Antonius Bernardus Broek is to become the new UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in the Republic of Belarus. The Government of Belarus has cleared his appointment. Mr. Broek joined the United Nations in 1984 and worked for different UN agencies in a number of countries.
New Microfinance Development Project is in Operation
23 May 2008 | UNDP
A new project of UNDP, which was officially launched yesterday at the press-center of the National Bank of Belarus, will help to improve access of population and small business to finance and credit resources by developing microfinance services and raising financial culture.
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations - Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Europe is visiting Belarus
22 May 2008
Marek Belka, Under–Secretary–General of the United Nations – Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), will visit the Republicof Belaruson 22–23 May 2008 at the invitation of Prime Minister of Belarus Sergei Sidorsky.
Creativity Changes the Approach to Drug Prevention Activities
19 May 2008 | UNDP
50 experts representing educational institutions of the Mogilev region learned advanced methods of prevention of drug abuse among young people during a workshop, which was arranged from 14 to 16 May in Mogilev. The workshop “Interactive Methods and Drama Art in the System of Drug Prevention” was conducted under one of the components of the “Programme for the Prevention of Drug Abuse and the Fight against Drug Trafficking in Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova” (BUMAD-3) funded by the European Commission and Implemented by UNDP. Similar workshops will be arranged in all regional centers of Belarus within the year.
Biomass as Alternative Energy Source for Belarus
24 April 2008 | UNDP

Yesterday the town of Radoshkovichi (Minsk region) hosted the final seminar on the project “Biomass Energy for Heating and Hot Water Supply in Belarus”, which has been implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for almost five years.
Regions Discuss the Administrative Procedures Reform
27 March 2008 | UNDP
A series of workshops on improving administrative procedures was launched in Belarus on 25 March. Brest hosted the first seminar arranged within the UNDP project “Promoting the Administrative Procedures Reform in Belarus” implemented by the National Center of Legislation and Legal Research of the Republic of Belarus.
The 2008 TB Information Campaign will be Carried Out under the Slogan I can Stop TB
20 March 2008 | UNDP
March 24, 2008, the World Tuberculosis Day, will see the launch of the national information campaign “I can Stop Tuberculosis”. This campaign will be conducted within the project “Support of the National Programme “Tuberculosis” in the Republic of Belarus” implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Interior and the Belarusian Red Cross.
Minsk Hosts Presentation of International and National Reports on Drug Abuse in 2007
19 March 2008 | UNDP
Today the National Press Center hosted a presentation of the Annual Report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) for 2007, and two other publications – the Report on Drug Abuse and Illegal Drug Trafficking in the Republic of Belarus for 2007 and the Guide on Rehabilitation Centers for Drug Addicts, which were prepared under the Programme of Assistance for the Prevention of Drug Abuse and Drug Trafficking in Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova (BUMAD) supported by the EU and the UNDP.
Contest for journalists
06 March 2008
The contest is open for teams of newspapers, magazines, radio stations and TV companies, groups of authors and teams, and individual journalists. The contest objective is to attract attention of Belarusian community to the problem of refugees and asylum seekers.
Contest of scholarships for students and postgraduates
05 March 2008
The contest is opened for 1–4 year students of day–time departments of higher educational institutions of the Republicof Belarus, as well as for 1–2 year day–time post–graduate students. The contest objective is to encourage research on topics related to refugee issues.
UNHCR Office in Belarus announces a contest of childrens works of arts devoted to World Refugee Day
04 March 2008
For a number of years, the UNHCR Office in Belarus, Ministry of Education of Belarusand the Centre for Youth and Adolescents “Evrika” of the Frunzensky District of Minsk City have organized a contest of children’s works of arts devoted to World Refugee Day. The contest has become popular in the country, and the organizing committee has received over 1000 works every year. The best among the works have been exhibited in the NationalMuseumon History and Culture.
WHO mission will visit Belarus
11 February 2008 | WHO
From 12 to 15 February the WHO mission consisting of Dr G. Perfilieva, Regional Adviser, Health Sector Human Resources, WHO Regional Office for Europe and WHO consultants Dr Z. Padaiga and L. Starkiene (Lithuania) will work in the Republic of Belarus. During the meetings with representative of the Ministry of Health of Belarus the issues of human resources for health planning and training will be discussed.
Japan Provides 1.5 million US Dollars to Enhance Human Security in the Chernobyl Affected Area of Belarus
31 January 2008 | UNDP
The Government of Japan has approved the release of US$ 1,506,230.83 from the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security, to finance the project entitled “Enhancing Human Security in the Chernobyl Affected Area of Belarus”. The project will be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in cooperation with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Belarus.
Mass media help overcome refugee stereotypes
24 January 2008
On January 24, 2008, at 14.00 a rewarding ceremony of the winners of the contest for the best coverage of the topic “Refugees in Belarus” in the mass media was held in UNHCR Representation in the Republic of Belarus. The contest was conducted in the framework of EU AENEAS — UNHCR project “Strengthening the Protection Capacity in the Republic of Belarus”. 
Health Saving Information Becomes Comprehensible
18 January 2008 | UNDP
A new joint project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) entitled “Family Health” was launched in Belarus. The official presentation of the project took place yesterday in Stolin (Brest region) on the premises of the district hospital.
UNDP staff awarded with the Certificates of Merit
15 January 2008 | UNDP
By Order of the Chairman of the State Border Guards Committee of Belarus, Major-General Igor Rachkovsky, staff of the UNDP Office in Belarus were awarded with the Certificates of Merit of the State Border Guards Committee for the assistance in the implementation of the EU/UNDP Programme “Enhancing the System of Immigration Control at the State Border of the Republic of Belarus” (BOMBEL-2).
Belarusian Road Police Join UNDP in Fighting AIDS
08 January 2008 | UNDP
The State Road Police in partnership with the UNDP project “Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in the Republic of Belarus” are performing a joint action in Belarus under the global campaign “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise”.


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