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UNDP and 4 districts of the Gomel region sign a Memorandum of Understanding
18 December 2009 | UNDP
On December 17, Gomel hosted the ceremonial signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between UNDP and representatives of local authorities of the four districts of the Gomel region (the Buda–Koshelevo, Vetka, Zhitkovichi and Khoiniki districts) that participate in the joint EU/UNDP project “Area Based Development of the Chernobyl–Affected Areas of Belarus”.
Educational event Climate is changing. And You? took place in Minsk Environmental School 19
17 December 2009 | UNDP
In the framework of EC/UNDP project “Building capacity for Strategic environmental assessment and implementation of environmental conventions in Belarus” a PR action “Climate is changing. And You?”  has been conducted in Minsk Environmental School 19. This action confined to Copenhagen UN summit on climate change and the output of the project’s “dynamic” brochure aimed to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions  in atmosphere.
Press-Conference on the International Migrants Day to be held in Minsk
16 December 2009
The Office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Belarus in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior of the Republicof Belarus and the State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus is organizing a press–conference on the occasion of the International Migrants Day. The press–conference will be held at the concert hall “Minsk” (Minsk, Oktyabrskaya Str., 5, room 402) on December 18, 2009 at 11 a.m.
Two depleted peatlands are successfully renaturalised in the Vitebsk Region by UNDP/GEF project
11 December 2009 | UNDP
At the beginning of December 2009 the UNDP/GEF project “Renaturalization and Sustainable Management of Peatlands in Belarus to Combat Land Degradation, Ensure Conservation of Globally Valuable Biodiversity and Mitigate Climate Change” has completed works on renaturalisation and stabilisation of the hydrological regime at depleted peatland “Osinovskoye–1” (2131 ha) in the Dubrovensky District, Vitebsk Region. One month earlier construction works have been completed at “Osinovskoye–1” peatland (1189,3 ha).
International scientific and practical centre of thyroid disease to be established in Belarus
07 December 2009 | UNDP
On December 4–5, under the joint EU/UNDP project, the two–day International Scientific and Practical Conference “Early diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with thyroid cancer” was held.
Assembly hall of the restaurant “Seventh Heaven” hotel “Minsk” has gathered more than 200 participants and guests from all over the Republic of Belarus, as well as the world's leading scientists in the field of diagnosis and treatment of thyroid diseases.
Public Awareness Event for Youth Stop Human Trafficking! Took Place in Minsk
03 December 2009 | UNDP
On December 2, the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, in “Centralny” cinema hall in Minsk a public awareness event for youth titled “Stop Human Trafficking!” was organized in the framework of the EU–UNDP–UNICEF project “Preventing, Fighting and Addressing the Social Consequences of Trafficking in Human Beings in the Republic of Belarus” jointly with the Administration of Moskovsky district of Minsk.
A National Cinema Action dedicated to the World AIDS Day has gathered over 7,500 viewers
03 December 2009 | UNDP
Yesterday 17 towns of Belarus hosted a cinema action dedicated to the World AIDS Day. The action included the showing of thematic videos and the feature film And the Band Played On. The event was held in the frameworks of 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.
UNDP awards Sharapova scholarships in Belarus
17 November 2009 | UNDP
Geneva/Minsk/New York, 17 November 2009 – The United Nations Development Programme marked International Students Day by awarding five–year university scholarships to three students in Belarus in two separate ceremonies. The scholarships are funded by tennis champion Maria Sharapova as part of a wider UNDP effort to help overcome the legacy of the Chernobyl nuclear accident of 1986. The students come from Chernobyl–affected areas of Belarus and will pursue degrees in fine arts, two at the Belarusian State Academy of Arts and one at the Belarusian State University.
Round table Refugee Protection and Issues of Tolerance in Multicultural Society will take place on 30 October 2009
29 October 2009
On 30 October 2009 the round table «Refugee Protection and Issues of Tolerance in Multicultural Society»
will take place. The round table is held by UNHCR Office in the Republic of Belarus, the Faculty of International Relations of Belarusian State University and the International Non–governmental Association for Scientific Research, Information and Educational Programmes «Evolutio».
The Human Rights Project rolls out its results
21 October 2009 | UNDP
A roll–out of results of the project  “Promotion of a wider application of the international human rights standards in the administration of justice in Belarus” took place yesterday in Minsk. The project, funded by the European Union, was implemented by the United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Children’s Fund and the Ministry of Justice of Belarus between April 2007 and September 2009.
Speech by Mr. Antonius Broek, UNDP Resident Representative, at the closing conference of the project Promotion of a wider application of the international human rights standards in the administration of justice in Belarus
21 October 2009 | UNDP
Dear Minister of Justice, Dear Representative of the EC, Mr. Holzapfel, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, good afternoon.  
It is a great pleasure and honor to me to address you today at the final meeting of the Human Rights and Justice Project. In our UN work we build partnerships with one most important objective – to deliver tangibleresults.
Social Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking in the Focus of the Joint EU-UNDP-UNICEF Project
20 October 2009 | UNDP
During the press conference which took place on October 19 at the Public Press Center of the House of Press, representatives of the national media learned about the social assistance to victims of trafficking provided in the framework of the joint project of the European Union, the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) “Preventing, Fighting and Addressing the Social Consequences of Trafficking in Human Beings in the Republic of Belarus”. 
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
16 October 2009
Today, a students’ action “Stand Up Against Poverty” was held at the large assembly hall of the International Institute of Labor and Social Relations (IILSR) under support of the UN Office in Belarus. The action was arranged on the eve of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty under the annual “Stand Up. Take Action. End Poverty Now/UN Millennium" Campaign.
A playground in Vetka is open under EU-UNDP post-Chernobyl project
07 October 2009 | UNDP
A children's playground near a 60–apartment house located in the center of the town of Vetka (Gomel Region) was fully renovated under the EC–UNDP joint project. The official opening of the playground was held on 5 October with participation of UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, Mr. Antonius Broek, Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Ukraineand Belarus, Ambassador José Manuel Pinto Teixeira, representatives of the local authorities.
Speech by Mr. Antonius Broek, UNDP Resident Representative, at the press conference on the occasion of Human Development Report 2009 presentation
07 October 2009 | UNDP
Today I am pleased to present to you the 2009 Human Development Report – an independent report commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme. This groundbreaking study, entitled “Overcoming Barriers: Human mobility and development”, explores for the first time the topic of migration. It carefully examines the evidence on migration – both internal and international from the perspective of people: the migrant, their families and the communities from which they came and in which they live and work.
Speech by Mr. Antonius Broek, UNDP Resident Representative, at the opening ceremony of a children's playground in Vetka rebuilt under EC/UNDP project
07 October 2009 | UNDP
Today I am pleased to participate in the opening of the children’s playground within a new international technical assistance project “Area Based Development Approach for the Regions suffered from the Chernobyl Disaster”. The project that has gathered us here today is a logical continuation of the joint work of the European Commission, the Belarusian Government, the United Nations Development Programme and the entire donor community in the sphere of mitigation of the consequences of the Chernobyldisaster.
 
Human Development Report 2009 presented in Minsk
07 October 2009 | UNDP
Yesterday the National Press Center of the Republic of Belarus hosted a presentation of the Human Development Report 2009 “Overcoming Barriers: Human mobility and development” commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme. The report breaks a new ground in the study of both internal and international migration. It discusses how the improved policies on people’s mobility could contribute to human potential development.
Minsk Hosts International Conference on Problems of Penitentiary Medicine
10 September 2009 | UNDP
The 4th International Scientific and Practical Conference “Challenges of the Penitentiary Medicine. Tuberculosis and Other Socially Important Diseases in Prisons” is taking place in the conference hall of the National Library of Belarus under the UNDP project “Support of the State Programme “Tuberculosis” in Belarus” which is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Health and funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Speech by Mr. Antonius Broek, UNDP Resident Representative, at the 4th International Scientific and Practical Conference "Challenges of the Penitentiary Medicine. Tuberculosis and other socially important diseases in prisons"
09 September 2009 | UNDP
Dear Mr. Deputy Minister of Health, Dear Mr. Deputy Chief of the Penal Committee, Dear prison directors and doctors, guests, colleagues of the UN, ladies and gentlemen,
I am very pleased to participate in the opening ceremony of this important conference. On any day worldwide about 10 million people are incarcerated, in prisons, remand centres, police stations, jails, detention centres for asylum seekers, penal colonies, and prisoner of war camps. In Belarus, there are about 50 thousand prisoners.
European, Central Asian Religious Leaders to Meet in Minsk to Improve Maternal Health and End Gender-Based Violence
18 August 2009
Leaders of Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith–based organizations will convene in Minsk, Belarus, on 31 August–2 September, on the occasion of the Europe and Central Asia Faith–Based Organizations Forum on Population and Development.  The Forum will focus on enhancing cooperation between faith–based organizations (FBOs) and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, in order to address important population issues such as maternal health and gender–based violence.
Speech by Mr. Antonius Broek, UNDP Resident Representative, at the press conference on the occasion of the Grant Agreement signature with the Global Fund
24 July 2009 | UNDP
Today is an important day in the history of Belarus as have just signed an agreement with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria the world’s biggest donor providing grants to fight the three major killers in the world. This agreement is already the third agreement that Belarus signs with this donor, currently we are completing the first grant on HIV and entering the second phase of the grant to fight tuberculosis.
Belarus will receive almost ? 24 million to fight HIV/AIDS
23 July 2009 | UNDP
Belarus will receive 23.8 million EUROs to prevent HIV and reduce AIDS–related mortality rate. An agreement to this end was sighed today between the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the United Nations Development Programme. The agreement was also sealed by vice–premier of Belarus Vladimir Potupchik. The grant will be implemented by UNDP together with the Ministry of Health of Belarus.
Speech by Mr. Antonius Broek, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative at the press-conference on the launch of the project Preventing, Fighting and Addressing the Social Consequences of Trafficking in Human Beings in the Republic of Belarus
21 July 2009 | UNDP
Excellency, Dear Mr. Koltun of the Ministry of Interior, Dear friends of the media, and dear UN colleagues!
I am pleased to inform you that today we launched the joint project of the European Commission, UNICEF and the UNDP “Preventing, Fighting and Addressing the Social Consequences of Trafficking in Human Beings in the Republic of Belarus”.
New Joint Project on Preventing Human Trafficking Launched
21 July 2009 | UNDP
The joint project of the European Commission, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) “Preventing, Fighting and Addressing the Social Consequences of Trafficking in Human Beings in the Republic of Belarus” was officially launched yesterday at the National Press Center.
Maria Sharapova Foundation Scholarships are Open for Application
15 July 2009 | UNDP
Belarusian State University and Belarusian State Academy of Arts have announced a competition for Maria Sharapova Foundation scholarships. This is a joint initiative of the Maria Sharapova Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme, where she serves as Goodwill Ambassador. The scholarships will provide financial support for talented young people from Chernobyl–affected regions.
Speech by Mr. Antonius Broek, UNDP Resident Representative, at the opening of the eco-educational center on the premises of the Sporovsky Reserve
29 June 2009 | UNDP
Dear Mr. Deputy Minster of Environment, Dear Deputy Minister of Sport and Tourism, Dear Honored Guests, Friends and Colleagues,
I’m glad to be here today to open the ecological centre in the Sporovsky reserve. This opening ceremony crowns a joint effort of UNDP, the Ministry of Environment of Belarus, the local authorities and the local people devoted to conservation and sustainable use of the unique Polesie wetlands. 
An eco-educational center opened in Sporovsky Nature Reserve
26 June 2009 | UNDP
New opportunities for development of ecological tourism in Belarusian Polesie were provided with the opening of an eco–educational center on the premises of the Sporovsky National biological reserve. Yesterday, the village Vysokoye (Berioza District of Brest Region) hosted an official ceremony of opening the center established under the UNDP/GEF project “Catalyzing sustainability of the wetland protected area system in Belarusian Polesie” and the GEF Small Grants Programme.
Family Health Project Completed
23 June 2009 | UNDP
The “Family Health” joint project of the UNDP, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Ministry of Emergencies of Belarus was officially completed yesterday in Stolin (Brest Region) within the final Health Fair. The long-term objective of the project was to improve health of population leaving in the Chernobyl-affected communities of Stolin District.
Development of Trade and Promotion of Export in Todays World: Prospects for Belarus
18 June 2009 | UNDP
Today in Minsk experts from different countries have discussed development of trade and promotion of export in the current world. The international roundtable was organized by UNDP project “Assisting the Government of the Republic of Belarus in accession to the World Trade Organization through strengthening national institutional capacity and expertise”.
United Nations Expert on Trafficking in Persons, Especially in Women and Children - End of Visit to Belarus
25 May 2009
Trafficking in persons is a huge global problem that has turned into one of the fastest growing criminal activities in the world today affecting virtually every country either as source, transit and/or destination country for women, children, and men trafficked for the purposes of sexual or labour exploitation (domestic servitude and bonded labour). Trafficking occurs within and across national borders, often with people crossing many borders to reach their final destination.
Workshop on migration and refugees issues took place in Brest
20 May 2009
On May 19, 2009 UNHCR Representation in the Republic of Belarus together with state authorities of Brest city and Brest region carried out familiarization workshop for local state executive and self–government authorities. This event is a part of activities performed within the framework of joint EU–UNHCR project “Strengthening the Protection Capacity in the Republic of Belarus– phase II”.
Obolskoye Peatbog Restored under UNDP/GEF Project
19 May 2009 | UNDP
Another peatbog was restored under the joint project of the United Nations Development Programme and the Global Environmental Facility on renaturalization and sustainable management of peatlands in Belarus. The depleted Obol–1 peatland in Shumilino district of Vitebsk region was the eighths one in the row of degraded peatbogs rehabilitated under the UNDP/GEF project.
UN expert on trafficking in persons to visit Belarus and Poland
18 May 2009
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Mrs. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, will undertake country visits to Belarus from 18–24 May 2009, and to Poland from 25–29 May 2009, at the invitation of each Government. The Special Rapporteur will meet with Government officials, civil society members and representatives of UN agencies, and may also conduct visits outside of the capital cities.
UN agencies mark Chernobyl anniversary with launch of US$ 2.5-million project
24 April 2009 | UNDP
NEW YORK/GENEVA/VIENNA – Four United Nations agencies marked today the 23rd anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident by launching a US$ 2.5 million programme designed to meet the priority information needs of affected communities in Belarus, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine.
Training Center for Tuberculosis Opens in Orsha
10 April 2009 | UNDP
A tuberculosis information and training Center for medical staff of the prison service was opened yesterday in the city of Orsha(Vitebskregion) on the premises of correctional facility No. 12 which houses TB hospital. The Center was created under the UNDP project “Support of the National Programme “Tuberculosis” in the Republic of Belarus” financed by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
BUMAD Implementation Outcomes Summed Up
21 March 2009 | UNDP
A conference on summing up the outcomes of the joint EU/UNDP project “Programme for the Prevention of Drug Abuse and the Fight against Drug Trafficking in Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova“ (BUMAD) implemented since 2003 was held yesterday in Minsk.
International Conference on Biometrics and Travel Document Security
17 March 2009
International Conference “Biometric Applications in Electronic Machine–Readable Travel Documents and Issuance Systems” will be organized by the Office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the Republic of Belarus in cooperation with the Organization for Security and Co–operation in Europe (OSCE) on March 31 – April 1, 2009. 
Works on Renaturalisation of Morochno Mire Hydrological Regime Completed
16 March 2009 | UNDP
Construction works on renaturalisation of Morochno raised bog (situated in Stolin District, Brest Region) degraded hydrological regime were completed at the beginning of March 2009 in the framework of the UNDP/GEF Project on renaturalisation and sustainable management of peatlands in Belarus.
A New Manual AIDS in Belarus: Christian Churches Response Comes Out
27 February 2009 | UNDP
A new manual “AIDS in Belarus: Christian Churches’ Response” was presented on 26 February in Minsk. The publication consisting of a multimedia and a printed version was prepared by an interdenominational mission “Christian Social Service” under UNDP/UNAIDS project “Contributing to the HIV and AIDS Activities of Christian Churches in Belarus”.
Human Rights are.
18 February 2009
The results of the creative work contest “Human Rights are…” have been summarized. The objective of the contest arranged by UN Office in Belarus in partnership with Belarusian Helsinki Committee NGO was to enlarge knowledge and understanding by children and youths of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights provisions as well as values and principles of respect and protection of human rights enshrined in this document.
International Technical Assistance Programmes: Best Practice Exchange is at Place
11 February 2009 | UNDP
Yesterday, Gomel was hosting a seminar on best practices on participation of Brest, Gomel and Grodno regions in international technical assistance programmes (ITAPs). The objective of the seminar was to enhance competitiveness of project proposals of Belarusian regions for ITAPs.
UNDP/GEF Project Embarks on the Osveiskoye Peatland Rehabilitation
03 February 2009 | UNDP
In January 2009, rehabilitation of the degraded peatland Osveiskoye started in Verhnedvinsk district of Vitebsk region. The area hydrological regime is to be restored through cascade damming by a drainage network. The works are to be completed within three months. The project presupposes construction of 11 dams and creation of a system of shallow reservoirs with regulated water depth.
Speech by Mr. Antonius Broek, UNDP Resident Representative, at the opening of the Training centre at the TB Institute
26 January 2009 | UNDP
Today I am pleased to open the first of its kind educational and training centre on TB issues at the national TB institute. The idea of the centre comes back to the development of the application to the Global Fund in Rounds 5 and 6 and the intention of Belarusto have a solid base for training of its TB control staff in new methods of TB detection and treatment.
New opportunities of training medical personnel in fighting tuberculosis
26 January 2009 | UNDP
A new training centre for medical personnel was officially opened yesterday at the premises of the Scientific and Research Institute of Pulmonology and Phthisiology of the Ministry of Health of Belarus. The centre was established under the UNDP/Ministry of Health project “Support of the National Programme “Tuberculosis” in the Republic of Belarus” financed by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.


 
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