EU/UNDP/UNICEF Project Enhanced National Capacities in Combating Trafficking in Human Beings 28 December 2010 | UNDP
The joint EU/UNDP/UNICEF project “Preventing, Fighting and Addressing the Social Consequences of Trafficking in Human Beings in the Republic of Belarus” has been completed. The project has extended knowledge and skills of specialists of educational establishments in prevention of trafficking in human beings, improved effectiveness of the system of social assistance and rehabilitation of victims of trafficking, enhanced capacity of the law-enforcement agencies in prosecution of criminals, improved cooperation of the relevant agencies and organizations, and raised public awareness about the issue of human trafficking.
60 ideas which have changed the life in Homiel Region 14 December 2010 | UNDP
The overall results of the joint EU/UNDP Action “Combat the Negative Effects of Chernobyl Disaster in Belarus” were presented during the final press-conference in Minsk yesterday. This Action has been implemented since July 2009 in 4 target districts in Homiel Region (Choiniki District, Zytkavicy District, Vietka District, Buda-Kasaliova District).
Third Film Festival “Human Dignity, Equality and Justice” Took Place at Pobeda Cinema 10 December 2010
From 1 to 10 December 2010, the third film festival “Human Dignity, Equality and Justice” jointly organized by UN office Minsk, UNDP Office Belarus and the OSCE Office in Minsk took place at Pobeda Cinema in Minsk, Belarus. The festival was organized to honor Human Rights Day. The UN Resident Coordinator Antonius Broek, Head of the OSCE Office Benedict Haller and Chairman of the Belarusian Children’s Fund Alexander Trukhan participated at the opening ceremony and spoke on behalf of their respected organizations.
“Human Dignity, Equality and Justice” - Third Film Festival to Take Place in Minsk 29 November 2010
From 1 December through 10 December 2010, the third film festival “Human Dignity, Equality and Justice” jointly organized by the UN Country Office in Belarus and the OSCE Office in Minsk with support from the Embassy of France in the Republic of Belarus will take Place at Pobeda Cinema (20 Internatsionalnaya Street, Minsk).
HIV Epidemic Stabilized, but Too Early to Be Complacent 29 November 2010 | UNDP
A press conference dedicated to World AIDS Day was held at the National Press Center of Belarus today. It saw the participation of the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus Antonius Broek and Deputy Minister of Health/Senior Sanitary Physician of Belarus Oleg Arnautov.
Future Journalists Taught to Report Professionally on Trafficking in Human Beings 24 November 2010 | UNDP
A series of lectures on reporting on the issue of human trafficking in the media was conducted at the Institute of Journalism of the Belarusian State University 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”. Over 100 students of the Faculty of Journalism of the Institute attended the lectures.
Attention !!! Contest of scholarships for students, candidates for a master's degree, post-graduate students 16 November 2010
November 30, 2010 is the deadline of the contest of research works of students, candidates for a master's degree, post–graduate students "Protection of the rights of refugees and stateless persons, formation of a tolerant attitude towards them". The contest objectiveis to encourage research of students, candidates for a master's degree, post–graduate students on the problems of refugees and stateless persons, on the formation of a tolerant attitude towards persons of these categories.
Issues of tolerance discussed at the round table in Minsk 15 November 2010
On 15 November 2010, on the eve of the International Day for Tolerance, a round table dedicated to the topic “Tolerance of the Individual and Society. Ways of Nurturing It” was held at the Minsk Jewish Community Center. That event was organized jointly by the UN Office in Belarus, Union of Belarusian Jewish Public Associations and Communities and the National Holocaust Foundation.
Human Development Report 2010 was presented in Minsk 06 November 2010 | UNDP
On November 5 the Institute of Journalism of the Belarusian State University hosted a presentation of the Human Development Report 2010 – global analytical publication commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme and prepared by a group of international experts.
Speech by Mr. Antonius Broek, UNDP Resident Representative, at the launch of Human Development Report 2010 05 November 2010 | UNDP
Dear Mr. Tur, Deputy Minister of Economy, Dear Mr. Director of the Institute of Journalism of the Belarusian State University, Dear Representatives of the media, students, colleagues of the UN, ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to present to you today the Human Development Report 2010, an independent publication commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme. I am honored and pleased by the presence of the Deputy Minister of Economy, as well as representatives of governmental and academic bodies here today – this is a proof of the importance of the Report’s findings and recommendations for your country and that of all others. I’m also glad to see so many young people in this auditorium. It is quite symbolic that the Human Development report celebrates its 20th anniversary this year – just like most of you – third year university students.
International Energy Center Began its Work in Belarus 31 October 2010 | UNDP
On October 29, 2010 an official opening ceremony of a Closed Joint Stock Company “International Energy Center” took place. The CJSC "International Energy Centre” was established in the framework of the UNDP/GEF Project “Removing Barriers to Energy Efficiency Improvements in the state sector in Belarus” in cooperation with the Energy Efficiency Department under the State Committee on Standardization of the Republic of Belarus.
About Photo Exhibition Dedicated to 65th Anniversary of the United Nations Organization 28 October 2010
The Art Gallery“University of Culture” and the Department of Public Information of the UN Office in Belarus have organized an exhibition dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the United Nations Organization. The exhibition presents photos from the collection of the United Nations Dag Hammarskjold Library depicting various episodes of the UN history.
EU Allocates 5 Million Euro to a New Joint Project 25 October 2010 | UNDP
Today, a contribution agreement has been solemnly signed between the United Nations Development Programme and the European Union that envisages the allocation of funds – more than 5 million euro – to a new environmental project that will be implemented for 3 years in cooperation with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus.
United Nations Square Improvements Started in Minsk 22 October 2010
Minsk, October 22, 2010 — Representatives of UN agencies, diplomatic missions, the Minsk Municipality and "MisnkZelenstroy" started joint work to improve the United Nations Square. The square was given its name in 1995 in honour of the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations Organization. A memorable stone plate “The United Nations Square” in Belarusian and in English was laid to mark the 65th anniversary of UN establishment which is celebrated on October 24.
United Nations Development Assistance Framework for Belarus for 2011 – 2015 Signed 21 October 2010
Today, a formal ceremony of signing the United Nations Development Assistance Framework for Belarus for 2011 – 2015 took place at the National Press Centre. The UNDAF is the first joint strategy of the UN agencies active in Belarus that was prepared in cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Belarus and national partners.
Minsk will Host International Conference on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings 20 October 2010
The International Conference “Combating Trafficking in Human Beings: New Challenges and Threats. Mutual Response of Governmental, International and Public Organizations” will be organized by the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Belarus and the International Organization for Migration, Mission in the Republic of Belarus, within the framework of the project ‘Combating Trafficking in Human Beings: Republic of Belarus’ in cooperation and with support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Swedish Institute (SI).
UNDP/GEF Project Returns Sterlet Back to Pripyat 19 October 2010 | UNDP
There is a possibility that in the near future sterlet fish will be back in the Pripyat River. Making such a statement became possible due to the action on stocking the river with young fish of this valuable sturgeon specie, which took place today at the territory of the National Landscape Reserve “Middle Pripyat” in the Luninets District, Brest Region.
Belarusian Specialists Learn Danish Experience of Combating Human Trafficking 11 October 2010 | UNDP
On 3-8 October, a study tour to Denmark for representatives of Belarusian counter-trafficking state and non-governmental organizations 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”.
Seminar on refugee protection for executive authorities and self-governance bodies took place in Minsk 11 October 2010
A seminar for executive authorities andself–governance bodies of the Minskregion was held in Minskon October 8, 2010(venue: conference hall of the Minsk Region Executive Committee, Engels street4, 5th floor). The seminar was jointly organized by UNHCR Representation in the Republicof Belarusand executive authorities of the Minskregion. It was a continuation of a planned set of similar events, which already took place in Brest, Gomel, Grodnoand Minskin 2008–2010.
One more contribution of the EU/UNDP action to Chernobyl children’s health and wellbeing 29 September 2010 | UNDP
Yesterday another three renovated educational establishments for the youngest residents of Homiel Region were officially opened. A Rehabilitation, Education and Development Center in Chojniki town, Crèche and Kindergarten No.3 in Vietka town, local Comprehensive Primary School in Pykhan village, Vietka District, have been renovated and newly equipped within a joint EU/UNDP action “Combat the Negative Effects of Chernobyl Disaster in Belarus”.
Three new sites – three wishes came true 09 September 2010 | UNDP
The 7th of September was an important day for Gomel Oblast marked by a couple of memorable events. Three different but interesting and important for people project sites were officially opened under EU/UNDP action “Combat the Negative Effects of the Chernobyl Disaster in Belarus”. The residents of the Vetka city, Gomel Oblast together with the guests celebrated a move to a renovated and newly equipped residential building.
A Present for the New School Year from a Joint EU/UNDP Project 30 August 2010 | UNDP
On the eve of September 1, as many as two children’s preschool institutions of the Homieĺ Region overjoyed their kindergarteners by new sports and gaming facilities. On August 27, a welcoming and modern gym/music hall opened after renovation in the Crèche and Kindergarten No. 2 in the town of Chojniki, and a playground was put in operation on the premises of the kindergarten in the village of Sudkava in the Chojniki District. That became possible thanks to the financial assistance of the EU/UNDP project "Combat the Negative Effects of the Chernobyl disaster in Belarus".
International Day against Nuclear Tests is observed on 29 August 26 August 2010
On 27 August 2010 the National Press Center hosted a press conference devoted to the International Day against Nuclear Tests, which is celebrated all over the world on 29 August 2010. The proposal calling for the establishment of the Day was put forward by the Government of Kazakhstan and co–sponsored by 25 UN Member States, including the Republic of Belarus.
The Largest Belarusian Fair Revived with the Support of an EU/UNDP Project 23 August 2010 | UNDP
On August 21, the urban-type settlement of Zeĺva (Hrodna Region) hosted Anna’s Fair – formerly one of the largest trade and entertainment festivals in Europe. The revival of the fair is the result of joint efforts undertaken by the administration of the settlement and the EU/UNDP project “Sustainable Development at Local Level” that aims to revive the traditions of ancestors. The project provided financial and advisory assistance to Zeĺva residents to resume the fair.
A Consultative Centre for Support Related to the Issues of Small and Medium Business Starts to Operate in Homiel 19 August 2010 | UNDP
Yesterday, a Centre for Expert and Consultative Support Related to the Issues of Small and Medium Business established within the framework of the joint EU/UNDP “Combat the Negative Effects of the Chernobyl Disaster in Belarus” opened in Homieĺ. The Centre operates on the premises of the “Business Centre Ltd.” Over the course of the first three months, free consultations on the issues of small and medium business will be provided to local residents here.
UNDP Administrator thanks Maria Sharapova 19 August 2010 | UNDP
In her open letter, the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme Helen Clark has thanked the UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Maria Sharapova for contributing 250,000 dollars towards expanding youth–oriented programmes in Belarus, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine, and has invited the tennis–player to participate in the events planned for 2011 and dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.
Maria Sharapova Gives Quarter Million Dollars for UNDP projects 01 July 2010 | UNDP Gomel, Belarus — Maria Sharapova, tennis star and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador, today made a personal contribution of US $250,000.00 to expand a UNDP–supported programme that provides sports and physical activities for youth in the area affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. A report from the 2005 Chernobyl Forum, involving eight specialized UN agencies and the governments of Belarus, Russia and the Ukraine, found that although the health–related effects of the disaster have cleared up, poverty and diseases related to alcohol, smoking, stress and poor diets remain serious threats to people living in the region.
Armament Depots under the Protection of a UNDP/OSCE Project 17 June 2010 | UNDP
The depots of small arms and light weapons (SALW) retrofitted under the joint UNDP/OSCE project “Capacity Building of Small Arms and Light Weapons Stockpile Management and Security” were inaugurated yesterday in the military unit No. 20193 in the town of Barysaŭ.
Two first Infocentres for sustainable development and ecotourism opened in Belarus 14 June 2010 | UNDP
Two information centers for sustainable development and ecotourism, established within EU/UNDP joint project “Sustainable development at local level”, were inaugurated June 11-12 in Navapolack and village Zaborje (Rasony district, Viciebsk region). The activities of both centers include research, information and training seminars and workshops, rendering of library services for sustainable development.
35 project ideas will be implemented by the end of the year 2010 08 June 2010 | UNDP
On 9 June 2010 the Project Ideas’ Contest organized under the joint EU/UNDP project “Combat the Negative Effects of the Chernobyl Disaster in Belarus” is declared closed and the final results are summed up. Thirty five project initiatives are recognized as winners of the contest and will be implemented in 4 target districts of Gomel Oblast, namely, Vetka, Zhitkovichy, Khoiniki and Buda-Koshelevo. The total funding will exceed 0.5 million USD.
New opportunities for children from the Chernobyl-affected District 01 June 2010 | UNDP
Today, in Veliky Bor kindergarten / secondary school named after B.I. Sachenko (Khoiniki District, Gomel Region) the first ever children handicrafts fair was held under the EU/UNDP project "Combat the Negative Effects of the Chernobyl Disaster in Belarus”. The organization and running of the handicrafts fair was initiated and carried out by the local children themselves.
Two Days in Belarus under the Slogan “Quit Smoking – Breathe Freely!” 31 May 2010 | UNDP
The residents of Belarusian cities became witnesses to unusual actions on the last days of spring. On May 30–31, everyone who wished to do so had an opportunity not only to quit smoking, but also to get a reward for doing it – a t–shirt with the picture of a green tree and with the slogan of the action “Breathe Freely!" The action started on May 30 near the National Library – competitions for professional and amateur bicyclists took place there.
Recommendations for Journalists on Covering the Issue of Human Trafficking Developed in Belarus 31 May 2010 | UNDP
For the first time, recommendations for journalists on covering the issue of human trafficking and related crimes have been developed in Belarus. The document was elaborated by the journalists of the national and regional media and students of the Institute of Journalism of the Belarusian State University with participation of international experts from Ukraine during the training “Covering the Issue of Human Trafficking in the Media” 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”.
Belarus receives more than $24 million to fight HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis 24 May 2010 | UNDP
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has awarded two major grants Belarus which will be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme. The grants allocate US $17 million to fight tuberculosis and US $7.5 million to fight HIV/AIDS for the years 2010–2013. Vladimir Potupchik, Vice Premier of Belarus and Chair of the Belarussian Association of anti–HIV/AIDS NGOs, signed the agreements on behalf of Belarus.
Biological Diversity in the Art Project “Biosphere 2010” 23 May 2010
On the eve of the International Day for Biological Diversity — marked every year on May 22 — the opening of the exhibition "Biosphere 2010" took place. It is the third joint art project of the art gallery “The University of Culture” and the UN Country Office in the Republic of Belarus. This topical project is implemented within the framework of the International Year of Biological Diversity proclaimed by the UN General Assembly. Its objective is to shape a new vision of biodiversity.
Head and Employees of the UN Office in Belarus Take HIV Tests 17 May 2010 | UNDP
The action “I have taken an HIV test!” with the participation of Mr. Antonius Broek, UN Resident Coordinator / UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, and employees of UN agencies has taken place today within the framework of the information campaign “The Red Line. Let’s Stop AIDS Together!” The objective of the event timed to International AIDS Memorial Day was to draw public attention to the issues of HIV and AIDS. By participating in the action, UN representatives honored the memory of those who had died from the disease.
New Dam Becomes a Reliable Defender from Annual Floods 14 May 2010 | UNDP
May 14, 2010 – an opening of the road dam event took place in the village Zapesochye, Gomel Oblast, an anti–flood construction, unique by its idea and implementation. The ecologically friendly dam was constructed within the joint EU/UNDP project “Combat the Negative Effects of the Chernobyl Disaster in Belarus”. Zapesochje village is located on the right bank of the picturesque Pripyat River, which is notable forits tricky character and is often called the Belarusian Poseidon.
Centre for Youth Employment Promotion and Youth Entrepreneurship Development Opens in Minsk 13 May 2010 | UNDP
A Multi–service Centre to Promote Youth Employment and Participation of Youth in Private Sector Development, established under the joint project of the European Union, the United Nations Development Programme and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) “Preventing, Fighting and Addressing the Social Consequences of Trafficking in Human Beings in the Republic of Belarus”, has opened in Minsk today.
New Project to Help Conserve Biodiversity Outside the Boundaries of Specially Protected Natural Areas 06 May 2010 | UNDP
The new UNDP/GEF project “Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation into Territorial Planning Policies and Practices”, an inception seminar of which was held in Minsk yesterday, is designed to ensure environmentally balanced land use at the district level. Land use is environmentally balanced if production activities outside the boundaries of protected natural areas are conducted without distorting the normal operation of ecosystems and their components.
International Mother Earth Day Marked by Environmental Actions with the Participation of the United Nations 23 April 2010
Two environmental actions dedicated to International Mother Earth Day were held in the Cherven District of the Minsk Region on April 22 by the EC/UNDP environmental project “Support to Environment and Sustainable Development in Belarus” and the UNDP/GEF project “Renaturalization and Sustainable Management of Peatlands in Belarus to Combat Land Degradation, Mitigate Climate Change and Ensure Conservation of Globally Valuable Biodiversity”.
Drug Substitution Therapy Room Opened in Salihorsk 21 April 2010 | UNDP
Drug substitution therapy room was opened today in the Narcological Dispensary in Salihorsk within the framework of the Grant “Ensure Universal Access of the Key Affected Populations in Belarus to HIV Prevention, Treatment and Care” extended by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) which is administered by the United Nations Development Programme in collaboration with the Belarusian Ministry of Health.
Mozyr residents participate in the first large-scale medical examination in the scope of the joint EU/UNDP project 06 April 2010 | UNDP
From March 29 till April 2 a large–scale medical screening of adults and children was held in Mozyr town (Gomel Region) within the joint EU/UNDP project “Combat the Negative Effects of the Chernobyl Disaster in Belarus.”
The screening was conducted in the premises of the Mozyr central clinic with the assistance of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus and the Belarusian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education within the project component “Establishment of International Scientific and Practical Centre of Thyroid Disease”.
EC/UNDP project received EU communications prize 10 March 2010 | UNDP
February, 25 in European Union Headquarters (Brussels), three best EU projects have been determined in the sphere of communications, PR and press in the framework of EuropeAID annual conference. Joint project of the EC and UNDP "Support to environment and sustainable development in Belarus” was named among these three best projects of the European Union during the award ceremony “EuropeAID Communication Awards — Project of the year”
The Project Ideas Contest is declared open! 03 March 2010 | UNDP
The Contest of Project Ideas is announced on 2nd March under the joint EU/UNDP action “Combat the Negative Effects of Chernobyl Disaster in Belarus”. The contest closes on March 31, 2010.
Contest for Mass Media with the Theme “Tuberculosis and Human Fates” is Underway 02 February 2010 | UNDP
A contest for the best coverage of the topic “Tuberculosis and Human Fates” in the national mass media is conducted in the frameworks of the information campaign of GFATM’s grant “Support to the National Programme “Tuberculosis” in the Republic of Belarus” implemented by UNDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.
Candles in memory of Holocaust victims lit in Minsk 28 January 2010
Yesterday, the United Nations Office in Belarus together with public association “The National Holocaust Foundation” and the Union of Belarusian Jewish Communities held a commemorative evening event dedicated to International Holocaust Remembrance Day. 65 years ago Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz–Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.