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New UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative Antonius Broek presented his credentials to the Prime Minister of Belarus Sergei Sidorsky

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. Mr. Broek assured the Prime Minister that he will do his best to make the UN cooperation with Belarus dynamic, innovative, and fruitful. In turn, Sergei Sidorsky said: “We are happy that the UN has sent an experienced, skilled professional to Belarus.” Belarus, one of the UN founders, will pay close attention to improving the United Nations country programmes, he said. One of Belarus’ priorities is to promote a UN flexible response system to the changing needs of the countries – aid recipients.

Mr. Broek confirmed commitment of the UN system agencies to further expand technical assistance to Belarus. He also informed the Prime Minister about development of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Belarus for 2011–2015 which would identify those areas, where the UN agencies, acting as one, can best support national development priorities and fulfillment of international commitments of Belarus.

The Belarusian Prime Minister said that he had constructive, trustworthy relations with the former UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu. “Under her leadership the UN Office in Belarus acted as a reliable partner of the Belarusian government in promoting economic reforms, strengthening international technical aid for most important programmes including the international technical cooperation programme 2006–2010,” he said. “We hope our cooperation will be strengthened further,” Sergei Sidorsky said.

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