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21 October 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”
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.
07 October 2009 | Speech by Mr. Antonius Broek, UNDP Resident Representative, at the press conference on the occasion of Human Development Report 2009 presentation
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.
07 October 2009 | Speech by Mr. Antonius Broek, UNDP Resident Representative, at the opening ceremony of a children's playground in Vetka rebuilt under EC/UNDP project
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.
09 September 2009 | 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"
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.
24 July 2009 | Speech by Mr. Antonius Broek, UNDP Resident Representative, at the press conference on the occasion of the Grant Agreement signature with the Global Fund
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.
21 July 2009 | 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”
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”.
29 June 2009 | Speech by Mr. Antonius Broek, UNDP Resident Representative, at the opening of the eco-educational center on the premises of the Sporovsky Reserve
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.
26 January 2009 | Speech by Mr. Antonius Broek, UNDP Resident Representative, at the opening of the Training centre at the TB Institute
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.
26 December 2008 | Speech by Mr. Antonius Broek, UNDP Resident Representative, at the seminar on the results of the Small Grants Programme activities in 2007-2008
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.
02 December 2008 | Statement by Mr. Antonius Broek, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, at the Press-conference on Telemedicine Development in Belarus
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.
01 December 2008 | Speech by Mr. Antonius Broek, UNDP Resident Representative, at the gala concert in the Palace of the Republic dedicated to World AIDS Day
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.
01 December 2008 | Speech by Mr. Antonius Broek, UNDP Resident Representative, at the presentation of comics on HIV/AIDS at Minsk school No. 161
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.
24 July 2007 | Speech by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UNDP Resident Representative, at the launch of information campaign with the Belarusian Star Team
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.
16 July 2007 | 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
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.
14 June 2007 | 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
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.
08 May 2007 | Speech by Cihan Sultanoglu, UNDP Resident Representative / UN Resident Coordinator at the press-conference for the launch of the TB grant, 8 May 2007
"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."
01 March 2007 | Statement by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus, at INCB Report 2006 presentation, 1 March 2007
"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
20 December 2006 | Statement by Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, on occasion of Global Compact official launching event, Minsk, 20 December 2006
"The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), entrusted by the
United Nations to bring the Global Compact to national level, has been
facilitating this process in Belarus so far and will further seek to support and
strengthen the efforts of the private sector in Belarus to engage in corporate
05 December 2006 | Address by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, at the Biomass Workshop
"<...>wood biomass is considered by the international
community an environmentally much friendlier alternative to another domestic
fuel targeted by the Belarusian Government – peat. The experience of UNDP
worldwide clearly indicates that extraction of this non-renewable source of
energy not only threatens landscape and biological integrity, but also leads to
huge carbon dioxide emissions."
01 December 2006 | Address by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, at the Parliamentary Hearings of the Council of the Republic on the State Policy of the Republic of Belarus on HIV/AIDS Prevention, 1 December 2006
"Belarus is one of the few countries in Eastern and Central Europe where
one can say that the situation is under control or stabilized. <...>
Belarus with its 0.3% prevalence rate looks in a better shape. This shows that,
in Belarus, thanks to the Government’s public health policy and efforts of the
national AIDS Centre and other governmental structures, as well as many
non-governmental organizations working in this field, it has been possible to
rein in the fast spread of the epidemic."
28 November 2006 | Speech of the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus Cihah Sultanogly for the opening of the International Conference on border security, 28 November 2006
"Today, the issues of international and human security are voiced at every high level meeting due to the threat of terrorism, increased drugs and human trafficking, and trafficking in arms. These issues are equally important for the countries of this region and are becoming more and more crucial for Belarus and for the countries of the former Soviet block. This is caused primarily by the new dynamics related to the EU enlargement, global context and the challenges it brings."
10 November 2006 | Address of Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, at the 3rd National HIV/AIDS Conference, 10 November 2006, Minsk
"I feel privileged and delighted to be opening this conference today which
gathered nearly 250 participants from different regions of Belarus. For me, it
is another proof that Belarus gives priority to the issues of HIV prevention and
treatment and to the health issues of its population in general. As many of you
know, Belarus is lucky not to be one of the high prevalence countries in the
region, but it is still at a high risk due to its geographical position and
intensive movement of the population."
09 November 2006 | Statement by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative at the press conference on the occasion of the launch of the Human Development Report 2006, 9 November 2006, Minsk
"The Report’s main message is that it is not the shortage of water, which causes global water crisis, but the lack of sound management. Water resources are often thoughtlessly wasted, and cooperation between countries sharing water basins is often insufficient. For Belarus, whose water consumption per capita levels are wellabove European average, and who shares Dnieper and Neman basins with its neighbours, this message has direct relevance."
25 July 2006 | Statement by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative at the presentation of the Europe and CIS Regional MDG Report “National Millennium Development Goals: A Framework for Action”, 25 July 2006, Minsk
Belarus, indeed, advanced very much in achieving the Millennium
Development Goals. But this fact should not be the reason for complacency. At
the moment, more ambitious goals and targets should be on Belarus’ human
development agenda. United Nations Development Programme and other UN agencies
stand ready to provide any necessary assistance to Belarus in this
10 July 2006 | Interview of Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, for BelaPAN Information Company, 10 July 2006
"2005 has been really a remarkable year for the UNDP in Belarus. Its annual project funding was the highest since the establishment of the UNDP Office in the country in 1992, totaling USD 7.3 million. Moreover, cost-sharing of projects implemented — in 2005 we had 18 projects at different stages of realization — increased fourfold over the last three years."
30 June 2006 | Opening remarks of Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative at the final meeting of the Advisory Board of the project on poverty reduction, Minsk, 30 June 2006
"This project was designed to produce a theoretical framework for improvements in the national social policies with respect to poverty. I believe it played an important role in strengthening the national capacity for analyzing and measuring poverty and in coordinating stakeholder contribution to this task. Strength of the project is that it approaches poverty from a broad human development perspective without viewing it simply in terms of insufficient income."
30 June 2006 | Statement by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative at the signing of Memoranda of Agreement with winners of the UNDP-GEF Small Grants Program in Belarus, 30 June 2006
Following endorsement by the Cabinet of Ministers of Belarus, we are
officially launching today the first 5 projects of the Small Grants Program
(SGP) in Belarus, which is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) as a
corporate program and is implemented by the United Nations Development Program
18 April 2006 | Ad Melkert: United Nations considers Chernobyl as a development challenge
On the eve of his visit to Belarus to participate in the International
Conference, commemorating the 20th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster, Mr.
Melkert, UN Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator of UNDP,
answered the questions from the UN Bulletin.
20 December 2005 | Statement by Mr. Levan Bîuadze, Deputy UNDP Resident Representative, at the conference “UN Global Compact Initiative: Opportunities for Building Partnerships of Government, Business Community and Civil Society”, December 20, 2005
"The world we
are living in today is constantly changing. As part of this change, governments,
civil society organizations and businesses are learning how to work together
more effectively. Growing numbers of companies are building on their market
successes by integrating social and environmental concerns into core business
operations, and by designing and implementing pro-poor and pro-development
24 October 2005 | Statement by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, at the UN Day, 24 October 2005
"Sixty years ago, fifty-one nations, including Belarus, founded the United Nations to promote social progress and better living standards for all people in peace and in freedom. Though UN’s objectives have not changed since then, we must recognize that the world today is very different from that of our founders."
21 October 2005 | Address by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, at the opening of the “UN60: Historical Tour” Exhibition, 21 October 2005
"It is my pleasure to participate today in the opening of the exhibition we called “UN60: Historical Tour”. The photo exhibit depicting unique and rarely seen images of the United Nations goes on display in the National Library of Belarus as part of activities to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the United Nations."
31 August 2005 | Statement by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, at the Press Conference on the occasion of the launch of the National Human Development Report 2004-2005, 31 August 2005
"Human development is about putting the human being at the centre of the decision-making process. The degree to which policy decisions and actions increase people’s choices to receive a good education, lead long and healthy lives and receive a decent income is measured by the already well-publicized Human Development Index for each country, which appears in UNDP’s annual global Human Development Report."
08 May 2005 | Address by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative at wreath laying ceremony dedicated to the Days of Remembrance and Reconciliation, 8 May 2005
"The war turned into the greatest tragedy for the peoples of Europe and
the entire world, irrespective on whose side their states fought. Not a single
family, not a single human story was left untouched by its consequences. As
survivors dwindle in number it falls to succeeding generations to carry forward
the work of remembrance."
22 March 2005 | Address by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative at the World Water Day and the launch of the International Decade for Action "Water for Life", 2005-2015, 22 March 2005
"On 23 December 2003 the General Assembly proclaimed the period from 2005 to 2015 the International Decade for Action, "Water for Life", to commence today, on World Water Day, 22 March 2005."
03 March 2005 | Statement by the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus on the 2006 Chernobyl International Conference to be held in 2006
"You may recall
the recommendations of the 2002 UN Report “Human Consequences of the Chernobyl
Nuclear Accident: A Strategy for Recovery” for a new developmental approach to
tackling the problems caused by the Chernobyl accident and the events that
followed. The report advocated, among other things, that all parties should work
towards the development of the individuals and communities concerned in an
attempt ‘to give them control over their own futures’."
22 February 2005 | Statement of Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, at the Workshop on draft National Millennium Development Goals Report 22 February 2005
"... the Millennium Development Goals is an international commitment, to which Belarus has committed itself at the highest level (in September 2000 at the UN Millennium Summit the president of Belarus together with the leaders of more than 140 countries of the world adopted the millennium declaration, from which MDGs derive)."
16 December 2004 | Statement made by UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu on the occasion of the International Conference “Chernobyl Cooperation and Information: Problems and Perspectives”, 16 December 2004, Minsk
"Belarus is one of the countries most affected by the aftermath of the
Chernobyl disaster. Unprecedented in their scale, the consequences of the
tragedy influenced all human activities negatively -- economy, social relations,
health, education, culture, science and others. In fact, Chernobyl strongly
changed the mentality of the affected people, aroused in their souls fear,
distrust, uncertainty about their future and their children’s future; and deep
concern about their health."
28 November 2004 | Address by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, at the round table devoted to the International Day of Disaster Reduction, 28 November 2004
"Since its first coordinated humanitarian operations in Europe following the devastation and massive displacement of people in the Second World War, the United Nations has been relied upon by the international community to respond to natural and man-made disasters that are beyond the capacity of national authorities alone."
18 November 2004 | Statement by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus at the launch of the International Year of Microcredit, 18 November 2005
"As you may know, in 1998, proclaiming 2005 as the International Year of Microcredit, the General Assembly requested that the Year's observance be a special occasion for giving impetus to microcredit programmes throughout the world. Launch observances are being held today in many parts of world: from Cambodia to Mexico and from Rwanda to the CIS countries."
10 November 2004 | Speech of Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, at the CORE website presentation, 10 November 2004
"Eighteen years after the Chernobyl disaster hundreds of thousands of people are still suffering its tragic aftermath. In some cases people’s lives have improved because of their own efforts and those of the government and the international community. But in too many cases their lives have not changed for the better and Chernobyl continues to cloud their future."
02 November 2004 | Opening remarks of Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative at the International Conference Achieving the Millennium Development Goal 1: Approaches and Strategies» (Minsk, 2 November 2004)
"In September 2000, the world's leaders adopted the Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to reduce poverty, improve health and education, and promote peace, human rights and environmental sustainability. Out of this Declaration, emerged the Millennium Development Goals, shortly, the MDGs, which set out specific, measurable targets and which the world has committed to achieving by the year 2015."
29 July 2004 | Statement by Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative at the Opening of the Rehabilitation Shelter for Victims of the Trafficking in Women, Minsk, 29 July 2004)
"I am delighted to welcome you at the opening of the Rehabilitation Shelter for Victims of Trafficking in Women which has been established by the EU/UNDP Project "Combating Trafficking in Women in the Republic of Belarus."
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