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On the participation of Deputy Foreign Minister A. Dapkiunas in the 58th session of the UN Commission for Social Development

Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus A. Dapkiunas, as the head of the Belarusian delegation, takes part in the 58th session of the UN Commission for Social Development.

UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD) is a subsidiary body of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which deals with reduction of poverty and social inequality, as well as promotes an international policy to build social justice for the most vulnerable groups of society. Belarus is a member of the CSocD for 2016-2020 and a member of ECOSOC for 2018-2020.

A. Dapkiunas made a statement at the CSocD general debate on this session’s priority theme: “Affordable housing and social protection systems for all to address homelessness”.

In his statement, the Belarusian diplomat noted that homelessness is a complex social problem that is relevant for various countries and regions of the world. At the same time A. Dapkiunas emphasized that this problem is not a prominent issue for Belarus.

The Deputy Head of the Foreign Ministry noted that housing affordability has always been a top priority in Belarus and is seen as a key element in preventing homelessness. Moreover, Belarus pays attention not only to the availability of housing, but also to its comfort, safety and modernity.

In the context of the topic of homelessness, A. Dapkiunas noted the relevance of addressing problems of family homelessness.

In this regard, the Deputy Minister emphasized the need to strengthen and protect the institution of the family at the international level, including in the context of negative trends that contribute to the breakdown of families.

Andrei Dapkiunas also held a meeting with UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications Melissa Fleming.