The first regular session of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Population Fund and the United Nations Office for Project Services on (UNDP/ UNFPA / UNOPS) began its work at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Since this is the last session for UNDP Administrator Helen Clark who will leave her post in April 2017, Permanent Representative of Belarus Andrei Dapkiunas thanked Helen Clark for her selfless work as the head of the UNDP and in her capacity as the UN Coordinator of International Cooperation on Chernobyl.
As the Permanent Representative of Belarus noted, Helen Clark had become a good friend of many countries, including Belarus, during the years of her fruitful work at that post.
In April 2016 the President of Belarus awarded the Order of Francysk Skaryna to Helen Clark for her significant personal contribution to the enhancement of cooperation between Belarus and the UN in the comprehensive rehabilitation and sustainable development of Chernobyl-hit regions.
The Permanent Representative of Belarus also made a number of observations in his statement at the session regarding the preparation of a new UNDP strategic plan for 2018-2021.
Belarus and other members of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board will adopt a new UNDP strategic plan for 2018-2021 at the end of 2017. The plan will define specific areas of work of UNDP for the next four years for responding to the most urgent problems for sustainable development in the world.
As a middle-income country, Belarus plans to advocate for the interests of this category of countries in the process of preparation of the plan. As Andrei Dapkiunas underlined, middle-income countries should not be considered as competitors for other categories of recipients of international assistance for development but should be regarded as a critical and necessary subject of global sustainable development. The Head of the Mission of Belarus to the UN proposed to include into a new strategic plan as one of the priority areas of the UNDP’s work the assistance to countries in overcoming not only natural disasters but also man-made disasters, such as the Chernobyl disaster.