While at the United Nations Headquarters in New York Deputy Foreign Minister Valentin Rybakov took part in the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Partnership Forum.
ECOSOC convenes the Partnership Forums annual in order to bring together stakeholders from governments, civil society, international organisations and the private sector. ECOSOC’s 2017 Partnership Forum will explore ways to promote partnerships for global solutions to global challenges in terms of implementation of the sustainable development goals.
In his intervention, Deputy Head of MFA of Belarus noted the important role of the partnerships in addressing various issues, including for the implementation of the new development agenda. Valentin Rybakov spoke for the need to expand the traditional circle of partners (states, international organizations, civil society) by involving the private sector, mass media, academia, religious and youth organisations. Deputy Minister shared Belarus’ experience in successfully established a global partnership in the United Nations to combat trafficking in persons, as well as protection of the interests of the natural family and promotion of middle-income countries. The Belarusian diplomat stressed that by supporting small partnerships on various issues, it is possible to achieve a successful solution of problems globally.