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About the statement of the Permanent Representative of Belarus to the UN on the report of the UN Secretary-General on the work of the United Nations

Permanent Representative of Belarus to the UN, Valentin Rybakov, spoke at the plenary meeting of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly on the agenda item “Report of the UN Secretary-General on the work of the United Nations.”

In his speech (in Russian), the Permanent Representative supported the efforts of the UN Secretary-General in increasing of the mediation capacity and promoting preventive activities.

In the context of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda  he spoke of the need to strengthen partnership and global cooperation at all levels and ensure the constant and durable financing, including through international cooperation. He expressed the readiness of Belarus to share its experience in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He drew attention to the initiative of Belarus to form a UN network of national coordinators for sustainable development, which was supported by states and international organizations during the Regional forum of national SDG coordinators held in Minsk in February 2018.

The Head of the Belarusian Mission stood for scaling up the process of coordinating assistance to middle-income countries. He expressed the hope that the High-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on the challenges of middle-income countries, which will be held on December 4 this year, at the initiative of Belarus, will be a breakthrough moment in promoting the interests of this category of countries in the UN.

Valentin Rybakov expressed satisfaction with the progress on the reform initiatives of the UN Secretary-General. The Belarusian diplomat stressed the need to ensure that the updated UN system should be able to provide more effective and targeted support to the countries in their implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

He recalled the High-level International Conference on the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism in the Digital Era, organized by Belarus jointly with the OSCE, to be conducted on October 9-10 this year in Minsk.

He noted the rapidly growthing digital technology industry as  one of the important factors affecting the effectiveness of achieving the SDGs. In this regard, Valentin Rybakov focused on the Belarusian proposal to ​​the United Nations to establish international cooperation in the field of digitalization and technology forecasting for the needs of sustainable development, and also urged to increase the technological literacy of the population and adapt the profession to the rapidly changing information world.

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