PRIORITIES OF BELARUS AT THE 75th SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY21.09.2020
PRIORITIES OF BELARUS AT THE 75th SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
The priorities of the delegation of Belarus during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly will continue to be focused on the core issues of the multilateral agenda such as: the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, promoting peace, multilateralism, security and disarmament, sustainable development, human rights, unity and stability of the Belarusian society, partnership and the UN betterment.
PEACE, MULTILATERALISM, SECURITY AND DISARMAMENT
75th Anniversary of the United Nations is a special landmark for Belarus considering our country’s status as a founding Member of the UN. Belarus will continue to carry out its important mission to preserve and promote the peaceful legacy of the Organisation through keeping alive the main tenets of its creation, as well as in the context of the end of World War II.
Belarus firmly supports the initiatives of the UN Secretary-General, President of the General Assembly and member-states to mark the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations in 2020.
Belarus will contribute to multilateral dialogue to keep the principles of multilateralism solid and sound. We will highlight the relevance of the initiative of the Republic of Belarus to discuss ways to re-create a new comprehensive international dialogue aimed at overcoming existing controversies between states. Belarus will continue serving as a platform for regional dialogue on these matters.
Belarus will continue to be committed to peaceful solution of all armed conflicts and will advocate with all interested partners the need of prohibition of the development and manufacture of new types of weapons of mass destruction.
For this purpose, Belarus will submit at the UN General Assembly’s First Committee the draft resolution “Prohibition of the development and manufacture of new types of weapons of mass destruction and new systems of such weapons: report of the Conference on Disarmament”. Besides, Belarus as a chair of the closing session of the Conference on Disarmament will submit the draft resolution “Report of the Conference on Disarmament”.
Belarus will not stand aside from global efforts aimed at countering terrorism, as well as combating terrorism using new and emerging technologies.
Belarus is fully committed to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and will advocate measures aimed at its effective implementation across the region and around the world over the course of the Decade of Action. We will work together with all partners to promote effective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, prevent the reversal of gains made to achieve the 2030 Agenda and build back better. We see the need to improve coordination and meaningful partnerships for sustainable development and we will continue to promote a partner network of national SDGs coordinators that can help turn this bold vision into reality.
Belarus intends to advocate the development of regional economic integration and enhanced patterns of UN cooperation with regional organizations, in particular, between the United Nations and the Eurasian Economic Union.
Belarus will continue to attach particular significance to the need to strengthen interaction of the UN development system with middle-income countries (MICs). Belarus will advocate the elaboration of a comprehensive UN system-wide long-term strategy aimed at facilitating sustainable development cooperation and coordinated support towards MICs. Belarus will work with all interested partners on including MICs in the global coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this context, Belarus will continue to address the issue of sustainable development in MICs in its various forms, including by making preparations for the UN General Assembly meeting to discuss gaps and challenges of middle-income countries in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, with a focus on the economic dimension of sustainable development, to be held at the 75th session of the GA.
Belarus in partnership with UNDP and other stakeholders will continue efforts towards promotion of the international cooperation on Chernobyl aimed at achieving the SDGs in the Chernobyl-affected regions and communities. Belarus will take an active part in a special commemorative meeting of the General Assembly in observance of the thirty-fifth anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.
Belarus will stand for the full compliance of the Operational Development System with national needs and priorities of recipient countries to support their sustainable development. Belarus will pay special attention to the process of discussion and adoption of the new Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) resolution which will establish system-wide policy orientations for the development cooperation at all levels after the United Nations Sustainable Development repositioning.
Belarus will enhance cooperation with the United Nations Sustainable Development Group to ensure that the ongoing implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development repositioning at country’s and regional levels shall not endanger the principles intergovernmentally agreed in UNGA resolution 72/279 on repositioning and shall not lead to additional burden on Member States.
HUMAN RIGHTS AND PARTNERSHIP
Belarus believes that there is no peace, security and sustainable development without human rights and justice. Belarus will contribute to joint efforts in the global promotion and protection of universally recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms, in accordance with the United Nations Charter, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international human rights treaties and other instruments. Belarus will work on the basis of constructive and mutually respectful dialogue, taking into account the diversity of human rights development paths and acknowledging the sovereign and inalienable right of every state to determine freely its own political, economic, cultural and social systems. Belarus will strive for the realization of the core principle of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – «Leave No One Behind».
Belarus will work to effectively mainstream issues of gender equality, social inclusion, protection of youth, ageing, disabled persons and the natural family. Belarus will continue to advocate proper addressing by the United Nations system of the needs of the family, its role as a contributor to sustainable development and urge greater efforts to protect the family as a natural and fundamental group unit of society.
In its capacity as Coordinator of the Group of Friends United against Human Trafficking Belarus will pay particular attention to the problem of trafficking in persons in the context of the implementation of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. Belarus will continue to foster better cooperation among Member States, the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT) and all relevant stakeholders in this field.
CONSOLIDATION OF LIKE-MINDED COUNTRIES
Belarus will continue working to strengthen the potential of like-minded groups in bridging global divides and streamlining the United Nations agenda, with a special focus on the work of the following Groups of Friends:
- Group of Friends United against Human Trafficking;
- Group of Friends of the Family;
- Like-Minded Countries Supporters of Middle Income Countries;
- Group of Friends of Water;
- Group of Friends of Sustainable Industrial Development;
On the margins of the substantive part of the 75th UNGA session Belarus will explore, with due respect to the restriction measures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the possibility of organizing the following events:
- Side-event on prohibition of the development and manufacture of new types of weapons of mass destruction;
- ICAT briefing to Member States on its activities;
- “Power of One” Awards event (Diwali event).
Belarus will initiate the following UN General Assembly resolution and will work with all Member States for its adoption by consensus:
- “Prohibition of the development and manufacture of new types of weapons of mass destruction and new systems of such weapons: report of the Conference on Disarmament”;
Belarus invites all interested countries to co-sponsor it.
Considering the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations Belarus will promote the initiatives aimed at strengthening the role of the UN in delivering its primary objective of maintaining international peace and security, fostering sustainable development goals and preserving multilateralism.
Belarus will continue to be actively engaged in the process of reinforcing the UN General Assembly. In this regard Belarus will continue to work on streamlining the UNGA agenda to make it effective and workable.
Belarus together with like-minded Member States will seek to resume the work of the UNGA in a full-fledged face-to-face format, including with the participation of delegates from capitals, in order to increase the transparency of the UNGA and comply with the traditional rules of procedure.
With a view to preserving the evolutionary nature of UN Security Council Reform, Belarus will promote a transparent, inclusive, non-discriminatory and consensus-based dialogue built upon step-by-step approach within the agreed intergovernmental negotiations process.
Belarus will closely cooperate with the United Nations Sustainable Development Group to ensure that the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development repositioning shall not “wash out” transparent framework and principles intergovernmentally agreed in the UNGA resolution 72/279 on repositioning and shall not lead to additional burdening to Member States.