Deputy Foreign Minister Valentin Rybakov participates in the roundtable discussion of the UN Group of Friends of the Family


The roundtable discussion “Social and economic costs of family exclusion from the process of sustainable development” was organised in the United Nations Headquarters on the initiative of Belarus, Egypt and Qatar in their capacity as co-chairs of the Group of Friends of the Family. The event was organised in partnership with the numerous US-based international non-governmental organisations. 


Mr Valentin Rybakov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, took part in the event.

Promotion of priorities and interests of the traditional family in the context of achieving sustainable development goals up to 2030 were the key subjects of the discussion.

Presentations made by representatives of the academic community clearly demonstrated that the traditional family is a key factor for sustainable and successful development of society.

Representatives of the Member States of the Group of Friends shared their national experience in the area of social and economic support of the family.

Participants of the discussion emphasised the importance of developing and promoting targeted programmes to support the institution of the family and of practical steps to draw the public attention to the need for family-friendly policy, not only at national level but also within the United Nations system.

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