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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Valentin Rybakov participates in a special high-level meeting “Uniting Nations for a Family Friendly World”

16.05.2016

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Valentin Rybakov participated as a keynote speaker in a special high-level meeting “Uniting Nations for a Family Friendly World” held at the UN Headquarters on May 16, 2016, in New York. The event was convened on the initiative of Belarus with the support of the Group of Friends of the Family in partnership with the key US non-governmental organisations that promote the natural family.

The Group of Friends of the Family was established in 2015. It is composed of 25 countries from all regions of the world. Group of Friends of the Family promotes the interests of the natural family and traditional family values ​​in accordance with the concept of the family, as reflected in the internationally recognized documents.

The event was symbolically held in one of the main halls of the UN Headquarters – the United Nations Economic and Social Council Chamber (ECOSOC) – and was dedicated to the International Day of the Families, which is celebrated worldwide on May 15.

In his speech, which V. Rybakov made ​​on behalf of the Group of Friends of the Family, the Belarusian diplomat informed the participants about the approaches of the Group of Friends to promote natural family in the implementation of the international agenda for the sustainable development.

V. Rybakov presented a joint statement of the Group of Friends of the Family in support of the natural family, which is the first document of the United Nations of this format. In particular, the statement noted the key role of the family in the development of society, as well as the importance of building strong partnerships between the generations. The statement stressed that to achieve the goals for sustainable development would be impossible without taking into account the interests of the family. The statement will be circulated as an official document of the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

High-level meeting was one of a series of events at the United Nations Headquarters to mark the International Year of the Families. In particular, on the initiative of Belarus, the opening ceremony of the first exhibition of the Group of Friends of the Family and the American non-governmental organisations will be held on May 17, dedicated to the important family contribution to sustainable development.

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