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14 Sep 2017

Belarus to bring forward new foreign policy initiatives in UN

MINSK, 14 September (BelTA) – Belarus is going to advance new foreign policy initiatives in the United Nations, spokesman for the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dmitry Mironchik told a press briefing on 14 September, BelTA has learned.

Dmitry Mironchik recalled that the 72nd regular session of the UN General Assembly convened at UN HQ on 12 September. The General Debate will open on 19 September. Belarus traditionally takes part in the work of the General assembly. The Belarusian delegation is led by Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei.

He will attend the meetings of CEI and OSCE foreign ministers. The foreign ministers of Belarus and Costa Rica are to co-chair a meeting of the Like-Minded Group of Countries Supporters of Middle-Income Countries. The group was formed on Belarus and Costa Rica’s joint initiative in 2016 to actively protect the interests of this category of countries. The group is expected to adopt a plan of action for 2018 and a ministerial declaration.

Vladimir Makei is also set to attend a Security Council meeting on reforming UN peacemaking operations, a ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement, the Bloomberg Global Business Forum, and other events.

The Belarusian minister of foreign affairs is to meet with UN senior officials and heads of national delegations to the General Assembly.

Dmitry Mironchik spoke about the priorities of the Belarusian delegation at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. This year Belarus intends to bring forward new foreign policy initiatives authored by the Belarusian president, primarily those regarding the launch of a global process similar to the Helsinki Process of the 1970s aimed at achieving a better and fairer world order and the “integration of integrations”.

Belarus will also submit two resolutions in the UN. The first one is about the prohibition of the development of new kinds of weapons of mass destruction. The second resolution is dedicated to the strengthening of joint effort to counter trafficking in persons, a traditional topic for Belarus.

Vladimir Makei will also to give a speech at the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the appraisal of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons on 27 September.

Dmitry Mironchik highlighted that Belarus will initiate several side-events on trafficking in persons and disarmament.

The UN is going to celebrate the International Translation Day for the first time. The holiday was established on Belarus’ initiative. The Belarusian delegation will organize a special event in this regard together with its partners.

Dmitry Mironchik mentioned some other Belarus’ priorities at the session: to advance the interests of the traditional family in the UN; to advocate wider acknowledgement of interdependence between sustainable development, peace, security and disarmament; to support nuclear and regular disarmament and non-proliferation; to strengthen collective security structures at the global, regional, and sub-regional levels; to work out new collective approaches in light of new emerging threats and challenges related to sustainable development, such as cybercrime, information threats, and artificial intelligence.

Belarus plans to support the measures to be undertaken by the UN to strengthen the organization’s role in international affairs.


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