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3 Feb 2016

Belarus’ youth policy presented at forum in New York

MINSK, 3 February (BelTA) - Viktor Yakzhik, the Deputy Minister of Education of the Republic of Belarus, took part in the opening session of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, BelTA learned from Belarus’ permanent mission to the United Nations.

Belarus’ representative reported on the positive experience of Belarus in the field of youth policy. Viktor Yakzhik noted the achievements of Belarus’ youth policy such as state support of talented youth, sustaining young people’s interest in academic and scientific research, guarantees of the first workplace for the youth, supporting young families, and others. For the first time, more than one thousand governance representatives and youth leaders participated in the event. The UN officials launched a new initiative to tackle youth unemployment, making it clear that success in fighting poverty and inequality would largely depend on the youth being a driving force.

Viktor Yakzhik also took part in the first regular session of the Executive board of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). In his speech Belarus’ representative stressed the key role of families in child education and in protection of children’s rights and interests. As an example of fruitful cooperation between Belarus and the UNICEF, the Deputy Minister cited the initiative on joint publishing of educational materials for young parents of pre-schoolers and children with disabilities. Viktor Yakzhik stressed that one of the priorities of joint efforts of UNICEF and member states should be to address specific challenges of the middle income countries. Viktor Yakzhik proposed UNICEF to establish a database of best national practices of the implementation of sustainable development goals in the area of protection of children's rights. He emphasized that such a system would facilitate the exchange of positive experience between states and the use of successful practices by interested governments.

During the visit to New York Viktor Yakzhik met with the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi. The UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth praised the active position of Belarus in supporting the youth. Viktor Yakzhik informed Mr Ahmad Alhendawi on the international forum Youth Without Borders to be held in Belarus in 2016. It is expected that the forum will draw representatives from more than 90 countries. In this connection, the parties agreed to maintain contact regarding the possibility of the participation of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy in this event.

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