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2 Apr 2019

MEGOC CEO, UN assistant secretary-general discuss SDG promotion programs

MEGOC CEO, UN assistant secretary-general discuss SDG promotion programs
Photo from the official website of the Minsk European Games

MINSK, 2 April (BelTA) – The Minsk European Games Organizing Committee (MEGOC) CEO George Katulin met with UN Assistant Secretary-General Robert Piper in New York to discuss potential joint programs to promote Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through sport and a healthy lifestyle, BelTA learned from the MEGOC press service.

The parties emphasized the uniqueness of the Minsk European Games 2019 as a platform to popularize and promote the SDGs, as well as the experience of interaction of the UN agencies with international sports organizations in the implementation of joint social projects, which can later be used by the UN in other countries.
During the talks with Ted Chaiban, Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Programme Division, the parties discussed strategic partnership between the MEGOC and the UN Children's Fund, and the implementation of further joint social projects aimed at the promotion of healthy lifestyles among children and young people, social integration of children with disabilities, and the development of the volunteer movement in Belarus.

George Katulin emphasized the professionalism and hard work of the UNICEF team in Belarus and in particular of its leader Dr. Rashed Mustafa Sarwar. For his part, Ted Chaiban expressed confidence that cooperation between the MEGOC and UNICEF would leave a legacy which may later be in demand both in Belarus and around the world.

The Minsk European Games Organizing Committee and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Belarus signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation in November 2018.

The UN member states passed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015. The Agenda includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are a commitment to eradicate poverty, inequality and injustice, prevent climate change. The Agenda 2030 is a comprehensive strategy to improve the quality of life of people, ensure development and consumption without detriment to future generations. All 17 goals are adapted for Belarus as well. The national coordinator for SDGs, the Council for Sustainable Development (which includes representatives from all government agencies), partner and other groups, civil society and international organizations are working on the matter. All the proposals will be reflected in the National Sustainable Development Strategy for the period through 2035. Program documents, legislative acts will also be based on the Agenda 2030.

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