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24 Feb 2016

Over 150 UNDP-funded projects worth $200 million implemented in Belarus

MINSK, 24 February (BelTA) – The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has implemented more than 150 projects to the total tune of some $200 million in Belarus, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus Sanaka Samarasinha said at a solemn event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UNDP on 24 February, BelTA has learned.

“Over the past years, Belarus has made a leap forward in terms of the development of human potential. Belarus’ achievements in the international arena are obvious. The United Nations Development Program is happy to note this and add that more than 150 UNDP-funded projects worth some $200 million have been implemented in this country,” Sanaka Samarasinha said.

The UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus thanked government authorities for cooperation and praised the achievements of many of the Belarusian ministries. He pointed out that the initiative UN70 Express was one of the key projects carried out in Belarus.

“Belarus has done a lot to improve the quality of life of people. But now the country is facing new challenges. It is worth noting that they are associated, to a greater extent, with external factors, developments in the region and the world in general. But the country will be able to overcome them by continuing to move forward,” Sanaka Samarasinha said.

The UNDP’s priorities in Belarus in 2016-2020 will be sustainable economic development, inclusive, responsible and accountable governance, maintaining favorable environment and sustainable use of natural potential based on the principles of green economy, providing access to a wide range of social services, and promotion of a healthy lifestyle. Special attention will be paid to the most needy.

The UN Development Program was established in January 1966 through the merger of two organizations: The Expanded Program of Technical Assistance (EPTA) and Special Fund (SF). Today, the UNDP operates on a global scale and relies on local initiative and local interests.

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