The Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Anatoly Kalinin suggested that UNICEF should set up a platform to develop charity culture

On 21 September, the Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Anatoly Kalinin had a meeting with the Representative of the Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Belarus Rashed Mustafa Sarwar. They discussed the relevant issues of cooperation with UNICEF.

During the meeting, possible projects of UNICEF cooperation with the transport sector of Belarus were discussed separately. Anatoly Kalinin stated that the UNICEF proposals on partnership along this line would be elaborated by all stakeholders. The press service stated that “In his turn, Rashed Mustafa Sarwar pointed that 24% of Belarusians take part in the charity actions. Anatoly Kalinin proposed to consider the possibility for organizing the platform to develop charity culture in Belarus.”

The Deputy Prime Minister said that the level of cooperation with UNICEF was high. Support of young people and children is an important priority of social and economic development of Belarus for the current 5-year period, which is given a special attention at the highest level. According to the Country Programme Document signed between the Government of Belarus and UNICEF for 2016-2020, the major priorities for the Children’s Fund is the creating of a safe and supportive environment for the child, implementation of the rights of children with specific psychic and physical development and disabilities, and the creating of beneficial environment for reducing vulnerability of adolescents and their comprehensive involvement in decision-making. As Anatoly Kalinin underlined, “I am sure that the implementation of the programme actions will facilitate the fulfilment of the National Strategy of Sustainable Socioeconomic Development of Belarus until 2030, the National Programme “Public Health and Demographic Security” for 2016-2020, the National Action Plan for Ensuring Gender Equality for 2016-2020 and others. We are grateful to the Children’s Fund for the support of the Government’s efforts to enhance interactions between the systems of education, health and social protection and the law-enforcement authorities.

The Vice Premier especially emphasized the innovative character and the broad range of tools used by UNICEF to cooperate with Belarus.