The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Vladimir Makey met with UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on 22 September during the session of the UN General Assembly.
According to the press service of the Belarusian MFA, the Minister pointed that the issues of protection of children and families are in the focus of attention of the country leaders. The UNICEF Office un Minsk provides important support in this work.
On his part, Anthony Lake highly appreciated the efforts of Belarus to stimulate the rights of children at the national level in the context of implementation of Sustainable Development Goals and assured of the future constructive cooperation of UNICEF with Belarus. He also expressed satisfaction with the constructive role played by the Belarusian Delegation in the UNICEF Executive Board.
The Minister invited the UNICEF leader to visit Belarus.
Belarus is the member of the Children’s Fund (UNICEF) since 1953; however, the basic agreement on cooperation between Belarus and UNICEF was signed only in 2007 and came into force on 31 March 2009.
UNICEF began its operations in Belarus in the mid 1990s, providing humanitarian aid, supplying medical equipment, vaccines and medicines to maternity houses and children’s hospitals, special equipment for children with disabilities, clothes, educational items and sport equipment for children’s boarding institutions located in the areas affected by the Chernobyl NPP accident.