UNICEF Representative in Belarus awarded by Belarusian MFA

Today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Uladzimir Makei met the Representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in the Republic of Belarus, Dr. Rashed Mustafa Sarwar, on the occasion of the completion of Dr. Sarwar's duty in Belarus.

Minister Makei noted the efficiency of UNICEF Belarus under the leadership of Dr. Sarwar in 2015-2020.

He also thanked UNICEF representative for prompt support provided by UNICEF Belarus to local medical institutions, schools and specialised institutions during the active spread of coronavirus infection (COVID19).

Dr. Rashed Mustafa Sarwar was awarded with the Partnership badge of merit of the Belarusian diplomatic service for his personal contribution to strengthening and expanding cooperation between Belarus and UNICEF.

Dr. Sarwar commented on the award:

'I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all staff members of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry for reliable partnership throughout five years of my duty as the Representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Belarus. I am especially grateful to Minister Makei and Belarusian diplomats in Minsk, Geneva and New York for their support of UNICEF Belarus COVID19 response. With support of Minister Makei and Belarusian diplomats, UNICEF Belarus has managed to deliver technical assistance worth over $ 1.5 million to Belarus without delays. These goods were purchased through generous donations of Belarusian private businesses and Belarusian people who supported the largest fundraising flash appeal in modern history of Belarus, #BelarusUnited (#БеларусьРазам) launched by UNICEF Belarus on April 29, 2020.

I am a very happy person – having spent 5 years in Belarus, getting to know its people, culture and, of course, doing everything possible to improve the lives of Belarusian children and supporting their right to happy childhood. Both Belarus and amazing people living in this country will forever remain in my heart as the best experience of my life.

I would like to express my special gratitude to entire UNICEF Belarus team who ​​supported the expansion of the fund's programmatic activities, and brought fresh ideas to Minsk office of UNICEF every day over the past five years. Most importantly, in the past few months we've managed to accomplish what seemed impossible to many people. It is my honor to realise that UNICEF staff in Belarus, along with Belarusian volunteers, has remained extremely committed to COVID19 response, and worked really hard to support those who needed help the most during exponential growth of COVID19 in Belarus. This is not my personal award, this is the award of the whole UNICEF Belarus team!'