Declaration of commitment to achieve UN SDGs signed in Mogilev
MOGILEV, 28 October (BelTA) – A Declaration of commitment to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was signed in Mogilev on 28 October, BelTA has learned.
The signing ceremony in the City Hall was attended by Chairman of the Mogilev Oblast Executive Committee Vladimir Domanevsky, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus Sanaka Samarasinha, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Belarus Yekaterina Paniklova.
"Mogilev Oblast and Belarus as a whole work closely with the United Nations. There are a number of joint projects, and one of the latest which was started in Mogilev on 28 October was the opening of a commemorative sign to herald the beginning of construction of the region’s first energy-efficient house,” said Vladimir Domanevsky. The UN Sustainable Development Goals are important and relevant to the mankind. I want to say that the Belarusian people, Mogilev Oblast residents accept and support them and will make every effort to achieve them,” he noted.
On behalf of the United Nations Sanaka Samarasinha expressed gratitude to the local authorities for supporting the project UN70 Belarus Express for Sustainable Development Goals, a UN special train. "Seventeen UN goals towards sustainable development were defined in the result of long-term discussions and debates around the world, including in Belarus. In view of the fact that they were offered by people themselves, and that's exactly what they want and what they believe in, their implementation is feasible. I have no doubt that Belarus is up to this task,” he noted.
Sanaka Samarasinha commended the contribution of the Belarusian government to the development of the provisions on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including those relating to economic development. I am impressed by the fact that Belarus, being in a difficult economic situation due mainly to external factors, is actively looking for the ways towards the economic growth and sustainable development. We need to do everything to make sure that no one is left out of our attention and “having rolled up our sleeves” work jointly to build the home in which we want to live, Sanaka Samarasinha said.
The events in Mogilev as part of the UN70 Belarus Express are themed around the economic growth and sustainable development of Belarus and Mogilev Oblast in particular. These include roundtables, presentations, exhibitions, thematic programs.