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Council for Sustainable Development

15 December 2020

The meeting of the Sustainable Development Council was held on December 14, 2020. The meeting was attended by Anatoly Isachenko, National Coordinator for the Sustainable Development Goals, Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki, UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Belarus, as well as representatives of the National Statistics Committee, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection and Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Republic of Belarus. The participants discussed the progress of the Republic of Belarus in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, preparing the National Sustainable Development Strategy until 2035, the Program of Social and Economic Development for 2021-2025. Approaches to promotion of the green economy concept and sustainable development in the context of climate change were considered as a separate issue.
 
First Deputy Chairman of the National Statistical Committee Belstat, head of the intersectoral group for monitoring and evaluation of the SDGs Elena Kukharevich noted the progress of the country in poverty elimination (SDG 1), gender equality (SDG 5), transition to low-cost and clean energy (SDG 7), innovation and infrastructure development (SDG 9), development of sustainable cities and towns (SDG 11), responsible consumption (SDG 12), conservation of terrestrial ecosystems (SDG 15) and development of partnerships for sustainable development. In particular, the proportion of the population living below the national poverty line was 5.9% in 2017 and has gradually declined to 5% in 2019, electricity production from solar, wind and water energy increased 13-fold in 2017 compared to 2010, the transition to new waste recycling technologies and the reduction of polymer packaging use continues. 
 
Nadezhda Batova, UNDP expert in the Republic of Belarus, head of the sector of environmental and economic problems of the State Institution “Institute of Economics of NAS of Belarus”, presented the results of the analysis of the National Action Plan on Green Economy for 2021-2020 and the priority areas for the next five years. The green growth mechanism is an effective tool for transition to sustainable development at the global and national levels and is based on the principles of eco-efficiency, resource saving, intersectorality. The priority areas of green economy development in Belarus until 2025 will be electric transport and urban mobility, energy, including renewable energy, sustainable consumption and production, sustainable tourism, innovative green and digital technologies.
 
Anna Yodchik, Project Manager of the UNDP-GEF Project “Preparation of the Seventh National Communication on the Implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Third Biennial Report of the Republic of Belarus” in her speech focused on the importance of taking climate change issues into account in the strategic planning of the country development. Climate change in Belarus affects the economy (agriculture and forestry), water resources, ecosystems and public health. Climate change is a complex framework problem, which is addressed by the Strategy of long-term development with low greenhouse gas emissions for the period up to 2050, the National Sustainable Development Strategy until 2035 and other strategic documents.

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