UN agencies staff members and their families supported the World Health Organization (WHO) campaign designed to raise people’s awareness about the influenza, and were vaccinated against this serious viral disease.

On September 25, Maxim Tank Belarusian State Pedagogical University (BSPU) hosted the final event of the Youth Media Festival entitled, “Young Voices for Sustainable Development.” The event is a part of the event plan designed for the Towards the Future We Want youth campaign implemented to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Organization.

For the final event of the Festival, the experts selected videos in the nominations: “We are Sustainable Changes Agents”, “Towards the New Ethics of the Earth,” “The Future We Want: UN75,” “The Climate Changes.  What about You?” “Speak about Sustainable Development Goals,” and “Inclusive Belarus.” Nineteen videos presented by the teams from schools, high schools, lyceums, colleges and higher education establishments of Mogilev, Brest, Minsk, Vitebsk and Grodno regions were chosen as the winners.

Delivering welcoming remarks to the visitors of the opening event Jahor Novikau, Head of the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus, highlighted a number of global challenges, which the world community is facing today, that are the climate change, migration and difficult economic situation.

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“The good news is we can respond to the global challenges and take local decisions. The progress of modern technology and society allows us to work in our local communities both online and in real life. In order to achieve these global goals and help our world, our planet, we can do something here, at our own place. And this is exactly what you are doing,” said Jahor Novikau addressing the Media Festival winners.

The event participants could also listen to the Association of Education for Sustainable Development members - Inessa Zubrilina, head of BSPU Coordination Centre of Education for Sustainable Development, Sofia Savelova, deputy chairperson of the Coordination Centre and coordinator of interregional cooperation, Anatoly Muraviev, principal of high school 19, Tatsiana Minchenko, deputy head of the Office for Youth Affairs of the Ministry of Education of Belarus, and Sergey Vasilets, BSPU vice-rector for academic affairs.

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The works selected by experts under the nominations were reviewed, the teams of authors made presentations of their videos, and the active discussion of the works by authors and experts followed. As a result of the online poll the video «Miracle is …» made by the team of Zhemchuzhnenskaya school of Baranovichi district of Brest region, which covered the topic of inclusion and leaving no one behind principle, received the audience award.

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The works by the winners of the Young Voices for Sustainable Development media festival, which were then finalized subject to comments made by the experts, will be demonstrated as part of the thematic forum “Towards the Future We Want: the Position of the Youth” in December 2020.

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As part of the UN75 campaign in April-May 2020, educational establishments of all Belarusian regions and Minsk hosted open regional discussions “The Future We Want: Our Ideas and Actions”.

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In the course of the global online survey, dedicated to the UN 75th anniversary, the citizens of Belarus, mainly young people, stressed that the climate change, ecology problems, and health risks would have the major effect on the future of our planet.

According to them, after 25 years of joint work the countries of the world will reduce the number of conflicts and achieve improvements in medical services and better environment. They also hope to see more respect for and observance of human rights and improvement of access to education.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki and Senior Human Rights Advisor Omer Fisher met on 2 October 2020 with the Deputy Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Belarus Gennadi Kazakevich, as well as with representatives of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Investigative Committee, and the General Prosecutor’s Office. 

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The Belarus Government should end “violent crackdowns” and “increasing repression” against protesters who are still contesting the result of last month's Presidential elections, UN deputy rights chief Nada Al Nashif told the Human Rights Council on Friday.

The Country Office of the World Health Organization in Belarus handed over 250 oxygen concentrators purchased and delivered with the financial support of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to the Belarusian healthcare system. It is planned that the delivered oxygen concentrators of the leading world manufacturer will be used as part of the national reserve during the second wave of COVID-19 expected in autumn or winter and are to be distributed by the Republican Centre for Medical Response Organization to the medical facilities of the country, where supplemental oxygen support of the patients will be most needed. 

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Photo: WHO in Belarus. The World Health Organization, in cooperation with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), supplied 250 oxygen concentrators to Belarus

The purchased oxygen concentrators fully meet all the requirements of the World Health Organization.  This equipment for oxygen therapy is vital for the patients with moderate and severe cases of COVID-19 with low oxygen saturation levels caused by coronavirus infection. The operating principle of the concentrator involves generation of oxygen from ambient air and its delivery to a patient via the rhinal catheters.  Oxygen concentrators are completely autonomous and constitute an important source of oxygen for the patients with the reduced blood oxygen level. The concentrators are fitted with a bacteria-excluding filter, its generation capacity is 8 litres per minute and oxygen concentration in the mixture is over 90%.  They can also be used for two patients simultaneously.

The equipment for the total amount of 211,000 US dollars was delivered under the Support of WHO preparedness and response in fighting the COVID-10 pandemic project financed by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Clampdowns on the media have increased sharply in 2020, the UN cultural agency said on Monday, highlighting 21 protests around the world this year in which State security forces have violated journalists’ rights.