As we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and pay tribute to the people who lost their lives in the War, we recall and salute their enormous sacrifices. We pay respect to the people of Belarus who fought and died during the War and to those who were left behind and worked hard to rebuild their lives destroyed by this horrendous conflict.

The victory over fascism and tyranny in May 1945 marked the beginning of a new era of international cooperation for security, peace, prosperity and human rights. It marked the birth of the United Nations organisation. The sacrifices of the Second World War and the following years of recovery and cooperation inspire us today and teach a beautiful lesson of solidarity in the face of grave challenges.

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We commemorate the Victory and look back at May 1945 not just as an important date in history, but as a powerful reminder that only by working together we will be able to defeat the new global threats, build a more resilient and equitable world and protect nature for a truly sustainable future for all.

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On 9 May, UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Joanna Kazana-Wisniowecki, Permanent Representative of the United Nations Development Program in Belarus Alexandra Solovieva and Representative of the United Nations Children's Fund in Belarus Rashed Mustafa Sarwar visited the Khatyn memorial complex.

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On behalf of all UN organizations in the Republic of Belarus, they laid a wreath and flowers at the foot of the Eternal Flame in memory of the enormous human sacrifices of the Belarusian people during the war, as well as in honor of the feat of those who, at the cost of their lives, deprivations and suffering in the fight against Fascism brought liberation and peace on Earth.

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UN officials also took a tour of the memorial complex and left a note in the memory book.

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