The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, standing for positive changes in people’s lives by providing UN member states with access to sources of knowledge, experience and resources. UNDP was established in 1965 as a result of the amalgamation of the UN Special Fund, established in 1958, and an expanded programme of technical assistance, founded in 1949.
UNDP undertakes activities in more than 170 countries and territories, assisting them in finding solutions to global and national development problems. The headquarters of UNDP is located in New York.
In the Republic of Belarus, UNDP has been operating since 1992. The UNDP Resident Representative is also the UN Resident Coordinator who represents the entire UN system and coordinates the activities of the UN in Belarus, which includes 11 agencies, funds and programs of the UN system (UNDP, UNICEF, UNHCR, UNAIDS, WHO, UNFPA, World Bank, IFC, IMF, ILO, UN DPI). The agencies that are members of the UN Community work closely together, carry out joint projects, a variety of multi-sectoral and cross programs, information campaigns.
The mandate of UNDP in Belarus is defined by the Agreement on Assistance between the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the United Nations Development Programme of September 24, 1992.
In accordance with the Agreement, assistance that can be provided to the Government of the Republic of Belarus by UNDP consists of:
the services of expert advisers and consultants, technical experts, UN volunteers;
procurements of equipment;
organization of workshops, training programs, demonstration projects, expert working groups and similar activities;
granting scholarships for students and postgraduates or financing similar activities, according to which candidates nominated by the Government of the Republic of Belarus and approved by the relevant executing agency can receive general education or professional training;
any other form of assistance that the Government of the Republic of Belarus and UNDP can agree on.
In its activities, UNDP is guided by the provisions of the Country Programme Document, which is developed by UNDP in collaboration with other organizations and UN agencies, the government of a particular state, and other interested entities, and is adopted for a certain period.
The main form of UNDP assistance to Belarus is a project that is carried out in accordance with the project document (agreement) between UNDP and other partners and contains a plan for achieving the goals, as well as a way of assessing their achievement.
More detailed information about the activities of the organization is available on the UNDP official website in Belarus: http://www.by.undp.org/.
The Employees of the Centre take an active part in the events organized by UNDP:
2017 – 2018
March 1, 2018 the representatives of the Centre took part in the joint special event ”Zero Discrimination Day 2018 “ in Belarus: partnership for safe and effective support in connection with HIV / AIDS;
December 12, 2017 the representative of the Centre took part in the consultation of the expert level ”The National Action Plan for human rights: current issues of implementation and prospects“;
February 2, 2017 the representatives of the Centre met with Dario Barbieri – a consultant to the Istanbul Regional Center for UNDP within the framework of the international technical assistance project ”Development of inclusive local governance in the Republic of Belarus“.
In 2015 – 2016, the National Centre of Legislation and Legal Research of the Republic of Belarus had cooperated with UNDP in the framework of the project ”Improving the mechanism for the submission of electronic appeals by citizens to state bodies and organizations“.
The aim of the project was to promote the effectiveness, efficiency, inclusiveness and openness of the procedure for submitting electronic appeals to state bodies and organizations (feedback form), by developing a pilot model for the functioning of the relevant section of the state body’s website, including ensuring the possibility of filing an electronic appeal to certain categories of persons with limited opportunities.
December 1, 2016 the representatives of the Centre met with Julian Brett – an expert of the Danish Agency for International Development;
November 11, 2016 the representatives of the Centre met with the international expert, a specialist in public administration – Mr. Jaba Devdariani;
October 19, 2016 a meeting of the Effective group of the United Nations Framework program to Assist the Republic of Belarus for Development for 2016–2020 ”Inclusive, operational and accountable public administration“ was held, attended by representatives of the Centre;
September 15, 2016 a meeting of representatives of the Centre and representatives of the UN Program in the Republic of Belarus was held within the framework of the international technical assistance project ”Development of inclusive local governance in the Republic of Belarus“;
August 4, 2016 a meeting of representatives of the Centre and representatives of the UN Program in Belarus was held within the framework of the international technical assistance project ”Development of inclusive local governance in the Republic of Belarus“;
July 11, 2016 the representative of the Center participated in the High-level advisory group on the Rule of Law and access to justice, consisting of national stakeholders and international partners;
September 22 – 23, 2015 the employees of the Centre took part in the International seminar ”Sharing best experience and best practices in combating trafficking in human beings: domestic violence as a cause“ on the basis of the International Training Center for training, advanced training and retraining in the field of migration and counteraction trafficking in persons at the Academy of the Ministry of Internal affairs.
In 2010, the cooperation of National Centre of Legislation and Legal Research of the Republic of Belarus and UNDP was carried out within the framework of the project ”Prevention, Control and Minimization of Social Consequences in the Area of Trafficking in Human Beings in the Republic of Belarus“, responsible for the implementation of which was the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.
In 2009, a comparative legal study of the legislation of the Republic of Belarus and the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of December 13, 2006 was carried out on the basis of the relevant agreement on conducting research between UNDP and the Institute for Legal Research of the National Centre of Legislation and Legal Research of the Republic of Belarus.
In 2007 – 2008, the National Centre of Legislation and Legal Research of the Republic of Belarus and UNDP cooperated in the framework of the international technical assistance project ”Promoting the Administrative Procedures Reform (APR) in Belarus.
Within the framework of this project, the following activities were carried out in 2007 – 2008:
December 11, 2008 the workshop ”Experience of improving administrative procedures and introduction of the principle of a single window“ was held;
October 3, 2008 the workshop ”Positive practice of regulation of administrative procedures in the Republic of Belarus“ (October 3, 2008) was organized;
21–24 April, 2008 an educational trip to the Republic of Lithuania was held;
March 5, 2008, April 8 and 9, 2008 the workshops in Brest, Vitebsk and Polotsk were organized;
4–8 December, 2007 an educational trip to the Federal Republic of Germany ”Promoting the improvement of administrative procedures in Belarus – German experience and best practices“ was held;
November 23, 2007 international seminar ”Improvement of administrative procedures in the Republic of Belarus: foreign experience and recommendations“ was organized;
In 2004 – 2005, in cooperation with The National Centre of Legislative Activities under the Auspices of the President of the Republic of Belarus, the project ”Improvements of the legislative process in Belarus through impact assessment“ was carried out.
Within the framework of this project, the following activities were carried out:
December 9, 2005 an international seminar ”Forecasting the consequences of the adoption (publication) of normative legal acts and analysis of law enforcement practices as a direction to increase the efficiency of the rule-making process“ was organized;