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Council for Sustainable Development

The Council for Sustainable Development

The Council for Sustainable Development is an advisory and advisory body part of the national governance architecture for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The Council for Sustainable Development was established by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Belarus dated May 25, 2017 №181 «On the National Coordinator for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals».

The Council for Sustainable Development includes representatives at the level not lower than deputy heads of the following state bodies and organizations:

  1. The General Prosecutor's Office;
  2. National Bank;
  3. National Academy of Sciences of Belarus;
  4. National Statistical Committee;
  5. Investigative committee;
  6. The Ministry of Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade;
  7. Ministry of Architecture and Construction;
  8. The Ministry of the Interior;
  9. Ministry of Housing and Communal Services;
  10. Ministry of Health;
  11. Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  12. Ministry of Information;
  13. Ministry of Forestry;
  14. Ministry of Defence;
  15. Ministry of Education;
  16. Ministry of Taxes and Duties;
  17. Ministry of Emergency Situations;
  18. Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection;
  19. Ministry of Industry;
  20. Ministry of Communications and Informatization;
  21. Ministry of Agriculture and Food;
  22. The Ministry of Sports and Tourism;
  23. Ministry of Transport and Communications;
  24. Ministry of Labor and Social Protection;
  25. Ministry of Finance;
  26. Ministry of Economics;
  27. Ministry of Energy;
  28. Ministry of Justice;
  29. State Committee for Science and Technology;
  30. State Committee for Standardization;
  31. State Customs Committee;
  32. Regional and Minsk city executive committees.

The Council for Sustainable Development is chaired by the National Coordinator for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Within the Council for Sustainable Development, intersectoral groups have been formed on social issues, economics, ecology, education, monitoring and evaluation of the achievement of the SDGs.

The intersectoral groups are led by the deputy heads of the respective government agencies.

Intersectoral group on social issues — Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection Kovalkov V.

Intersectoral group on economics — Deputy Minister of Economy Brantsevich T.V.

Intersectoral group on ecology — Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Goroshko A.V.

Intersectoral Education Group — Deputy Minister of Education Kadlubay A.V.

Intersectoral group for monitoring and evaluating the achievement of the SDGs — First Deputy Chairman of the National Statistical Committee Kukharevich E.I..

Representatives of the business community, public associations and international organizations are involved in the work of the Council for Sustainable Development. The composition of the participants in each meeting is determined by the National Coordinator for the achievement of the SDGs based on the issues under consideration.

Meetings of the Council for Sustainable Development are held once a year. The National Coordinator has the right to convene the Council more often when it is necessary to discuss specific issues.

The first meeting of the Council for Sustainable Development took place on September 4, 2017. During the meeting, issues of building the Belarusian architecture to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals were discussed. The members of the Council for Sustainable Development determined the course of interdepartmental interaction for the formation of a national system of indicators for monitoring the SDGs, as well as international cooperation in the field of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and approved the Council's work plan for 2017.