Belarus' Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei met with outgoing Representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to Belarus Dr. Rashed Mustafa Sarwar, BelTA learned from the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Vladimir Makei lauded the active and effective work of the UNICEF Office in Belarus under the leadership of Dr. Rashed Mustafa Sarwar. The parties discussed the most relevant areas of cooperation between Belarus and UNICEF, including child safety in cyberspace, assistance to child victims of violence, children with disabilities and others, and confirmed that the increasing funding for UNICEF country programs in Belarus indicates a high level of cooperation and its potential for growth.
The minister commended the successful work of the UNICEF Representative in Belarus to involve the Belarusian government bodies, public associations, business and private partners in cooperation on issues under the UNICEF competence.
Vladimir Makei thanked Dr. Rashed Mustafa Sarwar for the effective and timely support of the UNICEF Office provided to the Belarusian healthcare institutions, schools and institutions during the period of the active spread of coronavirus.
The UNICEF Office launched a large-scale campaign involving numerous partners and raised $1.58 million in a short period of time to purchase the necessary materials and equipment.
In recognition of his personal contribution to strengthening and expanding cooperation between Belarus and UNICEF, Dr. Rashed Mustafa Sarwar was awarded the Partnership badge of merit of the Belarusian diplomatic service.