UN70 Tree of Peace and Sustainable Development planting ceremony

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Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko took part in a ceremony to plant Tree of Peace and Sustainable Development to mark the end of World War Two and the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Organization.

The ceremony took place in the Loshitsa Park in Minsk on 23 October. Attending the ceremony of planting a weeping cherry were also Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus Sanaka Samarasinha, representatives of the diplomatic corps.

The white flowers of the weeping cherry symbolize purity and rebirth, benevolence and a call for reconciliation. The same tree was planted at the UN Headquarters in New York in May 2015. The Tree of Peace and Unity ceremony marked the 70th anniversary of the victory over the Nazis.

Aleksandr Lukashenko was taken on a brief tour around the Loshitsa Manor House-Museum. The Belarusian leader talked to heads of the diplomatic missions of the donor countries, representatives of international organizations who attended the ceremony.

The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the Republic of Belarus for 2016-2020 was signed in Minsk in the presence of President Aleksandr Lukashenko. The signing ceremony took place in the Loshitsa Manor House-Museum. The program is the second document defining a joint strategy for the organizations of the UN system in Belarus. The document focuses on the four most important areas: sustainable economic development; inclusive, responsive and accountable governance; environmental protection and sustainable environmental management based on the principles of green economy; sustainable development of human capital: health, education, social inclusion and protection.