In September, 2015, the UN member-states approved the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (hereinafter referred to as Agenda 2030).
The Agenda includes 17 sustainable development goals and 169 targets which are to be achieved by 2030. A range of global indicators (indices) will be used to monitor and assess the progress.
To approve the agenda the member-states had to revise and specify the national plans and means for the achievement of the sustainable development of the society so that they would comply with the sustainable development goals.
To demonstrate its commitment to the Agenda 2030 Belarus has made a range of important steps to its performance. The President of the Republic of Belarus decided to appoint Marianna Shchetkina, Deputy Chairperson of the Council of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, the National Focal Point for the achievement of the sustainable development goals with a view to developing clear Agenda 2030 implementation arrangements and to performing an overall coordination of the activities for the achievement of the sustainable development goals.
The National Focal Point initiated the establishment of the Sustainable Development Council. The Council consists of the representatives of government authorities and institutions (deputy chief officers). Besides, business representatives, representatives of non-governmental organizations and international organizations may also become members of the Council.
The National Focal Point shall ensure a consideration of any issues relating to the achievement of the sustainable development goals by the Council, provide annual progress reports to the President and the Government of the Republic of Belarus and provide advice on making activities more effective.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall support the activities of the National Focal Point and the Sustainable Development Council.