The winners of the essay competition devoted to the 50th anniversary of the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights are...

Jan 9, 2017

We would like to congratulate the winners of the essay competition devoted to the 50th anniversary of the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The competition was held by UNDP Belarus, UN DPI, Ministry of foreign affairs and Belarusian Helsinki Committee.

There were submitted more than 50 essays from International University "MITSO", Francisk Skorina Gomel State University, Belarusian State University, BSPU named after Maxim Tank, BSU named after A.S.Pushkin and Mogilev State A. Kuleshov University during November in 2016. The winners were awarded on 9 December 2016 at the end of the panel discussion “The National Human Rights Action Plan: Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda for  Sustainable Development”, that was facilitated by the UN in cooperation with the Ministry of foreign affairs in Minsk on the eve of the Human Rights Day (10 of December). The National Human Rights Action Plan for 2016-2020, which was adopted in Belarus for the first time ever, has been presented during this event.

The discussion and the award ceremony became ones of the final events of the campaign “Inclusive Belarus: leaving no one behind in achieving the SDGs”. The discussion itself attracted lots of interest from the state authorities, parliamentarians, civil society organisations, media, embassies of more than 31 countries. 

In framework of the regional campaign UNDP held consultations with the civil society and local authorities on the SDG 10 and SDG 16, so the panel discussion in Minsk was a great opportunity to elaborate more on the NHRAP implementation, role of Parliament in this process and linkages to the rule of law and access to justice programme as well as 2030 agenda.

Below the names of the winners from Belarusian State University:

  • Zaleski Dmitriy
    Korobko Alina
    Pishchynskaya Lubov

Their essays are available on the links (in Russian):