Alexandra Solovieva, UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, and Andrey Dapkyunas, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus

Ms.  Alexandra Solovieva assumes office of the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Belarus. In this role she will strengthen the strategic partnership of UNDP and Belarus within the UN development system reform and will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by the country.

Until recently, Ms. Alexandra Solovieva has been leading external relations and public communications at the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) where she promoted innovative volunteer solutions as means of achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. She has also led UNV’s five global programmes and regional offices across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean as Chief Programme Coordinator.

Through her UNDP career, Ms. Solovieva held a number of appointments delivering and supporting large country programmes, policy, knowledge and project initiatives at the positions of Deputy Country Director in India, Programme Specialist in Asia and the Pacific region, the Head of the UN Resident Coordinator’s office in the Lao PDR.

Ms. Solovieva is a citizen of the Russian Federation and a graduate of Moscow State University (Russia) with a Master’s Degree in Oriental Studies as well as of the University of Colorado Denver (USA) with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. She is married with two children and speaks Russian, English, and Lao.

UNDP is one of the key partners of Belarus in the implementation of international technical assistance projects. UNDP has been cooperating with the country for 27 years – UNDP office was opened in Minsk in 1992. Today, there are 13 projects in the UNDP portfolio in the country that are in line with the national development priorities and global goals, with a total budget of $ 40.2 mln.

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