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Attendees at the second extended meeting of the United Nations Country Network on Migration (UNCNM) in Belarus.

IOM has co-chaired the second extended meeting of the United Nations Country Network on Migration (UNCNM) in Belarus. United Nations Resident Coordinator Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki and the IOM Chief of Mission Mahym Orazmuhammedova discussed the implementation of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM), with  government, non-government, and its links to the  National Concept on Migration Policy and Sustainable Development Goals.

As part of the Global Migration Film Festival, IOM Belarus, together with resident UN Agencies organized an online event for young people.

On International Migrants Day, 18 December 2020, IOM Belarus used cinema to create a positive narrative towards migrants and providing a safe space for discussion and debate.

Online Camp Fights Human Trafficking in Belarus

 “After the first dynamic online day, I understood that it’s exactly what I expected and only regretted choosing an uncomfortable chair”, laughs Kristina, a participant in the first IOM Belarus online anti-trafficking camp which took place this week.

The fourth annual “LEARN.ACT.SHARE” youth summer camp could not take place physically due to COVID-19 restrictions, so IOM brought together a group of young people from across Belarus online, to advance their knowledge on human trafficking, its root causes, consequences, and prevention measures.

Ciriaco and his family on their way home to Brazil from Minsk airport

When you think of Brazil, you immediately think of football. However, when it comes Belarus, the landlocked Eastern European country, perhaps not so much.

Yet, it is Belarus where Nivaldo Ciriaco, better known as Ciríaco found himself in recent years. The Brazilian football player first came to Belarus in 2015 during the 11th Futsal World Cup as a member of the Brazilian national team. And ever year since he returned to Belarus to conduct training camps and masterclasses for young footballers before taking over as coach of Dinamo Minsk’s youth team in 2019.