Belarus Express for UNs Agenda 2030

The eight-day journey of the UN70 Belarus Express for SDGs train was an adventure like no other. In fact, its seven-city whistle stop tour will be long remembered as a historic trip with lasting impact. The distinctive 10 blue carriages of the extraordinary locomotive brought messages that resonated far beyond the borders of Belarus to every continent around the world.
The UN70 Belarus Express was a shared dream of the United Nations and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. Its aim was to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations and to promote 17 Sustainable Development Goals that were adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015. Known as the SDGs, they are an ambitious set of global goals to tackle poverty, inequality and climate change over the next 15 years.
With hundreds of people on board, and more than 150,000 others involved in more than 250 related activities all over Belarus, the UN70 Express set out to raise awareness about the new global development agenda and to honor the purpose of the United Nations and the important role that Belarus played in its founding.
From 23 to 30 October, 2015 the UN70 Express attracted thousands of visitors and offered a rich programme of activities to bring the UN and the SDGs to the people in each of its city stops: Minsk, Hrodna, Baranovičy, Brest, Homiel, Mahilioŭ, and Viciebsk. On-board and on-site events included guided tours, lectures, workshops, debates, movie screenings, concerts, dance performances, talk shows, flash mobs, culinary fests and activities for children and adults. Each Oblast (Region) Executive Committee Chairman along the way signed a Declaration of Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals.
The passengers included representatives of 19 UN agencies, the Belarusian government, parliament, embassies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), businesses, governors, students, journalists, celebrities, people living with HIV, refugees and people with disabilities. The UN70 Express served as a platform-on-wheels for rich dialogue on real life challenges that ordinary Belarusians face. “Everyone’s voice is important.

Everyone’s dream must be celebrated. Everyone’s fears must be addressed. Everyone’s vulnerability must be recognized. Everyone’s potential contribution must be counted,” said the UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Sanaka Samarasinha, as he welcomed passengers “on the journey of our lives!”
In this movie, we tried to capture the spirit of that historic journey through the eyes, ears and feelings of some of those who helped to organize the UN70 Belarus Express for SDGs.