The first national forum on sustainable development will kick off in Minsk today and will bring together all stakeholders working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and also international partners. Over 400 delegates will take part in the forum. They include representatives of the ministries, the Hi-Tech Park, higher learning institutions, NGOs, UN agencies and international experts. The UN First Deputy Secretary General will address the participants via video link. Head of the regional office of the UN Development Program for Europe and the CIS will speak at the forum personally. The United Nations adopted the Agenda 2030 in 2015. It includes 17 goals aimed at eradicating poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, mitigating the climate change. The world community appreciated the work of Belarus in this area. Last year, the country participated in the World Economic Forum on Sustainable Development for the first time.