Before the opening ceremony, Vladimir Gusakov, Chairman of the NASB Presidium, noted that Belarus had managed to solve the problem of food security and sustainable development of village in a short period of time. He spoke about the plans for further cooperation between the NAS of Belarus and FAO, among them a new seminar on child and school meals. At the opening ceremony, Vladimir Gusakov read out a greeting of Andrei Kobyakov, Prime Minister of Belarus.
The purpose of the seminar in Minsk is to determine national objectives of sustainable development for countries participating in the seminar, identify gaps in information systems, and discuss options of filling the gaps.
The program of the seminar also provides consideration of opportunities for establishing partnership and financial cooperation between countries, civil society, scientific community, and international financial institutions.