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24 Sep

The children’s rights organisation UNICEF is launching Generation Unlimited today in New York. This is a global partnership that commits to more opportunities for young people between 10 and 24. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo has been appointed as one of the five “Champions” who will promote the new global partnership.

24 Sep

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is in New York for the annual session of the General Assembly. A busy week ahead with meetings and debates at the United Nations (UN).

21 Sep

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. 70 years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this year’s theme is dedicated to the Right to Peace. Belgium is determined to continue working towards peace.

17 Sep

Today, Jean Van Wetter (40) has been appointed as new director general of the Belgian development agency Enabel. He is taking over from Carl Michiels, who successfully led the agency for 14 years. The board of directors expresses its gratitude to Carl Michiels for his efforts and achievements. After a difficult start, he managed to put the agency on the right track and turn it into an internationally respected organization.

14 Sep

Deputy Prime Ministers Alexander De Croo and Didier Reynders have been following with great concern the developments in the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar. Like the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and other European countries, they urge the Israeli authorities not to proceed with the demolition of this community, which would lead to the forced displacement of its inhabitants. Much of the infrastructure of this Palestinian community was financed by the EU and its Member States, including Belgium.

11 Sep

Joint communiqué on the occasion of the official visit to Angola of His Excellency Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium.

03 Sep

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo reaffirms Belgium’s support for the humanitarian response in the lake Chad Basin. In the margins of the High Level Conference on the Lake Chad Region in Berlin, the Minister notes that Belgium invests more than 9 million EUR in humanitarian aid this year for the region, where more than 11 million people need aid to survive.

31 Aug

Today, the Council of Ministers approved at first reading a draft law submitted by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo that will thoroughly redesign the Belgian development policy. The new legal framework is closely aligned with the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. According to Minister Alexander De Croo, “this is the concluding step of a particularly far-reaching reform of the Belgian development agency over the last few years”.

28 Aug

Matthieu Branders is the new spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. Since August 1st, he took over from Didier Vanderhasselt who is leaving Brussels to take up his post as Ambassador in Pretoria. As of today, Karl Lagatie joins the team as deputy spokesperson.

21 Aug

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders salutes the globally peaceful conduct of the presidential election in Mali, despite a difficult security context in some regions of the country.