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  • Jane Goodall in Brussels on May 7

    22 Apr

    This year, the British primatologist Jane Goodall celebrates 80 years. For 60 years she has dedicated her work and life to protecting animals (especially chimpanzees) and their environment. The Jane Goodall Institute Belgium intends to honor the United Nations' messenger of peace at her next visit to Belgium. Come and celebrate her birthday on May 7 2014 at the Théâtre National in Brussels.

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  • Didier Reynders pleased with Ukraine agreement

    18 Apr

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased with the agreement that was reached yesterday in Geneva between the EU, Ukraine, the US and Russia.

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  • Didier Reynders expresses his condolences following South Korean ferry disaster

    17 Apr

    It is with great sadness that Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders learned of the tragic shipwreck of the ferry Sewol off Byeongpoong island in South Korea. He offers his condolences to the parents of the many children as well as the families and friends of the victims. He hopes that there is a chance that more survivors can be saved.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns cowardly attack on Emmanuel de Mérode in DRC

    16 Apr

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders learned with dismay about the cowardly attack against Emmanuel de Mérode, Director of the Virunga National Park in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). De Mérode was shot and wounded in the afternoon of 15 April while on the road between Goma and Rumangabo in eastern DRC.

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  • The Great Lakes region, joint efforts towards stability and development

    16 Apr

    The seventh Stakeholders Meeting of Belgian Development Cooperation will take place at the Egmont Palace in Brussels on 6 May 2014. The theme of this year’s meeting is the Belgian Development Cooperation and the Great Lakes region in Africa.

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  • Didier Reynders offers his condolences following the passing away of Justin-Marie Bomboko, the first minister of Foreign Affairs of the Independent State of the Congo

    11 Apr

    It is with great sadness that Vice-Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders learned of the death of Justin-Marie Bomboko Lokumba, who passed away today in UCL Saint-Luc in Brussels. Bomboko, born in 1928, was together with Patrice Lumumba looked upon as the father of the Independent State of the Congo. He was co-signer of the Act of Independence of the Congo on 30 June 1960. Didier Reynders acknowledges the positive role played by Justin Bomboko during the tumultuous years following the country’s declaration of independence. For his role in that momentous event, he was in 1963 awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown.

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  • Commemoration ceremony at the Camp Kigali Memorial

    08 Apr

    Speech of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders on the occasion of the commemoration ceremony at the Camp Kigali Memorial.

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  • Didier Reynders concluded the Brussels Genocide Prevention Conference today

    02 Apr

    At the initiative of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium, Didier Reynders, an international conference was convened in Brussels on 31 March and on 1 April 2014 to determine ways and means to rid mankind of the scourge of genocides, the most serious violation of international humanitarian and human rights law. This was organized in cooperation with the African Union, the European Union and the United Nations.

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  • Didier Reynders congratulates new Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg

    31 Mar

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders congratulates the former Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, on his appointment as the new Secretary General of NATO starting in October. His appointment comes at an important time marked by major challenges facing the alliance. Minister Reynders is confident that the new Secretary General, due to his long political and international experience, is the appropriate person to lead NATO. He wishes Jens Stoltenberg every success in his work. NATO may continue to rely on Belgium. Didier Reynders also thanks the current Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, for his many years of commitment.

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