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  • Innovations in banana cropping systems in Tanzania

    24 Jul

    Some 80% of the Tanzanian population depends on agriculture for a living. In the North-West, near Lake Victoria, banana is the most important staple crop. The majority of production however is through subsistence farming rather than commercial production. By introducing new banana varieties and providing training on technical management as well as marketing skills, the Banana cropping project aimed to improve the livelihoods of banana farmers in the region. Now, after four years, the first results are visible: banana bunches are twice as big and farmers are selling the surplus to other regions in Tanzania and even abroad.

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  • Didier Reynders is pleased with the appointment of Said Djinnit as UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region

    22 Jul

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Said Djinnit as Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region in Africa. Said Djinnit has already served the African Union as Special Representative of the Secretary-General and as Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa. The Minister wishes him good luck and is convinced that his experience will be useful. Said Djinnit can count on the support of Belgium.

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  • Call on all countries for a stronger cooperation with the International Criminal Court

    18 Jul

    Call on all countries for a stronger cooperation with the International Criminal Court - Fight against impunity in support of the victims of atrocities - Criminal Justice for a lasting peace - active support of the ICC.

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  • Diplomatie.Belgium@21July

    17 Jul

    The Belgian Development Cooperation and B-Fast are taking part in the festivities of our National Day on Monday 21st July. Discover our activities in the Rue de la Regence and participate in many games!

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  • Expo Text-île

    17 Jul

    As part of the festivities of July 21, the Egmont Palace opens its doors for an exhibition “Text-île”. The four historic tapestries at the Egmont Palace, which show four continents, are the starting point for this exhibition. The exhibition explores the aspects of migration, such as colonization, refugees, the hope of a better life, the search for identity, heritage and cultural exchanges, all through facilities, videos and sculptures from five contemporary artists. The works come from Pascale Marthine Tayou, Hans Op de Beeck, Berlinde De Bruyckere, El Anatsui and Ali Kazma.

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  • Speech of Minister Reynders on the occasion of the book presentation “Making Peace - the role played by the Community of Sant’Egidio in the international arena”

    16 Jul

    Speech of Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders on the occasion of the book presentation “Making Peace - the role played by the Community of Sant’Egidio in the international arena” (Brussels, Egmont Palace).

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  • Special meeting of the European Council

    15 Jul

    The European Council of June 27 appointed Jean-Claude Juncker, former Prime Minister of Luxembourg, as candidate for President of the European Commission. The European Parliament will vote on July 15 on his appointment. The European Council will meet the next day to discuss the appointments of other top EU positions such as EU Commissioners and the successor of Mr Van Rompuy as EU President. The Heads of State and Government will also discuss the future priorities of the Union. Ukraine might also be discussed.

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  • Didier Reynders calls for a ceasefire between Gaza and Israel

    15 Jul

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is monitoring developments in the Middle East very closely. He deeply regrets the civilian casualties that have occurred over the past few days as a result of the rocket attacks on Israel and the subsequent response by the Israeli government. The minister recognises the right of Israel to protect its population against acts of terrorism. Nevertheless, he would like to see operations that are proportionate and which are carried out with the utmost caution in order to spare civilian lives.

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  • Didier Reynders pleased with humanitarian resolution from UN Security Council

    15 Jul

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased that the UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a Resolution on 14 July regarding the humanitarian situation in Syria. The minister has emphasised that additional humanitarian aid must be provided to the Syrian population. The possibility of providing aid across land borders and conflict lines is also essential in this context. It is important that the UN can set up a monitoring system to regulate these procedures. Didier Reynders hopes that the facilities that the UN is to provide at four border crossings with Turkey, Iraq and Jordan will enable further humanitarian aid to be provided.

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  • Didier Reynders calls for restraint and calm in the Middle East

    09 Jul

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders remains very concerned by the deterioration of the situation in Israel and the Gaza Strip. He strongly condemns the rockets launched by armed groups, which are aimed indiscriminately at Israeli civilians, and he also regrets the civilian victims resulting from the Israeli response to these attacks.

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