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  • Belgium prepares report for UN Human Rights Council “Universal Periodic Review”

    02 Apr

    In January 2016, the Belgian human rights policy will be evaluated for the second time during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The UPR is an evaluation mechanism in which states assess each other’s human rights record through questions and recommendations. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders attaches great importance to this review, as it brings together all UN member states and encourages them to be more ambitious in fulfilling their human rights obligations.

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  • 27 Heads of Belgian Diplomatic Missions assigned abroad

    02 Apr

    The King approved the assignment of 27 Heads of Diplomatic Missions, as proposed by Foreign Minister Didier Reynders. The assignments for the bilateral missions will be effective only after the host countries have given their approval ('agrément'). For Permanent Representatives, a prior accreditation by the relevant International Organisations is required. The new Heads of Mission will take office during the Summer period.

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  • Didier Reynders welcomes 'historic' election in Nigeria

    01 Apr

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders congratulates, just like EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, Muhammadu Buhari on his election as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The fifth presidential election since the end of military rule in 1999 marks a historic step forward by demonstrating the maturity of the Nigerian democracy.

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  • Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria - Belgium pledges 20 million euros

    31 Mar

    Today the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria takes place in Kuwait. This conference brings together international donors to discuss the continuing humanitarian crisis in Syria. In this context, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo agreed in principle to donate 20 million euros in assistance to the Syrian population in Syria, the Syrians who fled to neighboring countries and to humanitarian aid in Iraq.

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  • Didier Reynders holds political consultations in the United Arab Emirates

    26 Mar

    On the occasion of the Belgian economic mission in the United Arab Emirates, involving more than 400 businesspeople and presided by HRH Princess Astrid, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders held a series of political consultations and visits, mainly related to the regional situation. Belgium and the United Arab Emirates are both engaged in the international coalition against the terrorist group ISIL.

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  • Moroccan cooperatives contribute to a sustainable future

    26 Mar

    The Souss-Massa-Drâa region in southern Morocco faces many challenges. In addition to the threat of the advancing Sahara, the traditional Berber communities are also persistently poor. The Trade for Development Centre has been very active in the region for several years, with on the one hand financial assistance to the local NGO Ibn Al Baytar, and on the other hand marketing support in projects of the Belgian development agency.

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  • Belgium signs the Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs

    25 Mar

    Belgium, currently Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, actively participated in the negotiations leading to the Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs. Today, on the occasion of the opening for signature in Santiago de Compostella in Spain, our country is one of the first signatories of the Convention. The Convention shall enter into force three months after the date on which five signatories, including at least three member states of the Council of Europe, ratified the Convention.

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  • Belgium signs the Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs

    25 Mar

    Belgium, currently Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, actively participated in the negotiations leading to the Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs. Today, on the occasion of the opening for signature in Santiago de Compostella in Spain, our country is one of the first signatories of the Convention. The Convention shall enter into force three months after the date on which five signatories, including at least three member states of the Council of Europe, ratified the Convention.

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  • Didier Reynders holds political consultations in Doha, Qatar

    23 Mar

    On the occasion of the Belgian economic mission in Qatar, involving more than 400 businesspeople and presided over by HRH Princess Astrid, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders held a series of political consultations and visits, mainly on the situation in Syria and Iraq. Belgium and Qatar are both engaged in the international coalition against the terrorist group ISIL.

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  • Saturday 21 March, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

    20 Mar

    Racism and other forms of discrimination based on nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or religion are still common in all societies of the world. Whether it is about violence in Belgium against Jews or violence against persons in Syria or Iraq who do not share the radical ideas of Daesh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders insists that we keep on defending our position of principle. In the current context, where extremism and terrorism are a threat to our societies, it is important to cherish and defend the democratic values and the human rights that the international community carefully built up over the years.

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