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  • Alexander De Croo and Didier Reynders insist on respect for international humanitarian law

    04 Dec

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders insist that all parties to a conflict have the obligation to respect at all times medical personnel and facilities, protected by the Geneva Conventions of 1949. These principles are violated too often in current conflicts, particularly in the Middle East. This often includes strikes on medical facilities managed and supported by international humanitarian organizations.

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  • Belgium congratulates Burkina Faso with elections

    02 Dec

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo congratulate the people of Burkina Faso with the open and transparent elections that were organized on 29 November. They also congratulate Roch Kaboré, who won the elections with 53% of the votes in the first round, as well as the other candidates who immediately accepted the election results. This shows that democracy in the country is further developing. Minister De Croo will make a working visit to Burkina Faso in the beginning of January.

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  • Didier Reynders postpones his visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories

    01 Dec

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders was due to travel from 5 to 8 December to Israel and the Palestinian territories. Following the decision by the Prime Minister of Israel Mr. Netanyahu to suspend contacts with the European Union on the Middle East peace process, and considering the impact of this decision on the program of the visit of Didier Reynders, the latter confirmed this Tuesday morning to the Ambassador of Israel in Belgium his decision to postpone his visit to a later date.

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  • OCHA thanks Belgium for its generous contribution to the Syrian refugee crisis

    01 Dec

    UN OCHA, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, thanks Belgium for its recent contribution of 33 million USD to the organization’s humanitarian funds for Syrian refugees.

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  • Comunicado conjunto de prensa Bélgica-Chile con ocasión del diálogo político

    01 Dec

    El 1º de diciembre de 2015, Bélgica y Chile sostuvieron consultas políticas en Bruselas. El Viceministro chileno de Relaciones Exteriores, Sr. Edgardo Riveros, y el Director General de Asuntos Bilaterales a.i., Sr. Geert Muylle, discutieron de la profundización de las relaciones bilaterales, las relaciones de Chile con la Unión Europea, más particularmente, del proceso de modernización del Acuerdo de Asociación EU-Chile y las relaciones entre América Latina y la Unión Europea, en general.

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  • Introductory speech by Minister Reynders at the 14th Meeting of the States Parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention

    30 Nov

    Introductory speech by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders at the 14th Meeting of the States Parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, Geneva, 30 November 2015.

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  • Opening speech by Minister Alexander De Croo at the colloquium ‘Biodiversity & Development - A Global Heritage’

    26 Nov

    Opening speech by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo at the colloquium ‘Biodiversity & Development - A Global Heritage’ of CEBios ('Capacities for Biodiversity and Sustainable Development’ Programme), 26 November 2015.

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  • Free online course “Financing for Development: Billions to Trillions to Action”

    26 Nov

    The WBG launched a free online course “Financing for Development: Billions to Trillions to Action”, already available now. The course will highlight the need to adopt a more comprehensive view of Financing for Development that takes fully into account the crucial role of public and private financing, both domestic and international, as well as the catalytic role played by Multilateral Development Banks as important financial intermediaries of the global development framework.

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  • Didier Reynders congratulates winners of the first Prize for Belgian heritage abroad

    25 Nov

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders congratulates the winners of the Prize for Belgian heritage abroad, a new initiative of the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation and the King Baudouin Foundation.

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  • Belgium and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) adapt their collaboration to a new migration context

    20 Nov

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo advocates for a better support to neighboring host countries where displaced persons often settle for a long period of time. This is necessary for a better protection and sustainable integration of refugees. Minister De Croo gave this message this today for a panel discussion on sustainable solutions for migration and the refugee crisis, organized by the Belgian Development Cooperation and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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