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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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  • Extreme poverty falls

    18 Nov

    A recent report by the World Bank predicts that the number of people living in extreme poverty is likely to fall below 10 percent of the world population in 2015. Today, an estimated 702 million people live in a situation of extreme poverty worldwide. In 2012, this number amounted to 902 million.

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  • Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Baltic States and Benelux Countries in Brussels, 15/11

    16 Nov

    The Foreign Ministers of the Baltic States and Benelux countries met yesterday in Brussels at the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders. This meeting took place in the framework of the regular dialogue between the 3 Baltic States and the 3 Benelux countries (3+3), and followed the Ministerial meeting in Estonia earlier this year.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns attacks in Paris and offers his condolences

    14 Nov

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is shocked by the terrible attacks last night in Paris. His thoughts are with the many victims and wounded. He conveys his condolences to their families and friends, and to the French people and government.

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  • Didier Reynders congratulates population of Myanmar with national elections

    12 Nov

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders congratulates the population of Myanmar with the national elections held on 8 November. The first report of the election observation mission welcomes the good organization of these elections that were conducted peacefully. For Didier Reynders, as for the High Representative of the EU Federica Mogherini, these elections mark another important step in the democratic transition of the country that began in 2011.

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  • Elections in DRC: Didier Reynders take note of the announcement of a national dialogue

    11 Nov

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders takes note of the announcement by President Joseph Kabila of the forthcoming national dialogue that should unite the majority, the opposition and civil society. This dialogue whose precise contours are not yet known would focus on the electoral calendar, the financial means to be made available and the security of the process.

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  • Didier Reynders shocked by murder of Welly Fleury Nzitonda

    06 Nov

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is shocked by the murder of Welly Fleury Nzitonda, son of Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, the human rights activist who took refuge in Belgium. This murder follows that of his son-in-law, Pascal Nshimirimana. Tens of anonymous victims already died because of the instability in recent months. The Minister expresses his sympathy to the family of Pierre Claver Mbonimpa and to the people of Burundi.

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  • Social protection for all

    06 Nov

    75% of the world’s population does not enjoy formal social protection. Any setback in the lives of these people may carry very serious and often insurmountable consequences. Today, it is time make a change and to start building and strengthening social protection in developing countries. That is the main message of the new campaign recently launched by CNCD-11.11.11. Social protection for all is in fact possible and affordable.

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