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  • Roundtable on health systems strengthening in fragile settings

    10 Feb

    On 12 February, the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), together with the Belgian Development Cooperation and the Be-cause Health Platform, is organizing a roundtable on “Health systems strengthening in fragile settings".

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  • Ebola: 1.5 million euros for local health facilities and health prevention in Guinea

    04 Feb

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo releases 1.5 million to UNICEF for the support of local health facilities in Guinea. With this money, the UN organization will support health prevention and community health centers in the most affected region in Guinea.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns the construction of new housing units in West Bank and East-Jerusalem settlements

    04 Feb

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns the Israeli authorities' decision of 30 January 2015 to launch tenders for the construction of 450 new units in the West Bank settlements of Kiryat Arba, Adam, Elkkana, Maale Adumim and Afei Monashe. The Minister also condemns the announcement of the construction of 93 new housing units in the settlement of Gilo, in the occupied part of Jerusalem.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns horrific murder of Jordanian lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh by ISIL

    03 Feb

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns the horrific murder of Jordanian lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh by the terrorist movement ISIL. He expresses his condolences to the family and friends of Moaz al-Kasasbeh and to the Jordanian people and authorities. The minister hopes that the killers will be found and prosecuted. Belgium will continue to work with the international community to fight against this barbaric terror.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns horrific murder of Jordanian lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh by ISIL

    03 Feb

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns the horrific murder of Jordanian lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh by the terrorist movement ISIL. He expresses his condolences to the family and friends of Moaz al-Kasasbeh and to the Jordanian people and authorities. The minister hopes that the killers will be found and prosecuted. Belgium will continue to work with the international community to fight against this barbaric terror.

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  • Kapucinki Development Lecture on Education with Julia Gillard

    03 Feb

    Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the University Centre for Development Cooperation (UCOS) have the honour to invite you to a Kapuscinski Development Lecture on “Education - A key driver for development”. This lecture - an initiative of the European Commission and UNDP in the framework of 2015, European Year for Development - will be delivered by Julia Gillard.

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  • Didier Reynders strongly condemns beheading of Kenji Goto

    01 Feb

    Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders strongly condemns the beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto. The Minister extends his deepest sympathy to his family, friends and the people and government of Japan. Belgium stands alongside them, united against terrorism.

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  • Belgium releases humanitarian emergency aid for Ukraine

    30 Jan

    Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo releases two million euros in humanitarian emergency aid for Ukraine. In Ukraine, 1.5 million people have fled the ongoing conflict in the eastern part of the country. The emergency aid will allow the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to assist the affected population by providing them with provisional shelter, food, medicines and water.

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  • Minister Reynders welcomes start of FARDC military operations against FDLR

    29 Jan

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the announcement, today, of the start of the military operations by the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC), with the support of MONUSCO, against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR). These operations are necessary to neutralize this armed group, and to force it to disarm, as the FDLR refused to demobilize completely and unconditionally within the 6 month delay that was granted to it by the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (CIRGL) and the South African Development Community (SADC).

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  • Belgian Envoys meet in Brussels

    29 Jan

    All Belgian ambassadors, consuls-general and permanent representatives to international organizations will meet in Brussels next week to discuss Belgian diplomacy. This will take place during the “Diplomatic Days” from 2 to 6 February 2015. The heads of diplomatic missions will develop their contacts with political, business and academic circles as well as with civil society in Belgium.

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