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  • Didier Reynders participates in launch of an “Atlas of the Sahara-Sahel”

    22 Dec

    At the occasion of the publication of an “Atlas of the Sahara-Sahel”, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign affairs Didier Reynders participated on 19 December in a panel where he stressed the importance of the stabilisation of the Sahara-Sahel region and the involvement of international and regional partners in this process. Other speakers included Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director General of DG Development and Cooperation of the European Commission, Hiroute Guebre Sellassie, UN Special Envoy for the Sahel and Michel Reveyrand de Menthon, Special Representative of the European Union for the Sahel.

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  • Didier Reynders restructures the network of Belgian diplomatic missions

    19 Dec

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders made a list of several Belgian diplomatic and consular missions abroad, mainly in Europe, intended for closure and reorganisation. This was announced to the relevant authorities.

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  • Didier Reynders pleased with developments in bilateral relations between the US and Cuba

    18 Dec

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is, like EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, pleased with the decision of the United States and Cuba to reestablish diplomatic relations. This could be the start of further improvement in the relations between the two countries.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns in the strongest terms the criminal attacks in Peshawar, Pakistan

    16 Dec

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns in the strongest terms the criminal attacks in Peshawar, Pakistan, whereby at least 140 people, most of them children, were murdered. These are acts of utmost cruelty that touch the core of a society and negate the most basic human rights.

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  • Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden & UK establish a new international organisation on the issue of missing persons

    16 Dec

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased to announce that Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom signed, on 15 December, a Framework Agreement that grants a new legal status to the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), rendering it a treaty-based international Organisation, seated in The Hague. It addresses the issue of missing persons, as a result of armed conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organised crime and other causes.

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  • Ivory Coast resuming diamond trade thanks to Belgium

    16 Dec

    In 2003, the UN imposed sanctions on Ivory Coast, forbidding the country to trade diamonds. Now that political calm has returned, Belgium’s FPS Foreign Affairs and the Antwerp World Diamond Centre are helping the Ivorian government set up a monitoring system so that they will be able to adhere to the strict conditions of the Kimberley Process, and resume their diamond trade.

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  • The FPS Foreign Affairs transfers the 'African archives' to the Belgian State Archives

    11 Dec

    During the 2015-2018 period, the FPS Foreign Affairs will transfer its African archives to the Belgian State Archives. On 11 December, a memorandum was signed between the President of the Board of Directors of the FPS Foreign Affairs, Dirk Achten, and the Director-General of the Belgian State Archives, Karel Velle.

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  • Belgian photographer tops “My Green City” category in Metro Photo Challenge

    11 Dec

    For the first time since the launch of the world's largest photo contest ten years ago, a Belgian participant wins the first prize. Bernard Caelen’s photo of a young girl growing an urban garden was selected from 37,000 entries by an international jury. His photo was judged the best entry in the category dedicated to promoting the work of the United Nations, in the 10th edition of Metro Photo Challenge.

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  • Didier Reynders very concerned after death of Minister Abu Ein

    10 Dec

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders expresses his condolences to the family of Minister Ziad Abu Ein, to the Palestinian Authority and to the Palestinian people following Minister Abu Ein's death today in the Palestinian village of Turmus Ayya.

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  • What do human rights represent today?

    10 Dec

    Although we have a day dedicated to human rights, enforcing and preserving those rights remains a daily challenge. Belgium, which presides for six months the Council of Ministers of the Council of Europe, is a major player in the defense of human rights. But for you, citizen and key player, what is the fundamental right that is closest to your heart?

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