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  • Didier Reynders delighted about end of Ebola epidemic in the RDC

    22 Nov

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is delighted about the the end of the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC), as announced by the government of the RDC and confirmed by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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  • 15th Belgo-British Conference focusses on innovation and entrepreneurial universities

    21 Nov

    The 15th edition of the Belgo-British Conference, an annual bilateral gathering between Belgium and the United Kingdom, takes place at the Egmont Palace in Brussels on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st November. The Conference brings together 80 representatives from the business and academic sectors, as well as journalists and political decision-makers of both countries. The Conference aims to enrich both countries’ mutual interests in areas as varied as politics, economy, culture, media and academia.

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  • The Foreign Ministry announces closure of Belgian Embassy in Kabul and Consulate in Toronto

    20 Nov

    The Foreign Ministry announces the closure of the Belgian Embassy in Kabul and of the Consulate in Toronto. Afghanistan will be added to the jurisdiction of the Belgian Embassy in Islamabad (Pakistan). The competences of the consulate in Toronto (Canada) will be transferred to the Consulate General of Belgium in Montreal.

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  • Rights of the child: Belgium goes ahead!

    20 Nov

    This November 20, 2014, the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Ministers coordinating children’s’ rights of the French and Flemish communities, Rudy Demotte and Sven Gatz, as well as the Deputy Prime Minister and federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, and federal Minister of Justice, Koen Geens, recall the commitment in Belgium to promote "the rights and interests of the child".

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  • Didier Reynders about the murder of Abdul-Rahman Kassig in Syria

    16 Nov

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is outraged by the disgusting murder of American hostage Abdul-Rahman Kassig by the terrorist and extremist organisation "Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant "(ISIL). The Minister extends his condolences to the family and friends of this aid worker.

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  • Didier Reynders advocates media freedom and safety of journalists

    02 Nov

    Today is the first International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders reiterates Belgium's commitment to promote freedom of expression and media freedom, online and offline.

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  • 150 years of friendship between Belgium and Japan

    31 Oct

    In 2016, Belgium and Japan will celebrate 150 years of diplomatic relations and friendship. In the run-up to this year of friendship, a public competition is being held to select the official anniversary logo. The competition is open to any resident of Belgium or Japan, as well as to all holders of Belgian or Japanese citizenship. The deadline for entries is 20 December 2014.

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  • Ebola response: Belgium-US coordination

    30 Oct

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, the Minister of Social Affairs and Public Health Maggie De Block and Ebola coordinator Dr. Erika Vlieghe met on Thursday 30 October with Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations. Ambassador Samantha Power conducted the past few days a field visit to the three West African countries most affected by Ebola: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. She shared her experiences with the two Belgian ministers.

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  • Burundi: support for health and training

    30 Oct

    On 22 October, the Belgian ambassador to Burundi, Marc Gedopt, signed two specific conventions, one under the framework of the Institutional Support Programme to the Health sector, the other in the framework of the Support to Vocational and Technical Education programme. In Burundi, the Belgian Development Agency (CTB) and the responsible ministries will be in charge of the implementation of the achievements of these two conventions.

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  • Be-troplive symposium on animal biodiversity and family farming

    29 Oct

    Be-troplive is the Belgian platform for tropical animal health and production, regarding human development, food security and nutrition. Every year, be-troplive organizes a symposium. As the United Nations declared 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming, this year’s theme will concern animal biodiversity and family farming.

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