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  • Didier Reynders congratulates Thorbjørn Jagland on re-election as Secretary-General of the Council of Europe

    24 Jun

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders congratulates Thorbjørn Jagland on his election as Secretary General of the Council of Europe. On 24 June, Mr Jagland got a large majority of the members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe behind him. He succeeds himself at the head of Europe's leading human rights organisation.

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  • Didier Reynders concerned by the sentencing of journalists in Egypt

    23 Jun

    Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders has learned with concern of the prison sentences of several journalists, including the Dutch journalist Rena Netjes, also correspondent for a major Belgian media outlet in Cairo.

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  • Maputo Summit on Anti-Personnel Mines

    20 Jun

    The 3rd Review Conference of the Ottawa Convention on the Prohibition of Anti-Personnel Mines will be held in Maputo from 23 to 27 June 2014.

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  • Didier Reynders welcomes nomination of Prince Zeid as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

    18 Jun

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the nomination of Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, after approval by the United Nations General Assembly, as the next United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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  • 17 June: World Day to Combat Desertification

    17 Jun

    The theme of this year's WDCD is ecosystem-based adaptation. This means the strengthening of natural systems to cushion the worst impacts of climate change. When ecosystems are healthy, they are less vulnerable to the impacts and hazards of climate change.

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  • Didier Reynders concerned about kidnapping of 3 young Israelis on West Bank

    16 Jun

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is deeply concerned by reports about the kidnapping of three young Israelis on the West Bank late last week. This is an unacceptable act. The minister calls upon those responsible for this act to release the teenagers immediately so that they may return to their families. He also calls upon all parties to make every effort to protect civilians.

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  • The Belgian technology industry makes the World Cup go round

    12 Jun

    At the occasion of the World Cup in Brazil, the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Belgian technology federation Agoria created a video clip to promote Belgium and its technology industry. The video clip will be used by our diplomatic posts in Brazil and elsewhere. At least 10 Belgian companies are present at the World Cup in Brazil. They manage among others the installation of telecommunications and satellite transmission equipment, as well as the lightning for the stadiums and other facilities.

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  • Didier Reynders congratulates the new President of Israel

    11 Jun

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders congratulates Mr Reuven Rivlin on his election as the new President of the State of Israel. He has no doubt that Mr Rivlin, just like his predecessor, President Peres, will strive to secure the welfare of all Israelis as well as peace. He has the experience and capabilities required to do so.

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  • Didier Reynders welcomes the agreement between SOCO and the WWF

    11 Jun

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the excellent news of an agreement between the WWF and British petroleum company SOCO. With this agreement, the company commits to ending its oil exploration activities in Virunga Park, which UNESCO recognizes as a World Heritage Site.

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  • End of mandate of Olivier De Schutter as the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food

    10 Jun

    On May 30th, Olivier De Schutter finalized the second term of his mandate as the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food. He took up the position on May 1st, 2008, and was renewed for another three years in 2011. Special Rapporteurs can only be renewed once. He will be succeeded in the mandate by Prof. Hilal Elver, a Turkish academic based at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a specialist on environmental issues.

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