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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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  • Education deserves more attention - BTC publishes thematic magazine ‘Impact Education’

    27 Jan

    Education is one of the four intervention sectors of the Belgian governmental cooperation, beside health care, agriculture and basic infrastructure. The third issue of Impact is completely devoted to this important sector, with specific attention for the niches where the Belgian Development Cooperation is making a difference.

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  • Alexander de Croo pledges € 20 million for humanitarian aid in Geneva

    27 Jan

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo will release 20 million euros in 2015 for core funding of 4 multilateral organizations active in humanitarian aid: the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Office of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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  • January 27: International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

    27 Jan

    On January 27, the International Day in Memory of the victims of the Holocaust takes place. During the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Belgium will pay particular attention to the commemoration of the victims of this atrocious genocide. In this camp, that stands as a symbol of the Holocaust, as well as in many other camps and on execution sites, the Nazis and their collaborators killed millions of people.

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  • January 27: International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

    27 Jan

    On January 27, the International Day in Memory of the victims of the Holocaust takes place. During the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Belgium will pay particular attention to the commemoration of the victims of this atrocious genocide. In this camp, that stands as a symbol of the Holocaust, as well as in many other camps and on execution sites, the Nazis and their collaborators killed millions of people.

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  • Speech by Minister Reynders at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

    26 Jan

    Speech by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders (as chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe) at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

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