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  • Promulgation electoral law and publication election timetable in DRC

    16 Feb

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the promulgation of the electoral law and the publication by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) of the timetable for the provincial, urban, municipal and local elections in 2015 and the parliamentary and presidential elections in 2016.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns the horrible executions of Christian hostages by ISIL in Libya

    16 Feb

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is shocked by the announcement by a group linked to the terrorists of ISIL that 21 Egyptian Christian hostages were beheaded. The Minister condemns these horrible executions. He expresses his condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns second attack in Copenhagen

    15 Feb

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns the second terrorist attack that took place in the Danish capital Copenhagen, a few hours after the first attack.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns terrorist attack in Copenhagen

    14 Feb

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns the terrorist attack apparently perpetrated against the Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks and the French Ambassador François Zimeray during a free speech conference in the Danish capital Copenhagen, as a result of which one person died.

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  • Didier Reynders asks the Burundian authorities to investigate reports on serious human rights violations in the province of Cibitoke

    13 Feb

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders noted with concern the recent Human Rights Watch report on the armed incidents that occurred in the province of Cibitoke (Burundi) in the beginning of January 2015. The report describes some elements that, if confirmed, are extremely serious and shocking. It indicates that, during the clashes, not less than 47 summary executions were carried out by security forces, the army and police. Minister Reynders is also concerned about indications on the involvement of the youth wing of the CNDD-FDD party, Imbonerakure, in the operation.

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  • Small-scale livestock keepers in Syria receive emergency support from FAO

    13 Feb

    FAO with the support of the Syrian Veterinary Association is helping more than 80 000 small-scale herders to protect their livestock assets and reduce animal production losses.

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  • Didier Reynders welcomes the agreement after the Minsk talks on Ukraine

    12 Feb

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the adoption in Minsk by the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine of the "Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements" and the declaration by the rench, Ukrainian and Russian Presidents and the German Chancellor in support of this agreement. He commends the tireless efforts of President François Hollande and Chancellor Angela Merkel in favour of a solution to this crisis

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  • Report Launch: Natural Resources and Conflict: A Guide for Mediation Practitioners

    11 Feb

    On 19 February, the Permanent Missions of Belgium and Finland to the United Nations in New York are organizing an event to mark the launch of the guide entitled “Natural Resources and Conflict: A Guide for Mediation Practitioners".

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  • Belgium confirms commitment to Global Partnership for Education (GPE)

    11 Feb

    "Worldwide, nine out of ten children attend school today. However, there is still a group of children who have never seen a classroom from the inside. In many places, the quality of the education is also very poor." This was said by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo during his meeting this afternoon with Julia Gillard, President of the Global Partnership for Education and former Prime Minister of Australia. De Croo wishes to continue the efforts in children’s access to primary education and has assured Julia Gillard that Belgium is ready to take over supervision in Burundi on behalf of the Global Partnership for Education.

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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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