Development cooperation

Belgium is an important donor to the development programs of the UN-system. In 2005 Belgian contributions amounted to 184 million euro, or 12% of its total official development assistance. Belgium plays an active role in the executive boards of UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNIFEM and UNCDF, and in consultations between these funds and programmes and the major donor countries.

In its relationship with the funds and programs Belgium strongly emphasises the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals and of the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.

When funding programs of UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNIFEM and UNCDF, Belgium tries to concentrate on a limited number of themes it feels are essential for development, such as:

  • support to subsidiary administration and local development;

  • good governance, in particular the strengthening of parliaments and support of election processes; on March 14-15, 2007, Belgium will host an  "International Conference on Good Governance" in Brussels;

  • the fight against the abuse of children and women, particularly in post-conflict zones.