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  • Didier Reynders meets with his Burundian counterpart Alain Nyamitwe

    11 DecPress release

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders met yesterday with his Burundian counterpart Alain Nyamitwe. He expressed strong concern about the political and security situation in Burundi and called for calm. Minister Reynders stressed the importance of a de-escalation in the statements towards Belgium.

  • International Human Rights Day: Didier Reynders wants to continue engaging in the promotion and protection of human rights

    10 DecPress release

    Today we celebrate International Human Rights Day. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is concerned about the increase in violence against human rights and fundamental freedoms. All over the world people are victim of different forms of violence, including extremist violence that seeks to sow discord.

  • Website for assistance to travellers Travellersonline now also available for Belgians travelling to countries of the European Union

    09 DecPress release

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders extended the scope of the registration website TravellersOnline of the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs to Belgians travelling to countries of the European Union. Until now, only compatriots travelling to countries outside of the European Union could register on TravellersOnline.

  • Alexander De Croo emphasizes potential of Least Developed Countries

    07 DecNews item

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo emphasizes the enormous potential of the least developed countries (LDCs) and calls for more official aid to use this potential and create opportunities for the population. The minister this morning opened the annual workshop for national focal points for the least developed countries.

  • Alexander De Croo and Didier Reynders insist on respect for international humanitarian law

    04 DecPress release

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders insist that all parties to a conflict have the obligation to respect at all times medical personnel and facilities, protected by the Geneva Conventions of 1949. These principles are violated too often in current conflicts, particularly in the Middle East. This often includes strikes on medical facilities managed and supported by international humanitarian organizations.

  • Belgium congratulates Burkina Faso with elections

    02 DecPress release

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo congratulate the people of Burkina Faso with the open and transparent elections that were organized on 29 November. They also congratulate Roch Kaboré, who won the elections with 53% of the votes in the first round, as well as the other candidates who immediately accepted the election results. This shows that democracy in the country is further developing. Minister De Croo will make a working visit to Burkina Faso in the beginning of January.

  • Didier Reynders postpones his visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories

    01 DecPress release

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders was due to travel from 5 to 8 December to Israel and the Palestinian territories. Following the decision by the Prime Minister of Israel Mr. Netanyahu to suspend contacts with the European Union on the Middle East peace process, and considering the impact of this decision on the program of the visit of Didier Reynders, the latter confirmed this Tuesday morning to the Ambassador of Israel in Belgium his decision to postpone his visit to a later date.

  • OCHA thanks Belgium for its generous contribution to the Syrian refugee crisis

    01 DecNews item

    UN OCHA, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, thanks Belgium for its recent contribution of 33 million USD to the organization’s humanitarian funds for Syrian refugees.

  • Opening speech by Minister Alexander De Croo at the colloquium ‘Biodiversity & Development – A Global Heritage’

    26 NovSpeech

    Opening speech by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo at the colloquium ‘Biodiversity & Development – A Global Heritage’ of CEBios (‘Capacities for Biodiversity and Sustainable Development’ Programme), 26 November 2015.

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  • Free online course “Financing for Development: Billions to Trillions to Action”

    26 NovNews item

    The WBG launched a free online course “Financing for Development: Billions to Trillions to Action”, already available now. The course will highlight the need to adopt a more comprehensive view of Financing for Development that takes fully into account the crucial role of public and private financing, both domestic and international, as well as the catalytic role played by Multilateral Development Banks as important financial intermediaries of the global development framework.

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  • Didier Reynders congratulates winners of the first Prize for Belgian heritage abroad

    25 NovPress release

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders congratulates the winners of the Prize for Belgian heritage abroad, a new initiative of the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation and the King Baudouin Foundation.

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  • Belgium and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) adapt their collaboration to a new migration context

    20 NovNews item

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo advocates for a better support to neighboring host countries where displaced persons often settle for a long period of time. This is necessary for a better protection and sustainable integration of refugees. Minister De Croo gave this message this today for a panel discussion on sustainable solutions for migration and the refugee crisis, organized by the Belgian Development Cooperation and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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  • Extreme poverty falls

    18 NovNews item

    A recent report by the World Bank predicts that the number of people living in extreme poverty is likely to fall below 10 percent of the world population in 2015. Today, an estimated 702 million people live in a situation of extreme poverty worldwide. In 2012, this number amounted to 902 million.

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  • Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Baltic States and Benelux Countries in Brussels, 15/11

    16 NovPress release

    The Foreign Ministers of the Baltic States and Benelux countries met yesterday in Brussels at the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders. This meeting took place in the framework of the regular dialogue between the 3 Baltic States and the 3 Benelux countries (3+3), and followed the Ministerial meeting in Estonia earlier this year.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns attacks in Paris and offers his condolences

    14 NovPress release

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is shocked by the terrible attacks last night in Paris. His thoughts are with the many victims and wounded. He conveys his condolences to their families and friends, and to the French people and government.

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  • Didier Reynders congratulates population of Myanmar with national elections

    12 NovPress release

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders congratulates the population of Myanmar with the national elections held on 8 November. The first report of the election observation mission welcomes the good organization of these elections that were conducted peacefully. For Didier Reynders, as for the High Representative of the EU Federica Mogherini, these elections mark another important step in the democratic transition of the country that began in 2011.

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  • Elections in DRC: Didier Reynders take note of the announcement of a national dialogue

    11 NovPress release

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders takes note of the announcement by President Joseph Kabila of the forthcoming national dialogue that should unite the majority, the opposition and civil society. This dialogue whose precise contours are not yet known would focus on the electoral calendar, the financial means to be made available and the security of the process.

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  • Didier Reynders shocked by murder of Welly Fleury Nzitonda

    06 NovPress release

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is shocked by the murder of Welly Fleury Nzitonda, son of Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, the human rights activist who took refuge in Belgium. This murder follows that of his son-in-law, Pascal Nshimirimana. Tens of anonymous victims already died because of the instability in recent months. The Minister expresses his sympathy to the family of Pierre Claver Mbonimpa and to the people of Burundi.

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