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Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting
From 20 to 29 May 2013 Belgium is hosting the 36th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM). This ATCM, that takes place in the Egmont Palace Conference Centre in Brussels, is jointly organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety & Environment, and the Belgian Science Policy.
Belgium has a long association with Antarctica and the Antarctic Treaty and is honoured to host the 2013 meeting. Watch the trailer:
Offices closed on 20 May
The offices of the FPS Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation will be closed on 20 May 2013.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders applauds tomorrow’s International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, 17 May. He considers the fight against homophobia, lesbophobia, biphobia and transphobia as a priority for Belgian foreign policy.
Among the challenges facing the Arab world today are authoritarian government, lack of freedom and gender equality, demographic pressures, high unemployment, and limited prospects for a young population.
In the context of the donor conference for Mali taking place in Brussels today, Minister for Development Cooperation Jean-Pascal Labille stated that Belgium would actively support the recovery process in Mali. To this end, Belgium will provide a financial contribution of EUR 17.3 million in 2013 and EUR 14.2 million in 2014.
Speech of Minister Reynders : "Euro introduction and accession to the Eurozone:challenges and opportunities - the Belgian perspective"
Riga, the Stockholm School of Economics (May 10 2013)
It was with great sadness that Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders learned of the death of Honorary Governor André Denys. Didier Reynders extends his sympathies to the family and friends of the honorary governor and wishes them much strength in this difficult time.
Thursday, 9 May is Europe Day, and 2013 is also the European Year of Citizens. On this occasion, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and his department will speak directly with young people from 21 schools across the country about “Our Europe: yesterday, today and tomorrow”. After the success of the first edition last year, twice as many schools are participating in this year’s initiative.
On the occasion of World Intellectual Property Day, which falls on the 26th of April every year, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders wants to underline the importance that Belgium gives to the protection of intellectual property.
Today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders met with the United Nations Special Envoy to the Great Lakes, Mrs Mary Robinson.