Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs
Consular counters: new opening times
From 26 November and until further notice the counter for the legalization of documents will only be open from 9am to 12pm. For special passports you first need to make an appointment. The visa counter is open from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
Introductory speech by Minister Reynders at the 14th Meeting of the States Parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention
Introductory speech by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders at the 14th Meeting of the States Parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, Geneva, 30 November 2015.
Opening speech by Minister Alexander De Croo at the colloquium ‘Biodiversity & Development - A Global Heritage’
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.
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.
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.
Belgium and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) adapt their collaboration to a new migration context
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).
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.
Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Baltic States and Benelux Countries in Brussels, 15/11
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.
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.