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23 Sep
Press release

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is deeply concerned about the climate of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Minister Reynders urges all actors to stop the violence. The security forces are responsible for maintaining public order in a proportional manner. 


 

23 Sep
Press release

Thursday 22 September, the Belgian Government, represented by the Ministry of Development Cooperation, signed a framework agreement with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). From 2017 onward, the Belgian Government intends to provide multi-annual funding to IOM in order to assist in managing migration in a human and orderly manner and promote international cooperation on migration. This agreement seeks to support IOM in the realization of its mandate and to strengthen the priorities of the Belgian Ministry of Development Cooperation by undertaking efforts to contribute to better coherence between IOM’s activities and those of the Belgian Government. This will be partly done through greater exchange of best practices and strategic and technical knowledge relating to migration.

23 Sep
Press release

Today, in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo organised a meeting about an improved use of data in the international migration policy. The meeting was organised together with Mali's Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdoulaye Diop and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). In his opening speech, Minister De Croo argued powerfully for the improved use of digital information to map the different aspects of migration. At the same time, he warned for data abuse and called for clear ethical standards.

22 Sep
Press release

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders co-chaired a meeting in New York (USA) together with his Jordanian colleague Nasser Judeh and EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica, about the 'Global Efforts in Integrating a Youth Dimension in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism’. This meeting was organized at the margins of the 71ste session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

22 Sep
Press release

On the margins of the ministerial week of the 71st session of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, attended the Ministerial Breakfast of 'Friends of Mediation' . This is a group of countries that supports mediation between the various parties involved in the conflict zones. Didier Reynders announced the organisation of a high-level conference in Brussels in February 2017 bringing together renowned experts and practitioners in the field of international mediation, and representatives of European and international organisations active in this field. 

22 Sep
Press release

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders announced today in New York (USA) a contribution of Belgium amounting 500.000 euros to the United Nations Peace Building Fund. Belgium thus confirms its commitment towards conflict prevention and durable peace in fragile countries.

21 Sep
Press release

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders has just participated in a meeting on death penalty and its victims in the City of New York (USA). He reaffirmed that Belgium continues to call for the abolition of death penalty, especially at a time when some countries carry out this punishment in the fight against terrorism.

21 Sep
Statement

On 20 September 2016 the ministers of Foreign Affairs of Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Ukraine and the Netherlands met in New York to discuss the ongoing efforts to establish justice with regard to the downing of flight MH17 on July 17 2014 which cost the lives of 298 people. The ministers represent the countries whose investigation authorities cooperate in the criminal investigation, which was called for in UNSC resolution 2166 (2014).