Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo allocates an additional 4 million euro in humanitarian aid for the hosting of Syrian war refugees in Jordan. He announced this today during a humanitarian working visit to Jordan. Deputy Prime Minister De Croo, together with HM Queen Mathilde, visited a refugee camp and a UNICEF project that focusses on education for the most vulnerable refugee children.
On the occasion of the United Nations Day to be held on 24.10.2016, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders calls for a reflection on the role of the United Nations. Images regularly remind us that the most vulnerable among us, especially the children, are often the first victims of crises and conflicts. Our young people are legitimately shocked by these images that they might perceive as a form of indifference of the international community. On this United Nations Day, it is therefore them that we need to address primarily by raising awareness to the role and the work of the United Nations.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Minister of Defense Steven Vandeput strongly deny the various and repeated accusations brought forward in the Russian media, as well as by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, in relation to alleged airstrikes by Belgian Air Force aircraft at the Hassadjek village in the Aleppo region in the night of 17 to 18 October 2016.
To promote and to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals together. That is the ambition of more than 80 Belgian companies, civil society organisations and representatives of the public sector that are signing the Belgian SDG Charter for International Development, today in Brussels. The Belgian SDG Charter is driven by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, who wants to bridge the gap between international development, the private sector and civil society. The Shift, the Belgian meeting point for sustainability, will manage the process.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders regrets the decision of the Burundian authorities to suspend their collaboration with the United Nations Office for Human Rights in Burundi and to declare persona non grata the three independent UN experts who investigated on the human rights situation in Burundi in the context of the EINUB (Enquête indépendante des Nations Unies sur le Burundi) mission. Belgium also deplores the intention expressed by the Burundian authorities to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
On the occasion of the 14th European and World Day against the Death Penalty, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders underlines the Belgian commitment to the universal abolition of the death penalty.
B-FAST, like other international rescue teams, closely follows the situation in Haiti, hit by Hurricane Matthew. This is done through an electronic platform of the United Nations. Based on the information from this platform, B-FAST evaluates the possibility of providing assistance. It is important that this emergency aid has an added value to the aid already deployed on the ground.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders announces that the Ugandan government has given its approval for the departure of four adoption children to Belgium. This decision allows for the Ugandan children to leave Kampala soon with a humanitarian visa to our country, together with their parents.