68 years ago, the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the crime of Genocide was adopted. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders pays tribute to the victims of genocide on this International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and the Prevention of this Crime.
9 December is the International Anti-Corruption Day. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the adherence of our country to the “UNCAC Coalition Transparency Pledge", a political engagement for the international fight against corruption. Minister Reynders is also pleased with the current evaluation, by the United Nations, of the Belgian engagement in the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).
The EU has several tools at its disposal for the implementation of its Foreign Policy. The Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) is one of these tools. Since 2003 the EU conducts in the CSDP-framework, several civilian crisis management missions in various unstable crisis area’s worldwide. The BGT training on Civilian Crisis Management (CCM) is a two-week course offering a general introduction and preparation for possible employment in a CCM mission of the EU, UN, OSCE. It is a pre-requisite for any civilian expert being seconded to a field mission. This integrated training is organized twice a year jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Egmont Institute, with the support of the Belgian Federal Police and the Ministry of Justice and is in line with EU training standards. The next training will take place from 20 to 31 March 2017 in Brussels.
OSCE Ministerial Council : speech by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, 8 December 2016.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo has met today with Elwyn Grainger-Jones, Executive Director of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) since October 2016. This organisation is an important multilateral partner of the Belgian Development Cooperation. During the meeting, a framework arrangement was signed for the cooperation in the coming years. In 2016, the Belgian Development Cooperation has contributed 4 million euros to CGIAR.
A vast Belgian economic mission presided over by HRH Princess Astrid, as representative of His Majesty King Philippe, will head for Texas from 3 to 11 December 2016.
The Slovak and Belgian Deputy Prime Ministers, Peter Pellegrini and Alexander De Croo, have met yesterday in Brussels to discuss the role of digital solutions for international development and to exchange views on the domestic digital actions plans of both the Slovak and Belgian governments. They both emphasized the importance of a European digital single market to make Europe a digital world leader. Deputy Prime Ministers Pellegrini and De Croo met in the margins of a High Level Event on Digitalisation for Development they co-organized on behalf of the Slovak EU Presidency and the Government of Belgium.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders expresses his deep concern about the re-launch by the Israeli authorities of a project to build 500 new dwellings in occupied territory near the settlement of Ramat Shlomo, in East Jerusalem. These new constructions, which would be partly carried out on private lands owned by Palestinians, would further separate East Jerusalem from the West Bank, seriously jeopardizing the prospect of Jerusalem becoming the capital of the two states, the State of Israel and a future Palestinian State.