Belgium ranks 9th in the list of the 10 most important donors of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). CERF is the flexible fund for humanitarian assistance of the United Nations.
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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo will allocate €3 million for the reception of South Sudanese refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. The Belgian Development Cooperation will support a two-year programme of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). In 2016, our country contributed a total of €21.4 million to the humanitarian work of the UN Refugee Agency.
On 31 December 2016, a compromise has been reached between different Congolese parties after a dialogue which was facilitated by the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO). Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the announcement of this compromise facilitated by Congolese actors and congratulates the CENCO for its engagement. The text is an important and positive step towards a swift and inclusive transition.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes yesterday’s adoption by the United Nations Security Council of resolution 2334 on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders launched the Flickr page of the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. Flickr is a world leader in terms of sharing photos and videos and makes it possible to store high-resolution pictures.
The federal government allocates 100,000 euros to Music For Life, the annual solidarity action of the Studio Brussel radio station. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo announced this in Boom. This contribution is in line with the humanitarian efforts of our country in and around Syria and goes to the NGOs Doctors of the World and Red Cross Flanders.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the adoption, on December 21st by the General Assembly of the United Nations, of a resolution establishing a mechanism to assist in the prosecution of serious violations of humanitarian law in Syria. The resolution was supported by 105 UN member states. Belgium presented the resolution together with Lichtenstein and mobilised its diplomatic network worldwide to convince countries to support this initiative.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the formation of a new government in Lebanon. He congratulates President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Saad Hariri and President of the Parliament Nabih Berri for this important development. Lebanon takes a crucial step for the smooth functioning of its institutions. The formation of a new government illustrates the sense of responsibility of the country’s political forces.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo allocates an additional four million euros in emergency humanitarian aid for the people of Mosul. Since October a fierce battle is raging in and around Mosul to recapture the city controlled by Islamic State (IS). One and a half million people are endangered. The additional contribution will go to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), active on the field.
At the initiative of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, a conference on the economic development of the Palestinian Territory and the Israeli-Palestinian dialogue was organised on 14 December in the Egmont Palace in Brussels. This event brought together numerous Israeli, Palestinian and Belgian businessmen as well as representatives of different international organisations (European Union, European Investment Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, World Bank, The Office of the Quartet). The three Belgian regions were also present during this event.
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