Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo are shocked by the recent cruel attacks in Aleppo and its surroundings. Each days, tens of people, among whom many civilians, die as a consequence of this new offensive. These blind actions, supported by the Russian air force, have dramatic consequences for the people of Aleppo. Already for more than 20 days, at least a quarter million people are cut off from food, running water and other necessary supplies.
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.
Today in New York, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo announced that Belgium is joining the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), a global alliance of public authorities, the private sector and NGOs promoting the improved availability, quality and analysis of data. Its objective is to pursue more effective sustainable development policies. Improved use of digital technology and big data for development has recently become a core principle in Belgium's development policy.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo signed today in New York the first of nine new framework arrangements with multilateral partner organisations of the Belgian development policy. The new agreements follow the spirit of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Declaration by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo at the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants, in New York, 19 September 2016.