Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo met with some humanitarian NGOs today. Besides the members of the consortium Famine 12-12, representatives of the Red Cross also took part in the meeting. They discussed the approach of the humanitarian crisis currently touching Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria and South Sudan, four countries threatened by famine. Minister De Croo promised to mobilize as soon as possible the first part of a humanitarian aid package which was promised in the context of the doubling of the donations given to Famine 12-12. Humanitarian organizations also urged Minister De Croo to sensitize UN Secretary-General Guterres to the safety of humanitarian workers and to humanitarian access to disaster areas.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, in charge for humanitarian emergency aid, announced that the federal government will double the population's donations to the campaign “Famine 12-12”. Minister De Croo has also planned international demarches. He will look, together with the United Nations, into a way to better tackle the structural causes. “We cannot look away when children are dying of hunger”.
The Annual report on the events in 2016 of the FPS Foreign Affairs, Foreign trade and Development Cooperation gives an insight into the changes in Belgium, the world and our own department. According to Secretary-General Dirk Achten, the FPS quickly adapts whenever necessary but remains faithful to the principles and values that our country has been defending and promoting for decades.
In the last weeks and months, our country allocated almost 60 million euros in direct humanitarian emergency assistance for, amongst others, South Sudan and Yemen, and for general support for the World Food Program (WFP) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), both active in the field. This was mentioned by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, responsible for humanitarian aid.
Speech of Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo in the European Parliament at the occasion of International Women’s Day.