Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo this week brings a four-day working visit to Benin and Senegal. He will be accompanied by Goedele Liekens and Axelle Red, both active as Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Nations. The four-day visit fits in with the initiative 'She Decides', which focuses on the reinforcement of rights for girls and women, and in particular with regard to their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo announced plans to eliminate sleeping sickness by 2025 today in Geneva, where global health experts are meeting to discuss Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). If sleeping sickness is not addressed, over 50 million people are at risk of contracting the disease.
Deputy Prime Minister and minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo has pleaded on behalf of Belgium to end impunity at the conference ‘Supporting Syria and the Region’ in Brussels. This appeal comes a day after news of gas attacks in the Syrian province Idlib. Belgium remains committed to providing humanitarian support to Syria and its neighbouring countries. Since last year, Belgium has committed 143 million euro humanitarian assistance, almost doubling its pledge.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo today discussed the humanitarian crisis in Jemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia with UN Secretary-General António Guterres and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien. They also discussed the situation in Syria. Tomorrow, the European Commission will organise in Brussels the international conference "Supporting the future of Syria and the region”.
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.