To promote and to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals together. That is the ambition of more than 80 Belgian companies, civil society organisations and representatives of the public sector that are signing the Belgian SDG Charter for International Development, today in Brussels. The Belgian SDG Charter is driven by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, who wants to bridge the gap between international development, the private sector and civil society. The Shift, the Belgian meeting point for sustainability, will manage the process.
Over a 120 young diplomats of 55 nationalities took part in a "Belgium for Beginners" class by Deputy Prime Minister and Development Minister Alexander De Croo and former US Ambassador Howard Gutman yesterday, October 6 at BOZAR in Brussels.
The Minister of Finance and the Minister of Development Cooperation will share henceforth the supervision of the World Bank Group. That was decided today by the Council of Ministers on a proposal of Minister of Finance Johan Van Overtveldt and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo. Until now, this task was designated exclusively to the Minister of Finance. This shared supervision is a logical step. Today, the World Bank is the principal multilateral partner of the Belgian development policy and the largest global actor in the field of international development. This decision makes it possible for the Belgian international development policy to have a stronger role in the policy of the World Bank.
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.