Belgium has announced a new contribution of EUR 18.75 million spanning 2015-2017 that will help UNRWA provide essential health, education, relief, social services and emergency relief assistance for Palestine refugees. The generous donation will help improve the lives of Palestine refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, and provide UNRWA a degree of sustainability in aid delivery.
On the proposal of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation, Alexander De Croo, the Federal Council of Ministers today approved a new list of fourteen partner countries for Belgian Development Cooperation. The present list of partner countries had not changed since 2004. Two new partner countries make their entry: Burkina Faso and Guinea. Besides the new list of partner countries, the international partner organisations of the multilateral cooperation were also decided.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo follow with concern the situation in Burundi. Last Saturday, Belgium was one of the first countries to call for the respect of the public space and of human rights. Belgium condemns all forms of violence and intimidation against civilians, the political opposition and human rights activists. Those who commit violent acts or human rights violations will be personally held responsible.