1138 Bangladeshi workers were found dead between loads of garments destined for the European and American markets after the six-floor Rana Plaza complex in the industrial outskirts of Dhaka collapsed on 24 April 2013. Asia's largest industrial catastrophe – after Bhopal – did not only disclose construction shortcomings but also the race to the bottom in the garment sector, which this time led to a deadly finish. Meanwhile, we are two years later. How have authorities, businesses, trade unions and NGOs responded? Does the consumer have any sustainable alternatives? All the answers in the dedicated brochure that BTC has recently published.
Statement by minister Alexander De Croo at the open debate on ‘Women, Peace and Security” in the UN Security Council, New York 15.4.2015
Today the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria takes place in Kuwait. This conference brings together international donors to discuss the continuing humanitarian crisis in Syria. In this context, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo agreed in principle to donate 20 million euros in assistance to the Syrian population in Syria, the Syrians who fled to neighboring countries and to humanitarian aid in Iraq.