Today, the Council of Ministers approved at first reading a draft law submitted by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo that will thoroughly redesign the Belgian development policy. The new legal framework is closely aligned with the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. According to Minister Alexander De Croo, “this is the concluding step of a particularly far-reaching reform of the Belgian development agency over the last few years”.
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The Belgian development cooperation will from now on appear on the field with a new logo, a new visual identity and a new baseline: “Belgium, partner in development”. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo unveiled today the new visual identity during the New Year reception of the Belgian development cooperation, in the presence of some 450 colleagues and partners of the Belgian development cooperation.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo makes ten million euro available over the next four years for innovative agricultural research conducted by the ‘Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)’, a worldwide network of research centers contributing to enhanced productivity, food security and sustainability in the agriculture. The funding will support, among others, the further development of the banana genebank of the KU Leuven.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo is in Hamburg today, as one of the guests of honour at the Global Citizen Festival. The music event that coincides with the G20 wants to raise awareness about development issues such as women's rights and the right to education. Minister De Croo was invited by the organizers because of his commitment to women's rights.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, together with Unilever CEO Paul Polman, today brought together a group of Belgian top CEOs to exchange views and discuss the importance of sustainable international development. He did so at the start of the European Development Days, the most important European forum for international development that takes place today and tomorrow in Brussels. Alexander De Croo is the initiator of the Belgian SDG Charter that acts as a bridge between international development and the business community. Paul Polman is an advocate internationally to closely involve the private sector in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
On June 7th and 8th, the European Development Days are organized in Brussels. This is the most important European forum on international development. This edition of the European Development Days focusses on the involvement of the private sector and the importance of digitalization as a lever for development. These subjects are central also in the Belgian international development policy. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo will actively participate in the European Development Days.
Belgium will make supplementary contributions to the Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust, an IMF Fund financing growth in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). This was decided by the federal government today on the proposition of Finance Minister Johan Van Overtveldt and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo. This contribution reflects the priority that Belgium gives to the Least Developed Countries and to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A state guarantee was also approved by the National Bank of Belgium for a credit line for the IMF of maximum 9.99 billion euros, for the IMF to better fulfill its role as a crisis fighter.
Today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo has made a plea for a better humanitarian funding. The Council also consulted with Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, on the reform of the UN System and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Prior to the Council, minister De Croo had a talk on Digital for Development with Sven Mikser, Minister for Foreign Affairs in Estonia.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo has met today with Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia and current chairwoman of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The next four years, Belgium will release 26 million euros for the GPE, a multilateral mechanism that focusses on access to primary and secondary education.
Transfer costs on the remittance of money to developing countries must be lower. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo said this in reaction to the 11.11.11 and HIVA research into Belgian money remittances to developing countries. The research shows that the average transfer price of remittances from Belgium fluctuates at around 8%.