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.
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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%.
In its annual report 2016, published today, the Belgian Development Cooperation highlights some new accents of the Belgian development policy, a whole range of results and activities as well as the distribution of budgetary resources. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo emphasizes the renewal of our international development policy. A renewal that he wants to pursue in the next few years, including in the field of digitalisation, the link between the private sector and the development world, and our humanitarian efforts.
Moving away from unproductive subsistence farming to sustainable commercial farming. That is the central message of "From Subsistence to Entrepreneurship", the new strategic policy note on ‘Agriculture and Food Security’ that Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo presents today. The new strategic policy note also places much attention on strengthening the role of women and agricultural sustainability.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo today signed two programmes in Benin, related to the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights. Belgium will be cooperating with UNICEF to help combat child marriages. With the support of our country, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will be setting up an information project aimed at young people and women, covering sexual education and sexual violence. Minister De Croo also announced that Belgium will release a total of 60 million euros over the next four years in support of UNICEF's work and another 36 million euros for UNFPA.
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.