Today, during a United Nations High-Level Political Forum in New York, Belgium presents an evaluation report on the efforts our country is undertaking in order to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals. These seventeen goals aim to exclude extreme poverty worldwide by 2030 and to protect our planet. The report is the result of an intense and inclusive process involving the Federal Government, the federated entities and a large number of civil-society organizations.
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High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, New York, UN: Belgian National Statement by Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.
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.
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.