Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo visits today, together with Prime Minister Charles Michel, a revalidation center in Bamako (Mali). This visit gives them a first-hand view on how the innovative humanitarian approach of our country works in the field. Handicap International presents in Bamako the development of 3D-printed limbs. The ICRC presents its plan to build a new physical revalidation center in Mali with the very first Humanitarian Impact Bond developed in partnership with Belgium.
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At the initiative of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, our country allocates an additional 6 million euros to the alarming humanitarian situation in the DRC. The Minister makes this announcement today in New York, at the occasion of a meeting with the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region Said Djinnit and with UN humanitarian coordinator Mark Lowcock. Minister De Croo also asks the international community to make more humanitarian resources available to the DRC.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo announced in New York that Belgium will double its investment in humanitarian innovation next year. The Minister was speaking at New York University in front of a thousand-strong audience at Global Citizen Live!, a musical event with performances by Paul Simon and others.
Hurricane Irma transited Cuba and Florida yesterday. Deputy Prime Ministers Didier Reynders and Alexander De Croo sympathise with the stricken populations in the region and present their condolences to the victims’ families.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) issued formally today, with the support of Belgium, the very first Humanitarian Impact Bond. Belgium is, together with the ICRC, the groundbreaker of this new financing mechanism which will be rolled out to build three physical rehabilitation centers in conflict zones. "Thousands of people in need of help, and who have been deprived of this help until now, will gain access to revalidation and will be able to start a new life thanks to the Humanitarian Impact Bond," according to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo has released a budget of 10.5 million EUR for six humanitarian projects of Belgian NGOs in Yemen, Uganda, South Sudan and Nigeria. The aid is part of the promise of Minister De Croo to double donations to the Famine 12-12 campaign.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo today met with David Beasley, the new Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). WFP is, by volume, the second most important multilateral partner organization of the Belgian humanitarian assistance. In 2016, Belgium contributed more than 25 million euros to WFP projects supporting nearly eight million people in eight countries. Last week, Minister De Croo and the World Food Program, made a visit to South Sudan which is heavily affected by famine.
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 today discussed the humanitarian crisis in Jemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia with UN Secretary-General António Guterres and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien. They also discussed the situation in Syria. Tomorrow, the European Commission will organise in Brussels the international conference "Supporting the future of Syria and the region”.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo met with some humanitarian NGOs today. Besides the members of the consortium Famine 12-12, representatives of the Red Cross also took part in the meeting. They discussed the approach of the humanitarian crisis currently touching Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria and South Sudan, four countries threatened by famine. Minister De Croo promised to mobilize as soon as possible the first part of a humanitarian aid package which was promised in the context of the doubling of the donations given to Famine 12-12. Humanitarian organizations also urged Minister De Croo to sensitize UN Secretary-General Guterres to the safety of humanitarian workers and to humanitarian access to disaster areas.