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29 JanNews item
12 FebPress release
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs and Minister of Defense Didier Reynders signed this morning in the Egmont Palace in Brussels a commitment for an amount of two million euros to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). This commitment will benefit a fund dedicated to the fight against corruption linked to crimes against wildlife and forests in Africa. Wildlife is an irreplaceable part of our planet’s natural resources. Fighting environmental corruption supports ecosystems and biodiversity for the current generation, but also for those of tomorrow.
07 DecPress release
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased that Belgium will donate 2 million euros for the rehabilitation of radioactively contaminated sites in Central Asia. By doing so, our country contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN, particularly in the field of public health and sustainable livelihoods. Apart from Belgium, the European Commission, the United States, Switzerland, and Norway are already participating in the initiative.
26 MarPress release
On 24th December 2017, the United Nations General Assembly took the historic decision to open the negotiations of a treaty to protect biodiversity in the high seas (“Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdictions” or “BBNJ”). High seas represent two thirds of our oceans and are barely protected today. The protection of oceans is a priority of Belgium’s diplomacy. From today until Wednesday 28th of March, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belgium will host at the Egmont Palace in Brussels a meeting to prepare the opening of the negotiations of this new treaty.
Speech of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders in the plenary session of the Ocean Conference in New York (6 June 2017).
05 JunPress release
At the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York, Belgium is co-organizing today with the Kingdom of Tonga and the NGO World Animal Protection a side event on the issue of ghost gear. This is fishing gear that is abandoned, lost or discarded at sea. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders leads the Belgian delegation at the conference and he is co-chairing the event. Together with Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly, and Semisi Fakahou, Minister of Agriculture and Food, Forestry and Fisheries of the Kingdom of Tonga, he will give the opening speeches.
02 JunPress release
From 5 to 9 June the United Nations organise the first ever Ocean Conference in New York. This conference aims to join forces to implement Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, 'Life below water', which specifically focusses on oceans and seas. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders will lead the Belgian delegation and emphasize the Belgian efforts in marine biodiversity. Secretary of State for the North Sea Philippe De Backer is satisfied that our country is able to internationally present itself with specific commitments.