“Let’s talk about the UN!”

Let’s talk about the UN

Her Majesty Queen Mathilde and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders took part today, at the Egmont Palace in Brussels, in the youth event “Let’s talk about the UN!”. This conference was organized at the occasion of the United Nations Day, which is celebrated each year on the 24th of October.

120 high school students from both Dutch and French speaking schools participated in this awareness event. They took part in various activities to understand better the work of the UN and to learn about the role of Belgium in this organisation. Through workshops on migration, the youth and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), they were able to debate with actors who have been on the ground. This enabled them to understand better the importance of the UN and to think about their own role and contribution.

The plenary session started after a video message delivered by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the occasion of the United Nations Day. During this session, the students listened to testimonials from Queen Mathilde in her quality of SDG Advocate, from Minister Reynders and from Barbara Pesce Monteiro, Director of the office of the United Nations in Brussels. These interventions were followed by a Q&A session.

Queen Mathilde and the Minister were happy to meet with the youth. The future of the world is indeed in their hands.

Belgium has always defended the idea that global challenges can only find fair and efficient solutions in a multilateral framework. This is the reason why Belgium acclaimed the adoption of the SDDs at the UN in 2015. Since then, these objectives are used by the international community to eradicate poverty and bring about sustainable development. The UN is the largest multilateral organisation in the world.

Our country is candidate for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council in 2019-2020. In this way, Belgium will be able to play an even more active role within the organisation. Belgium will sit at the table when decisions are taken on peace and security. Our country will be able to express its position, to share its experience, to bring forward its priorities and to contribute to improving its functioning.

This conference was organized at the initiative of Minister Reynders by the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in collaboration with the office of the United Nations in Brussels.