Didier Reynders on a work visit to the United Nations with the King and the Queen

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders accompanies the King and the Queen of the Belgians on a work visit to the United Nations (UN) in New York from Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th of April.

This visit comes upon the invitation of the president of the UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajčák who organizes a high level meeting on “Peace Building and Sustaining Peace”. This two-days meeting will take stock of the progress already made and seek to identify new opportunities to strengthen the work of the United Nations in this regard.

Our country is aware of its responsibilities and promotes peace-building policies that address the root causes of conflicts and bring about coherent and sustained solutions. The role of mediation and the full participation of women in negotiations and decisions pertaining to peace and security are two priorities which will be emphasized by Belgium during the meeting.

The presence of the royal couple and of Minister Reynders will also provide the opportunity to highlight the strengths of Belgium as a non-permanent member of the Security Council in 2019-2020. The campaign for this seat was launched in October 2015 in Brussels by Minister Reynders in the presence of the King and the Queen and will continue until 8th of June, the date of the elections by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Two seats are available for the countries which are members of the regional group to which Belgium belongs. Germany and Israel are also candidates.

Our country has the reputation of being a trustworthy partner in multilateral diplomacy, eager to contribute to the debate in a constructive and inclusive manner. In their interventions, the royal couple and Minister Reynders will emphasize some priorities of Belgium at the United Nations and put forward the expertise which our country can provide if it is elected. Belgium has a longstanding tradition of commitment to multilateralism. Our attachment to the goals and principles of the United Nations Charter is beyond doubt.

The presence in New York of other heads of state and ministers of Foreign Affairs will also be the occasion for many bilateral meetings. The Queen will also take part in meetings in her capacity of Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals.