Today, Jean Van Wetter (40) has been appointed as new director general of the Belgian development agency Enabel. He is taking over from Carl Michiels, who successfully led the agency for 14 years. The board of directors expresses its gratitude to Carl Michiels for his efforts and achievements. After a difficult start, he managed to put the agency on the right track and turn it into an internationally respected organization.
Deputy Prime Ministers Alexander De Croo and Didier Reynders have been following with great concern the developments in the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar. Like the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and other European countries, they urge the Israeli authorities not to proceed with the demolition of this community, which would lead to the forced displacement of its inhabitants. Much of the infrastructure of this Palestinian community was financed by the EU and its Member States, including Belgium. Furthermore, the Khan al-Ahmar school also serves four other communities in the area.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo reaffirms Belgium’s support for the humanitarian response in the lake Chad Basin. In the margins of the High Level Conference on the Lake Chad Region in Berlin, the Minister notes that Belgium invests more than 9 million EUR in humanitarian aid this year for the region, where more than 11 million people need aid to survive.
Today, the Council of Ministers approved at first reading a draft law submitted by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo that will thoroughly redesign the Belgian development policy. The new legal framework is closely aligned with the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. According to Minister Alexander De Croo, “this is the concluding step of a particularly far-reaching reform of the Belgian development agency over the last few years”.
Beyoncé, Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams and a series of other international and African artists will join the international # SheIsEqual campaign on December 2 at a grand final concert in Johannesburg. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, who initiated #SheIsEqual and launched the campaign in June in Brussels, is ambitious. “This will be the largest ever campaign to support women’s rights and the Sustainable Development Goals.”