Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo signs two general cooperation agreements with partner countries Guinea and Rwanda in the margins of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. Among other things, the agreements put into writing the Belgian commitment to pay taxes on the import and local purchase of goods and services in our partner countries.
Youth representatives from all over the world will discuss gender equality today in the margins of the General Assembly of the United Nations. The debate takes place under the impetus of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo. Together with a few UNICEF youth leaders, the presidents of the Flemish and Francophone Youth Council will also join the debate. Queen Mathilde will address the youth delegates.
The children’s rights organisation UNICEF is launching Generation Unlimited today in New York. This is a global partnership that commits to more opportunities for young people between 10 and 24. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo has been appointed as one of the five “Champions” who will promote the new global partnership.
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.