The Global Conference on Cities and Migration is currently being held in Mechelen, Belgium (16-17 November). Hosted by the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation and the City of Mechelen, the conference is co-organized by partners UN-Habitat; IOM, the UN Migration Agency; and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo decided to make available an additional grant of 7 million EUR for the Least Developed Countries Fund. He makes this announcement in the margins of the COP23, the UN Climate Conference which is currently on-going in Bonn. With these extra resources, Belgium wants to help the most vulnerable countries to become more resilient against the impact of climate change.
The 23rd United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP23) starts tomorrow in Bonn (Germany) under the presidency of Fiji. It is the first time that a small island State like Fiji takes the control of climate negotiations. Belgium supports Fiji in making a success of the COP23.
The Belgian Development Cooperation will better monitor the quality of pharmaceutical products in developing countries. For this purpose, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo signed today, together with NGOs and other actors of the Belgian Official Development Aid (ODA), a declaration of commitment. About a fourth of medicines are estimated to be of bad quality in countries where the Belgian Development Cooperation is active. “This has disastrous consequences for the health of people who are often already vulnerable”, underlines Minister De Croo.
Statement by Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Digital Agenda and Development Cooperation and Dirk Fransaer, Chief Executive at VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research).