Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo announced that Belgium will cooperate with its partner countries, Benin and Senegal, to improve access to family planning services through the use of big data and satellite imagery. Belgian data company Bluesquare and the universities of Brussels and Namur will also participate. Today, Belgium, Benin and Senegal jointly present the partnership at the United Nations in New York.
At the initiative of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, our country allocates an additional 6 million euros to the alarming humanitarian situation in the DRC. The Minister makes this announcement today in New York, at the occasion of a meeting with the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region Said Djinnit and with UN humanitarian coordinator Mark Lowcock. Minister De Croo also asks the international community to make more humanitarian resources available to the DRC.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo announced in New York that Belgium will double its investment in humanitarian innovation next year. The Minister was speaking at New York University in front of a thousand-strong audience at Global Citizen Live!, a musical event with performances by Paul Simon and others.
Do you want to learn all about Belgium’s international development policy and its commitments towards promoting women’s rights, complying with the Paris climate agreement or dealing with humanitarian emergencies? As of today, Glo.be, the new online magazine of the Belgian Development Cooperation, will keep you informed. On the occasion of this launch, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo will be our guest blogger throughout the coming week while attending the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.
Speech by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, Columbia University, New York.