Corruption, money laundering and financing terrorismThe fight against corruption is a priority for the Belgian Government and is included in the National Security Strategy. The Law of 18 September 2017 aims to prevent the use of the financial system for money laundering, terrorist financing and the restriction of the use of cash.
Corruption, money laundering and financing terrorism
Find out more about the Belgian fight against corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing.
Disarmament and non-proliferationBelgium calls for life-saving disarmament by combatting proliferation and illicit arms trafficking.
Disarmament and non-proliferation
Belgium considers international security as one and indivisible. Belgium is in favor of a global approach and balanced progress in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation, with a focus on both conventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction.
In addition to weapons of mass destruction, the international community also needs to pay attention to the issue of conventional weapons.
Export control of strategic goods
Strategic goods are weapons and dual-use goods, that is goods that have both civil and military use.
Recent declarations and press releases on disarmament and non-proliferation
Consult the latest statements and press releases on disarmament and non-proliferation here.
Hybrid threatsHybrid threats have intensified in recent years, with economic espionage and interference, interference in electoral processes, disinformation, use of chemical weapons, terrorism, etc. The European Centre of Excellence on Countering Hybrid Threats helps States and institutions defend themselves against these threats.
In recent years, Belgium, along with the EU and NATO, have been confronted with a significant number of new so-called "hybrid" threats internally and in their part of the world.
The ever-increasing digitisation of our society, further accelerated by the recent COVID-19 crisis, confronts us with major social, economic, and geopolitical issues.
International organisationsPeace and security require close coordination at the international level, particularly within the United Nations (UN), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Union (EU).
European Union (EU)
The European Union is responsible for the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), the EU Global Strategy, and civilian crisis management.
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)
Belgium is a founding member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), which was established on 4 April 1949.
Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was established in 1973 as the 'Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe' (CSCE).
United Nations (UN)
The United Nations, and the Security Council in particular, play a decisive role in promoting international peace and security. One of the main goals of Belgian foreign policy is to strengthen this role of the organisation.
PeacebuildingFind out more about the financing of peacebuilding projects by FPS Foreign Affairs according to our foreign policy priorities.
The Peace Building Unit manages the award procedure for funding projects in the “Peace Building” budget of the FPS Foreign Affairs.
Peace operationsBelgium's participation in peacekeeping missions is working towards the goal of a qualitative presence. In recent years, the use of civilian resources (police, civil protection, magistrates) in crisis management and security matters has increased considerably.
When participating in peacekeeping missions, Belgium lays the focus on quality.
SanctionsFind out about UN Security Council and European Union sanctions, Belgium's sanctions policy and contact information for the Belgian authorities responsible for implementing restrictive measures in the European Union.
Find out more about sanctions in the UN Security Council and in the European Union, the Belgian sanctions policy, and the contact details of the Belgian authorities responsible for applying restrictive measures in the European Union.
Sanctions of the UN Security Council
Under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, the UN Security Council may take action against States, persons or entities, whether State or non-State, in order to maintain or restore international peace and security. The application of sanctions is one of the possibilities the Council has in this respect.
The last few years, the European Union (EU) has regularly imposed sanctions, known as "restrictive measures", within the framework of its Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), either on its own initiative or to comply with a binding resolution of the United Nations Security Council.
Belgian sanction policy
Belgium, as a member state of the United Nations and the European Union, has the obligation of implementing the various sanction regimes. The European regulations are directly applicable in Belgium. At the national level, the FPS Finance and Economy are responsible for the application of the various sanction regimes.
Belgian authorities in charge of the implementation of restrictive measures of the European Union
Consult the contact details of the Belgian authorities in charge of implementing the European Union restrictive measures.
TerrorismBelgium condemns all forms of terrorism and ensures that the international fight against terrorism fully respects human rights and international humanitarian law.
Fight against terrorism
Belgium supports and promotes a comprehensive and inclusive approach towards the combating of terrorism and attaches great importance to achieving the correct balance between prevention and repression and to reintegration and rehabilitation.
Terrorism and Human rights
Belgium condemns all forms of terrorism. The Belgian authorities are convinced that the fight against terrorism can only take place in full compliance with human rights and international humanitarian law.