Our FPS is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by the Covid-19 pandemic: testimonies, relief efforts, background...
Virtual SDG summit: urgent action needed in times of COVID-19 (3 August 2020)
At a fully virtual SDG summit, enthusiasm remained for achieving the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), even after the severe blow of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there is still a lack of consensus on what the post-coronavirus society should look like.
The post-corona society needs to be more inclusive, sustainable and resilient (31 July 2020)
The Belgian Development Cooperation intends to do everything it can to mitigate the socio-economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic in its partner countries. In so doing, it aims to focus more on women's rights, social protection, ecological reconstruction, education and food security, among other things.
Robust health systems to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic (31 July 2020)
Belgium aims to assist vulnerable countries in containing the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why our country is committed to robust health systems, without losing sight of the impact of gender, environment, nutrition, sanitary facilities and social protection.
Increasing food security in COVID-19-struck Zimbabwe (24 July 2020)
Belgium is donating €355,000 to support 3,272 vulnerable households in Zimbabwe.
Preventing hunger in COVID-19-struck Haiti (22 July 2020)
Belgium is donating €476,000 to help 1,800 vulnerable families in Haiti.
Addressing the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable households in Sierra Leone (15 July 2020)
Belgium is donating €355,000 to support 2,000 vulnerable farming families in Sierra Leone.
4 questions about One Health (26 June 2020)
The current pandemic has demonstrated overwhelmingly that human health is inseparable from our living environment. This is why the “One Health” approach is gaining in importance. But what exactly does that mean?
Belgium tackles the coronavirus crisis (25 June 2020)
Belgium is making strenuous efforts in many areas to combat the coronavirus crisis and deal with its consequences, both at home and across the globe. A non-exhaustive overview.
How do you repatriate 11,266 Belgian citizens? (19 June 2020)
Due to the coronavirus crisis, thousands of Belgians were all of a sudden stranded abroad. Three months later, the FPS Foreign Affairs can look back on the repatriations with satisfaction.
Mali: Food security increased in light of the COVID-19 pandemic (17 June 2020)
Belgium has donated 250,000 dollars to improve the food security of 1,270 vulnerable Malian families.
How our post in Rabat faced a crisis of unprecedented proportions (5 June 2020)
At the end of March, the world froze. States decided, among other measures, to close their borders to prevent the uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus. Many Belgians were caught off guard all over the world. Our diplomatic posts were suddenly beset by repatriation requests, especially those in Morocco, where a lot of people were located when the lockdown happened. Marc Trenteseau, Belgian ambassador in Rabat, discusses the management of this unprecedented crisis.
Yoga and meditation in quarantine (5 June 2020)
In early March, Maryline Delvallée headed for India to attend a course with her Albanian boyfriend Vigjilent Rrapaj. A few days later they were placed in quarantine. Fortunately, she could count on the support of the Belgian consulate-general to get her home safely. Maryline shares her story.
Team Europe: EU brings its full weight to bear on corona (3 June 2020)
With Team Europe, the European Union aims to combine all its external actions to help partners overcome the coronavirus crisis.
Stuck in Cape Verde: an adventure with a shine (3 June 2020)
On 11 March, Toon Nicolai and his wife Hilde Verlinden left for São Vicente, one of the Cape Verde islands. What was supposed to be a 3-week stay, turned out to be 8 weeks due to the corona crisis. He tells the story of his stay and the repatriation to Belgium.
“We had to make the Belgians feel they were not in this alone” (29 May 2020)
In South India, there were dozens of Belgians who needed to return home in a country in lockdown. How did the Belgian consulate-general in Chennai help them do so? Dhivviaa Ramakrishnan – a consular affairs and economic diplomacy officer – and intern Shruthi George tell their story.
“Guiding Belgians personally at the airport, that's satisfying” (28 May 2020)
Because of the corona crisis, our embassies suddenly had all hands on deck: many national airspaces were closed, while thousands of Belgians abroad still needed to return home. How did our embassies get them home? Thomas Hiergens, political and economic advisor at the embassy in Dakar, tells his story.
Enabel is pulling out all the stops in the battle against Covid-19 (19 May 2020)
The Belgian Development Agency Enabel is adjusting its running health programmes in order to provide the best support for the partner countries during the corona crisis.
World Bank working on socio-economic recovery during and after pandemic (18 May 2020)
The World Bank is making every effort to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on poor countries. Nathalie Francken explains.
Our embassies put their best foot forward (14 May 2020)
Belgian embassies are confronted with the major impact of the corona crisis in the countries in which they are located. This is why they are setting up relief operations.
“We need to get the virus under control in Africa, too” (8 May 2020)
Belgium is planning to use its development cooperation and humanitarian aid to fight the Covid-19 pandemic in its partner countries. 'Because if we are unable to keep the virus under control in Africa, it could also have repercussions for us', explains Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo.
Corona and the like: where do they come from? (8 May 2020)
Where do pathogens such as the new coronavirus come from? And why do they develop so easily into pandemics? We decided to find out.
Corona crisis: Consortium 12-12 launches call for solidarity with the South (8 May 2020)
Under the name COVID 12-12, Consortium 12-12 launches a call for solidarity with countries in the South that are also affected by the corona crisis.