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Peace and security are a priority of the Belgian foreign policy: peace building and international mediation, UN Security Council, humanitarian aid, migration, good governance…
 

Belgium is a strong advocate for a lasting solution to the conflict in Syria (30 March 2021)
The EU's 5th Syria Conference (29-30 March 2021) aims to raise funds and encourage a political solution to a now 10-year-long horrific conflict. Belgium is an active participant, donating at least 18 million euros in humanitarian aid.

Belgium on the UN Security Council: how a small country can punch above its weight (11 March 2021)
Belgium has just finished its 6th membership of the UN Security Council and it is already preparing for a 7th mandate in 2037-2038. Indeed, in the United Nations' 75 years of existence, our country has built up a solid reputation as a reliable 'bridge-builder', and that has benefits for our security and prosperity.

African Peace Facility: African solutions to African problems (19 November 2020)
Between 2004 and 2019, the European Union (EU) invested 2.7 billion euros in promoting peace in Africa via its African Peace Facility (APF). And those efforts are paying off.

Belgium is committed to security to support development (28 August 2020)
Development is not possible without security. This is why the Belgian Development Co-operation is also engaging with the security sector. It now has a solid basis for carrying out this sometimes delicate exercise.

Climate and security, a clear priority for Belgium (23 June 2020)
Climate disruption plays an undeniable role in various conflict situations. As such, Belgium wants the United Nations to systematically take into account the potential impact of a changing climate in its security actions.

457 000 euros for vulnerable households in Haiti (4 March 2020)
Belgium has released 457 000 euros to the FAO to help vulnerable populations in Haiti affected by a severe drought.

Belgium supports the fight against locusts in East Africa (28 February 2020)
Belgium is donating 462,000 euros to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to combat quickly a locust plague in Ethiopia. The CERF is also taking action against locusts.

Belgium continues to pay attention to the Syrian crisis (26 February 2020)
For many years, Belgium has been committed to the safety of Syrian citizens and the end of the Syrian conflict. As a non-permanent member of the Security Council, our country’s voice can carry additional weight with the international community.

When are diamonds truly conflict-free? (14 February 2020)
Thanks to the Kimberley Process, most of the rough diamonds traded worldwide are reportedly conflict-free today. But there is still room for improvement. Belgium - diamond country par excellence - insists that an enlargement of the definition of conflict diamonds is necessary to keep the organization fit for purpose.

Children and armed conflict: a priority for Belgium (13 February 2020)
During its two-year membership (2019-2020) of the UN Security Council, Belgium attaches great importance to ‘children and armed conflict’. The theme also occupies a central position during the Belgian presidency of the Security Council (February 2020).