Speech by Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, at the 'Réunion du Groupe des amis de la Réforme du Secteur de la Sécurité' - Security Sector Reform in West Africa and the Sahel : Learning Lessons towards Sustaining Peace (New York, 21 February 2018).
High Level Seminar “Humanitarian Negotiation and International Mediation : Building Bridges” - speech by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders (New York, 20 February 2018).
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is worried about the escalation of violence in Syria and about the humanitarian situation in the country. The situation has become particularly severe in recent weeks in Eastern Ghouta, in Idlib province and around Afrin, among others.
On the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers we reflect on the tens of thousands boys and girls who are recruited today in armed conflicts. Even today, in about twenty countries all over the world, children are exposed to the cruelties of wars and conflicts: they are witnesses or victims to these cruelties and, in many cases, are forced to use violence themselves.
Queen Mathilde and Deputy Prime Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo started today a three-day working visit to Ghana. The focus of the visit lies entirely on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are the seventeen goals that must be reached in order to eradicate extreme poverty and to protect our planet.
Minister Reynders welcomes the Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances which is meeting upon his invitation today in Brussels. In the fight against impunity, this monitoring mechanism - composed of five independent human rights experts - is still very much needed.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo announce the opening of 4 new Belgian embassies in Africa. The existing diplomatic bureaus in Cotonou (Benin), Conakry (Guinea), Bamako (Mali) and Niamey (Niger) will be upgraded to the rang of embassy as of today. In doing so, our country is demonstrating the importance it attaches to its relations with these countries, as well as to the situation in the region.
The Belgian development cooperation will from now on appear on the field with a new logo, a new visual identity and a new baseline: “Belgium, partner in development”. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo unveiled today the new visual identity during the New Year reception of the Belgian development cooperation, in the presence of some 450 colleagues and partners of the Belgian development cooperation.
Exactly one year after the launch of She Decides, we count 450 million euros extra financing for sexual and reproductive rights and health for girls and women. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo is satisfied with the result, but also warns: "The battle isn't over. Too many girls and women still don't have the freedom to decide for themselves when, with whom and how many children they want."