The EU has several tools at its disposal for the implementation of its Foreign Policy (known as the Common Foreign and Security Policy or PESC). The Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) is one of these tools. Since 2003 the EU has conducted in the CSDP-framework, 21 civilian crisis management missions in various unstable crisis area’s worldwide. Every year approximately 30 Belgian experts are deployed/seconded in one of these missions.
The 23rd United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP23) starts tomorrow in Bonn (Germany) under the presidency of Fiji. It is the first time that a small island State like Fiji takes the control of climate negotiations. Belgium supports Fiji in making a success of the COP23.
After two days at the United Nations in New York, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders will be today and tomorrow in Washington DC for political consultations. He met this morning his counterpart State Secretary Rex Tillerson.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders took the floor today during an open debate of the UN Security Council on Children and Armed Conflict. Minister Reynders was invited to take part in this debate, opened to countries who do not sit at the Security Council, by France’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders travels today to the United States. His visit will last until Thursday 2nd of November. On Monday and Tuesday, the Minister will participate in events at the United Nations. From New York, the Minister will continue to Washington where he will meet with his counterpart State Secretary Rex Tillerson.
The Belgian Development Cooperation will better monitor the quality of pharmaceutical products in developing countries. For this purpose, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo signed today, together with NGOs and other actors of the Belgian Official Development Aid (ODA), a declaration of commitment. About a fourth of medicines are estimated to be of bad quality in countries where the Belgian Development Cooperation is active.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier welcome the direct flights connecting Brussels and Shanghai since Wednesday morning October 25th. This date coincides neatly with the 46th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Belgium and the People´s Republic of China.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders opened this morning, in the presence of HRH Princess Astrid, a seminar on human rights in the private sector. The topic of the seminar was more specifically the prevention and abolition of child labor in the cocoa supply chain. Cocoa is the main export product of Côte d’Ivoire.
HRH Princess Astrid will preside over an important trade mission to Côte d’Ivoire as representative of His Majesty the King. The Belgian Economic Mission counts 265 participants in total, of which 214 business people from 134 companies, will be in Côte d’Ivoire from 22 to 25 October.