Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is shocked by the attack last night in the US city of Las Vegas. A lone attacker killed at least 50 people attending a music festival and injured hundreds of others, by shooting out of a hotel window.
Fair trade is on the way up. Last year, Belgians spent 14.30 euros on average on fair trade products: a nice improvement four years in a row. At the political level as well, fair trade and the ‘Make Belgium a Fair Trade Country by 2020’ receive a boost. This morning, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo kicked off the sixteenth Fair Trade Week in Aalst with a visit to JBC, which promotes fairer clothing.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders laments and condemns the murder of three Israelis, a border guard and two private security guards, yesterday morning near the settlement of Har Adar in the West Bank.
25 years ago, 11 countries which belonged to the USSR became independent and established diplomatic relations with Belgium. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders organized today, in cooperation with the Egmont Institute, a high-level conference to celebrate this anniversary.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo received today representatives of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), among whom Mgr. Marcel Utembi, Archbishop of Kisangani and President of the CENCO.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders informs that our country sends B-FAST with relief supplies and a water purification unit to Dominica. This island in the Caribbean was heavily damaged by hurricane Maria. Belgium’s intervention comes in answer to a request for assistance from Dominica.
Today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo received the First Lady of Benin Claudine Tallon. Mrs Tallon is on a working visit to our country this week in the framework of her Claudine Tallon Foundation, which aims to improve women’s and children’s rights in Benin. Last week, Belgium, Benin and Senegal organised a high-level event at the United Nations in New York on the use of digital data for better access to family planning.
In the margins of the opening of the 72nd session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders participated Thursday and Friday in several meetings on the situation in Syria and Iraq and on the fight against impunity in the region.