Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the adoption by the Human Rights Council, on June 23 2017, of a resolution on the human rights situation in Kasai, and the creation of a mission of inquiry by the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations. In particular, he welcomes the efforts of High Commissioner Zeid and the European Union to advance the cause of human rights through a consensual text. Although it does not include all the more ambitious proposals presented by the EU, the text presented is an undeniable step forward.
Today and tomorrow Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo brings a humanitarian work visit to South Sudan, where he will talk to humanitarian workers and representatives of the South Sudanese government and the international community. Of all the four countries affected by famine this year, South Sudan is the worst off.
"In conflict and emergency situations, more attention must be paid to gender and the prevention of sexual violence", Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo said on the second International Day for Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. The fight against sexual violence is a priority of the Belgian Development Cooperation.
The Belgian government and the city of Mechelen will host a “Global Conference on Cities and Migrants” on the 16th and 17th of November 2017, together with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Human Settlements Program (UN Habitat) and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) as institutional partners.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns, like the European Union, the announcements of last week by the Israeli authorities on the construction of thousands of extra settlement units.
The Federal Public Service (FPS) Foreign Affairs has officially transferred a new part of its archives to the Belgian State Archives. Dirk Achten, Secretary-General of the FPS Foreign Affairs and Karel Velle, Director-General of the Belgian State Archives, formalized the transfer this afternoon. The Memorandum of Understanding that has been signed today is an extension of the memorandum signed in December 2014, which had already allowed the transfer of an important part of the Colonial or African archives of the FPS Foreign Affairs to the Belgian State Archives.
On June 5, Montenegro officially acceded to the NATO as 29th member state. Belgium welcomes this accession which constitutes the culmination of the efforts made by the authorities in Podgorica to comply with the requested reforms and obligations.
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.