Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo today signed two programmes in Benin, related to the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights. Belgium will be cooperating with UNICEF to help combat child marriages. With the support of our country, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will be setting up an information project aimed at young people and women, covering sexual education and sexual violence.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders today launched the Belgian Foreign Affairs Instagram account, in the presence of 350 6th grade students who participated in an interactive session on the European Union, "Let's talk together about Europe".
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is concerned about the situation in Venezuela. In recent weeks and particularly in the past few days, the tension in the country mounted considerably. The Minister encourages the government and the opposition to pursue a real and effective dialogue. A national consensus should allow for a solution for the serious humanitarian crisis that hits the population and for the political and economic difficulties the country is faced with.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Secretary for Foreign Trade Pieter De Crem welcome the direct flights that connect Brussels and Mumbai (India) since 30 March. The official inauguration flight is taking place today. Brussels Airlines now flies five times per week between Brussels and Mumbai. This new route is the only direct air connection between Belgium and India.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo this week brings a four-day working visit to Benin and Senegal. He will be accompanied by Goedele Liekens and Axelle Red, both active as Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Nations. The four-day visit fits in with the initiative 'She Decides', which focuses on the reinforcement of rights for girls and women, and in particular with regard to their sexual and reproductive health and rights.