Belgium has moved up from the 27th to the 18th place in the 2018 Aid Transparency Index. Among the European Union, our country has climbed to the 7th place. The Transparency Index is produced by Publish What You Fund and measures the extent to which donors transparently communicate on their development efforts. This matters for the accountability of development efforts as well as for the effectiveness of aid and the cooperation between different development actors.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders regrets the decision of the United States to withdraw from the Human Rights Council. The announcement of the United States risks weakening the Council’s indispensable action and undermines our multilateral system as a whole.
On the eve of the 4th ministerial meeting between the G5 and the EU, the ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Benelux countries wish to express their support to the efforts of the EU and of the G5 Sahel for the stabilization and reconstruction of the region.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo joins forces with IOM, the UN Migration Agency, to build a comprehensive price comparison app for international money transfers (remittances). The collaboration between Belgium and IOM must provide users with objective information about the transfer rates. Today many providers offer remittances services at very high rates. This Saturday 16 June is the International Day of Family Remittances.
Joint appeal by Mr Didier Reynders, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Belgium, Mr Ibrahim Al-Jafari, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iraq and Dr Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization.
The Belgian government is happy to announce Belgium's election to the United Nations Security Council. As of 1 January, our country will be a non-permanent member, for the 6th time in its history. It will carry out this important responsibility for two years (2019-2020), together with the other newly elected members: Germany, South Africa, the Dominican Republic and Indonesia, as well as the ten other members of the Security Council.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo is very pleased that Belgium will once again have the opportunity to serve on the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member for two years, starting on 1 January 2019. Minister De Croo, who is also responsible for humanitarian affairs, indicates that Belgium will pay great attention to the respect of international humanitarian law, the protection of human rights and gender issues.
Belgium was elected this Friday, 8th of June 2018, as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the period 2019-2020. Elected with 181 votes, Belgium received wide support among the 193 Member States of the UN General Assembly.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the announcement by the President of Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza of the end of his mandate in 2020. The principle of democratic alternation lies at the heart of the Arusha Accords and of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.