The United Nations Security Council approved yesterday a one-year extension of resolution 2165. This resolution allows the cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid to the Syrian population, without requiring the consent of the Syrian regime.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Development Alexander De Croo signed today a new five-year cooperation programme with the Republic of Guinea. Belgium and Guinea will work together in the coming five years on strengthening entrepreneurship, women's rights and education. After successfully containing the Ebola crisis, Guinea became a partner of the Belgian Development Cooperation in 2015.
More than 780 million euros additional financial support for women's rights. This is the provisional result of the international #SheIsEqual campaign launched by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo. This is well in excess of the 500 million target that the minister put forward at the launch of the campaign.
In the margins of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders - in name of the Benelux - and French Minister for European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau signed a declaration opening the way to a closer cooperation between the Benelux and France, in particular, the Grand East and Haut de France regions.
Today, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders participated in the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union in Brussels. He welcomes the conclusions of the Council on Women, Peace and Security.
Today is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On this occasion, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders reiterates Belgium's commitment to defending and promoting human rights throughout the world.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased that Belgium will donate 2 million euros for the rehabilitation of radioactively contaminated sites in Central Asia. By doing so, our country contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN, particularly in the field of public health and sustainable livelihoods. Apart from Belgium, the European Commission, the United States, Switzerland, and Norway are already participating in the initiative.