July 16th, 2018
Beyoncé, Chris Martin, Pharrell Williams, Ed Sheeran headliners at the grand #SheIsEqual closing concert in Johannesburg
Beyoncé, Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams and a series of other international and African artists will join the international # SheIsEqual campaign on December 2 at a grand final concert in Johannesburg. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, who initiated #SheIsEqual and launched the campaign in June in Brussels, is ambitious. “This will be the largest ever campaign to support women’s rights and the Sustainable Development…
June 25th, 2018
Alexander De Croo and the Belgian chocolate sector want to work together for sustainable chocolate
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, together with the Belgian chocolate sector and NGO’s, wants to push forward with sustainable chocolate. Those were the stakes of the first round table discussion on sustainable cocoa that the Minister held with a limited group of actors from the chocolate sector in Gentbrugge today. Civil society actors active in sustainability and the international cocoa sector also took part in the round table. The…
June 25th, 2018
Belgium raises UNRWA contributions to let schools reopen after the summer holidays
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo has decided to grant an additional € 4 million in humanitarian aid to UNRWA, the UN agency responsible for distributing humanitarian aid to more than 5 million Palestinian refugees in the Middle East. This new support brings Belgian aid to the UNRWA to more than € 11 million this year. With this support, Belgium wants UNRWA schools to reopen their doors to more than half a million Palestinian children…
June 14th, 2018
Belgium and IOM Collaborate To Reduce High Costs of Money Transfers to Developing Countries
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.
June 8th, 2018
Declaration of Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo on the election of Belgium in the UN 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 Belgium will pay great attention the respect of international humanitarian law, the human-rights based approach and gender issues. “The fate of civilians…
In the press
June 5th, 2018
Belgium seeks to raise 500 million euros for women's rights together with partners
Today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo has launched, in partnership with Global Citizen, the international campaign #SheIsEqual. Their goal is to raise more than 500 million euros by the end of the year for gender equality, women's empowerment and women’s health. The Global Citizen campaign is supported by the governments of Belgium and Luxemburg, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Procter & Gamble.
June 5th, 2018
Alexander De Croo and Didier Reynders on the temporary closing of Virunga
Deputy Prime and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders regret the worsening security situation causing the temporary closing of the Virunga National Park in East Congo. The closing of the Virunga Park is a serious blow for the region where about four million people live.
June 4th, 2018
Belgium in the lead for women’s rights during the European Development Days
Belgium takes an active role this week during the European Development Days, which will focus on the rights of girls and women. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo organizes together with the Be-cause Health platform a special session on the role that Europe must play on sexual and reproductive health and rights. He will also launch an international campaign which will focus on gender equality, women empowerment and women’s health.
May 30th, 2018
#HeForShe 20km of Brussels
May 28th, 2018
Compulsary ethical codes for all NGOs
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo asks the three Belgian Oxfam organizations to reinforce their integrity management on a number of issues. An external audit following the sexual abuse scandal in the British branch of the organization lies at the origin of his initiative. He announces an integrity charter for the whole NGO sector which will oblige every NGO to draw up an ethical code, to install a confidential contact point and to organize integrity…