Today is the International Women’s Day. Despite improvements in many countries, there is still a long way to go in the defence of women’s rights. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders invited today a group of women professional athletes to take part in an event at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. Ingrid Berghmans, Kimberley Buys, Vanina Ickx, Aurélie Romanini, Sandrine Tas, Gella Vandecaveye and the Red Panthers - the female national hockey team - were among those able to join the event.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Minister of Defence Steven Vandeput received today at the Egmont Palace in Brussels Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
Speech by Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, at the 'Réunion du Groupe des amis de la Réforme du Secteur de la Sécurité' - Security Sector Reform in West Africa and the Sahel : Learning Lessons towards Sustaining Peace (New York, 21 February 2018).
High Level Seminar “Humanitarian Negotiation and International Mediation : Building Bridges” - speech by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders (New York, 20 February 2018).
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is worried about the escalation of violence in Syria and about the humanitarian situation in the country. The situation has become particularly severe in recent weeks in Eastern Ghouta, in Idlib province and around Afrin, among others.
On the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers we reflect on the tens of thousands boys and girls who are recruited today in armed conflicts. Even today, in about twenty countries all over the world, children are exposed to the cruelties of wars and conflicts: they are witnesses or victims to these cruelties and, in many cases, are forced to use violence themselves.
Queen Mathilde and Deputy Prime Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo started today a three-day working visit to Ghana. The focus of the visit lies entirely on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are the seventeen goals that must be reached in order to eradicate extreme poverty and to protect our planet.