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Coronavirus - Democratic Republic of Congo: Belgium condemns deadly attack on UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Contributing to a serious humanitarian crisis, which could be exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic

Belgium condemns the deadly attack on MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, on 22 June. A confrontation between an armed group and UN blue helmets in Beni, left at least one person dead and several wounded. Belgium expresses its sincere condolences to the family of…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Comments from Minister Goffin regarding EU Foreign Affairs Council

The focus is on Central Africa, the Maghreb countries and the Balkan countries

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence, Philippe Goffin, today took part in the EU Foreign Affairs Council. Two important issues were addressed by Belgium and its partners: the response to the COVID-19 crisis and the situation in Ukraine. Minister Philippe Goffin first of all underlined the joint efforts made at…

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Tropical forests gradually store less carbon

This is demonstrated by a large-scale study in which the AfricaMuseum played a leading role

Tropical forests are gradually losing their capacity to store carbon. If no timely action is taken, they could even start emitting carbon by 2035. This is demonstrated by a large-scale study in which the AfricaMuseum played a leading role. Tropical forests are a powerful weapon against climate disruption. They form…

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Minister Alexander De Croo wants to eradicate sleeping sickness in Congo

The Belgian investment in the fight against this neglected tropical disease amounts to almost 36.5 million euros over 9 years

This Thursday, 30 January 2020 - the first World Day for the Fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases - the Democratic Republic of Congo is celebrating its 3rd National Day for the Fight against Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT), also known as sleeping sickness. "Belgium fully supports the eradication of sleeping sickness…

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Didier Reynders confirms Belgium’s commitment to the Children and Armed Conflict agenda

The event welcomes accomplished mediators and child protection experts with experience in all four corners of the world

Today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense Didier Reynders invited a group of high-level experts at the Egmont Palace in Brussels to discuss the importance of including child protection issues in peace negotiations. Belgium has played a leading role in this field for years and remains…

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Reynders and De Croo confirm the revitalization of diplomatic relations with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

A Memorandum was concluded allowing for the revival of the cooperation in the field of finance

Before welcoming President Tshisekedi on the occasion of his first official visit to Belgium, Deputy Prime minister and Minister of Foreign affairs Didier Reynders met with his Congolese counterpart Marie Tumba Nzeza at Melsbroek. Today, the two ministers signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the regular holding of bilateral…

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Official visit of the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The official visit confirms the revitalization of the very close relationship between the DRC and Belgium

The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), H. E. Sir Felix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, will be on an official visit in Belgium starting on Tuesday 17 September 2019. After the official welcome by Prime Minister Charles Michel and a governmental meeting at the Egmont Palace, President Tshisekedi will…

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Didier Reynders calls for a definitive end to nuclear tests

The 1996 treaty can only enter into force after the ratification by 8 remaining countries, namely the USA, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Iran, China, Israel and Egypt

On the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, the Vice-Prime minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders pleads for a definitive end to all nuclear tests. To this end, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) must enter into force. Over the past two years, the Belgian diplomacy remained engaged in the…

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New Foreign Affairs spokespersons

Until recently, Nadia Benini served at the Belgian Embassy in Kinshasa, after successive experiences in Shanghai, Brasilia and Lubumbashi

Karl Lagatie is the new spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. Since July 8th, he took over from Matthieu Branders who will soon be starting his new assignment as Consul General in São Paulo. As of today, Nadia Benini joins the team as deputy…

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Didier Reynders strongly condemns the violent attack of yesterday against a village in Mali

Early Saturday morning, armed individuals stormed into the village of Ogossagou, in the centre of Mali

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defence Didier Reynders strongly condemns the odious attack which caused the violent death of at least 135 persons yesterday in Mali, close to the border with Burkina Faso. Early Saturday morning, armed individuals stormed into the village of Ogossagou, in…