Human Rights, Democracy and Civic Space in Africa & the Middle East

Join the Civic Space Initiative Launch on February 26th in Mechelen and get to know the selected projects. Connect with influential voices, gain insights from esteemed speakers, and contribute to the vital dialogue on protecting human rights and advancing democracy in challenging environments. You can participate either in person or remotely via live streaming.
Predikheren, Goswin de Stassartstraat 88, Mechelen
Feb 26th, 2024 - 2.30pm–>4.45pm
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Belgium invests in quality education in Africa

Belgium is committing an additional 4 million euro to support quality education in Africa, with an emphasis on teacher training. Minister for Development Cooperation Caroline Gennez made the announcement on Wednesday during an event in Brussels. The event, 'Improving Educational Attainment and Learning for Girls', falls within the framework of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and is organised together with UNESCO. "Together with our partners, we aim to…
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Minister Caroline Gennez presents Belgian EU presidency priorities for Europe’s development policy

Earlier today, Minister of Development Cooperation Caroline Gennez presented the priorities of the Belgian EU Presidency for Europe’s development policy: "The presidency is an excellent opportunity to emphasize the importance of international solidarity and development in an effective European foreign policy." 
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Belgium joins Global Coalition for Social Justice

Belgium will join the Global Coalition for Social Justice, a flagship initiative of the International Labour Organization (ILO). It brings together workers, employers and governments and aims to promote labour rights, better working conditions, social protection, and social dialogue worldwide. This was announced today by Minister of Development Cooperation, Caroline Gennez, at an event on decent work in Brussels, in the presence of Gilbert F. Houngbo, Director-General of the ILO.  
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Minister Gennez puts Palestine on the European agenda

At the informal EU Council of Development ministers, Minister Gennez sounded the alarm about the escalating violence and the shrinking space for peaceful coexistence, democracy and civil society in the occupied Palestinian territories. 
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Belgium pledges an additional €2 million of humanitarian aid for disaster area in Syria

Minister of Development Cooperation and Major Cities Caroline Gennez pledges an additional €2 million for the ailing population in Syria after the severe earthquake six weeks ago. This announcement was made on the occasion of a special EU donor conference in Brussels.
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Belgian Minister of Development Cooperation Caroline Gennez announces €5 million in emergency aid for affected areas in Türkiye and Syria after earthquake

Belgium is pledging €5 million in humanitarian aid following the devastating earthquake in Türkiye and Syria on Monday morning. This was announced by Belgian Minister for Development Cooperation and Major Cities Caroline Gennez. 
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Belgium to tackle global backsliding on childhood vaccination

Belgium will help tackle the global backsliding on routine childhood vaccinations. “We will contribute €3 million to Gavi, the international vaccination alliance of governments, NGOs and the medical sector,” announces Minister of Development Cooperation and Major Cities Caroline Gennez.
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Solidarity needed: Belgium sends support to rebuild schools and hospitals in Ukraine

As the war in Ukraine enters a new phase and winter approaches, Belgium will provide the Ukrainian people with additional funds to rebuild schools, hospitals and other key infrastructure and make them winter-proof.  
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New partnership between Belgium and Mozambique to address climate change

A new cooperation program between Belgium and Mozambique will help the Mozambican people better prepare for the effects of climate change. Part of the funding will be reserved to provide support for climate disasters affecting the country due to global warming. 

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