The coronavirus Covid-2019 has been on the rise in China since December 2019 and has spread to multiple countries. The contamination occurs from person to person and the situation in an affected area can evolve quickly.
This Thursday, December 3, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sophie Wilmès, welcomed the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, H.E. Francisco Bustillo Bonasso, to the Egmont Palace on the occasion of his visit to Europe.
At the end of December, Belgium will complete its two-year term on the UN Security Council, the sixth since the creation of the UN in 1945. Several important files for Belgium's foreign policy will be on the agenda in the last weeks of this mandate.
Belgium submits a request to the Court of Justice of the European Union for an opinion on the compatibility of the intra-European application of the arbitration provisions of the future modernised Energy Charter Treaty with the European Treaties.
Today December 1, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile Andrés Allamand held a bilateral meeting on the occasion of the latter’s visit to Europe.
This Wednesday, November 25, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès welcomed at the Egmont Palace the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, H.E. Demeke Mekonnen Hassen on the occasion of his visit to Europe.
Today the world celebrates International Children's Day. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Protocols urge countries around the world to make policy changes and align legislation with the rights of the child, to invest in specific areas such as education, to take measures against the sale of children, child prostitution, child pornography and child labor, and to protect children in armed conflicts.
This Tuesday November 17, the General Affairs Council of the European Union (EU) will bring together by videoconference the Ministers in charge of European Affairs. Due to the unavailability of Foreign Affairs Minister Sophie Wilmès, Belgium will be represented by Minister David Clarinval.
Belgium expresses its concern about the escalation of the conflict in northern Ethiopia and the looming humanitarian crisis. Belgium calls for an immediate ceasefire by all parties involved. Minister of Development Cooperation Meryame Kitir: "Humanitarian actors must be given timely, independent, unimpeded and unconditional humanitarian access to the Tigray region in order to provide indispensable assistance in a safe manner to the population in need".