Thomas Cook The Belgian Travel Guarantee Fund (TGF), the insolvency insurer of Thomas Cook Belgium, protecting consumers who have bought travel services from Thomas Cook Belgium, has taken over responsibility for Thomas Cook Belgium’s consumers in this capacity since Thomas Cook Group has been declared insolvent. For all Thomas Cook Belgium's consumers on package travel and accommodation-only trips currently abroad, the TGF will pay the hotels within the terms of this letter, at the rate for services provided as per the contract with Thomas Cook Group, from the date of insolvency, begin 24th of September 2019, through to the consumers' scheduled departure date.
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 committed as the chair of the UNSC Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) during its mandate in the Security Council in 2019-2020.
Today we celebrate the European and World Day against the Death Penalty. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders repeats that Belgium remains strongly committed to the universal abolition of the death penalty.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs and Defence Didier Reynders is pleased to announce that Belgium granted €1,266,196 to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in order to strengthen civil nuclear cooperation and the Agency's capabilities.
Only by strengthening international cooperation can we successfully tackle global challenges such as peace and security, climate change, human rights, migration, digital transformation and sustainable development. This is the key message of Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo at the launch of the new 'Alliance for Multilateralism' today in New York, a Franco-German initiative that aims to strengthen international cooperation.
In recent years, the number of counterterrorism measures has risen sharply to cope with the increased international terror threat. These measures are necessary from a peace and security perspective, but can have undesirable consequences for humanitarian assistance. In the margins of the General Assembly, Belgium and the European Union call for more attention in coordinating the approach to terrorism and humanitarian action.
In the margins of the ministerial week of the UN General Assembly, Belgium and Congo Brazzaville jointly chaired a ministerial meeting to discuss regional security in the Great Lakes Region. Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo called for more regional cooperation.
There is an urgent need to accelerate the implementation and financing of the Sustainable Development Goals. Otherwise, we will never achieve the objectives of Agenda 2030 by 2030. That's what Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo says at the start of the SDG Summit in New York, in which he is participating together with H.M. Queen Mathilde.