๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation | @Sophie_Wilmes | @MeryameKitir

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๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Theodora Gentzis, President of the Board of Directors a.i., had an open and frank discussion today with #China's Special Representative on European Affairs Wu Hongbo on: ๐Ÿ”น Bilateral relations ๐Ÿ”น EU-China relations ๐Ÿ”น Human rights situation ๐Ÿ”น COVID-19 ๐Ÿ”น Winter Olympics
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The @UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate has conducted a virtual visit to Belgium. It was @UN_CTEDโ€™s first visit to our country since 2009. โฌ‡๏ธ Find out more about this important visit in the tweets below.
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โ“ What does @UN_CTED exactly do? CTED carries out the decisions of the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), conducts expert assessments of each @UN Member States, and facilitates counter-terrorism technical assistance to countries.
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โ“ Why is @UN_CTED's virtual visit important for Belgium? Our country has been a staunch supporter of CTED since its creation, as we attach great importance to international cooperation in the fight against terrorism within the @UN framework.
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โ“ Why does the visit of @UN_CTED come at a significant moment? Since the attacks in Brussels so much has been achieved. Not only in terms of legislation but also in terms of prevention.
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โ“ What is Belgium's counter-terrorism philosophy? Our country is looking forward to the dissemination by CTED of Belgium's whole-of-government approach in the fight against terrorism.
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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด Belgium supports the historic peace agreement in #Colombia which marks its fifth anniversary this year. โฌ‡๏ธ Read more in the tweet below.
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Belgium congratulates all parties for the progress accomplished so far. At the same time, our country calls for the full implementation of the peace agreement in all its aspects and for full respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms.
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๐Ÿงก #VoilaPourquoi Belgium strongly supports the work of @UNFPA to end gender-based violence. #OrangeTheWorld Minister of Development Cooperation @MeryameKitir is currently in the DRC to visit our partner organisations in the field during the #16Days of Activism.
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๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ During her visit to #SaintJoseph Hospital in #Kinshasa, Minister @MeryameKitir announced a โ‚ฌ5 million contribution to extend the program to fight against sexual violence in #DRC implemented by @Enabel_en_RDC. It includes an integrated "1 stop" care center at the hospital.
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The visit also highlighted the challenges posed by fistula and the work of the #SaintJoseph care center, with the support of Belgium, to respond to this issue affecting thousands of women, unfortunately still too often considered as a taboo.
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"Violence against women & girls is one of the most persistent and devastating human rights abuses in our world today. COVID-19 aggravates that. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ชwelcomes the #16DaysofActivism and is committed to fight this violence, at home & abroad" โž–Minister of Foreign Affairs @Sophie_Wilmes
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๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ The elimination of violence against women & girls is at heart of Minister for Development Cooperation @MeryameKitir's current visit to the DRC, taking place during the #16DaysofActivism against gender-based violence. She will visit projects dedicated to supporting survivors.
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We #OrangeTheWorld during the #16Days of Activism to stand in solidarity with survivors of violence. ๐Ÿงก On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium calls for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.
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๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Together with our Belgian diplomats and colleagues in all four corners of the world we continue to stand against gender-based violence. โœŠ Letโ€™s kick off the #16Days of Activism and #OrangeTheWorld !
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Belgium firmly opposes the death penalty worldwide. #NoDeathPenalty
Iran:๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บstrongly condemns execution of juvenile offender Arman Abdolali. Capital punishment 4 crimes committed by people below 18y goes against ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท international obligations. ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ fundamentally opposes #deathpenalty under any circumstances as cruel & inhumane europa.eu/!9wqdud
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๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ผ Fruitful exchanges between our President of the Board of Directors a.i. and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of #Kuwait. They discussed ways to further strengthen our bilateral relations, global issues of common interest and partnership for more peace and stability.
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A tragic bus accident in #Bulgaria claimed the lives of 43 people and injured several others. A Belgian man and his child were involved in the accident. Belgium extends its deepest condolences to the bereaved families and the Bulgarian people.
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๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ Minister van Europese Zaken @Sophie_Wilmes steunt de Conferentie over de toekomst van Europa. #CoFoE Laat uw stem horen. Laat ons weten in welk Europa u wil leven. Deel uw ideeรซn en bouw mee aan de toekomst van onze Unie.
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