Minister Didier Reynders in New York for United Nations General Assembly

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is in New York for the annual session of the General Assembly. A busy week ahead with meetings and debates at the United Nations (UN).

The Minister will participate at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit in honor of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. His whole life Madiba fought against apartheid and for his ideals through dialogue, democracy and reconciliation. It is important to commemorate this today as an inspiring force for the international community. It pays off to commit to peace and security, to defend human rights and to pursue a sustainable development.

He will also participate in several activities with HM the Queen that day, who is invited to New York in her capacity as UN Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals.

As a founding member of the UN and convinced advocate for multilateralism, Belgium will continue to engage on the international scene. It will be a busy week filled with political and diplomatic contacts. In view of our membership in the Security Council in 2019-2020, Belgium will continue the preparation for this important mandate this week: Fostering Consensus, Acting for Peace. From october onwards our country will already be following the work of the Security Council as an observer.

During the course of the week, Didier Reynders will speak at a number of events about some Belgian priority areas such as reintegration of child soldiers, respect for the International Humanitarian Law, protection of civilians in armed conflicts and the complete ban of nuclear tests.

Source: Embassy of Belgium in Pakistan