New York, 20 September 2022 (TDI): Foreign Minister of Belgium, Hadja Lahbib with other delegates participated in the first day of the high-level week of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Belgium’s first day in high level-week of UNGA

The Foreign Minister of Belgium along with the members of the Permanent Mission of Belgium to the UN Belgian UN Youth Delegates took part in the Transforming Education Summit.

The representatives of Belgium supported that universal access to high-quality education is crucial for Belgium because it supports other human rights.

Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib also attended the UN LGBTI Core Group event. As a part of this group, Belgian diplomats promoted LGBTI rights and basic freedoms at the UN to guarantee widespread acceptance of these communities.

Moreover, Minister Hadja Lahbib also attended a Women Leaders Network meeting. During the meeting, she discussed the impact of Climate Change.

She highlighted that Belgium raised its climate financing last year to support efforts to mitigate climate change.

Further, she mentioned that the Belgian government also increased efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions or sequester them in natural resources like soil and forests.

Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib also held several bilateral meetings with the Foreign Ministers of Armenia, Peru, Palestine, and Ukraine.

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Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo, Minister of Foreign Affairs Hadja Lahbib, Minister of Development Cooperation, and Major Cities Meryame Kitir are all in New York to represent Belgium at the UNGA session.

Moreover, Vincent Van Quickenborne, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and the North Sea, will also take part in some of the discussions.

Belgium has organized activities at each High-Level Week that are specifically focused on the connections between the political, security, and humanitarian dimensions of crises for several years.

This year, Minister Lahbib will preside over an occasion with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and European Commissioner Lenari on the subject of ensuring responsibility for sexual abuse and other transgressions of international humanitarian law.

Moreover, Belgium at the high-level meetings week will also discuss global issues such as COVID-19 issues, the Ukraine crisis, sustainable development goals, climate change, and many more.