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"Women, Peace and Security" National Action Plan

On 25.02.2022, Belgium adopted a fourth "Women, Peace and Security" National Action Plan (2022-2026) for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. The Women, Peace and Security agenda aims to improve the situation of women and girls in conflict and post-conflict situations, including through the promotion of gender equality and the human rights of women and girls, the prevention of and protection against violence against women and girls, and the participation of women in decision-making in the field of peace and security, for example in peace negotiations and post-conflict reconstruction talks.

Belgia - kraj komiksu

Belgium is considered as the country of the comic strip, also called the “Ninth Art Form”. Tintin, the Smurfs, Lucky Luke, Spirou and many other popular characters are known all over the world – but were born in Belgium. Our friends have now made it into the new Belgian passports, which from this year on will feature a “comic strip” theme. Belgian passports allows our citizens to travel to 149 countries (110 without visa) and are considered one of the best secured travel documents.

Wizyta Ambasadora Belgii w szkole w Gogołowie

Dzień 4 września 2021 roku przejdzie do historii szkoły jako niezwykle ważny. To tego bowiem dnia do Gogołowa przybył ambasador Królestwa Belgii. W sobotnie przedpołudnie w budynku ZS w Gogołowie odbyło się spotkanie pana ambasadora Luc Jakobs’a oraz jego małżonki- pani Anne Blontrock z uczniami i pracownikami szkoły, władzami gminy Frysztak- wójtem p. Janem Ziarnikiem i sekretarzem p. Haliną Kolanko, dyr. ZOEAS-u p. Marcinem Jakubowiczem, radnymi wsi Gogołów i zaproszonymi gośćmi.

Meet and greet with Paul Van Nevel, artistic director, and the singers of the world renowned Huelgas Ensemble

Meet and greet with Paul Van Nevel, artistic director, and the singers of the world renowned Huelgas Ensemble, performing Medieval and Renaissance polyphonic music. A highlight of the Wratislavia Cantans festival! The concert was held under the patronage of the Embassy of Belgium and the Flanders in Poland and the Baltic States.

Polish people celebrate the Feast of the Polish Armed Forces

Today Polish people celebrate the Feast of the Polish Armed Forces in commemoration of the 1920 victory of the Polish army during the Polish-Soviet War, also known as Miracle on the Vistula. Not everyone knows that Elisabeth, Queen of the Belgians, supported Polish soldiers during this difficult time by organizing a public collection of money in order to buy medicaments and medical materials for Polish soldiers struggling with Russian forces.

European Holocaust Memorial Day for Sinti and Roma

Ambassador Luc Jacobs participated today in the commemorations of the European Holocaust Memorial Day for Sinti and Roma at the Auschwitz Memorial / Muzeum Auschwitz where he laid wreath at the Monument to the Extermination of Roma and Sinti to honor the victims. On the 2nd of August 77 years ago, the “Zigeunerlager” at Birkenau was eliminated killing the remaining 4300 Roma (men, women and children) who were being held there.

Spotkanie ambasadorów i przedstawicieli GADIF

Spotkanie ambasadorów i przedstawicieli GADIF* pod przewodnictwem Belgii w Muzeum Warszawy z nową dyrektor p. Karoliną Ziębińską-Lewandowską 8 lipca. Owocna wymiana na temat międzynarodowej strategii muzeum oraz możliwości współpracy z krajami będącymi częścią Frankofonii.

National holiday of the Kingdom of Belgium

Belgium, country of northwestern Europe. It is one of the smallest and most densely populated European countries, and it has been, since its independence in 1830, a representative democracy headed by a hereditary constitutional monarch. Initially, Belgium had a unitary form of government. In the 1980s and ’90s, however, steps were taken to turn Belgium into a federal state with powers shared among the regions of Flanders, Wallonia, and the Brussels-Capital Region. Culturally, Belgium is a heterogeneous country straddling the border between the Romance and Germanic language families of western Europe. With the exception of a small German-speaking population in the eastern part of the country, Belgium is divided between a French-speaking people, collectively called Walloons (approximately one-third of the total population), who are concentrated in the five southern provinces (Hainaut, Namur, Liège, Walloon Brabant, and Luxembourg), and Flemings, a Flemish- (Dutch-) speaking people (more than one-half of the total population), who are concentrated in the five northern and northeastern provinces (West Flanders, East Flanders [West-Vlaanderen, Oost-Vlaanderen], Flemish Brabant, Antwerp, and Limburg). Just north of the boundary between Walloon Brabant (Brabant Walloon) and Flemish (Vlaams) Brabant lies the officially bilingual but majority French-speaking Brussels-Capital Region, with approximately one-tenth of the total population. (See also Fleming and Walloon.)Belgium and the political entities that preceded it have been rich with historical and cultural associations, from the Gothic grandeur of its medieval university and commercial cities and its small, castle-dominated towns on steep-bluffed winding rivers, through its broad traditions in painting and music that marked one of the high points of the northern Renaissance in the 16th century, to its contributions to the arts of the 20th century and its maintenance of the folk cultures of past eras. The Belgian landscape has been a major European battleground for centuries, notably in modern times during the Battle of Waterloo (1815) and the 20th century’s two world wars. Given its area and population, Belgium today is one of the most heavily industrialized and urbanized countries in Europe. It is a member of the Benelux Economic Union (with the Netherlands and Luxembourg), the European Union (EU), and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)—organizations that all have headquarters in or near the capital city of Brussels. Land The country has a total of 860 miles (1,385 km) of land boundaries with neighbours; it is bounded by the Netherlands to the north, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast, and France to the south. Belgium also has some 40 miles (60 km) of shoreline on the North Sea. Relief, drainage, and soils Belgium generally is a low-lying country, with a broad coastal plain extending in a southeasterly direction from the North Sea and the Netherlands and rising gradually into the Ardennes hills and forests of the southeast, where a maximum elevation of 2,277 feet (694 metres) is reached at Botrange. The main physical regions are the Ardennes and the Ardennes foothills; Côtes Lorraines (Belgian Lorraine), the intrusion of the Paris Basin in the south; and the Anglo-Belgian Basin in the north, comprising the Central Plateaus, the plain of Flanders, and the Kempenland (French: Campine). The Ardennes region is part of the Hercynian orogenic belt of mountain ranges, which reaches from western Ireland into Germany and was formed roughly 300 to 400 million years ago, during the Paleozoic Era. The Ardennes is a plateau cut deeply by the Meuse River and its tributaries. Its higher points contain peat bogs and have poor drainage; these uplands are unsuitable as cropland. A large depression, known east of the Meuse River as the Famenne and west of it as the Fagne, separates the Ardennes from the geologically and topographically complex foothills to the north. The principal feature of the area is the Condroz, a plateau more than 1,100 feet (335 metres) in elevation comprising a succession of valleys hollowed out of the limestone between sandstone crests. Its northern boundary is the Sambre-Meuse valley, which traverses Belgium from south-southwest to northeast. Situated south of the Ardennes and cut off from the rest of the country, Côtes Lorraines is a series of hills with north-facing scarps. About half of it remains wooded; in the south lies a small region of iron ore deposits. A region of sand and clay soils lying between 150 and 650 feet (45 and 200 metres) in elevation, the Central Plateaus cover northern Hainaut, Walloon Brabant, southern Flemish Brabant, and the Hesbaye plateau region of Liège. The area is dissected by the Dender, Senne, Dijle, and other rivers that enter the Schelde (Escaut) River; it is bounded to the east by the Herve Plateau. The Brussels region lies within the Central Plateaus. Bordering the North Sea from France to the Schelde is the low-lying plain of Flanders, which has two main sections. Maritime Flanders, extending inland for about 5 to 10 miles (8 to 16 km), is a region of newly formed and reclaimed land (polders) protected by a line of dunes and dikes and having largely clay soils. Interior Flanders comprises most of East and West Flanders and has sand-silt or sand soils. At an elevation of about 80 to 300 feet (25 to 90 metres), it is drained by the Leie, Schelde, and Dender rivers flowing northeastward to the Schelde estuary. Several shipping canals interlace the landscape and connect the river systems. Lying between about 160 and 330 feet (50 and 100 metres) in elevation, the Kempenland contains pastureland and is the site of a number of industrial enterprises; it forms an irregular watershed of plateau and plain between the extensive Schelde and Meuse drainage systems. Climate of Belgium Belgium has a temperate, maritime climate predominantly influenced by air masses from the Atlantic. Rapid and frequent alternation of different air masses separated by fronts gives Belgium considerable variability in weather. Frontal conditions moving from the west produce heavy and frequent rainfall, averaging 30 to 40 inches (750 to 1,000 mm) a year. Winters are damp and cool with frequent fogs; summers are rather mild. The annual mean temperature is around 50 °F (10 °C). Brussels, which is roughly in the middle of the country, has a mean minimum temperature of just below 32 °F (0 °C) in January and a mean maximum of about 71 °F (22 °C) in July. Regional climatic differences are determined by elevation and distance inland. Farther inland, maritime influences become weaker, and the climate becomes more continental, characterized by greater seasonal extremes of temperature. The Ardennes region, the highest and farthest inland, is the coldest. In winter, frost occurs on about 120 days, snow falls on 30 to 35 days, and January mean minimum temperatures are lower than elsewhere. In summer, the elevation counteracts the effect of distance inland, and July mean maximum temperatures are the lowest in the country. Because of the topography, the region has the highest rainfall in Belgium. In contrast, the Flanders region enjoys generally higher temperatures throughout the year. There are fewer than 60 days of frost and fewer than 15 of snow. On the seacoast these figures are reduced to below 50 and 10, respectively. There are a few hot days, especially on the coast, where the annual rainfall is the lowest in the country. More … Score: https://www.britannica.com/place/Belgium  

Inauguration d’un cycle de rencontres conviviales entre les ambassadeurs et représentants du GADIF

Inauguration d’un cycle de rencontres conviviales entre les ambassadeurs et représentants du GADIF* et des hauts fonctionnaires polonais pratiquant la langue française. Premier invité d’honneur : M. Jan Hofmokl, directeur du Département de l’Est au Ministère des Affaires Etrangères. Invité surprise : Henri Seroka compositeur et chef d’orchestre belge d’origine polonaise.

Wizyta Ambasadora Królestwa Belgii w Domu Pomocy Społecznej w Trzebiechowie

W dniu 28 czerwca 2021 r., w Domu Pomocy Społecznej w Trzebiechowie, odbyło się spotkanie Starosty Zielonogórskiego Krzysztofa Romankiewicza oraz Wójt Gminy Trzebiechów Izabelli Staszak z Ambasadorem Królestwa Belgii Lucem Jacobsem. W spotkaniu uczestniczyli również Wicedyrektor Domu Przemysław Żurawiecki, Główna Księgowa Iwona Tyrcz oraz tłumacz Pani Dorota Krzyżyńska. Pan Ambasador zwiedził nasze zabytki w tym Dom Pomocy Społecznej i dzieło Henrego van de Velde, Pałac oraz halę gimnastyczną. Była to pierwsza i nie ostatnia wizyta Ambasadora.

Belgium chairs the Nuclear Suppliers Group

Since June 25, 2020, Belgium has held the annual chairmanship of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). The Nuclear Suppliers Group is a multilateral regime aimed at preventing nuclear proliferation by controlling the export of materials, equipment and technology that can be used to manufacture nuclear weapons. The NSG thus supports the implementation of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which remains the cornerstone of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime. The NSG was established in 1975 and has 48 member countries.

Opowiedział o pracy w dyplomacji

Ambassador Luc Jacobs spoke about working in diplomacy in an interview with the members of the social project wPRAWIEni – an amazing initiative of young law enthusiasts who teach about how the law affects everyday life. You can also watch it in Polish on the Facebook page of wPRAWIEni and find out more information about them on http://projektwprawieni.pl/

Jesteś fanem jazzu?

Dlaczego nie posłuchasz specjalnie stworzonej przez Belgium Uniquely Phenomenal playlistę z belgijskim jazzem? https://bit.ly/BelgianJazzPlaylist

Sophie Wilmès benadrukt blijvend Belgisch engagement voor kinderrechten op de Internationale Dag tegen het gebruik van kindsoldaten

Ter gelegenheid van de Internationale Dag tegen het Gebruik van Kindsoldaten herbevestigt vicepremier en minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Sophie Wilmès het aanhoudend Belgisch engagement voor de verbetering van de bescherming van kinderen in gewapend conflict. De Verenigde Naties willen het lot van deze kinderen verbeteren door de zes meest ernstige schendingen van kinderrechten aan te pakken: doden en verminken, seksueel geweld, ontvoering, aanvallen op scholen of ziekenhuizen, het ontzeggen van toegang tot humanitaire hulp en tenslotte, het rekruteren van kindsoldaten.

Belgium takes over the presidency of the Benelux for one year

This month, Belgium takes over the presidency of the Benelux for one year. Initially, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmès was to present the priorities of this presidency at a ceremony in Brussels in the presence of her Dutch and Luxembourg colleagues Stef Blok and Jean Asselborn, but given the sanitary evolution and the outbreak of new variants, this meeting has been canceled.

Spotkanie Marszałek Sejmu z ambasadorami państw Beneluksu

We wtorek 8 grudnia 2020 roku marszałek Sejmu Elżbieta Witek spotkała się w Sejmie z ambasadorami Belgii, Holandii i Luksemburga w Polsce. Celem spotkania było m.in. zasygnalizowanie potrzeby dalszego rozwoju współpracy międzyparlamentarnej, w tym w ramach formuły Grupa Wyszehradzka - Beneluks, a także podkreślenie potrzeby umacniania współpracy dwustronnej.

Belgium and the United States sign agreement to establish preclearance at Brussels Airport

Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense Philippe Goffin and United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium Ronald Gidwitz signed a “preclearance” agreement on Monday that will allow passengers boarding flights from Brussels Airport to the United States to clear U.S. customs and immigration prior to embarkation in Brussels, and to save time upon arrival. This agreement, which has been under discussion for several years, will help further strengthen the already substantial trade and investment between the two countries and promote Brussels Airport as a trans-Atlantic hub.

The annual report 2019 of Enabel is available

The annual report of Enabel is now published online. In this report, the development agency looks back on past activities. It focuses on 2019 but it also looks ahead by outlining the long-term strategy. 2030 is the year by which the international community wants to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Enabel has its own role to fulfil in this undertaking. To better address the changing global reality, the agency identified five global challenges: Peace and Security, Climate Change, Social and Economic Inequality, Human Mobility, and Urbanisation. The report explains why these choices are made and how Enabel provides answers to these challenges.

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