Opinions

 

The Advisory Council on Policy Coherence for Development was established in April 2014.
Its primary mission is to advise the federal government in order to ensure policy coherence for development.


Arms sales to Saudi Arabia

This opinion deals with arms sales to Saudi Arabia and their consequences on human rights violations and the humanitarian crisis in Yemen that has been torn by a civil war since 2014. The opinion pays particular attention to the role of Belgium in arms exports to Saudi Arabia. It puts forward recommendations that aim to […]

Belgium’s economic and commercial relations with Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Belgium’s economic and commercial relations with Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories This opinion notes that the policies pursued by the State of Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories directly or indirectly lead to the cancellation or weakening of the positive impacts of the development aid that Belgium provides there. The occupied Palestinian territories […]

Country-by-country public reporting by major corporations

Public country-by-country reporting by large companies This opinion relates to country-by-country public reporting by major corporations. The fiscal revenue lost by developing countries is estimated at over US$100 billion. These losses arise when multinationals transfer profits to territories with low or even zero tax rates. The requirement for corporations to publish financial information by each […]

Peace and security

Peace and security The Advisory Council on policy coherence for development has issued the following opinion at the request of the Federal Minister for Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services, to provide content for the 3D-LO (development, defence, diplomacy) approach. The Advisory Council lays emphasis on the role of the government as a […]

Migrations and development

Migrations and development This opinion provides input into the work of the “Migrations and Development” working party of the Interdepartmental Commission on policy coherence. The opinion makes a number of recommendations on: 1. The strategic and political framework for migration and development, 2. Remittances, 3. The migration of work, 4. Collaboration with diasporas, 5. Voluntary […]

Belgium’s mandate at the World Bank

This opinion relates to Belgium’s mandate within the World Bank group. It analyses the working of the World Bank and raises instances of lack of policy coherence in terms of agriculture and food security, and of decent work and human rights as a whole. On this basis, it makes recommendations to guarantee Belgian positions more […]

Opinion of the Advisory Council on Policy Coherence for Development “Managing the external debt of developing countries”

Opinion of the Advisory Council on Policy Coherence for Development “Managing the external debt of developing countries”   This opinion is concerned with the management of the external debt of developing countries. It makes a series of recommendations aimed at aligning debt management with the principles of international law and the Sustainable Development Goals. In […]

Policy coherence and food and nutritional security: reinforcing policy coherence in global food governance

Policy coherence and food and nutritional security: reinforcing policy coherence in global food governance This opinion refers to the coherence of Belgian policies in terms of food and nutritional security with the international commitments undertaken by Belgium within the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), as […]