Report of the Advisory Council on Policy Coherence for Development

This reports comes at the end of the mandate of the Advisory Council on Policy Coherence for Development. It presents the Council’s vision on policy coherence together with an overview of its recommendations and recent developments in the field of policy coherence for development. It analyses whether policy coherence for development mechanisms in general have […]

Strengthening human rights due diligence

On 12 December 2017, Belgium officially presented its National Action Plan (NAP) on Business and Human Rights. In this opinion, the Advisory Council on Policy Coherence for Development identifies strengthening human rights due diligence of businesses as one area where the NAP could be improved, and where Belgium could further demonstrate its commitment towards the […]

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 […]

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 […]