“Belgium will strive to play its traditional role as a mediator”

On 1 January 2019 Belgium begins a two-year mandate as a non-permeant member of the United Nations Security Council. Just ahead of our country taking a seat at the top table of world diplomacy, the Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders (Francophone liberal) told journalist that at the UN Security Council Belgium will strive to play its “traditional role as a mediator”. 

Mr Reynders added that "Although the pressure that is being brought to bear on the post-war mechanism of international cooperation is also evident within the dynamics of the Security Council, Belgium plans to be the embodiment of the multilateral vision that has formed the basis of our foreign policy since the end of the Second World War”.  

"During its mandate our country will remain loyal to the spirit of dialogue and will strive pragmatically to play its traditional role as a mediator. ‘Reaching consensuses and building peace’".

"Our country will strive to make a substantial contribution to the debates on all the important international issues that come before the Security Council, while reflecting our values and specific expertise”, Mr Reynders added.

The Belgian Foreign Minister believes that Belgium’s mandate on the UN Security Council fits perfectly into Belgium’s strong foreign policy emphasis on human rights.