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Belgium has a new national action plan for business and human rights 2024-2029

On the proposal of Federal Minister for Sustainable Development Zakia Khattabi and Minister for Foreign Affairs Hadja Lahbib, the Council of Ministers on Friday 5 April approved the new national action plan for business and human rights for the period 2024-2029. The implementation of this plan applies on the one hand to Belgian companies operating in Belgium and/or abroad, and on the other hand to international companies operating within our country. With its "mirror clause" approach,…
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PR | Vivaldi adopts Zakia Khattabi's federal climate law

On this memorial day, two years after the dramatic flooding in our country due to extreme weather, the federal government approved Zakia Khattabi's law proposal that legally anchors the organization, expert advice for and financing of the federal climate policy. The text institutionalizes the new climate governance system. The text establishes a committee of independent experts to ensure its proper implementation and guarantees the more targeted and transparent use of the millions in…
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PR | Zakia Khattabi Affirms Urgency of Environmental Action at Conclusion of Landmark Budapest Conference

The Seventh Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health has concluded with the groundbreaking "Declaration of Budapest", highlighting the vital linkage between health, biodiversity, and climate change. Minister of Environment, Zakia Khattabi, among other key participants, ratified this pivotal declaration.
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PR | Belgium will no longer be exporting chemicals banned on European soil!

On Friday 23 June, the Council of Ministers approved the draft proposal "export ban" put forward by Federal Environment Minister Zakia Khattabi and Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke. The purpose of this Royal Decree is to ban the export of certain hazardous substances banned or strictly regulated on the European market from Belgium to non-EU countries. A measure against double standards that is firmly in line with the protection of health and environment and social justice.
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PR | Zakia Khattabi ensures Belgium plays pioneering role in protecting biodiversity in Antarctica

The 45th annual Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting was held from 28 May to 9 June. This time around, the signatory countries of the treaty agreed on a number of important decisions, including the creation of a Specially Protected Area (ASPA) near the Princess Elisabeth Station, at the initiative of the Federal Minister for the Environment, Zakia Khattabi. The meeting also reaffirmed the ban on the exploitation of natural resources provided for in the Madrid Protocol.
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PR | Palm oil in biofuels in the Belgian market drops to zero

An initial analysis of the 2023 registrations of biofuels released for consumption in the Belgian transport sector shows that palm oil consumption will drop to zero. "After years of growth in fuel  consumption of palm oil, the phase out introduced by the minister of energy and myself appears to be well respected," notes Environment Minister Zakia Khattabi with satisfaction. "Belgium's palm oil consumption in diesel required palm oil plantations of more than 100,000…
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PR | Belgium becomes the second European country to introduce a reparability index

On Friday 2nd June, the Council of Ministers adopted the draft bill tabled by the Federal Minister for the Environment, Zakia Khattabi, introducing a reparability index. This measure, which stems from the federal action plan for circular economy, is not only a major step forward in the fight against the premature end-of-life of certain objects, it also helps to preserve the natural resources needed to produce them. 
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10 years Rana Plaza

Exactly a decade ago, the world witnessed a terrible tragedy! Rana Plaza, an eight-story garment factory in Bangladesh, collapsed, causing more than 1,100 deaths. This is one of the worst industrial catastrophes in our history and is the consequence ofa logic of maximum profit for a minimum cost.  The hazardous and inhuman working conditions under which millions of people work daily in the fashion industry have been exposed. 
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Views | The sustainability of our public finances requires investment

In the debate on European fiscal policy, analyses and proposals for a return to fiscal orthodoxy follow one another. These  are not only very alike, but also similar to those of the 1990s.   
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PR | Zakia Khattabi in Copenhagen in preparation of an ambitious COP28

On Monday, an international ministerial conference on climate change will be held in Copenhagen.The first conference since COP27, that took place last November at Sharm al-Sheikh, will be hosted for two days by the current and incoming Presidencies of the Conference of the Parties on Climate, namely Egypt and United Arab Emirates. Organized to assess COP27, the Belgian Federal Minister for Climate and Chief of Delegation, Zakia Khattabi, will attend both days of work with the firm intention of…

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