The Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs (FPS FA) of Belgium is proud to co-organise the World Cocoa Conference in Brussels in April 2024, during the Belgian presidency of the EU. As one of the co-organisers of this international event, we are committed to promoting sustainable development in the cocoa sector and to strengthening the relationships between cocoa producing and consuming countries.

The World Cocoa Conference provides an opportunity for stakeholders in the cocoa sector, including producers, traders, and government officials, to exchange ideas, share experiences, and develop strategies and policies to address the challenges facing the farmers as well as the industry. Belgium, as a leading importer and processor of cocoa beans, recognizes the importance of promoting sustainable cocoa production and ensuring fair working conditions for cocoa farmers.

At the FPS FA, we believe that the cocoa sector can play an important role in achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, particularly in the areas of poverty reduction, gender equality, and environmental sustainability.

Through our involvement in the World Cocoa Conference, we hope to contribute to the development of a sustainable cocoa sector that benefits all stakeholders. We look forward to welcoming participants from around the world to Brussels for this event.

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Federal Public Service – Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation

The Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs of Belgium is responsible for the development and implementation of Belgium’s foreign policy, and for representing Belgium’s interests abroad.

At the FPS FA, we are committed to promoting Belgium’s values and interests in the international arena. We work to strengthen Belgium’s relationships with other countries and international organizations, and to promote peace, democracy, and sustainable development around the world.

Our ministry is organized into several directorates and services, each with its own area of expertise. The Directorate General for Multilateral Affairs is responsible for managing Belgium’s relationships with other countries in international fora like the UN, the OECD, NATO, while the Directorate General for Development Cooperation works to promote sustainable development in developing countries. The Directorate General for Consular Affairs provides assistance to Belgian citizens traveling or living abroad, the Directorate for Bilateral affairs is responsible for following Belgium’s relations with other countries on a bilateral basis, and the Directorate General for European Affairs is responsible for managing Belgium’s relationship with the European Union.

We work closely with other government departments, as well as civil society organizations and the private sector, to promote Belgium’s interests and values in the international arena.