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  • Ambassador Sylvie Lucas presents Letters of Credence to the Governor General of Canada Statement 22 November 2016

    On November 21st, 2016, Ambassador Sylvie Lucas presented her Letters of Credence to His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. During the credentialing ceremony at Rideau Hall, the Governor General highlighted the long and friendly relations that exist between Luxembourg and Canada, dating back to the Second World War when the Luxembourg royal family sought refuge in Canada. ... (read more)

  • Luxembourg’s space mining projects featured on CNN Statement 14 November 2016

    Richard Quest of CNN went to Luxembourg to speak with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy Etienne Schneider about the country's space mining ambitions. The first commercial mission to harvest resources from asteroids could be launched within five years, as the Luxembourg Government works on joint missions with two US space research companies to hunt for water and minerals in outer space through robotic missions.  Here is the link to Richard Quest’s contribution in CNN Money on 14 November 2016 : https://lnkd.in/gTSZ7ux

  • Luxembourg contributes satellite capacity to NATO through GovSat in the context of the Alliance Ground Surveillance system Statement 8 November 2016

    As part of Luxembourg’s defense spending effort, the Luxembourg-SES GovSat joint venture is going to provide satellite capacity for NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance system (AGS). On 7 November 2016, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defense Etienne Schneider signed a long-term contract with LuxGovSat SA to that effect. The AGS system consists of air, ground and support elements performing all-weather, persistent wide-area terrestrial and maritime surveillance in near real-time. ... (read more)

  • SpaceResources.lu: the Luxembourg Government becomes a key shareholder of Planetary Resources, Inc., the U.S.-based asteroid mining company Statement 3 November 2016

    The Luxembourg Government, the public-law banking institution “Société Nationale de Crédit et d’Investissement” (SNCI) and U.S.-based space technology company Planetary Resources have signed a 25 million euro investment and cooperation agreement within the framework of Luxembourg’s SpaceResources.lu initiative which aims at the exploration and the commercial utilization of resources from Near Earth Objects (NEOs), such as asteroids. ... (read more)

  • Deputy Prime Minister Étienne Schneider appointed to World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Space Technologies Statement 28 October 2016

    Given Luxembourg’s proven expertise in the commercial satellite services industry and to the SpaceResources.lu initiative nurturing the development of new space technologies, Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, appointed Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy, Étienne Schneider as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Space Technologies. Following his appointment, Étienne Schneider  stated: “The nomination of a Luxembourg representative is based on the  international standing of our space sector and the capabilities of its national actors. My appointment is in line with the long-lasting commitment of the Government to support the strengthening of the space sector.” ... (read more)

  • Luxembourg participating in the 9th edition of the Kids Euro Festival Statement 27 October 2016

    The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is participating in the 9th Kids Euro Festival in Washington, D.C., with the screening of the Luxembourgish co-production “The Golden Horse”. The Kids Euro Festival is a two-week long festival of European arts and culture presenting free activities to D.C. metro area children and their families: performances, concerts, workshops, movies, storytelling, all brought to the D.C. area by the 28 European Union Member States. “The Golden Horse” is a co-production between Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania and Luxembourg. ... (read more)

  • Luxembourg assists victims of hurricane Matthew in Haiti Statement 17 October 2016

    The Luxembourg Minister for Development Cooperation, Mr. Romain Schneider, has decided to allocate emergency assistance in the amount of 500,000 EUR to Haiti for assistance to the victims of hurricane Matthew, a category 4 hurricane that hit the island on 4 October. Luxembourg's aid will be implemented through Luxembourg's humanitarian partners and Luxembourg NGOs that have been active in Haiti for long years. Luxembourg is also deploying two emergency telecommunication systems of the emergency.lu project to Les Cayes in Haiti, upon request by the World Food Programme, to provide communications capacities to the humanitarian actors on the ground and help the Haitian government to reestablish communication services in the hardest hit regions. The first emergency.lu terminal, which was set up by volunteers from the Luxembourg civil protection administration, is operational since October 16th.

  • Luxembourg Parliament unanimously ratifies the Paris Agreement Statement 11 October 2016

    On Tuesday 11 October, on the first day of its new session, the Luxembourg Chambre des Députés unanimously ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change. Luxembourg thus joined the 75 other Parties that had already ratified the Agreement by that date. The Agreement will enter into force on 4 November 2016, just before the COP22 meetings in Marrakech in November. In her speech to Parliament, the Minister of the Environment, Mrs. Carole Dieschbourg, announced a consultative process with all stakeholders in Luxembourg to support the Government’s efforts to reach the national goal of reducing greenhouse emissions by 40% over 2005 levels by 2030. In this context, Minister Dieschbourg also recalled the commitment by the Luxembourg Government to contribute a cumulative amount of EUR 120 million over the 2014-2020 period to international climate finance.

  • Minister Pierre Gramegna visits Washington for IMF/WB meetings and promotes the Luxembourg Green Exchange Statement 9 October 2016

    The Minister of Finance, Mr. Pierre Gramegna, visited Washington from 6 to 8 October to participate in the fall meetings of the IMF and World Bank, in his capacity as Governor of Luxembourg of the two institutions.
    Minister Gramegna participated in a roundtable on 8 October dedicated to Green Finance where he highlighted the role that the Luxembourg Stock Exchange plays in the field through its "Luxembourg Green Exchange" platform dedicated to green financial instruments, in particular green bonds. ... (read more)

  • The Luxembourg Ambassador signs the revised DC Sustainability Pledge Statement 5 October 2016

    H.E. Ms. Sylvie Lucas joined over 60 Ambassadors and Embassy representatives on October 5th at the Embassy of Italy to sign the revised DC Sustainability Pledge. The event was organized by the DC Greening Embassies Forum, a platform for Embassies to contribute to the District’s environmental efforts and to help it reach its goal of becoming the greenest city in the United States. ... (read more)

  • Luxembourg joins the United States and 46 other States to issue a Joint Declaration for the responsible Export and Subsequent Use of Armed or Strike... Statement 5 October 2016

    As an increasing number of States are acquiring UAVs to support a range of missions, including military missions that promote peace and security, a group of 48 like-minded States issued a joint declaration promoting the responsible export and subsequent use of these systems, as the misuse of armed or strike-enabled UAVs could fuel conflict and instability and facilitate terrorism and organized crime. ... (read more)

  • The European Parliament approves the Paris Climate Agreement Statement 4 October 2016

    The European Parliament gave green light today, with an overwhelming majority of 610 members voting in favor, to the ratification by its 28 Member States of the Paris Climate Agreement, thereby paving the way for the entry into force of the landmark agreement. The ratification instrument of the EU should be deposited by the end of the week, after approval by the Council of Ministers. ... (read more)

  • The Prime Ministers of the Benelux countries meet in Schengen for their annual Summit Statement 3 October 2016

    Prime Minister Xavier Bettel hosted the annual Summit of Benelux leaders in Schengen, Luxembourg, on 3rd October 2016. The Benelux Prime ministers discussed the state of the European Union in the aftermath of the Bratislava Summit and had an exchange of views on next steps to take. Luxembourg currently holds the Presidency of the Benelux Committee of Ministers. The three Heads of Government adopted a joint communiqué as well as a joint declaration on Digital Benelux. ... (read more)

  • Ambassador Sylvie Lucas hosts a group of USAID and Department of Defense officers Statement September 19, 2016

    A group of USAID and DoD officers, led by Ned Filipovic, Language Program Manager of USAID, visited the Luxembourg Embassy on September 19th for an hour of conversation in French. The group is taking a French immersion class, in preparation of future assignments in francophone countries. Ambassador Lucas gave a presentation of Luxembourg and its foreign policy priorities and discussed the challenges that the European Union faces.

  • Ambassador Sylvie Lucas presents Letter of Credence to President Barack Obama Statement September 16, 2016

    On September 16th, 2016, Ambassador Sylvie Lucas presented her Letter of Credence to President Barack Obama, thus becoming the 14th Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg accredited to the United States of America. The credentialing ceremony at the White House was an opportunity for Ambassador Lucas to confirm her determination to contribute to the further strengthening of the bonds of friendship and cooperation that exist between the United States and Luxembourg, and to highlight her priorities for her stay in Washington, DC. President Obama recognized Luxembourg for its moral and diplomatic leadership and its reputation as an honest broker and effective mediator, most recently on the UN Security Council and during Luxembourg’s Presidency of the EU Council. 


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