“In 2014, the UN showed us what it stands for. It is up to its member states to ensure that the UN can even do a better job in the future.” This appeal was made by Mr Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Tuesday January 20 in New York, during a speech at the International Peace Institute.
The national commemoration of the flight MH17 disaster will take place on Monday 10 November in Amsterdam. The commemoration is accessible by invitation only. The persons invited are the surviving relatives of the victims and persons involved in the air crash.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands was today elected to the Human Rights Council for the 2015-2017 period by the UN General Assembly. Foreign minister Bert Koenders welcomes the Netherlands’ membership of the council. ‘What happened today underlines the importance the Netherlands places on human rights worldwide,’ said the minister.
King Willem-Alexander has appointed Bert Koenders as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Mr Koenders was sworn in by the King at Noordeinde Palace on Friday 17 October 2014.
The Netherlands used the UN Climate Summit in New York on 23 September 2014 to launch a global alliance for greater food security through climate-smart agriculture.
A delegation of the United Nations Security Council is visiting the Netherlands on Aug. 10 and 11.
The competitive examination for Statistics Assistants is open to UN Secretariat staff members in the General Service and related categories as well as external candidates, who meet the education, work experience and language requirements as specified in the job opening posted on the UN Careers website.
Starting this week, human rights defenders from around the world may be nominated for the 2014 Human Rights Tulip, the Dutch government’s human rights award. On 9 December the Minister of Foreign Affairs will present the prize and the accompanying bronze tulip-shaped sculpture to the winner.
The Palestinian Authority must take the lead in a coalition of national unity in Gaza, writes Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans.