'There are no words for this moment; we can only look back with gratitude,' said Prime Minister Mark Rutte on hearing the news that Nelson Mandela has died.
Today, at the opening of the International Water Week in Amsterdam, Minister Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure & the Environment advocated a special UN program for water issues. Such a program would combine international knowledge on flood protection, the supply of sufficient clean water, and the treatment of waste water and could aid countries by providing concrete, innovative solutions.
At the request of the United Nations, the Netherlands will contribute to MINUSMA, the stabilisation mission in Mali. This was confirmed today by the government in a letter to parliament. The aim of this UN mission is to restore security and stability to the West African nation. The Netherlands will be deploying approximately 380 people to MINUSMA, and in principle they will remain with the mission until the end of 2015.
4 Appointment by Secretary-General of the UN of Sigrid Kaag as Special Coordinator of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission
United Nations Secretary-General, in consultation with Director general of the OPCW, appoints Sigrid Kaag of the Netherlands as Special Coordinator of the OPCW-United Nations Joint Mission
On 7 October 2013, the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN organized a First Committee side event entitled “Nuclear Terrorism: An Assessment of the Threat and the Means to Reduce It” under the chairmanship of Karel van Oosterom, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the UN.
Today, in the margins of the UN General Assembly, foreign minister Frans Timmermans opened a ministerial meeting on equal rights for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT). This is the first time that discussions on the position of LGBTs are being held at this level within the UN. Participants included the foreign ministers of Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, Norway and the US, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and senior officials from France, Japan and New Zealand.
During the UN General Assembly, development minister Lilianne Ploumen announced international action against child marriage. With her Canadian and Ghanaian counterparts, Ms Ploumen has launched an initiative with this goal, which was greeted with enthusiasm at the UN summit.
Foreign minister Frans Timmermans has told the House of Representatives that the Netherlands will provide €1.5 million towards the elimination of chemical weapon stockpiles in Syria.
The Nuclear Security Summit being hosted by the Netherlands in March 2014 will be held in the World Forum in The Hague, Minister of Foreign Affairs Uri Rosenthal announced today. Over 50 heads of state and government and representatives of international organisations are expected to attend the event, which will be chaired by the Dutch Prime Minister.