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.