Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

2014

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1 National Commemoration of MH17

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.

2 Netherlands elected to UN Human Rights Council

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.

3 Bert Koenders appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs

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.

4 Charting a path to accountability in Syria

5 Climate summit: Netherlands launches global alliance for greater food security

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.

6 Security Council Members Visit the Netherlands

A delegation of the United Nations Security Council is visiting the Netherlands on Aug. 10 and 11.

7 2014 Competitive Examination for Statistics Assistants - Applications Now

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.

8 Nominations opened for 2014 Human Rights Tulip

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.

9 Foreign Minister Timmermans: this is not a fight between Jews and Muslims

The Palestinian Authority must take the lead in a coalition of national unity in Gaza, writes Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans.

10 Air disaster MH17

The Netherlands is deeply shocked by the terrible air disaster involving flight MH17. We mourn all those who were on board, whatever their nationality. Our thoughts are with their loved ones, friends, colleagues and acquaintances. The Dutch government is doing all it can to gain clarity for the victims’ families as swiftly as possible. The Netherlands is pressing for an independent and transparent international investigation and calls on all those involved to provide full and immediate cooperation. A crisis team has been set up at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. You can contact the Ministry on +31 (0)70 348 7770.