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1 Press Statement by the Permanent Representatives of Australia, the Kingdom of Belgium, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Malaysia and Ukraine on the second anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

The Permanent Representatives of Australia, the Kingdom of Belgium, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Malaysia and Ukraine, on behalf of their governments, issue the following statement on the second anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 on 17 July 2014 in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine:

2 The Kingdom of the Netherlands and Italy plan to share seat on UN Security Council

The Kingdom of the Netherlands and Italy have agreed to share a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the coming two years. Under this arrangement, each country would hold the seat for a year. This would mean that in 2017 Italy would be a member of world’s main body working for international peace and security, while the Kingdom of the Netherlands would hold the seat in 2018.

3 Statement of the UN LGBT Core group on the attack in Orlando

We are shocked and saddened by the horrific attack which took place at a night club in Orlando (Florida) on Sunday. Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and loved ones, the American people and the global LGBTI community.

5 We must continue to support Mali

Bert Koenders and Frank-Walter Steinmeier To achieve stability in Mali, we need to ensure that ordinary citizens can become more self-reliant and generate their own incomes.

6 Prime Minister Rutte’s statement on the Brussels attacks

Prime Minister Mark Rutte made the following statement after attending a meeting of the Ministerial Crisis Management Committee, which convened following the attacks at Brussels Airport and on the Brussels metro:

7 Brussels attacks: Netherlands stands side by side with Belgium

Following a number of attacks in Brussels on Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders have been in contact with their Belgian colleagues.

8 Young HIV activists share personal stories and discuss best practices to fight stigma and discrimination

On the occasion of World Aids Day 2015, the Permanent Missions of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Zambia co-hosted a side-event together with UNAIDS and NGO’s dance4life, CHOICE and the HIV Young Leaders Fund at UN Headquarters to reflect on best practices to fight stigma and discrimination experienced by young people living with HIV.

9 Aruba Opens Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Development

Today Aruba, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme, opened a Centre of Excellence for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States.