The Dutch Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg has today signed the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence on behalf of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. With this move, the Netherlands is sending a clear signal that violence against women and domestic violence are unacceptable.
‘The International Criminal Court plays an essential role in preventing crimes, protecting people and bringing perpetrators to justice. It has achieved a great deal, but there is still much to do.’ Foreign minister Frans Timmermans delivered this message in the Knights’ Hall in The Hague at a ceremony to mark the ICC’s 10th anniversary, which was attended by Her Majesty the Queen and the President of Senegal.
On Wednesday, 14 November 2012, an event will be held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Ridderzaal (The Knights Hall) in The Hague (Netherlands), in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands
Cooperation between the EU and the Arab League is crucial to resolving problems in the Middle East, especially in Syria, foreign minister Frans Timmermans has said at a meeting of the Arab League and the EU in Cairo. Syria was the main topic of discussion.
Investing in family planning in developing countries brings many benefits, according to UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, which this Wednesday published its State of World Population 2012 report, ‘By Choice, Not By Chance.’
Foreign minister Frans Timmermans has condemned the mortar and rocket attacks against Israel carried out by militant groups in the Gaza Strip.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans is pleased with the decision to resume negotiations on a United Nations arms trade treaty next year. It is hoped that the final document will be ready by March 2013.
Foreign minister Frans Timmermans has condemned Israel’s decision to invite tenders for the construction of 1,285 homes in East Jerusalem and on the West Bank of the river Jordan.
The new Dutch government was today sworn in by Her Majesty the Queen. The members of the government responsible for foreign policy are Frans Timmermans (Minister of Foreign Affairs) and Lilianne Ploumen (Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation). Mr Timmermans, 51, was Minister for European Affairs from 2007 to 2010. Ms Ploumen, 50, worked for various development organisations before serving as chair of the PvdA (Labour Party).
The Netherlands is discussing closer cooperation with Egypt in such areas as good governance and the rule of law. Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal recently held talks on the subject with his colleague Mohamed Kamel Amr in Cairo.