This morning the families of the victims of the MH17 disaster were briefed by the Joint Investigation Team on the initial findings of the criminal investigation into the downing of flight MH17. These findings concern the weapon used to down flight MH17, the location from which it was fired and the Buk missile system’s route of transport.
Foreign minister Bert Koenders and travel expert Floortje Dessing have launched a new central helpline for travellers. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs can now be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week at +31 247 247 247 for practical travel tips and assistance. Travellers abroad can also contact the Ministry online and via Twitter. It is estimated that about 3,000 people per day will use the new services.
The Netherlands intends to commission a limited tender for services for an assignment in eastern DRC. The assignment is related to a recently signed development cooperation program in the provinces of north Kivu and Ituri, carried out by IOM, Cordaid, PAX and VNG International.
Project ideas (in the form of concept notes) to operationalize the Theory of Change (ToC) of The Great Lakes Region Water Program.
Project ideas (in the form of concept notes) to operationalize the Theory of Change (ToC) of the Great Lakes Region Water and Food Security program.
Project ideas (in the form of concept notes) to operationalize the Theory of Change (ToC) of the Great Lakes Region Food Security program (GLR/FS program)
According to Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders, ‘There are no quick fixes for today’s challenges: we will have to work long and hard, at international level, to find permanent solutions to the sources of conflict around us.’ The Minister made these remarks in his 2016 policy agenda, adding, ‘This will require dynamic and flexible diplomacy, choices and innovative use of resources, as well as collaboration in old and new coalitions. International diplomacy is working at full capacity, which puts a lot of strain on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but it is vital for our security and prosperity.’
The Kingdom of the Netherlands has a longstanding commitment to the UN. We strongly believe in our partnership for peace, justice and development with the UN and its Member States. We work with our partners towards a better common future. By seeking election to the UN Security Council for the 2017-2018 period, we aim to make an even bigger contribution to building a more secure, just and prosperous world.
On 16 and Tuesday 17 April 2015, the Netherlands will host the Global Conference on CyberSpace 2015 (GCCS 2015). The conference will address the current and future challenges and opportunities presented by far-reaching digitisation. GCCS 2015 will take place in The Hague.