Foreign minister Bert Koenders is earmarking €3 million this year for the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), which works to clear landmines worldwide. Mr Koenders made the announcement while in New York, where he visited an interactive exhibition on demining.
‘Landmines tear communities apart. People are no longer able to use large areas of their living environment due to fear of explosions. Every day eight people – half of whom are children – are killed by landmines. Landmines also kill cattle; this has a negative economic impact,’ Mr Koenders said.
The Netherlands is sending a team of experts to southern Asia to assist in search and rescue efforts following Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal. The decision was taken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in consultation with the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Security and Justice, in response to a request for assistance made by the Nepalese government and the United Nations. Nepal, in southern Asia, was struck Saturday by the most severe earthquake in over 80 years. There are more than 2,000 confirmed fatalities so far and extensive material damage.
Soon, Dutch expertise will save tens of tons of refugees in Bentiu, South Sudan, from having to wade through ankle-high mud. In the rainy season their camp becomes a quagmire, causing already low living standards to worsen. Following trade and development minister Lilianne Ploumen’s visit to South Sudan last autumn, a team of hydraulic engineers – led by the consultancy firm Grontmij – has drawn up a plan to improve the situation. ‘What we’re doing in Bentiu is an excellent example of the added value of Dutch knowledge and expertise,’ said Ms Ploumen.
On Sunday, during her visit to Jordan, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen discussed a different approach to humanitarian aid, which aims to make assistance provided to Syrian refugees future-proof. ‘There is no solution in sight for the crisis in Syria. For the time being, neighbouring countries will have to continue to take in refugees,’ said the minister.
Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan | | Sunday 3/29/2015 - 16:23 GMT
The Dutch city of Amsterdam on Sunday donated 500 second-hand bicycles for Syrian refugees to use in the huge Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan.
The Netherlands foreign trade minister, Lilianne Ploumen, handed over the bikes to representatives of aid agencies working in the sprawling desert camp, the size of a city in its own right.
The government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands has announced that it will make a financial contribution of EUR 500,000 to help the people of Vanuatu. The island state in the Pacific Ocean was hit hard by cyclone Pam on Friday, which has caused great devastation.
Minister Lilianne Ploumen (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation): 'It is important for emergency assistance to be at the site as soon as possible. Many people have lost everything because of the cyclone. There is a feeling of great desperation.'
UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl made his first official visit in office to The Hague on 5 March to discuss the cooperation between UNRWA and the Netherlands, and the current situation in UNRWA's Fields of operation. Mr. Krähenbühl met with Mr. Bert Koenders, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and members of the House of Representatives of the Dutch Parliament.
Foreign minister Bert Koenders has earmarked an additional €3.5 million for the monitoring mission being conducted by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in eastern Ukraine. The OSCE has deployed the monitors to see to it that the Ukrainian army and the rebels comply with the ceasefire agreed in Minsk on 12 February.
3 March, Jakarta - The Indonesian and Dutch government today launch a comprehensive five-year multi million public-private partnership initiative for enhancing coastal safety at the North Coast of Java. It aims to build stable coastlines with reduced erosion risk through a unique integration of mangrove restoration, small scale hard-engineering and sustainable land use.
“THE CURSE OF THE WAR FOLLOWS ME…” AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL SPEAKS TO A SYRIAN MAN WHO WAS RESETTLED IN THE NETHERLANDS AFTER FLEEING SYRIA IN 2012.
Speaking in Berlin today, foreign trade and development cooperation minister Lilianne Ploumen will express her appreciation and support for the work of Gavi – the vaccination alliance that runs major programmes in numerous developing countries. In her address to the Gavi Pledging Conference, her message will be clear: ‘Gavi is saving millions of lives, especially those of women and children. The results speak for themselves.
The Netherlands will continue to support the UN peace process for the Great Lakes Region in Africa. In early January the deadline expired for the disarmament of the Hutu rebel group Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) in eastern DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Foreign minister Bert Koenders and development minister Lilianne Ploumen today met with Said Djinnit, UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, to discuss how to best deal with the FDLR.
‘Turkey is playing a key role in providing shelter to refugees from Syria. What I’ve seen here today and what I saw last month during my visit to Jordan and Iraq have made a deep impression on me.’
Conakry, Guinée | AFP | lundi 08/12/2014 - 09:31 GMT
Un navire néerlandais a livré samedi en Guinée une partie de l'aide de l'Union européenne (UE) contre Ebola qu'il convoie pour les trois pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest les plus touchés par l'épidémie, a-t-on appris dimanche de source européenne à Conakry.
West Africa - The Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak (BE FPS Home Affairs, ECHO)
■The Biological Light Fieldable Laboratory for Emergencies (B-LiFE), offered by Belgium, is now operational in Guinea. First tests are expected to begin on Christmas Day.
■The B-LIFE Laboratory has been recently registered in CECIS, under the Union Civil Protection Mechanism Voluntary Pool. It was mobilized upon the invitation of the ERCC.
West Africa - The Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak (NL NCTV, ECHO)
The Netherlands is sending three teams of specialised laboratory technicians to Liberia and Sierra Leone to help fight the Ebola outbreak there. They will be working in mobile laboratories, purchased by the Netherlands and transported to the region by the Joint Support Ship Karel Doorman, conducting blood tests to establish whether patients are infected with the disease. According to Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen, this fulfils an important need.
A new batch of urgently needed medical and relief supplies is leaving to the Ebola-affected region in West Africa today on board of the Dutch ship "Karel Doorman".
For the second time, as part of the coordinated European response to the Ebola outbreak, the Netherlands has offered to transport vital supplies free of charge. The vessel is carrying 1,500 tons of food for the World Food Programme (WFP) in addition to more than 50 vehicles, medical supplies and protective clothing for health personnel offered by Belgium, France, Germany and the UK.
The UK has so far pledged £230 million to help the people of Sierra Leone defeat Ebola. This will build 6 treatment centres across the country, provide food and supplies for thousands of quarantined homes and already has provided over 750 operational beds to isolate and treat cases of Ebola.
As well as giving its own money, Britain has asked other countries across the world to join them in supporting Sierra Leone. So far Norway, Denmark, Cuba, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Canada have all agreed to provide health staff for Sierra Leone.