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16 Mar 2015 description

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.'

09 Mar 2015 description


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.

05 Mar 2015 description

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.

03 Mar 2015 description

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.

28 Jan 2015 description
report Amnesty


28 Jan 2015 description

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.

15 Jan 2015 description

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.

08 Jan 2015 description

‘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.’

28 Dec 2014 description

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.

26 Dec 2014 description

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)

15 Dec 2014 description

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.

12 Dec 2014 description
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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.

12 Dec 2014 description

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.

10 Dec 2014 description

ROME – Following an unprecedented social media campaign, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today the tally of contributions by government donors towards the reinstatement of food assistance to nearly 1.7 million Syrian refugees.

Thanks to substantial support from government partners in donor countries, a total of US$88.4 million has been raised to date. As this exceeds the goal of US$64 million required to fund the refugee programme in December, it allows WFP to cover some of the refugees’ food needs in January.

08 Dec 2014 description

La Haye, Pays-Bas | AFP | lundi 08/12/2014 - 20:31 GMT

Un navire néerlandais va retourner vers les pays touchés par le virus Ebola pour une deuxième mission, emportant de l'équipement hospitalier, des véhicules et de la nourriture, a indiqué lundi à La Haye le ministère de la Défense.

08 Dec 2014 description

La Haye, Pays-Bas | AFP | Monday 12/8/2014 - 16:30 GMT

Dutch navy transport ship Karel Doorman will on Friday return to West Africa to deliver dozens of vehicles, food and medical kit in the fight against Ebola, officials said Monday.

"The Karel Doorman will set sail on Friday loaded with vehicles, medical equipment and protective clothing for aid workers, as well as 1,500 tonnes of food for the World Food Programme," the Dutch Defence Ministry said in a statement.

05 Dec 2014 description

‘The Afghans can count on our support, though we will remain critical. With our international partners, we will continue to support Afghan security troops and contribute to the socioeconomic development of the country.’ Foreign minister Bert Koenders made these comments today at the international Afghanistan conference in London.

04 Dec 2014 description
report UN General Assembly

Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions to UNRWA 1st Meeting (AM)

Twenty six donors today announced contributions, or their intention to contribute, to the 2015 budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as officials estimated that the chronically underfunded Agency would begin the year facing a $35 million deficit.