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21 Sep 2017 description

21 September 2017, Juba — The Kingdom of the Netherlands and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a new agreement on Thursday extending support to strengthening the rule of law and expanding access to justice for the people of South Sudan through 2020.

The new funding totals US$10.2 million until March 2020.

21 Sep 2017 description


Compilation of available statistical data indicates that the arrivals to Europe through the Mediterranean in the first eight months of 2017 is lower when compared to the same period in 2016. As of 31 August 2017, national authorities in Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Spain registered 131,167 newly arrived migrants mostly from the Middle East, Africa, South and Central Asia which is in a sharp contrast to 297,255 recorded during the same period in 2016 (56% decrease).

20 Sep 2017 description

The foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, France and the Kingdom of the Netherlands met on Monday with representatives from the Caribbean islands affected by hurricane Irma, as well as the UN institutions, to discuss the devastation the storm has caused. The parties decided to work together to do everything possible to provide the people on the islands with emergency aid and assist with reconstruction.

19 Sep 2017 description

The government is making funds available to provide emergency aid to Myanmar’s displaced Rohingya population. Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen announced the aid yesterday evening at a meeting with former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in Amsterdam.

14 Sep 2017 description

Next year, the Netherlands will continue its active participation in the UN peace mission in Mali, the international anti-ISIS coalition and the NATO mission in Afghanistan. The cabinet has agreed to extend all 3 missions, as affirmed in letters which was sent to parliament on Monday.

10 Sep 2017 description

M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, ministre de l’Europe et des affaires étrangères, s’est entretenu hier à Tallinn avec M. Bert Koenders, son homologue néerlandais sur la situation à Saint-Martin à la suite du passage de l’ouragan IRMA. Ils ont fait le point sur la coopération des deux pays dans l’aide apportée aux populations de Saint-Martin.

04 Sep 2017 description

This document presents case studies that have incorporated environmental (ecological) aspects in flood management. The four case studies focus on:

  • Trinity River Restoration Program, USA

  • Channel-widening and open check dam in the Upper Drau River, Austria

  • Integrated sediment management in the Mimikawa River, Japan

  • Creating a secondary channel in the Waal River under the Room for River concept, Netherlands

17 Aug 2017 description

DHAKA – A new study has shown that consuming fortified rice can significantly reduce anaemia and zinc deficiencies among the poorest women in Bangladesh. Conducted by the research centre icddr,b and on behalf of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the study measured the impact of providing rice enriched with micronutrients to women participating in the Government’s Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) programme.

10 Aug 2017 description

Key figures (October 2015 – 26 July 2017)

04 Aug 2017 description

25,392 Total persons relocated
17,457 Relocated from Greece (26% of 66,400)
7,935 Relocated from Italy (20% of 39,600)

30 Jul 2017 description

To date, She Decides, the international initiative of Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, has raised €260 million ($300 million). ‘That’s great news for millions of women and girls in developing countries. Because it means they’ll retain access to family planning facilities like sex education, contraception, safe abortion and maternity care. So great strides have once again been made since the Brussels conference this spring, when countries and private organizations pledged around €180 million for the initiative,’ the Minister said.

18 Jul 2017 description
  • 33%of international migrants are from G20 countries

  • 50% of international migrants reside in G20 countries

  • 122 million migrants live in G20 countries, representing 2.6% of the total population

17 Jul 2017 description


According to available data, in the first half of 2017, there were more than 100,000 arrivals to Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Spain (101,559). This represents a 58% decrease when compared to the same period in 2016 when 239,925 arrivals were registered. This is mainly due to the sharpe decrease in arrivals to Greece.