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21 Sep 2016 description

On 21 September, the Republic of Rwanda, Italy and the Kingdom of the Netherlands co-hosted the 9th Annual Ministerial Roundtable Discussion on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), “The Kigali Principles on the Protection of Civilians and the Responsibility to Protect,” in association with the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.

20 Dec 2011 description

‘Women represent 50% of human capital. It is in every country’s interest to make sure that they are actively involved in society, the economy and political decision-making.’ These words were spoken by Minister of Foreign Affairs Uri Rosenthal in Leiden on Monday afternoon when he attended the launch of the second National Action Plan to implement Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. Mr Rosenthal stressed the importance of women’s leadership and political involvement in peacebuilding efforts in conflict-affected areas.

22 Jul 2011 description

Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Knapen announced Thursday that the Netherlands would be donating €6.5 million for emergency assistance in Sudan.

Millions of Sudanese are vulnerable as a result of violence, chronic underdevelopment, natural disasters and a lack of basic services. The Netherlands’ contribution will go to the Common Humanitarian Fund for Sudan, which has the capacity to finance projects aimed at improving food security, health care and access to safe drinking water quickly and responsibly.

18 Jan 2011 description

Newsflash | 18 January 2011

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, today met the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Uri Rosenthal, and the Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation, Ben Knapen.

'UNHCR provides emergency aid and support to refugees in 117 countries, where possible in the region of origin.

31 Dec 2010 description


This report of the evaluation of donor support to conflict prevention and peacebuilding activities in Southern Sudan comes at a critical juncture in the history of Sudan. The 2011 referendum on the future of the region is the promise given to the citizens of Southern Sudan as part of the historic peace agreement of 2005. The report was prepared during the lead up to the referendum.

23 Jul 2009 description

The Netherlands is calling on all parties in Sudan to immediately implement the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration on the oil-rich province of Abyei. Yesterday the Court issued a ruling defining the boundary between North and South Sudan.

The governments in northern and southern Sudan have been disputing the boundaries of Abyei for years, leading to several armed confrontations.

08 Sep 2008 description

The Dutch human rights ambassador, Arjan Hamburger, will be visiting Sudan in October to discuss specific measures to improve the human rights situation in that country.

Verhagen and Sudanese counterpart Deng AlorThis trip was agreed on following a meeting between Minister of Foreign Affairs Maxime Verhagen and his Sudanese counterpart Deng Alor in The Hague. 'I remain greatly concerned about human rights in Sudan, especially the tragic situation in Darfur,' said Mr Verhagen.

11 Jul 2008 description

On Friday 11 July, representatives of the two parties in the Sudanese border dispute centring on the area of Abyei submitted a request to the Deputy Secretary-General of the Permanent Court of Arbitration for assistance in settling the dispute.

Abyei is an oil-rich area on the border between north and south Sudan.

04 Dec 2007 description

Development minister Bert Koenders, in the presence of defence minister Eimert van Middelkoop, education minister Ronald Plasterk and interior minister Guusje ter Horst, signed an agreement concerning the position of women in conflict zones and tackling violence against them.

The agreement, which is also being signed by fifteen NGOs, stems from the Schokland Agreement, which was signed in June 2007. The new agreement will contribute to the implementation of UN resolution 1325, which calls for support for initiatives giving women a greater role in conflict resolution and reconstruction.

25 Oct 2007 description

During his visit to the United Nations in New York this week, development minister Bert Koenders spoke about a possible Dutch contribution to the UN peace mission in Darfur (UNAMID). He also spoke about the situation in Afghanistan, addressed the Security Council on violence against women in conflict zones, and promised funding for a UN trust fund to fight violence against women.

'Rape and other sexual violence against women has become a terrible epidemic and is being used as an instrument of warfare.

22 Sep 2007 description

Development minister Bert Koenders is giving €11 million in emergency aid to Uganda, Sudan and West Africa.

Four million euros will go to the victims of the floods in Uganda and West Africa, and seven million to Sudan.

Large areas of West and East Africa have been hit by serious flooding and around 300,000 people are affected. Rainfall in the north and east of Uganda has been exceptionally heavy since July. Ghana, Togo and Burkina Faso have been hit the hardest by the flooding in West Africa, and some 500,000 people in the region face food shortages and disease.

16 Jul 2007 description

Foreign minister Maxime Verhagen and development minister Bert Koenders told the House of Representatives on Friday that the government will study the possibility of contributing to the UN peace mission to Darfur (Sudan).

Earlier this year, the Sudanese government agreed to a mixed force made up of United Nations and African Union troops. At the end of June, the UN asked for contributions to the military peace operation in Darfur, which would be arriving at the end of 2007.

The government will study whether the Netherlands could support the operation, and if so, how.

16 May 2007 description

Foreign minister Maxime Verhagen has pledged a further contribution of €10 million to the African Union mission in Sudan (AMIS). AMIS's mandate includes protecting civilians under threat in Darfur.

This brings the Netherlands' total contribution to €48.8 million. Speaking at the monthly meeting of EU foreign ministers last Monday, Mr Verhagen expressed his concern about the situation in Darfur and called for sanctions against the Sudanese government.

22 Dec 2006 description

Over the next few years the Netherlands will give extra support to provide children in emergencies with education. Agnes van Ardenne, the Minister for Development Cooperation, has entered into an agreement to this effect with the UN Children's Fund Unicef. A €166 million contribution will be used to support a Unicef programme that aims to provide 25 million children and young people in 40 countries with a better education and a more promising future.

The programme will enable 10 million children who are currently deprived of any form of education whatsoever to return to school.

20 Jul 2006 description

This year, the Netherlands is earmarking 20 million euros to strengthen the African Union peace force in Darfur (AMIS). Development minister Agnes van Ardenne made this announcement today at the Darfur donor conference in Brussels. The money will help pay for equipment and the salaries of the AMIS troops. The Netherlands is going to train Rwandan soldiers, together with the US. Other international donors are also expected to pledge funds for AMIS, so that the peacekeeping force will be able to guarantee stability and security in Darfur, allowing refugees to return to their homes.

21 Jun 2006 description

A Sudanese government delegation, headed by state minister Lual Deng, and an SLM delegation from Darfur, headed by Abdul Jabbar Dosa, are meeting in The Hague on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 June to discuss the implementation of the Darfur peace agreement and short-term requirements for the reconstruction of Darfur.

29 May 2006 description

Development minister Agnes van Ardenne is to visit Sudan to discuss implementation of the Darfur Peace Agreement and the peace agreement between North and South Sudan. The Netherlands is closely involved in both peace processes and is playing a leading role in supporting the country's reconstruction.

09 May 2006 description

Statement by H.E. Mrs. Agnes van Ardenne-Van der Hoeven, Minister for Development Cooperation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on the occasion of the open debate of the UN Security Council on the situation in Darfur

08 May 2006 description

Minister for Development Cooperation Agnes van Ardenne announced in Abuja today that she is prepared to organise a donor conference for the reconstruction of Darfur, to take place in The Hague later this year. She made the announcement in response to a request from the Sudanese parties, who are meeting today on the invitation of the Netherlands to discuss last Friday's peace accord.

For the first time, the Sudanese parties have drafted joint proposals for the matters that need to be set in motion in the short term before reconstruction can start.

30 Apr 2006 description

This week, development minister Agnes van Ardenne plans to deposit an extra 10 million euros into the United Nations' emergency relief fund for Sudan. She said: 'We have to prevent a new humanitarian disaster happening there'.

From her talks with the UN last week, Van Ardenne understood that extra money was needed to deal with the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Darfur.

The 10 million euros is over and above the 20 million euros the Netherlands deposited in the UN fund earlier this year.