Over 15,000 politicians, policymakers, activists, researchers and advocates from more than 160 countries will be in Amsterdam this week for the 22nd International AIDS Conference, where they will share new research and learn from one another about better ways to combat the disease.
With more than 1.2 million refugees, mostly from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Somalia and South Sudan, Uganda is one of the top-most refugee hosting countries worldwide. Due to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan, many further refugees currently cross the border to Uganda.
The Dutch government will support displaced Iraqis returning to towns and villages recently occupied by ISIS. Sigrid Kaag, the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, announced the support during a visit to Mosul, the liberated city in northern Iraq where the terrorist organisation declared the caliphate in 2014.
Access to secure land tenure and security from evictions underpin sustainable social and economic development. Communities with security of tenure invest in and prosper from the land that they live on. Secure land tenure and property rights can be derived through various means such as formal titles (title deeds). Security can also be achieved through long-term rental contracts or by the formal recognition of customary rights and informal settlements.
Speaking at the DRC Humanitarian Conference in Geneva on Friday, development minister Sigrid Kaag announced that the Netherlands will make over €10 million available this year for humanitarian assistance to the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The conference was organised by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), the EU and the Netherlands.
On Wednesday, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag announced at an international conference in Brussels that the Netherlands will continue to provide support aimed at relieving the suffering of Syrians in Syria and its neighbouring countries and helping to maintain regional stability.
(Genève, le 13 avril 2018) Les donateurs internationaux ont annoncé aujourd’hui un montant de $528 millions de dollars américains pour soutenir l’acheminement d’une aide humanitaire dont des millions de personnes en République démocratique du Congo (RDC) ont besoin de manière urgente.
Les annonces ont été faites lors d’une conférence humanitaire à Genève, co-présidée par les Nations Unies, l’Union Européenne et le Royaume des Pays-Bas.
(Geneva, 13 April 2018) International donors today announced US$528 million to support the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian aid to millions of people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The announcements were made at a humanitarian conference in Geneva co-chaired by the United Nations, the European Union and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
In the years ahead Lebanon can continue to count on Dutch support to increase stability in the fragile country. During a speech at a conference in Paris on Lebanon's economic development, trade and development minister Sigrid Kaag said that she will closely monitor whether the Lebanese government implements its announced reforms, tackles corruption and balances the budget.
The Netherlands is offering accelerated assistance to Palestinian refugees in need. In doing so, the government aims to ensure that humanitarian assistance and basic services continue to be maintained.
The budget that the government allocated last year for She Decides – to preserve family planning services – has benefited women in a number of countries, including Ethiopia, Yemen, Mali, Bangladesh and Mozambique. She Decides has also supported several programmes covering multiple countries, such as the West African region as a whole. The Netherlands is spending a total of €29 million on She Decides in 2017 and 2018.
At the invitation of French president Emmanuel Macron, the five countries of the Sahel region that provide troops to the G5 Sahel military force met in Paris yesterday. Together with a group of other countries and institutions that are closely involved in the Sahel, they discussed ways of supporting this force. The Netherlands, which has been committed to promoting security and development in the region for some time, was represented by foreign minister Halbe Zijlstra.
The government is to provide a second package of emergency aid for refugees fleeing Myanmar. The decision by development minister Lilianne Ploumen comes in response to an appeal from the International Red Cross, the only international organisation able to reach the northern part of Rakhine State. The Red Cross has warned that no funding is currently available for a substantial part of the humanitarian aid immediately needed in the region. ‘The plight of many people there is utterly desperate,’ the minister commented.
The special teams deployed worldwide by the Netherlands to advise countries on how to protect themselves against flooding will be continuing their activities in the years ahead. Foreign trade and development cooperation minister Lilianne Ploumen and infrastructure and environment minister Melanie Schultz van Hagen have pledged to fund the Dutch Risk Reduction (DRR) teams for another three years.
At the invitation of the Myanmar Government, we visited Northern Rakhine today. We went to a number of villages in Maungdaw and Rathedaung districts and met a mixture of local communities.
This initiative by the Government of Myanmar allowed us to show support for the many people of all communities in northern Rakhine who have suffered and still feel great insecurity.
The Netherlands will contribute €1.5 million to the United Nations’ mechanism to collect evidence of atrocities committed in Syria since 2011, foreign minister Bert Koenders announced on Thursday. The minister is attending the UN General Assembly in New York.
The UN set up the Syria Investigative Mechanism in late 2016. Staff will collect and analyse evidence of the most serious crimes. They will also draw up case files that can be used in criminal proceedings at a later date.
Co-Chairs’ summary issued by Ms. Margot Walström, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden; Mr. Bert Koenders, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands; and Mr. Mark Lowcock,
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.
The Dutch government is giving an additional €4 million to She Decides. She Decides is the international initiative launched by development minister Lilianne Ploumen to safeguard access to family planning for millions of women in developing countries in the face of the US government’s Global Gag Rule. This policy cancels US funding for aid organisations if their services include access to or information about safe abortions.
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.