At a glance
Strategic priorities
  • Traditionally, the Netherlands focuses on four traditional thematic priorities: 1) security and the rule of law, 2) water management, 3) food security, and 4) sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR, including HIV/AIDS). These four themes will remain in focus for this government’s term of office.
  • The May 2018 policy note ‘Investing in Global Prospects: For the World, For the Netherlands’ indicates a geographic shift towards unstable regions of the West African Sahel, the Horn of Africa, North Africa, and the Middle East.
  • Advancing gender equality and strengthening the position of women and girls is a cross-cutting theme of Dutch development policy, and the government has taken leadership on the matter, including on issues related to SRHR.


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  • The Netherlands will participate in the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit from June 28 to 29, 2019 in Osaka, and all related ministerial meetings, as a non-permanent member. The government seeks to use its attendance to share insights from its experiences in development cooperation, particularly in the fields of investing in infrastructure, inclusive education, and innovation. Beyond that, it aims to exchange learnings with the G20 members on advancing women’s empowerment.
  • The Netherlands is currently applying for a seat on the Human Rights Council of the United Nations (UN) for the upcoming term (2020 to 2022), with plans to focus on freedom of expression, freedom of religion or belief, and equal rights for women, girls, and LGBTI people. The election will take place at the UN’s General Assembly in New York in October 2019.