At a glance
Strategic priorities
  • Traditionally, the Netherlands focuses on four 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 the focus of this cabinet (2017-present).
  • The May 2018 policy note ‘Investing in Global Prospects: For the World, For the Netherlands’ released by the minister for foreign trade and development cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, indicates a geographic shift in the Netherlands’ development focus 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 shown leadership in this area, including in addressing issues related to SRHR.

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  • The Netherlands will host the first International Conference on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Crisis Situations in Amsterdam on October 7-8, 2019, with the intention of bringing the issue higher on the global agenda.
  • 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 LGBTQ people. The election will take place at the UN’s General Assembly in New York in October 2019.