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Japan to host Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit in 2020

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that Japan will host the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit in December 2020, following the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. This is in keeping with the trend started after the London Olympics in 2012 and continued after the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

The 2020 summit will stress the double burden of malnutrition, which relates to the existence of both over- and undernutrition simultaneously within individuals, households, countries, or other populations. The event will also aim to contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a number of methods including:

  • Integrating nutrition into universal health coverage;
  • Building a healthy and sustainable food system;
  • Measuring against malnutrition in fragile or conflict situations; and
  • Securing financial reforms to improve nutrition.

In preparation for the Tokyo Nutrition Summit 2020, the Japanese government intends to collect information on Japan’s nutrition policy and future direction, as well as data on furthering international contributions to nutrition.

In addition to serving as the host country for the summit, the Japanese government has allocated ¥81 million (US$736,000) for sharing technical information with industry, academia, and government officials; ¥46 million (US$418,000) for researching and analyzing the nutrition policies of various countries; and ¥5 million (US$45,000) for setting up project headquarters to promote an enabling environment for healthy living.

Press release – Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (in Japanese)

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Dutch government publishes Q&A on 'Power of Voices' and 'SDG 5' funding applications

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands published a Q&A document pertaining to two key funding programs supporting global civil society organizations: the 'Power of Voices' and the 'SDG 5' funding programs. These programs, which fall under the new policy framework 'Strengthening Civil Society', will guide Dutch funding around gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for the 2021-2025 period. 

The 28-page document clarifies the parameters of the two programs which are currently open for applications.

Q&A PDF - Government of the Netherlands

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Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs talks Dutch and EU policy in interview with German pro-democracy initiative

Dutch Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Stef Blok, spoke in an interview with the 'Faces of Democracy' initiative about his views around Dutch and EU policy, democracy, and the rule of law.

Mr. Blok shared his position on the EU's so-called Eastward Enlargement, the rise of the far-right populist party 'Forum door Democratie' in the Netherlands, and his expectations for the new president of the EU Commission and the EU member states regarding the dutch foreign policy priorities: migration, security, economy, climate policy, and the safeguarding of dutch values and interests abroad.

The privately-owned, German-based online initiative has run a number of other interviews with key European figures working to advance democracy, including the former president of the EU Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. 

News article - Faces of Democracy

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Netherlands will host 2020 Global Adaptation Summit

On October 22, 2020, the Netherlands will host the Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS) in Amsterdam. Spearheaded by Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte, this summit will bring together global leaders to discuss adaptation needs for climate change. The summit aims to accelerate actions initiated by the Global Commission on Adaptation, led by Ban Ki-moon and co-chaired by Bill Gates and Kristalina Georgieva, to leverage further support for the global movement towards adaptation.

From October 19- 23, various additional initiatives will take place around the summit, as part of Climate Adaptation Week. These events include a Nobel Prize Summit, the Mayors Forum, and a Climate Adaptation Youth Summit.

Official website - Climate Adaptation Summit 

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Dutch government publishes agenda for 2020 parliamentary meetings

The Dutch government shared with the parliament of the Netherlands the overview of the most relevant parliamentary meetings for to the foreign affairs and development cooperation ministry in 2020.

The document includes the dates for regular development committee meetings as well as other parliamentary debates over upcoming evaluations of different programs or presentations of relevant reports, such as the report on human rights published in 2019.

Press release - Government of the Netherlands (in Dutch)

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Netherlands ranking plummets in WEF gender parity index

The Netherlands dropped 11 places on the 2020 World Economic Forum’s (WEF) gender gap report, which ranks more than 150 countries on progress towards gender parity in the areas of economic participation, education, health and survival, and political empowerment.

The report points to the lack of female political influence in the country as the main cause of the Netherlands' weakened ranking position, now #38 on the list. According to the WEF, it will take nearly 100 years to eradicate the global gender gap entirely. 

News article - DutchNews

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Dutch government publishes guidelines in English for next round of CSO funding

The Dutch government published the guidelines in English pertaining to the next funding round (2021- 2025) of four of their seven instruments to fund civil society worldwide, which fall under the 'Strengthening Civil Society' policy framework. The documents relate to the following four funding mechanisms: 

  1. Power of voices;
  2. Power of women;
  3. Women, peace, and security; and
  4. SRHR partnership fund.

The government also published the English version of the eligible countries as well as the theory of change that guides all seven instruments under their policy framework. 

Press release - Government of the Netherlands (in Dutch)

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Dutch parliament publishes questions submitted to Minister Kaag during 2020 budget debate

The Dutch government published the full list of factual questions submitted by parliament to Minister Sigrid Kaag, during the negotiations for the 2020 foreign trade and development budget. The document also contains the written replies from Minister Kaag to parliament. 

The 301 questions submitted touch on a diverse array of themes, ranging from inquiries about the subsidies provided to Dutch NGOs to details on the top ten recipient countries of Dutch official development assistance (ODA).

All the motions and amendments to the 2020 budget submitted by the different members of parliament can also be found online.  

Website - Parliament of the Netherlands (in Dutch)

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Japanese press secretary highlights innovative financing for SDG achievement

In a November 27, 2019 press conference, Japanese Press Secretary Otaka highlighted the potential of innovative financing, particularly international solidarity tax, as a means to overcome the annual US$2.5 trillion shortage necessary for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

During the SDG session in Nagoya, the period leading up to 2030 was labeled the 'decade of action', focusing on steadily monitoring efforts and strengthening areas where progress has been delayed. Otaka confirmed the importance and necessity of jointly mobilizing new funds from the public and private sectors, and the need to accelerate domestic and international discussions surrounding the pros and cons of innovative financing instruments.

Press release – MOFA

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Dutch NGOs campaign for return to 0.7% GNI to ODA ahead of 2020 budget negotiations

On November 25, 2019, ahead of the Dutch parliament 2020 budget negotiations, Cordaid and Oxfam Novib, two NGOs from the Netherlands, launched a campaign in support of the internationally agreed-upon target of allocating 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) to official development assistance (ODA).

The initiative combines publications of ads in major newspapers and on social media, and shares the results of a recent study that affirms that two-thirds of the Dutch population is in favor of ODA spending. 

Their campaign brings attention to the motion that passed with majority votes in parliament in September, which called on the government to develop a roadmap to return to the 0.7% before 2030. The motion also requested that Minister Kaag inform parliament of the activities the government has put in place to that end. Minister Kaag responded in a letter to Parliament on November 18, 2019, explaining that the ODA had already been increased at the beginning of the current legislature and that additional increases in 2020 would be contingent upon the outbreak of humanitarian emergencies. 

Twitter - Oxfam (in Dutch)

Press release - Cordaid (in Dutch)

Press release - Government of the Netherlands (in Dutch)

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