On July 14, 2022, at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, Dutch Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation Liesje Schreinemacher announced that the government and Dutch Water Authorities will increase their joint contribution to the Blue Deal to US$11 million per year over 2023-2030. The Blue Deal was established to provide 20 million people globally with sufficient access to clean and safe water.
In a speech, Minister Schreinemacher emphasized the scientific link between water and climate, noting that “90% of all disasters are water-related, which is why climate action is water action.” Schreinemacher called on other countries to work more and faster to ensure clean water and sanitation globally. Dutch Water Authorities board member Luzette Kroon underscored that climate change has led to more floods, droughts, and a lack of clean water globally, increasing the demand for water management expertise.
The Blue Deal was founded in 2018 by the 21 Dutch Water Authorities, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. The international program has comprised 17 long-term partnerships in 15 countries. It has promoted knowledge-sharing between partners to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on water and sanitation. It has also created opportunities for Dutch and local businesses. The second phase of the program will run from 2023-2030.
The doubling of the financial contribution to the Blue Deal was the first Dutch commitment to the Water Action Agenda. It is also seen as a prelude to the UN Water Conference in March 2023, which the Netherlands will host with Tajikistan.