UK, Netherlands strengthen bilateral partnership on sustainable development, climate action

On November 17, 2022, the Foreign Ministers of the UK and Netherlands issued a joint statement setting out areas for strengthened bilateral cooperation between the two countries, which included a focus on strengthened cooperation on international development.

A 'Joint Action Plan' is forthcoming, and the Ministers will meet annually to review progress on delivery. The areas of strengthened bilateral cooperation included multilateral cooperation, security cooperation, energy security, climate action, migration, sustainable development, and humanitarian affairs.

On sustainable development, the two countries agreed to work more closely on shared thematic and country priorities on international development, with a particular focus on women, peace and security, gender equality, equal human rights for LGBTQ+ people, and preventing sexual violence in conflict.

On climate action, the two countries committed to championing the need for more climate adaptation finance and promoting ocean conservation, in addition to issues such as reversing biodiversity loss, deforestation, and land degradation.

Press release – UK and Netherlands