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Dutch national Corinne Dettmeijer-Vermeulen re-elected to CEDAW

June 7, 2024 | Netherlands, Gender Equality | Share this update

On June 7, 2024, Dutch national Corinne Dettmeijer-Vermeulen was re-elected to CEDAW for the 2025-2028 term.

Dettmeijer-Vermeulen served her first term as member of the CEDAW from 2021-2024. The Dutch government nominated her for re-election, which the 189 CEDAW State Parties supported in New York, US.

During her first term, Dettmeijer-Vermeulen held the roles of Vice-chair and later Chair of CEDAW Working Group on Communications. She also joined the Working Group on Working Methods and the Working Group on Gender Stereotyping.

CEDAW consists of 23 members, who are independent experts that monitor the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. The convention has opposed the effects of discrimination, including violence, poverty, lack of legal protections, the denial of inheritance, property rights, and access to credit.

Ministry of Foreign AffairsWeb Page - OHCHRWeb Page - OHCHRWeb Page - Kingdom of the Netherlands

Netherlands allocates US$161 million to Ukraine recovery and humanitarian assistance in 2024

June 7, 2024 | Netherlands | Share this update

On June 7, 2024, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Liesje Schreinemacher outlined the Netherlands’ recovery and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine for 2024.

The Spring Budget, published on April 15, 2024, announced that the Netherlands would provide a total of EUR4.4 billion (US$4.8 billion) to Ukraine for 2024-2026. Of this, EUR148 million (US$161 million) will go to recovery and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine in 2024 and EUR252 million (US$274 million) in 2025.

Schreinemacher specified the allocations for 2024 as:

  • EUR58 million (US$65 million) via the World Bank to the URTF for infrastructure repair;
  • EUR33 million (US$35 million) for the second round of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency’s UPF for collaboration with Dutch businesses on reconstruction;
  • EUR20 million (US$22 million) via the EBRD for the Ukrainian energy sector;
  • EUR15 million (US$16 million) via the ICRC for humanitarian assistance;
  • EUR10 million (US$11 million) via FMO to support Ukraine’s private sector;
  • EUR3 million (US$3 million) for civil society organizations providing support in Ukraine; and
  • EUR10 million (US$11 million) reserved for emerging needs.

The recovery and humanitarian assistance allocations for 2025 will be announced on Budget Day, on September 17, 2024, as part of the 2025 Annual Budget.

Letter - Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Dutch)Government document - Spring Budget 2024 (in Dutch)

Netherlands and Caribbean announce joint climate agenda

May 28, 2024 | Netherlands, Climate | Share this update

On May 28, 2024, the Netherlands and Dutch Caribbean countries, including Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius, created a joint climate agenda to address climate change which focuses on enhancing cooperation, financing, and knowledge sharing.

Key areas include expanding solar and wind energy, reducing fossil fuel use, and improving water management systems. Each island will develop specific climate plans, supported by Dutch funding.

The second Caribbean Climate and Energy Conference will be hosted by Curaçao and the Netherlands in October 2024 to further progress and cooperation in the region.

News article - Dutch Government (in Dutch)

New Prime Minister candidate to lead Dutch far-right coalition

May 28, 2024 | Netherlands | Share this update

On May 28, 2024, government formator Richard van Zwol announced during that Secretary-General at the Ministry of Justice and Security Dick Schoof has been nominated to become the next Dutch Prime Minister.

Schoof’s nomination follows a coalition agreement involving Geert Wilders’ far-right PVV, the liberal VVD, the conservative NSC, and the farmers’ party BBB.

Schoof, with extensive experience in public administration and as the former head of the Dutch intelligence agency, is considered a surprising choice, given his non-affiliation with any political party and lack of political experience. Previously, he was associated with the social-democratic PvdA for 30 years before leaving in 2019.

Despite the PVV's significant electoral victory in November 2023, Wilders chose not to become prime minister, possibly due to the contentious nature of his anti-Islam and anti- EU positions that could limit coalition potential. Schoof's coalition government plans to implement some of Wilders' radical policies, including stringent immigration controls. However, Schoof has emphasized his aim to be a prime minister for all Dutch citizens.

The candidate prime minister and ministers will present themselves in hearings before the House of Representatives before being sworn in by the King. The cabinet is expected to be formed within the next four weeks.

News article - Dutch House of Representatives (in Dutch)News article - NY Times

New Dutch governmental coalition unveils historic US$6.4 billion cut to development cooperation

May 16, 2024 | Netherlands, Agriculture, WASH & Sanitation, Climate | Share this update

On May 16, 2024, the four Dutch coalition negotiating parties– PVV, VVD, NSC, and BBB - agreed to an outline agreement titled Hope, Courage, and Pride, stating that the new Dutch government will cut two-thirds of the current development budget over 2025-2027, or EUR5.9 billion (US$6.4 billion) over the period.

The outline focuses on ten key areas, primarily concerning improving Dutch citizens' livelihoods and social well-being and restricting asylum seekers and migration. The outline states that the Netherlands will contribute to food security and water management in other countries to improve stability, as well as support the regional hosting of asylum seekers to prevent further migration to the Netherlands.

The cuts are slated to start with EUR350 million (US$380 million) in 2025, increasing to EUR550 million (US$598 million) in 2026, and reaching EUR2.5 billion (US$2.7 billion) annually from 2027.

Opposition GroenLinks MP Danielle Hirsch contrasted the cuts with the statement's assertion that the Netherlands is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Eleven development organizations in the Netherlands released a statement expressing their disapproval and concerns about these unprecedented cuts. Partos asserted that these cuts will damage the Netherlands’ international standing and interests. It calls on the coalition to avoid these cuts and continue investing in international cooperation.

Informants van Zwol and Dijkgraaf completed their task with the outline agreement. and recommended appointing van Zwol as the next formator. Van Zwol expects to appoint ministers and state secretaries within four to five weeks to form the new cabinet and flesh out the outline agreement.

Government document - Dutch coalition outline agreement (in Dutch)Government document - Budgetary annex to the coalition outline agreement (in Dutch)Report - Informants' Dijkgraaf and van Zwol's report (in Dutch)Danielle Hirsch (GroenLinks) (in Dutch)News article - ND (in Dutch)Partos (in Dutch)

US joins others to support African-led agricultural growth

May 10, 2024 | Ireland, Canada, US, Netherlands, Germany, UK, France, EUI, Agriculture | Share this update

On May 10, 2024, USAID joined the AU Commissioner and 14 other partners in a statement of support for the African Fertilizer and Soil Health Action Plan at an AU-led soil health summit.

The US also announced US$40 million for the Space in Place approach, which is meant to support farmers with geospatial data and knowledge to ensure the best use of fertilizer for more nutritious foods.

Others joining the statement included the ADB, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, France, the World Bank, France, Canada, the EU, Germany, the Netherlands, the Rockefeller Foundation, Germany, and the UK. Commitments included improved investment policies, more access to fertilizers, enhancing soil inputs and interventions, and building capacity for soil health and fertilizer management.

Press release - USAID

Netherlands describes climate strategy goals as impossible following ODA reallocations

May 8, 2024 | Netherlands, Climate | Share this update

On May 8, 2024, the Dutch government reported on the implementation and progress of its International Climate Strategy, launched in October 2022, and concluded that, due to ODA reallocations, it will be impossible to achieve the original goal of reducing climate vulnerability for four million people and providing safe, climate-resilient water and sanitation access for seven million people by 2030.

Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Liesje Schreinemacher and Minister for Climate and Energy Rob Jetten wrote that the Netherlands is intensifying programs promoting climate resilience, focused on WASH and urban climate resilience despite the setbacks. The ministers noted that the Netherlands increased its focus on mobilizing climate finance, particularly for LICs, through mechanisms like the DFCD.

The Netherlands has invested EUR110 million (US$120 million) in the NL2120 knowledge and innovation program to promote global nature-based solutions, financed through the National Growth Fund. The Netherlands also contributes to the international goal to mobilize US$100 billion annually for climate action in LICs. In 2023 the Netherlands also increased its contribution to the DFCD, with plans for a follow-up fund in 2025, and contributed EUR15 million (US$16 million) for the startup costs of the loss and damage fund established at COP28. Schreinemacher and Jetten noted that the Netherlands is focusing on mobilizing private climate investments and promoting public-private partnerships.

The ministers also highlighted that the Netherlands is boosting its international collaboration through programs and partnerships like the Global Water Security and Sanitation Program with the World Bank, the Water Resilience Trust Fund with the ADB, and initiatives with UNICEF and FAO.

Letter - Letter to the House of Representatives (in Dutch)

Netherlands underscores importance of SRHR, CSE, youth involvement at ICPD30

May 3, 2024 | Netherlands, Gender Equality, Family Planning, Global Health | Share this update

On May 3, 2024, representatives from the Netherlands attended the 30th ICPD in New York, where Dutch Director-General for International Cooperation Pascalle Grotenhuis and Dutch SRHR Youth Ambassador Sarah Bahgat called for further action on CSE and youth involvement to continue SRHR progress.

Grotenhuis delivered a statement on behalf of the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg and highlighted priorities set out by young people. The Netherlands also supported the ICPD Program of Action and co-hosted 300+ young people at the Global Youth Dialogue to reflect on its urgent call to ensure women and girls’ right to decide over their bodies and futures.

Bahgat delivered a statement at the General Debate of the Commission on Population and Development, highlighting the need to tackle information online, deliver CSE in humanitarian settings, and showcase the outcomes of the Global Youth Dialogue.

Unspecified - Dutch Director General for International CooperationConference statement - ICPD30 Joint StatementVideo by Kingdom of the Netherlands at the UNDutch MFA

Netherlands to consider resumption of funding to UNRWA

April 26, 2024 | Netherlands | Share this update

On April 26, 2024, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Liesje Schreinemacher welcomed the findings of the inquiry into allegations against UNRWA employees of involvement with the Hamas attack against Israel and noted that the Netherlands will consider UNRWA as a potential channel for humanitarian assistance in Gaza.

On January 27, 2024, following the allegations, the Netherlands announced it would freeze future funding to Gaza until the investigation concluded. The independent research conducted by Ms. Catherine Colonna, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Sweden, the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Norway, and the Danish Institute for Human Rights was presented to donors on April 22, 2024. The report found that UNRWA has necessary mechanisms to ensure its neutrality. It also offered 50 recommendations to improve existing neutrality concerns. UNRWA stated that it embraces the recommendations and will implement them immediately.

The Netherlands responded positively to the report. Representatives noted that the government will closely and critically monitor the implementation of the recommendations, partly through its role in the UNRWA advisory committee, and resume considering UNRWA as a potential channel for humanitarian assistance to Gaza.

Schreinemacher stated that the Netherlands also aims to diversify its future humanitarian funding to Gaza to decrease dependence on UNRWA. It hopes to strengthen the capabilities of other UN organizations, the Red Cross and Crescent Movements, and INGOs.

Letter - Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation (in Dutch)Report - Investigation report

Netherlands provides US$39 million in core funding to UNDP

April 24, 2024 | Netherlands, Gender Equality | Share this update

On April 24, 2024, the UNDP announced that the Netherlands contributed EUR36 million (US$39 million) in core funding to the UNDP for 2024.

The flexible funding supports implementing the UNDP’s strategic plan for 2022-2025 to tackle multidimensional poverty, promote good governance, foster the rule of law, and champion gender equality globally.

The UNDP also highlighted positive results coming from its partnership with the Netherlands. With Dutch support, the UNDP is strengthening Ukraine’s capacity and use of advanced technology to manage mine action operations.

News article - UNDP






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