This morning the families of the victims of the MH17 disaster were briefed by the Joint Investigation Team on the initial findings of the criminal investigation into the downing of flight MH17. These findings concern the weapon used to down flight MH17, the location from which it was fired and the Buk missile system’s route of transport.
Explore the latest in Dutch lighting design, furniture design, interaction design, product design, and design for social impact! Dutch design is described as outside the box, as bending the rules, as less is more, as pragmatic, simple and powerful. The Netherlands has previously participated at the Beirut Design Week.
Addressing Root Causes Fund Within the broader efforts of the Cabinet in dealing with migration issues, The Netherlands works towards tackling the root causes of armed conflict, instability and irregular migration. Therefore, the Addressing Root Causes Fund (ARC) of €125 million for the 2016-2021 period is open to applications from NGOs.
Foreign minister Bert Koenders and travel expert Floortje Dessing have launched a new central helpline for travellers. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs can now be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week at +31 247 247 247 for practical travel tips and assistance. Travellers abroad can also contact the Ministry online and via Twitter. It is estimated that about 3,000 people per day will use the new services.
First Dutch-Lebanese Agro-Innovation Seminar a success On November 23rd and 24th, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Lebanon, in close cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce of Industry and Agriculture of Beirut & Mount Lebanon organized the first Dutch-Lebanese Agro-Innovation Seminar. Over the course of two days Dutch agro-food companies were introduced to the diverse business opportunities offered by Lebanon, while Lebanese agricultural entrepreneurs gained insights into the latest innovative techniques to increase and develop sustainable agricultural production. Read more in this news item.
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Beirut is pleased to announce the opening of the Netherlands Visa Application Center (VFS GLOBAL Services Pvt. Ltd.) on Wednesday 9 December 2015. Read more in this news item.
Islamic Art Exhibition- The Art of the Islamic Book from Leiden will run in Saida from 22 October until 22 November 2015, at the Khan al-Franj. The exhibition is organized by the Netherlands Embassy in cooperation with the Hariri Foundation. Exhibition tours are given three times a week by students from LAU Islamic Arts Department. As part of the exhibition a calligraphy competition will be organized.
The world has seen a considerable reduction in extreme poverty since the turn of the century. Yet the gap between rich and poor has widened. Greater inequality prevents people from building a decent life, stunts economic growth and leads to conflict – on top of the violence that has already forced more than 60 million people worldwide to abandon their homes. In her policy agenda for 2016, foreign trade and development minister Lilianne Ploumen shows an even greater commitment to curbing the downward spiral.
According to Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders, ‘There are no quick fixes for today’s challenges: we will have to work long and hard, at international level, to find permanent solutions to the sources of conflict around us.’ The Minister made these remarks in his 2016 policy agenda, adding, ‘This will require dynamic and flexible diplomacy, choices and innovative use of resources, as well as collaboration in old and new coalitions. International diplomacy is working at full capacity, which puts a lot of strain on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but it is vital for our security and prosperity.’
The Kingdom of the Netherlands has a longstanding commitment to the UN. We strongly believe in our partnership for peace, justice and development with the UN and its Member States. We work with our partners towards a better common future. By seeking election to the UN Security Council for the 2017-2018 period, we aim to make an even bigger contribution to building a more secure, just and prosperous world.