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1 Nighat Dad recipient of 2016 Human Rights Tulip

The 2016 Human Rights Tulip has been awarded to the Pakistani internet activist Nighat Dad. Foreign minister Bert Koenders will present her with the prize on Saturday 10 December, Human Rights Day, in The Hague.

2 Look back at last week HRC33

The Human Rights Council’s 33rd session has come to an end. During three intense weeks, the Human Rights Council (HRC) worked hard to find agreement on resolutions regarding the safety of journalists, equal participation in political and public affairs, countering terrorism, transitional justice, the prevention of Human Rights violations and regarding country specific situations like Sudan and DRC.

3 RVO/CBI sign Trade for Sustainable Development Principles

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)/ the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI) signed the Trade for Sustainable Development Principles, and they could hardly have chosen a better moment.

4 Look back at second week HRC33

Another week of intensive dialogues at the Human Right Council’s 33rd session (HRC33) has ended. The week began with a thorough interactive dialogue on the rapidly deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation in Syria.

5 Look back at first week HRC33

The first week of the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council has come to its end. It was an intensive week in which the High Commissioner highlighted the human rights challenges we face on a global level and in which member states engaged actively in numerous dialogues, informals and side events about challenges and threats to universal human rights.

6 Start of the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council

This morning the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC33) - an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe – started with an update by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights mr Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

7 6th Meeting of State Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions successfully concluded

Since January 1, 2016 the Netherlands was President of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). In that capacity, the Netherlands chaired the 6th Meeting of State Parties this week, 5-7 September.

8 New training course for aid workers in crisis areas

Sadly, aid workers in crisis areas all too often fall victim to violence themselves. This has led Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen to set up customised training courses for this group of people, so that they are even better prepared for their work and have good access to the civilian population.

9 Start of International Labour Conference 2016

Today, the 105t International Labour Conference, the annual conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO), kicks off in Geneva. An estimated 5,000-6,000 delegates will gather for this event focused on discussing current challenges in the world of work.

10 Start of the World Health Assembly

The 69th session of the World Health Assembly (‪WHA‬) will take place in Geneva from the 23rd until the 28th of May 2016. The World Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO) and will be attended by 3.000 delegates from WHO Member States and partner organizations.