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11 The Netherlands to contribute €88 million to UNCHR for two years

On 19 May, Permanent Representative Roderick van Schreven and UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi signed an arrangement for the contribution of the Netherlands to the work of UNHCR.

12 Cycling Festival Europe: Let's go Cycling!

On April 14th the Genevois got to enjoy a perfect spring day in Parc des Bastions. The park was buzzing with people enjoying festive activities, learning about cycling from many different perspectives and enjoying good food and sunshine. Children had the chance to test their cycling skills on an agility parkour, together with their family they tried out many funky bikes in front of the Reformation wall and the Slowbiking crew was busy encouraging one slow cyclist after the other. Champion of the day was Florian Zurbrugg with an incredible time of 6:23 minutes.

13 Daan Roosegaarde widens his horizon in Geneva

On Thursday 31 March artist and architect Daan Roosegaarde visited Geneva. A city most people associate with its beautiful lake amidst the Jura and Alp mountains and which is famous for its large number of ancient chocolatiers. But Geneva is also capital to the United Nations. The world's biggest 'multinational' dealing with global issues, not with an eye for profit, but with the sole purpose to sustain our planet and care for the wellbeing and welfare of its people. Geneve is therefore also the place where problem holders and problem solvers meet to discuss and deal with global issues that impact our daily live.

14 Brussels attacks: Netherlands stands side by side with Belgium

Following a number of attacks in Brussels on Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders have been in contact with their Belgian colleagues. Both sent their condolences, expressed the Netherlands’ solidarity with Belgium and offered practical support.

15 UNHCR Standing Committee

Over the last three days, the Standing Committee of UNHCR met to discuss a large number of issues related to the various operations and management of the organisation. The Netherlands is a strong supporter of UNHCR and is supporting its work with an unearmarked contribution of 42 million EUR this year.

16 Statement on the establishment of the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board to the office of the UN Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura

The Netherlands welcomes the announcement by the UN Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, of the establishment of an independent Women’s Advisory Board to his Office.

17 European Commission to visit Amsterdam

The European Commission is visiting Amsterdam to mark the start of the Dutch Presidency of the EU Council. On 7 January 2016 Prime Minister Mark Rutte will receive the members of the European Commission at the National Maritime Museum.

18 A fashionable side event at the Forum on Business and Human Rights

In the margins of the fourth annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands, together with the International Trade Centre and the UN Global Compact, organized a side-event on “Sustainable Fashion: Empowering Women in Africa’s Fashion Industry’’. It involved a fashion show, in which tangible results were shown of women’s empowerment: beautiful African fabrics developed in cooperation between African micro-producers, often women, and brands that provide them with access to markets. The panel focused on how specific corporate sustainability policies and practices can contribute to women’s empowerment.

19 Prime Minister Rutte’s reaction to the attacks in Paris

Ladies and gentlemen, the nightmare that unfolded in Paris last night is still reverberating loudly – in France and around the world – and at present the picture is still unclear. At this point, so soon after the attacks, the dominant emotions are of anger and disgust. What we know at this time is that perhaps as many as 140 innocent people have been killed in the most cold-blooded, barbaric and cowardly manner imaginable. Many dozens more are in hospital, severely wounded. Everything points to a well-planned and tightly organised attack, responsibility for which has now been claimed by ISIS. The spine-chilling reality of these attacks is now starting to sink in.

20 Ploumen: Trade works, but we must make sure that it works for everyone!

"Trade works! If.." With these words DG WTO Azevedo opened the WTO Public Forum 2015. Each year, the WTO opens its doors to a broad audience consisting of representatives from NGOs, governments, parliaments, business and civil society to show what it does, how and with whom. An excellent forum to show that the WTO, besides negotiations on trade liberalization, also oversees compliance with agreed rules through its dispute settlement system. In addition, the WTO regularly evaluates and discusses trade policies of its members, and appeals to them in case of alleged protectionism.