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Travel restrictions to Australia relating to Novel Coronavirus
The Australian government has announced that as of 1 February 2020, all travellers arriving from any part of mainland China, regardless of nationality, will be subject to enhanced border control measures, to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the Australian community. If you have been in mainland China from 1 Feb 2020, and you are not an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or an immediate family member (spouse, minor dependent or legal guardian) of an Australian citizen or permanent resident, do not travel to Australia at this time. These measures are temporary and will be reviewed in 14 days. The Australian Government Department of Health is working across agencies and with states and territories to implement measures to manage the risk of 2019-nCoV. For the latest information see Department of Health - Novel coronavirus For advice on travelling outside of Australia see Smart Traveller.
Joint Cooperation Statement on Climate Change
The Netherlands and New Zealand have a long-standing and close relationship based on many shared interests and values. We value the rule of law, our democracies, and multilateralism. And we value our environment – at home and globally. Right now there are major global challenges in all of these areas – none more so than in our environment. For New Zealand and the Netherlands, taking decisive and ambitious action on climate change is a priority and we are committed to embracing this challenge, while building a productive, sustainable and inclusive economy that improves living standards and wellbeing.
Prime Minister Rutte to visit Australia
Prime Minister Rutte will travel to Indonesia, New-Zealand, and Australia from Monday 7 until Friday 11 October. The objective of the visit is to strengthen the bilateral ties with the three countries and to discuss topics such as economics, MH17, climate, and the fight against terror.
Princess Margriet presents "Liberation75" tulip bulbs to Canadian Veteran Mr. Don White
Apeldoorn, September 2, 2019 - Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet presented a gift of ‘Liberation75’ tulip bulbs to Canadian Veteran Mr. Don White at Paleis Het Loo. This gift symbolizes the 100,000 tulip bulbs that the Netherlands presents to Canada in 2020, to commemorate and celebrate that its 75 years since the liberation of the Netherlands. The tulip bulbs will be planted at 1,100 schools across the country, and will be accompanied by an education guide to explain the shared history between both countries, including the role Canada played in liberating the Netherlands. A total of 1.1 million "Liberation75" tulip bulbs will be planted across Canada, in honour of the 1.1 million Canadians who took part in the Second World War effort. Dutch Princess Juliana also presented 100,000 tulip bulbs to Canada in 1945 to express her nation’s gratitude to Canada for providing a safe haven for her family during the Second World War. It was during this time that Princess Margriet was born in Ottawa in 1943. The tulip has become the symbol of friendship between the Netherlands and Canada.
Quintana Roo, recommendations on how to deal with urgent challenges posted by coastal erosion and sargassum
The State of Quintana Roo in Mexico is one of the major touristic destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean. Tourism accounts for 8.5% of Mexico’s GDP. Cancun airport receives 45% of all international arrivals in Mexico. Particularly, since 1970, tourism in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya started booming, resulting in explosive increase of hotel and touristic facilities, which lead to a significant economic growth, but also to negative environmental impacts. Nowadays, Quintana Roo coastline is impacted by erosion and a dense amount of sargassum covering the shore (sargassum volumes doubles every 18 days), as well as water pollution caused by lack of proper sewage and unplanned urban expansion. Coastal ecosystems are beyond turning points, leading to irreversible degradation.
Pop-Up Embassy: Official Visit by Ambassador Derckx to Queensland 13-17 May
Ambassador Marion Derckx will pay a visit to the state of Queensland from 13-17 May. The visit will focus on the Netherlands’ bilateral ties with Queensland, trade relations and the Dutch community. The ambassador’s visit is part of the inaugural Dutch ‘Pop-Up Embassy’ in Australia, consisting of various meetings and activities, organised by the Embassy in Canberra and the Consulate-General in Sydney.
Netherlands Embassy in Canberra postal polling station for European Parliament elections
For Dutch voters in Australia and New Zealand, the postal polling station at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Canberra will be opened on 23 May 2019 from 7:30 am (local time) until the votes have been counted. To hand in your postal vote, the polling station is open until 3 pm local time. After that time, counting will commence. The procedure of receiving votes and counting them is accessible to the public.
New network of #DutchAcademics in the UK launches
Around 100 Dutch academics living and working in the United Kingdom met in London on Friday 22 March. It became apparent that, with Brexit looming, there is a great need for the exchange of knowledge and experiences with fellow Dutch academics. This network meeting was organised by the Dutch Embassy in the United Kingdom, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW).
The Analogues perform The White Album at London Palladium
The Analogues, a Beatles tribute band from the Netherlands, are bringing to life The White Album by The Beatles, at The London Palladium on 4 May 2019. They will be playing the 30-track record in its entirety, from the very first to very last note. These are all songs that The Beatles themselves have never performed live!
Economic Mission to Vietnam 7-12 April with PM Rutte, Minister van Nieuwenhuizen and Vice-Minister Sonnema
Are you interested in doing business in Vietnam? Join the trade mission led by the Prime-Minister Mr. Rutte, Minister for Water & Infrastructure Ms. van Nieuwenhuizen, and Vice-Minister for Agriculture Ms. Sonnema, from 7-12 April 2019. VNO-NCW Chairman Hans de Boer will act as business delegation leader. The goal of this visit is to further strengthen the economic and political relations with Vietnam. The mission is a follow-up to the visit from the Vietnamese Prime Minister Phúc to the Netherlands in June 2017 and the visit of Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Ms. Kaag in February 2018.
Extension deadline to apply for GES 2019
The primary aim of Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) is to promote entrepreneurship worldwide. In support of this, GES offers a unique and international platform where the innovations of entrepreneurs from across the globe can be showcased to an audience of foreign investors, presenting their tech solutions to global challenges.The deadline for entrepreneurs to apply for GES 2019 is moved to Friday, March 1, 2019.
Embassy Hanoi and Consulate Ho Chi Minh City closed from 2 until 10 February 2019
Because of the Tet-holiday (Vietnamese New Year), the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Hanoi and the Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City will be closed from Saturday 2 February until Sunday 10 February 2019. In case of emergency, please contact the 24/7 Contact Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at: +31 247 247 247.
Dutch ambassador speech at CSR Lebanon Forum
Dutch ambassador Jan Waltmans gave a speech at the CSR Lebanon conference on Corporate Social Responsibility. This conference was organised in collaboration with Lebanese and international partners. Ministers, members of parliament, entrepreneurs, civil society and media participated. Ambassador Waltmans emphasized in his speech that CSR is here to stay. It is a new business model, in which business, innovation and sustainability will go hand in hand. CSR is not charity! Read the full speech.
The Dutch go Slush!
Slush, one of the largest startup and tech events in the world, is getting closer and the Netherlands is bringing a trade mission to Helsinki (4 & 5 December 2018). The trade mission is for innovative tech startups, who are ready for the next step. The mission is led by Prince Constantijn van Oranje . “The Netherlands is the ultimate innovation nation...” ...says Constantijn van Oranje. As special envoy at StartupDelta he has been one of the strongest advocates for the Dutch startup community.
Embassy becomes piece of art ahead of UK State Visit
Seeds have been sown for a digital artwork to appear on the facade of the Dutch Embassy in the United Kingdom. Dutch artist Simon Heijdens has been assigned to display a new version of his famous Lightweeds on the front of the building at 38 Hyde Park Gate, London. The artwork will be revealed ahead of the state visit of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima to the United Kingdom on 23 and 24 October.
On the proposal of Minister of Foreign Affairs Blok, the Council of Ministers has approved the appointment of a new ambassador to Turkey. The appointment will become final only after the approval of the Turkish authorities. The new ambassador, who will be residing in Ankara, is Marjanne de Kwaasteniet. Previously she was Permanent Representative to NATO in Brussels.
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Belgrade, Serbia is moving to a new location
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Belgrade, Serbia is moving to a new location on October 1, 2018. We will open our doors in more spacious and comfortable surroundings. Our new visiting address is: Sava Business Center Milentija Popovića 5b, 6th Floor 11070 New Belgrade, Republic of Serbia Our telephone and fax number will remain the same: Telephone: +381 11 202 3900 Fax: +381 11 202 3999 Our contact email address remains the same: email@example.com. Our mailing address remains the same: P.O. Box 489, 11001 Belgrade, Republic of Serbia
Dutch Design in the spotlights at London Design Festival
Dutch Design is very well represented at this year's London Design Festival. Over 30 Dutch designers are showcasing their work in the British capital, obtaining access to design experts from all over the world. This is the place to be for anyone interested in design trends.
Dutch producers at Speciality & Fine Food Fair in London
Artisan food producers from the Netherlands will exhibit their products at the Speciality & Fine Food Fair from 2 to 4 September at London Olympia. This is the UK's leading trade event for fine food and drink, attracting over 10,000 quality trade buyers from the UK and overseas who are looking to source new artisan, speciality and luxury food and drink from over 700 exhibitors.
Vacancies Agricultural Department Embassy
There are two vacancies available at the Agricultural Department of the Dutch Embassy in Tehran. Please check the attachments for more information. Application deadline is the 23rd of June 2018. Only official applications with motivation letter and CV that are sent to TEH-LNV@minbuza.nl will be taken into account.
From refugee to entrepreneur: an Ethiopian success story
20-02-2020 - Getaw Cherinet fled from Ethiopia to Kenya more than 20 years ago. Now he's back, making water filters available throughout Ethiopia.
’If we don’t work together on water scarcity, we won’t be able to survive’
03-01-2020 - Egypt's water supply is under pressure from climate change and population growth, among other things. Regional cooperation is the only solution to the challenges, says water specialist Perihane Allam.