Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
Address: Bezuidenhoutseweg 67, The Hague, The Netherlands
Tel.: +31 (0)70 348 64 86
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Bert Koenders was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet Rutte-Asscher on 17 October 2014.
From July 2013 to October 2014 Mr Koenders was Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and head of the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA) in Mali. From August 2011 to July 2013, he was the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Operation in Côte d'Ivoire.
Between 2010 and 2011 Mr Koenders worked in South Korea as a negotiator on economics and development for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Busan Partnership agreement.
From February 2007 to February 2010 Mr Koenders was Minister for Development Cooperation. He was also Visiting Professor of Conflict Management at Johns Hopkins University (SIAS) in Bologna from 2000 to 2002.
From November 1997 to February 2007 he was a member of the House of Representatives for the Labour Party (PvdA) serving as spokesperson on foreign affairs, trade, corporate social responsibility and international financial institutions. Prior to this, he was employed at the European Commission focusing on European foreign policy and, from 1993 to 1994, by the United Nations in Mozambique, Mexico and South Africa. He has also worked for the organisation Parliamentarians for Global Action.
Mr Koenders was a member of the parliamentary inquiry committee on Srebrenica and was briefly President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (2006-2007). He was co-founder of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund and served as its chair between 2000 and 2007.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the channel through which the Dutch Government communicates with foreign governments and international organisations. It coordinates and carries out Dutch foreign policy. The Ministry has two halves: its headquarters in The Hague and its missions abroad (embassies, consulates, and permanent representations).The Ministry is headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is responsible for Dutch foreign policy as well as policy regarding the Netherlands’ cooperation with Europe and is accountable to Parliament. His civil servants help him prepare and deliver that policy.
To promote the security and well-being of the Netherlands and the Dutch people, and to that end it will focus on international stability and security, energy and raw material security, the international legal order (including human rights) and the commercial and economic interests of the Netherlands and Dutch businesses. Development cooperation, the international legal order and active involvement in European and transatlantic partnerships are cornerstones of Dutch foreign policy.
The Ministry's activities:
- To maintain relations with other countries and international organisations;
- To promote cooperation with other countries;
- To help developing countries accelerate their social and economic developme nt through international cooperation;
- To promote the interests of Dutch nationals and the Netherlands abroad;
- To collect information on other countries and international developments for the Government and other interested parties;
- To provide information on Dutch policy and the Netherlands' position on international issues and developments;
- To present the Netherlands to the world;
- To deal with applications from and the problems of foreigners living in the Netherlands or seeking to enter or leave the country.