FROM THE FIELD: Restoring Dutch ‘green deserts’

The Western Peat Meadows of the Netherlands look like classic Dutch countryside (cows, windmills and green fields), but the views mask a significant loss of biodiversity, caused by intensive farming methods. As the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration begins, a local organisation is planning to restore 100 million of hectares of land, across the world.

News in Brief 29 December 2020

  • US sanctions slowing Syria rebuilding: UN independent expert
  • Netherlands violates nationality rights: UN rights committee
  • Security Council condemns blue helmet killings in CAR
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UN experts concerned over racial bias in Dutch child welfare system

The Dutch authorities have been accused by UN experts of racism in the country’s welfare system, after seven children of African descent were forcibly removed from their parents.

Despite tragic accident, Lebanon in the heart of former peacekeeper

A Dutch army veteran who lost both hands while serving as a UN peacekeeper in Lebanon nearly 40 years ago, says the country is part of his story.

Hans Van Putten had only been in Lebanon for about four months when a grenade exploded in his hands.

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“Think critically” to counter violent extremism, youth advised

Emotional vulnerability is making young people prime targets for recruitment by violent extremists.

That’s one of the messages to emerge from a panel on youth and countering violent extremism, at UN Headquarters in early July.

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Sport as “catalyst” for building consensus

Sport can act as a “catalyst” for change and can help to build consensus where disharmony exists; that’s according to the Foreign Minister of The Netherlands.

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“Global Parliament of Mayors” will help UN reach its goals

A new “Global Parliament of Mayors” due to convene in The Hague in September, will help the UN reach its global goals.

That’s the view of Jozias van Aartsen, who is mayor of The Hague, in the Netherlands, a city which is already home to several key international bodies.

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Secretary-General congratulates Netherlands’ new King, praises predecessor Beatrix

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warmly congratulated Willem-Alexander on his inauguration as King of the Netherlands – ‘an indispensable partner of the United Nations’ – and paid tribute to the public service that his mother, Princess Beatrix, rendered over the past 33 years.

Ambassadors get on their bikes to promote sustainable transportation

With the Rio+20 conference just weeks away, diplomats in New York are doing their part to promote sustainable urban transport.

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Netherlands: UN expert urges holistic approach to gender equality

Returning from a fact-finding mission on violence against women in the Netherlands, a United Nations human Rights expert today called for a holistic approach to gender equality in the country, saying special attention should be paid to immigrant, trafficked and refugee women.