The Netherlands joins Sweden in the UN Security Council

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    António Guterres, Halbe Zijlstra and Sigrig Kaag during the ceremony at the Peace Palace in The Hague Photo: Sara Keusen

Today, Friday 22 December, the Netherlands’ upcoming seat in the UN Security Council was launched during a high-level event in The Hague. The ceremony was held in the Peace Palace in the presence of the Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Halbe Zijlstra and the Dutch Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag.

On 1 January 2018 the Kingdom of the Netherlands (including Aruba, Curaçao and St Maarten) will take its seat on the UN Security Council, joining Sweden and the other 13 members for a period of one year. The Netherlands will also chair the Security Council during the month of March 2018. With its seat, the Netherlands will join Sweden in the important work of the Security Council to maintain international peace and security.

We look forward to another year in the Security Council, working closely with the Netherlands on important issues such as promoting international law and human rights, implementing the women, peace and security agenda, preventing armed conflict, climate and security and transparency.

You can find more information about the Netherlands in the UN Security Council here

You can find more information about Sweden's work in the UN Security Council here