Prime Minister Rutte and fellow ministers to travel to New York

Prime Minister Mark Rutte will be in New York from 22 to 26 September. He will be heading the Dutch delegation to the UN Climate Summit on 23 September and the UN General Assembly on 24 and 25 September. While in New York Mr Rutte will, in addition, be focusing on strengthening economic, social and cultural ties between the Netherlands and the city.

Climate Summit

Mr Rutte, environment minister Wilma Mansveld and agriculture minister Sharon Dijksma will be attending the Climate Summit on 23 September. The summit, the theme of which is ‘Catalyzing Action’, has been organised by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to encourage government, businesses and other actors to pursue more ambitious climate policies. The Dutch delegation will explain how the Netherlands works with businesses, cities and NGOs to link climate policy and funding to innovation and opportunities for export and growth. It will also be launching the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture, with a view to achieving greater food security and economic agricultural cooperation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

UN General Assembly

Foreign minister Frans Timmermans and foreign trade and development cooperation minister Lilianne Ploumen will be attending the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, which will be held immediately after the summit. Mr Timmermans and Ms Ploumen will be speaking with partners on current political issues such as the situation in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine, including the implementation of UN Resolution 2166 on the MH17 air disaster. The follow up to the Millennium Development Goals post-2015, the position of women and sexual minorities and the fight to eradicate global hunger will also feature.

New York

During his visit, Mr Rutte will be strengthening the economic, social and cultural relationship between the Netherlands and New York. He will participate in a round table discussion at the New York Stock Exchange on climate finance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and will be looking at the ‘Life in New Amsterdam’ programme for schoolchildren at the Museum of the City of New York, which explores the shared history of the city and the Netherlands.