King Willem-Alexander will become the first Dutch monarch to address the United Nations when he gives a speech at the UN general assembly on Monday.
A heavyweight Dutch mission is in New York for the gathering, during which the Netherlands is lobbying for a temporary seat on the UN security council.
The Volkskrant points out that the Dutch delegates are wearing orange tulip badges which give off a clear message: the Netherlands is here for the world but the Netherlands is also here for itself. On the wall of the Dutch office is the slogan ‘The Kingdom of the Netherlands, partner for Peace, Justice and Development’, the paper says.
Prime minister Mark Rutte addressed the UN on Saturday. In his speech, Rutte said the Netherlands wants to strengthen and modernise the security council. ‘Renewal is needed to ensure its effectiveness and legitimacy,’ the prime minister said.
Foreign minister Bert Koenders and aid minister Lilianne Ploumen have been meeting African leaders to discuss migration issues and lobby for support. Junior transport minister Wilma Mansveld is also part of the delegation and queen Máxima is at the UN in her own right as an advocate for micro-finance.
Last week the Volkskrant said that the relationship between America and the Netherlands had soured because of the Dutch decision not to take in any ex-Guantanamo Bay prisoners.
But the US, the Volkskrant says, has just one vote out of 193 to elect the two temporary European security council members. Italy and Sweden are also after the seats.
The vote will take place next October.
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