Dutch UN security council efforts to focus on preventing conflict

Foreign minister Halbe Zijlstra. Photo: Rijksoverheid.nl

The Netherlands will focus on themes such as justice and the prevention of conflicts during its one year membership of the UN security council, according to foreign minister Halbe Zijlstra.

The Netherlands will join the UN Security Council on January . It is the first time in 20 years that the Netherlands has been able to join the UN as one of 10 temporary members of the security council.

Speaking in New York where he met UN secretary general Antonio Guterres, Zijlstra said he believed it important that the Netherlands played a believable and constructive role in the security council. ‘That is the only way to be effective,’ he said. ‘You book results rather than vetoes.’

The Netherlands hopes to work in conflict prevention by tackling the underlying causes of instability and to bring a sustainable to places such as Yemen and Syria.

‘These subjects are in our DNA,’ he said. ‘We want to make a visible difference in the security council using our own interests, values and experience in issues such as the mission in Mali or in water management.’

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