Human rights are the foundations of a democracy in which every person counts, in all places, at all times. The Netherlands strives to protect and promote human rights all over the world.
Rising sea levels, changing weather patterns and severe droughts: the climate crisis is one of the greatest global challenges of our time. The level of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is higher today than at any point in the last 3 million years. It affects us all. And what affects us all, concerns us all.
Water covers 70 per cent of the planet. Rising sea levels, drought and increased extreme weather events are impacting the life on Earth. Together we need to ensure clean and safe water for all from source to sea.
To feed a growing population we need to cooperate across borders. By sharing knowledge and innovations, we boost food production, create jobs and income, and improve livelihoods of people all over the world.
To achieve the international climate goals set out in the 2015 Paris Agreement, the world is undergoing a profound energy transition. The Netherlands aims to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) to net zero by 2050. And together with like-minded European countries, we have successfully achieved that the EU raise its interim target to a 55-percent reduction by 2030.
Since the early years of industrialisation, life expectancy has drastically increased in some parts of the world. Health gaps between the lowest and highest socioeconomic groups have become more apparent. Fast forward 200 years and these inequalities still exist between people living in different parts of the world.
Innovations transform lives. By galvanising the ideas of our creative, high-tech and IT sectors we can build back better, reduce CO2 emissions and create a fairer, more inclusive world. Join us in our quest to solve global challenges together.