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1 Dutch military awards officers for service with ‘Officers Cross’

Five military officers received the “Officers Cross” for their longtime service in the Netherlands armed forces during a ceremony at the embassy in Washington, D.C. on December 6.

2 Minister Koenders: Security risks from climate change affect us all

Speaking at the opening of the second Planetary Security Conference at the Peace Palace in the Hague on Monday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders said, "Chaos, conflict and migration – caused in part by climate change – affect all of us."

3 Kingdom appoints Hendrik Hanselaar as new Honorary Consul in San Diego

The Kingdom of the Netherlands has appointed Hendrik A. Hanselaar (70) as Honorary Consul in San Diego, California. Hanselaar, CEO of Hanselaar & Associates in Rancho Santa Fe, will take up this task starting November 21.

4 Pakistani internet activist Nighat Dad wins 2016 Human Rights Tulip

The 2016 Human Rights Tulip has been awarded to the Pakistani internet activist Nighat Dad. Foreign Minister Bert Koenders will present her with the prize on December 10, Human Rights Day, in the Hague.

5 The Netherlands, Maryland combine efforts to enhance cybersecurity

Cybersecurity has been a topical news item lately with the cyberattacks on the United States political system. Additionally, a Dutch and an American teenager were arrested for operating cyber-attacks on companies and individuals. The news shows that cyber security is becoming a high priority for companies and governments.

6 Embassies join together to focus on greening Washington, D.C.

Four years ago, the Royal Netherlands Embassy hosted the first Greening Embassies Forum and a pledge signing event in which diplomatic institutions, international organizations, and the D.C. government formed a partnership to make Washington, D.C. the most sustainable city in the country.

7 Dijsselbloem, Ploumen and Knot to Attend IMF/World Bank fall meetings

(Washington, D.C.) — Dutch Minister of Finance and Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Minister Lilianne Ploumen, and Klaas Knot, President of the De Nederlandsche Bank (the Dutch Central Bank), will visit Washington, D.C., October 7-9 to attend the annual IMF and World Bank fall meetings.

8 Response Dutch PM Rutte on first results criminal investigation MH17

This morning the families of the victims of the MH17 disaster were briefed by the Joint Investigation Team on the initial findings of the criminal investigation into the downing of flight MH17. These findings concern the weapon used to down flight MH17, the location from which it was fired and the Buk missile system’s route of transport.

9 In Prinsjesdag tradition, King Willem-Alexander addresses Parliament

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander addressed the joint session of the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament earlier today, and set out the main features of government policy for the coming parliamentary session.

10 Submit registration forms by Feb. 1 to vote in Second Chamber election

Registration is open for the March 15, 2017, election of the Netherlands Second Chamber.