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‘Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light’ broadcast online in the spirit of unity

On 16 May 2020, the organising committee of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest produced an alternative TV show that amplified the power of music, in the spirit of unity and openness.

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Growing robust, nutritious potatoes with disease-free seeds

Contaminated potatoes, expensive pesticides and low crop yields are all things of the past thanks to Netherlands company, Solynta. Their hybrid breeding technique replaces the common potato-tuber with ‘true seeds’.

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Upcycled sleeping bags for the less fortunate

Dutch humanitarian start-up Sheltersuit upcycles sleeping bags to help refugees and the homeless cope with harsh weather conditions. The firm was part of a group of six Dutch innovative companies that represented the Netherlands at the SXSW festival in the US.

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Sustainable hamburgers made from … crickets?!

Global demand for food is set to outpace the available food production capacity, while destroying the climate goals. It is important to provide enough food and upgrade the capacity, while keeping an eye on sustainability. Dutch company De Krekerij thinks that using insects as a sustainable meat substitute can contribute to food security and while creating a circular planet together.

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Connecting the world by rail

Many exporting countries choose the Netherlands as one of the gateways into and out of Europe and the rest of the world – by road, air and sea. Although these modes of transportation create a significant amount of CO2 gasses, rail has become a sustainable alternative for cargo transport. Almost 85% of all rail freight in the Netherlands is international. And a further 2 direct cargo rail links to China were added recently.

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Special partnership makes female entrepreneurs less vulnerable

Selling shea nuts they gathered themselves is how many women in Mali and Burkina Faso earn a living. It's a precarious, season-dependent livelihood – but thanks to a public-private partnership (PPP), a Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security (FDOV) programme sponsored by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, more and more female entrepreneurs in these countries have additional sources of income.

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How circular economy practices help to achieve the SDGs

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent a blueprint for achieving a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030. The SDGs are a call to action by all countries – rich, poor and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the environment.

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