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How a circular approach to wastewater can help us achieve the SDGs

Polluted water and air, overfished oceans, depleted fuel supplies and exhausted soil. With more and more people using our natural resources, the planet is reaching its limits. We need to be at our most creative to make the best of the resources available for the sake of life as we know it. Pioneers of the Dutch circular movement have teamed up with their counterparts in Singapore and Brazil to create a new source of supply from wastewater.

13 Dutch solutions win CES Innovation Awards ahead of world’s largest tech fair

At the beginning of 2021, CES went fully digital for the first time ever. In January 2022, the world’s biggest Consumer Electronics Show will welcome 170,000 companies from 160 countries back to Las Vegas live. Seventy innovative Dutch companies, 50 startups and 20 scaleups, presented themselves today at CES Unveiled in Amsterdam. A record-breaking number of Dutch companies won CES Innovation Awards for excellent design, with 13 of the 34 entrants receiving an award. In previous years, only one or two Dutch entries fell in the prizes.

The UAE & the Netherlands: a dialogue on water, energy, food & urban development

  ​In November 2021, we will present the Netherlands to the UAE, the Gulf and the global community at Expo 2020 Dubai. The Expo has 191 participating countries and will welcome millions of visitors. Economic ties between the Netherlands, the UAE, and the rest of the Gulf region are strong, and our participation in Expo 2020 Dubai aims to strengthen this relationship. The Expo also presents a unique opportunity to discuss common challenges and work together on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Harnessing the power of youth voices in creating a better future

Young people are the most important stakeholders of the future. And yet, youth voices are underrepresented in policy making. That’s why the We Are Tomorrow Global Partnership brings together young people from all over the world for a common goal: to co-develop plans for the future they wish to see and live in. The Netherlands believes that young people need to be involved in the decision-making which will shape the future of the world they inherit, and able to amplify their plans for their own future. Through a platform called Youth at Heart, the Netherlands strives to include young people’s voice in shaping the national and international climate agendas, and inspire decision-makers to take bolder action faster.

The Netherlands sets out climate adaptation strategy ahead of COP26

In the lead up to COP26, the Netherlands produced a climate adaptation plan to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. As a top priority both at home and abroad, the Netherlands is committed to spending half of its public climate spending on climate adaptation measures.

Less is more: From Dutch Design Week to Dubai Expo

Every year in October, the city of Eindhoven hosts the biggest design event in Northern Europe: Dutch Design Week. With ideas from over 2,600 designers, the event showcases the practicality and culture of Dutch design. Each year more and more solutions for solving global challenges are on display under a specific theme all over the city. This years theme is “The Greater Number”, which highlights the need for more circularity. It is a global call for less consumption, less production and less waste.

The Maritime Masterplan: leading the way towards a clean maritime future

Shipping emissions make up around 1 billion tons of CO2eq per year. This is a quarter of all emissions from the global transportation sector and nearly 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions. And yet shipping is still cleaner than any other mode of transportation. That is because the sheer volume of cargoes that can be transported by ship make transportation over water the cleanest option per ton per kilometer.