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1 Longer processing times for travel document applications in January 2014

If you wish to apply for a Dutch passport or identity card during the first 3 weeks of January, you should take into account that processing times may be longer than usual. Also, appointment availability will be limited.

2 "Warriors for Love" at The Street Theatre

On the occasion of the 2013 United Nations Human Rights Day, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its embassies and missions around the world organized various events to both commemorate Human Rights Day and to generate awareness for human rights issues. Activities included discussion panels, seminars, film and documentary screenings, speeches and high-level meetings with political actors.

3 Great respect and deep sympathy on the passing of Nelson Mandela

'There are no words for this moment; we can only look back with gratitude,' said Prime Minister Mark Rutte on hearing the news that Nelson Mandela has died.

4 "Warriors for Love"

On the occasion of Human Rights Day, on 10 December, the Embassy of the Netherlands and The Street Theatre in Canberra invite you to the screening of Dutch documentary 'Warriors for love' (53 min, The Netherlands, 2013). Tuesday 10 December 7.30 pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra City West.

5 President of the Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, gave this year's Europe House Lecture in the Hague

In his speech President and Minister of Finance, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, described the Eurozone as a community with solidarity among its members and an understanding of each other’s responsibilities. The euro crisis has put this community to the test. Doubts were raised about member states’ commitment to the rights and obligations within a monetary union. But the Eurozone took its responsibility - it showed significant efforts to help weak members and strengthened fiscal policy legislations at the same time. The work on the future design of the system is ongoing.

6 National campaign in the Netherlands raises over 18 million for Philippines

On Monday 18 November all Dutch broadcasting companies worked together to inform the public about the disaster and pay attention to the work of the cooperating aid organisations SHO. The amount is expected to rise over the next days. Minister Ploumen was very pleased with the results.

7 Wim Kok presents the Cleveringa lecture in Sydney

Since 1946 the Leids University Fund organises the annual Cleveringa lecture. In the Netherlands and abroad, several Cleveringa lectures are being held by academics and prominent figures in remembrance of the original lecture held by Professor Cleveringa. Mr Kok has chosen the following topic for this year’s lecture: “Fostering democracy and good governance in times of change and democratic transition”.

8 Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Australia

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is celebrating its 125th Anniversary with the biggest world tour ever. The RCO world tour ends in Australia next month.

9 “Dutch Diaspora in Australia and New Zealand“ an interactive theatre experience

We welcome all (former) Dutch nationals, as well as anyone interested in the Dutch Diaspora in Australia and New Zealand to this event. Free entry – limited seats available.

10 Winners of the World Solar Challenge at the Dutch Embassy!

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canberra looks back on a successful Windows to the World event.