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11 Unrest in Papua New Guinea

Dutch citizens are advised to exercise a high degree of caution in all parts of Port Moresby, due to ongoing student protests and unrest. An updated travel advice will be published shortly by the 24/7 BZ Travel App.

12 Vacancy: Honorary Consul in Queensland

We are looking for a new Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Queensland.

13 Advisory referendum – reaction Dutch government

On 6 april 2016 an advisory referendum was held in the Netherlands on the EU-association agreement with Ukraine. The preliminary outcome shows that the required threshold for a valid outcome of a turn-out of 30% or more was reached, with a clear majority of the people voting against the agreement.

14 Come join and celebrate King's Day in Sydney!

It's that time of the year again - so get ready to celebrate with us for our King's Day party in Sydney!

15 Vacancies Honorary Consul in Queensland

We are looking for a new Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Queensland. The deadline for reactions has been extended to 31 March

16 Travellers can reach foreign ministry 24/7 at +31 247 247 247

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs can now be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week at +31 247 247 247 for practical travel tips and assistance. Travellers abroad can also contact the Ministry online and via Twitter. It is estimated that about 3,000 people per day will use the new services.

17 Warning for bushfires in Australia

There is currently an extremely high risk of fast spreading bushfires in Australia. Please make sure to closely follow the local news and follow the instructions from local authorities and the emergency services. For further questions you can call the local fire services or the police.

18 Consular services as of 1 October 2015

As of 1 October 2015 the Consulate-General in Sydney is the only office in Australia to accept Dutch passport applications. The same applies for visa applications.

19 Ploumen calls for equitable economic growth

The world has seen a considerable reduction in extreme poverty since the turn of the century. Yet the gap between rich and poor has widened. Greater inequality prevents people from building a decent life, stunts economic growth and leads to conflict – on top of the violence that has already forced more than 60 million people worldwide to abandon their homes. In her policy agenda for 2016, foreign trade and development minister Lilianne Ploumen shows an even greater commitment to curbing the downward spiral.

20 Koenders: Today’s crises require flexible diplomacy

According to Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders, ‘There are no quick fixes for today’s challenges: we will have to work long and hard, at international level, to find permanent solutions to the sources of conflict around us.’ The Minister made these remarks in his 2016 policy agenda, adding, ‘This will require dynamic and flexible diplomacy, choices and innovative use of resources, as well as collaboration in old and new coalitions. International diplomacy is working at full capacity, which puts a lot of strain on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but it is vital for our security and prosperity.’