King Willem-Alexander is preparing for historic speech at UN
NEW YORK - King Willem-Alexander is experiencing a scoop today. The first Dutch Head of State to address the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN).
The Netherlands wants to get a seat next year in the UN Security Council. The speech of the King must help with this objective. According to the Government Information Service, King Willem-Alexander will, among others, discuss the significance of the United Nations and the contribution of the Netherlands to the organization in the area of peace, justice and development.
King Willem-Alexander is the twelfth speaker of the day. The presidents of the US, Russia, China and France will also have their say.
The Netherlands has sent a strong delegation to New York. Except the King and Queen, Prime Minister Rutte, Prime Minister Eman from Aruba, the Dutch Ministers Ploumen and Koenders, Minister Mansveld (stationed in New York), and Mayor of Rotterdam, Aboutaleb are all present in New York.
Koenders said this weekend that the Netherlands has a strong interest in order to secure a non-permanent seats in the Security Council, in particular to talk about international crises. He pointed out that The Hague is the third capital of the United Nations, including the International Criminal Court.
Prime Minister Rutte held last Saturday a speech to the UN. He insisted that the industry should be more involved in the new sustainable development goals of the UN.
For a seat on the Security, the Netherlands competes with Sweden and Italy. The voting will be next summer. The board has fifteen members, five seats are permanently occupied by the US, China, Britain, France and Russia. The ten remaining seats are rotated; selected countries get a seat for the two-year period.