The Dutch government is committing an extra 10 million euros to making HIV prevention and AIDS inhibitors more accessible to vulnerable groups, such as men who have sex with other men, drug users, trans people, young people and sex workers. In the coming years, the amount will be invested in supporting these vulnerable groups in regions where HIV is still spreading, Minister Sigrid Kaag of Development Cooperation announced at the AIDS 2018 conference in Amsterdam on Monday, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Netherlands committed 29 million euros to She Decides for 2017 and 2018. The Dutch contribution to the now international movement, launched by former Dutch minister Lilianne Ploumen last year, gives over a million women in Ethiopia, Yemen, Mali, Bangladesh, Mozambique and other developing countries access to family planing.
Development Aid Minister Lilianne Ploumen's family planning fund She Decides raised 292 million euros in donations from around 60 countries, she announced on Monday night, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Dutch minister established the fund early this year to counteract Donald Trump and the American government's anti-abortion policies and decision to pull 600 million dollars in annual funding for family planning in third world countries.
The Resist Festival held in Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam on Thursday raised over 65 thousand euros for Minister Lilianne Ploumen's family planning fund She Decides. The Dutch Development Minister established the fund after new American president Donald Trump decided to stop funding for family planning in developing countries.
Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Development Cooperation is working to counteract one of the first decisions made by new United States president Donald Trump. On Monday he scrapped funding to organizations that help with family planning and offer safe abortions in developing countries. Ploumen is launching an international fund to make up for the about $600 million gap created by Trump's decision, ANP reports.
The Dutch clothing sector is taking up the fight against child labor, poor working conditions and low wages in developing countries such as Bangladesh. On Wednesday the government is closing a textile covenant with three trade associations, two trade unions and five social organizations to address these issues and make sure Dutch consumers can rest assured that their clothing was made responsibly
The Netherlands plans to give 50 million people in poor countries access to green energy in the coming years, Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade wrote to the Tweede Kamer
The 4.2 billion euros the Netherlands invested in development aid last year gave millions of people in developing countries something to eat, something to drink or a job.
Poor countries are losing billions in taxes annually because international corporations abuse tax rules, according to aid organization Oxfam Novib in a report.
The financial crisis seems to have affected not only the economy, but society as well as new research from the Erasmus University shows.
Developing countries contribute almost as much to global warming and climate change as industrialized countries. Now 48 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from developing countries. In 2020 that will probably increase to 51 percent, according to the Dutch Planning Office for Live environment (PBL).
Methane release brought by climate change, specifically from melting ice in the Arctic could cost the entire global economy over $60 trillion in the next several years, according to a report published in the journal Nature.