"The Netherlands cannot win a seat on the Security Council without the support of the 127 states which have endorsed the Humanitarian Pledge to stigmatize, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. This is an historic opportunity for states committed to nuclear disarmament to use their influence to force real change."
- Richard Lennane, Chief Inflammatory Officer, Wildfire>_
The Security Council is the paramount body of the global community responsible for international peace and security, so it is important that its membership reflects the growing global commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons. The Netherlands is currently an obstacle to nuclear disarmament, maintaining hypocritical policies and obstructing efforts to delegitimize and outlaw nuclear weapons.
Wildfire>_ is encouraging states that are committed to nuclear disarmament on humanitarian grounds to vote against the Netherlands in the 2016 Security Council election, unless the Netherlands joins the Humanitarian Pledge, takes concrete steps to begin reducing its reliance on nuclear weapons, and provides transparency reports to the NPT on the nuclear weapons kept on its territory.
Netherlands fails to win majority for election to Security Council
The Netherlands’ hypocritical policy on nuclear weapons, combined with its stubborn refusal even to discuss the issue with UN member states, resulted in its failure to secure the necessary votes to win a non-permanent seat on the Security Council...
Netherlands declines to respond to UNSC candidate survey
In direct contradiction of its frequently-stated commitment to dialogue and open communication, the Netherlands failed to respond to a Wildfire>_ survey of the nuclear disarmament policies of candidates for election to the Security Council in 2016. Other candidates provided detailed responses...
Dutch government ignores parliament's call to support treaty negotiations
At the UN Open-ended Working Group on taking forward nuclear disarmament negotiations, the Netherlands delegation ignored a motion passed by its own parliament calling on the government to actively work on the start of negotiations on an international treaty banning nuclear weapons...
Hypocritical statements of the Netherlands on nuclear disarmament
Statement to Main Committee I of the 2015 NPT Review Conference
Ambassador Henk Cor van der Kwast lays bare the contradictions and delusions of Dutch policy on nuclear disarmament, 6 May 2015.
Statement to the Conference on Disarmament
Bizarre statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Bert Koenders, to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, 2 March 2015.