We are very pleased that Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, will speak at Arctic Frontiers Policy 2017. Mr Koenders has a long political career on national and international levels. From 1997 to 2007 he was a member of the House of Representatives for the Labour Party (PvdA) serving as spokesperson on foreign affairs, trade, corporate social responsibility and international financial institutions. Prior to this, he was employed at the European Commission focusing on European foreign policy and, from 1993 to 1994, he worked for the United Nations in Mozambique, Mexico and South Africa. He has also worked for the organisation Parliamentarians for Global Action.
He was co-founder of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund and served as its chair between 2000 and 2007. In the period 2006-2007 he was a member of the parliamentary inquiry committee on Srebrenica and was briefly President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (2006-2007). From 2007 to 2010 Mr Koenders served as the Minister for Development Cooperation.
From July 2013 to October 2014 Mr Koenders was Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and head of the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA) in Mali. From 2011 to 2013, he was the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Operation in Côte d'Ivoire. Between 2010 and 2011 Mr Koenders worked in South Korea as a negotiator on economics and development for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Busan Partnership agreement. He was also Visiting Professor of Conflict Management at Johns Hopkins University (SIAS) in Bologna from 2000 to 2002.
The dates for Arctic Frontiers 2017 is 22 - 27 January.