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The Kingdom of the Netherlands in the UN Security Council

Monday 4 February 2019
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague
Spanish Steps

On 4 February, the JASON Institute for Peace & Security Studies proudly welcomes H.E. Drs. Karel J.G. van Oosterom, the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations, together with the honourable Mr. Peter Wilson, the British ambassador to the Netherlands and former deputy of the UK mission to the United Nations in New York.

In 2018, the Kingdom of the Netherlands was one of the 10 elected members of the UN Security Council. What is it like to be an elected member of this Council, and what were the relations with the five permanent members: the USA, China, France, Russia and the UK? On 4 February Ambassador Oosterom will look back on the benefits and hardships of the Netherlands’ 2018 membership of the UN Security Council. Peter Wilson will  share his professional experience and reflect further on the inner workings and politics of the UN Security Council. 

Mr. Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson

The honourable Peter Wilson is a graduate of Eton College and Oxford University,  and also holds an MPA from the Kennedy School of Business at Harvard. As the British ambassador to the Netherlands he is also the UK’s permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Mr. Wilson is a career diplomat with prior postings in Beijing, Islamabad.

Karel J.G. van Oosterom

Karel J.G. van Oosterom

Before Karel J.G. van Oosterom was the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations in New York, he was the Director-General for Political Affairs in the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to that, he was Foreign Policy and Defence Advisor to the Prime Minister. A career diplomat for almost 30 years, he held several positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as Deputy Head of Mission at the Dutch Embassy in Beijing.


19:00 – 19:05 hrs   Welcome and short introduction by moderator Willemijn Aerdts               
19:00 – 19:20 hrs   Presentation by Karel van Oosterom     
19:20 – 19:35 hrs   Presentation by Peter Wilson   
19:35 – 19:50 hrs   Moderator questions and reflection presentations        
19:35 – 20:30 hrs   Q&A with audience       
20.30 – 22.00 hrs  Drinks

The evening will be moderated by Mr. drs. Willemijn Aerdts, who is a lecturer at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA, Leiden University). Previously, she was part of the World Economic Forum as Global Shaper and a youth representative to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children. 


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