Security and stability: the Netherlands and India

The Netherlands is your partner in promoting peace and stability.

Long-term cooperation

Lasting peace requires long-term cooperation with local and regional partners, so that we can respond when trouble spots emerge and prevent new conflicts from arising. 

UN missions

The Netherlands participates in United Nations (UN) missions to help promote peace and protect civilians. Since 1947 more than 125,000 Dutch troops have taken part in over 60 UN peace missions. 

The Netherlands also supports reconstruction efforts in countries affected by war.

UN Security Council seat

In 2017 and 2018 the Netherlands and Italy will share a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

During their membership the Netherlands and Italy will focus their efforts on:

  • conflict prevention
  • peacekeeping
  • the protection of civilians during conflicts
  • the rule of law 
  • the effects of climate change on peace and security.

Security and stability: the Netherlands and your country or region

For more information on this topic, contact the embassy or consulate.

Working together in the United Nations framework

The Netherlands and India are both active contribuants to the United Nations and share a commitment to its central role in the multilateral system and its legacy of peace, reconciliation and cooperation fostered among nations. The Netherlands and India agree on the desirability of reforming the United Nations, including the need for early reform of its Security Council, in order to make it more broadly representative, efficient and transparent. The Netherlands supports expansion of the membership of the Council, including of its permanent membership, and considers India to be an obvious candidate for such a permanent seat.

Non-proliferation and Indian entry to the weapon export control regimes

Since the end of the cold war, prevention of nuclear proliferation, promotion of disarmament and the peaceful use of nuclear energy have become increasingly relevant topics. These constitute the foundations of the Dutch non-proliferation policy, and are also the cornerstones of the Non-Proliferation Treaty of which The Netherlands is a signatory. The Netherlands will continue with its efforts for the non-proliferation of nuclear weaponry, we openly support the aim of reaching the ‘Global Zero’. India and The Netherlands have a shared interest in working closely together in the field of non-proliferation.

The Netherlands supports India’s entry to weapon export control regimes such as the MTCR and NSG. In fact, it was during the Netherlands chairmanship of the MTCR that India was welcomed as a member country. We continue to support Indian membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and will also continue to make our position known in discussions with other members.