The consequences of climate change are becoming increasingly serious. The poorest people are often the hardest hit and, among them, women in particular. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will only be achieved if everyone worldwide works together to limit climate change. That is why 197 countries signed the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015.
In this agreement, countries agreed to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius and preferably 1.5 degrees. They also identified the need to adapt to the effects of climate change. Wealthy countries committed to helping developing countries in this respect.
These objectives mean that countries have to change their way of working and investing in many areas. The Netherlands supports developing countries in those areas in which it can make the biggest difference given its knowledge, expertise and role in the world. These include access to renewable energy, combating deforestation, climate-smart agriculture and climate-resilient use and management of water. In order to achieve good results, the Netherlands works with multilateral organisations, NGOs, knowledge institutes and the business community.
In climate negotiations, the Netherlands will continue to press for the proper implementation of the measures agreed in the Paris Climate Agreement. This serves the interests of both the Netherlands and developing countries.