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Bert Koenders new chairman of the Foreign Policy Advisory Council

Bert Koenders, professor of Peace, Law and Security at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs, has been appointed chairman of the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV), or foreign policy.

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Professor Bert Koenders

Koenders' appointment will take effect on 1 January 2021 and will be valid for four years. 

Koenders succeeds Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, who has been chairman of the AIV since 1 January 2014. Bert Koenders is also Special Envoy Fragility for the World Bank. Between 2014-2017 he held the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs. Koenders was Undersecretary General of the UN and head of the UN peacekeeping operations in Côte d'Ivoire and Mali. In the period 2007-2010 he held the position of Minister for Development Cooperation. He was a member of the House of Representatives of the States General from 1997-2007.

Advisory Council on International Affairs

The AIV is the advisory body for government and parliament in the field of foreign policy. The AIV provides solicited and unsolicited advice on international issues. This concerns in particular European cooperation, human rights, development cooperation and security policy.

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