|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
17 October 2014
|Prime Minister||Mark Rutte|
|Preceded by||Frans Timmermans|
|Minister for Development Cooperation|
22 February 2007 – 23 February 2010
|Prime Minister||Jan Peter Balkenende|
|Preceded by||Agnes van Ardenne|
|Succeeded by||Maxime Verhagen|
|President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly|
17 November 2006 – 19 February 2007
|Preceded by||Pierre Lellouche|
|Succeeded by||José Lello|
28 May 1958 |
|Political party||Labour Party|
|Alma mater||Free University Amsterdam
University of Amsterdam
Johns Hopkins University
Albert Gerard "Bert" Koenders (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɑlbərt ˈɣɪːrɑrt bɛrt ˈkundərs]; born 28 May 1958) is a Dutch politician and diplomat. He is a member of the Labour Party. He has been the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands since 17 October 2014.
Koenders studied political science and international relations. He previously was a member of the House of Representatives (1997–2007), Minister for Development Cooperation (2007–2010), the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) (2011–2013), and the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) (2013–2014).
Albert Gerard Koenders was born on 28 May 1958 in Arnhem in the Netherlands, where he grew up in a Reformed environment. He was a boy scout. He went to the secondary school Carolus Clusius College in Zwolle, where he did the pre-university program (vwo).
He studied political science at the VU University Amsterdam (sitting his ‘kandidaats’ examination in 1978) and political and social sciences (international relations and economics) at the University of Amsterdam (graduating in 1983). He received his Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University, where he studied at the School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy and Washington D.C. from 1979 to 1981.
He was adjunct professor at Webster University in Leiden from 1987 to 1993. In 2002 he was visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University in Bologna teaching about conflict prevention, conflict management and post-conflict reconstruction.
House of Representatives
Koenders was a member of the House of Representatives from 1997 until 2007. In 1997, he filled the vacant seat after member of parliament Maarten van Traa died in a car accident. He was member of the permanent parliamentary committees on foreign affairs and on defense. From 2002 until 2003 he was a member of the parliamentary hearing committee on the Srebrenica massacre.
From 17 November 2006 to 19 February 2007 he was president of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
Minister of Development Cooperation
Koenders was Minister without Portfolio for Development Cooperation (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) in the Fourth Balkenende cabinet sworn in on 22 February 2007. He has come under political fire as minister in July 2007, after it became known that an event sponsored by the Ministry, Het akkoord van Schokland, was organized without a public procurement process stipulated under European Union law. Instead, the event was organized by an event bureau closely tied to the Labour Party itself. Koenders cited time shortage.
Between 2013 and 2014, he was the Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Knight of the Legion of Honour (France, 2006)
- Companion of the Order of the Volta (Ghana, 2008)
- Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau (Netherlands, 2010)
- Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (Japan, 2014)
- "Drs. A.G. (Bert) Koenders". Parlement & Politiek (in Dutch). Leiden University. Retrieved 2014-10-14.
- (Dutch) Theo Koelé, "Bevlogen padvinder die bui ziet hangen", de Volkskrant, 2008. Retrieved on 16 October 2014.
- Curriculum vitae Bert Koenders, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
- "Bert Koenders". www.pvda.nl (in Dutch). Labour Party. Archived from the original on 2007-01-07. Retrieved 2007-02-14.
- "Bert Koenders". www.novatv.nl (in Dutch). NOVA (VARA/NPS). 2003-09-23. Retrieved 2007-02-14.
- "Development Cooperation Minister Bert Koenders". www.minbuza.nl. Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Archived from the original on 2007-03-10. Retrieved 2007-02-23.
- "Koenders overtrad EU-regel voor aanbestedingen" (in Dutch). NRC Handelsblad. 2007-07-30.
- "Parliament upset with Koenders". Expatica. 2007-07-30.
- (French) Article, La Croix.
- "Albert Gerard Koenders, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), on Mali". UN News&Media. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
- (Dutch) "Koenders: internationale conflicten prioriteit", de Volkskrant, 2014. Retrieved on 17 October 2014.
- (French) Nomination de M. Bert Koenders au grade de chevalier dans l’Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur, French Embassy in The Hague. Retrieved on 31 October 2014.
- Koenders honoured with Ghanaian decoration, Government of the Netherlands, 2008. Retrieved on 31 October 2014.
- (Japanese) 外国人叙勲受章者名簿 平成26年 (Foreign honours recipients 2014), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Retrieved on 29 October 2014.
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|President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly
|UN Secretary-General's Special Representative
and Head of ONUCI
|First||UN Secretary-General's Special Representative
and Head of MINUSMA
Agnes van Ardenne
|Minister for Development Cooperation
|Minister of Foreign Affairs