Marriët Schuurman

In line with this year’s theme, we will receive a speech from Marriët Schuurman during the Opening Ceremonies on Friday, 5th of April, in the St. Bavo Church of Haarlem.  

Marriët Schuurman has led the Task Force for the 2018 United Nations Security Council membership of the Kingdom of The Netherlands. She has worked to make an active contribution to international peace and security.  

In the Security Council, she committed her time to dealing effectively with conflicts and wars, not only by deploying well-equipped peace missions, but also by helping to prevent conflict in the first place by focusing on its causes, including exclusion and the repression of fundamental human rights. Since January 2019, she serves as Dutch Human Rights Ambassador, promoting and protecting fundamental human rights worldwide. 

Mrs Schuurman has served in many different countries and regions, most recently as NATO Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR1325).  

Particularly through her involvement with conflict-affected countries, she has gained extensive experience and expertise on “inclusive security”, promoting gender equality and equal participation as the only viable way to arrive at lasting peace.  

She has served as Ambassador of the Netherlands to the Republic of North Macedonia, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sudan, Deputy Head of Cooperation at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Lusaka, humanitarian assistance officer in the Ministry’s Western Balkans Taskforce and political officer at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Moscow. 

In the Security Council, she committed her time to dealing effectively with conflicts and wars, not only by deploying well-equipped peace missions but also by helping to prevent conflict in the first place by focusing on its causes, including exclusion and the repression of fundamental human rights. Since January 2019, she serves as Dutch Human Rights Ambassador, promoting and protecting fundamental human rights worldwide. Mrs Schuurman has served in many different countries and regions, most recently as NATO Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR1325). Particularly through her involvement with conflict-affected countries, she has gained extensive experience and expertise on “inclusive security”, promoting gender equality and equal participation as the only viable way to arrive at lasting peace. She has served as Ambassador of the Netherlands to the Republic of North Macedonia, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sudan, Deputy Head of Cooperation at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Lusaka, humanitarian assistance officer in the Ministry’s Western Balkans Taskforce and political officer at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Moscow.