Amsterdam Agreement Blue Deal


All 21 Dutch regional water authorities and the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Infrastructure and Water, Economic Affairs and Climate will set up an international program (Blue Deal). With the program, the parties aim to improve flood protection, the accessibility of water, and the water quality worldwide. Blue Deal combines the national policy of three ministries with the hands-on implementing power of the Dutch regional water authorities. These authorities want to share their expertise in regional water management with countries that face similar challenges. In addition, the Dutch water authorities believe that Blue Deal will increase their ambitions to contribute to a safer, cleaner, and healthier world. On World Water Day 2018, Blue Deal will be finalized and presented.

Agreement Document

Parties Involved

Dutch Water Authorities

Dutch Water Authorities

This is the responsibility of 21 regional water authorities. They work on water safety, water quality and water quantity. Dutch Water Authorities is the international organization of these 21 regional water authorities and their association, the Unie van Waterschappen. Dutch Water Authorities wishes to share its extensive experience and knowledge on water management and water governance with the world.


Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the channel through which the Dutch Government communicates with foreign governments and international organizations. It coordinates and carries out Dutch foreign policy.


Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management is committed to improving quality of life, access and mobility in a clean, safe, and sustainable environment. The Ministry strives to create an efficient network of roads, railways, waterways and airways, effective water management to protect against flooding, and improved air and water quality.


Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

The Ministry promotes the Netherlands as a country of enterprise with a strong international competitive position and an eye for sustainability. It is committed to creating an excellent entrepreneurial business climate, by creating the right conditions and giving entrepreneurs room to innovate and grow. By paying attention to nature and the living environment. By encouraging cooperation between research institutes and businesses. This is how we enhance our leading positions in agriculture, industry, services and energy and invest in a powerful, sustainable country. .

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