World Press Freedom Day 2017
H.E. Kees van Baar
Human Rights Ambassador, the Netherlands
H.E. Kees van Baar is the Human Rights Ambassador in the Netherlands. This is one of the more important faces of Dutch human rights policy, both in the Netherlands and in the international arena. He maintains close contact with civil society and as a speaker disseminates human rights policy in both Dutch and international fora. He specifically aims for dialogue and cooperation, engages in discussions with authorities and civil society organizations, and speaks at universities. Immediately prior to this, he was the first Netherlands Ambassador to South Sudan. He has also served at the Dutch embassies in Lusaka, Moscow, Jakarta and Nairobi and at the ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, working on a range of issues like security, arms control, human rights, environment, fragile states, peacekeeping and building, reconstruction and development. From 2009 to 2011, he was the Country Director Kenya for the PharmAccess Foundation, a Dutch organization that works on affordable access to quality healthcare in Africa.