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Ladies and gentlemen.
I am honored to be addressing you from the beautiful Dutch coast.
My name is Sigrid Kaag. I am the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. ‘speaks Arabic’
Today’s groundbreaking ceremony for the Dutch pavilion marks an important next step…
On the road to Expo 2020 Dubai.
For many centuries, the Gulf region and the Kingdom of The Netherlands…
have enjoyed a close relationship.
One in which trade and scientific exchange…
Have always played an important role.
Expo 2020 Dubai offers exiting opportunities…
To deepen these long standing ties.
To help drive positive change…
And to showcase innovative solutions,
integrating water, energy and food.
It is a chance to work together…
To build the important growing global consensus…
regarding the sustainable development goals.
These goals create a framework, for a more effective way of partnering…
To create a better future.
Through solutions that bring together governments, businesses, and knowledge institutions alike.
The Dutch pavilion will offer such solutions.
It is not just a building, but a fully functioning eco-system…
linking water, energy, and food.
It is a biotope, that will show visitors that the things they thought impossible…
are, in fact possible. Things like harvesting water from the desert air.
Who would have thought we would be able to do that?
Well, in our pavilion, this new reality will just be one of the innovations we will showcase
The Kingdom of The Netherlands is keen to bring water management innovations…
to Expo 2020 next year.
But we also believe, there is no time like the present
So today, I am pleased to be able to offer you…
The first bottle of water for Expo 2020…
Harvested from water vapor in the atmosphere.
Water: the source of food, energy, and life.
We hope to welcome you all to the Dutch pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
With one goal in mind: connecting people and creating a sustainable future together for all.
By working together and connecting sectors with one another we’re making a difference…
when it comes to creating a sustainable world.
My Name is Ahmed Aboutaleb.
I’m mayor of the beautiful city of Rotterdam…
and I’m also Expo Champion for the Netherlands at EXPO 2020 in Dubai.
The World Expo.
It’s the place where the Netherlands has a platform of its own.
The place where we have our own pavilion to show the world what we’re good at.
As an innovative nation…
as a creative nation in the areas of water, energy and food.
The place to be for everyone in the world who’s active in these areas.
So come to the EXPO and show what you’re good at!
Not just as a business, but perhaps as a sector, working together.
The place to show what the Netherlands is good at.
We’re a small country. We can’t feed the world. We don’t have enough space for that…
but we do have fantastic technology and knowledge, and can showcase our strengths…
when it comes to water, energy and food.
A great place to also check out the competition.
Not only to show but to learn too.
So come to Dubai and, who knows, maybe we’ll see each other there!
The earth has a delicate eco-system…
Everything is connected with each other.
Water, energy, food…
They simply can’t exist without each other.
The world’s population keeps on growing.
And we are dealing with global challenges…
like water scarcity, food security and a rising demand for energy.
So becoming self-sustaining is getting more and more important.
Expo 2020 offers an exciting opportunity to drive positive change.
And this is where the Netherlands is keen to contribute.
By uniting water, energy and food…
something magical can happen.
We’ve designed a pavilion which is more a biotope than a building.
A miniature world, where the climate is controlled naturally.
Where water, energy and food are intrinsically linked.
Full of intense sensory experiences.
A pavilion that stands for openness, inventiveness and inclusion…
and for minimising our footprint.
The entire installation will be built from local resources…
and with locally rented construction materials.
After Expo 2020, all materials are given back, or will go to a new destination.
We invite you to experience these new possibilities…
So open your eyes.
And let your senses experience a unique sensation.
Let’s connect minds to create a better, more sustainable future.
Welcome to the Dutch Pavilion.
Find us in the ‘sustainability district.’
Dutch Dubai, Dutch Connection in the Gulf.
Uniting water, energy and food.
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