In the area of water resources and infrastructure, a cooperation program is being developed jointly with The Netherlands. It began in the Coquimbo Region and has been expanded to the Arica and Parinacota, and Los Ríos regions, promoted by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management of The Netherlands. Chile is keen to take advantage of the Dutch experience in water management, through the collaboration of various public and private actors.
In May 2015, a delegation from Chile started a new form of cooperation, building on the knowledge of the Dutch experience in sustainable water management, and the ability to work locally. In addition, the Netherlands' Special Envoy for Water, Henk Ovink, initiated a series of visits to Chile, to promote renewed approaches to freshwater conservation and use. Both countries signed Letters of Intent in 2016, renewed in 2018 and 2020, in the area of cooperation in the management of water resources.
In July 2017, a Program of Activities Abroad was carried out dedicated to "Collaboration between Chile and the Netherlands in matters of Human Rights and business". For the occasion, the Undersecretary of Economy, Natalia Piergentili, participated accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Economy, the Human Rights Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a representative from ACCION Empresas Foundation. During the visit, the Chilean authorities met with their Dutch counterparts, as well as with representatives of the Social and Economic Council, the academic world and civil society, and were able to learn about good practices in the field of human rights of a local company.
The meetings were useful for the Chilean authorities to publicize the efforts of our country for the adoption of the National Action Plan for Human Rights and Business (2017), and at the same time, internalize the institutional structures that the Netherlands has to attend issues pertaining to business and human rights.
In the penitentiary field, in 2018 actions were developed to learn about the experience of the Netherlands in managing its prison system. For this, the Embassy contacted the Custody Institutions Agency, dependent on the Ministry of Security and Justice; the Council for the Administration of Criminal Justice and the Protection of Juveniles; and the Probation Service. The approach applied by the system in terms of early intervention, particularly for less serious crimes and the search for alternatives, as well as the accompaniment and treatment of people in order to increase their chances of social reintegration, was also known.
In the course of 2020, to collaborate with the Elderly National Service of Chile, the Embassy has developed contacts with competent organizations in the Netherlands, in order to learn about the best practices applicable to elderly homes and their mobility, especially considering the regulations adapted in particular to the management of Covid-19.
Several mayors and municipal authorities have visited the Netherlands in recent years, accompanied by engineers and urban planners to learn from the Dutch experience in using the bicycle as a means of transport.
On the other hand, Chile and The Netherlands are part of the Clean Energy Ministerial Innovation Mission, a high-level platform that brings together 26 countries to promote policies aimed at accelerating the transition to the use of clean energy. In May 2020 Chile was going to be the host of the eleventh version of this summit, but it had to be suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the same context, since September 2019 Chile is part of the Global Adaptation Commission, promoted by the Netherlands, under which the Global Center for Adaptation in Rotterdam operates. Likewise, there is interest from both parties to exchange experiences and knowledge on circular economy.
In preparation for COP 25 and in line with environmental policies, the Embassy developed contacts and carried out analysis about the management of plastic waste in the Netherlands in 2018 and 2019. These policies are inserted in the environmental institutional framework, an incentive to innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as the capacity to create public-private alliances and integrate all the sectors involved. This deployment allowed contacting non-governmental organizations that work in this area (The Great Bubble Barrier and Plastic Soup Foundation, and The Ocean Cleanup, a foundation dedicated to cleaning plastics from the oceans and waterways).