What we do

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The Dutch Sustainability Unit (DSU) supports the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and its embassies in ensuring that its activities constribute to sustainable development. The DSU offers both integrated advice on sustainable development and specific expertise on elements of sustainable development, with a focus on climate, environment and gender equality. Support is free of charge within the limitations of the available budget. The DSU offers MFA and its embassies flexible and quick access to necessary expertise.


The DSU works on demand, however, is independent. Independency ensures that all important issues are addressed, regardless of specific sensitivities stakeholders may have. This is essential for the credibility and influence of its work. To secure this independency, the DSU is hosted by the legally independent Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment (NCEA).