About us

The Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS) is an independent foundation affiliated to the Dutch Labour Party, PvdA. We strive for the social democratic value of international solidarity within three areas: democracy, development and dialogue.

By taking the name of Max van der Stoel (3 August 1924 – 23 April 2011) the foundation links itself to one of the most influential representatives that the Labour Party has known in the area of foreign policy. The Foundation Max van der Stoel is nationally and internationally allied with the social democratic movement.
He could never compromise when it came to injustice, nor in his belief in the law, in fairness and in the future of humanity if it could free itself from the chains of injustice and oppression.” Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans about Max van der Stoel