About us

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

In taking on the name of Max van der Stoel (3 August 1924 – 23 April 2011), the foundation links itself to one of the Labour Party's most influential representatives in the area of foreign policy. The Foundation Max van der Stoel is, both nationally and internationally, allied to the social democratic movement.
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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