December 14, 2019

  • Tatarstan is the crossroad of trade routes and civilizations

    By H.E. Mr. Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan  The Republic of Tatarstan is one of the leading, industrially developed and innovative regions of the Russian Federation, the territory of intercultural and interfaith dialogue, where East and West meet, trade routes intersect, Islam and Christianity successfully develop and interact.  The unique location of the region in the centre of Russia, at the confluence of the two largest rivers: the Volga and the Kama, where the Great Silk Road and the Furry Road merged, connecting the north and the south of Eurasia, since ancient times it had become one…

  • Azerbaijan and the Netherlands: Mutually beneficial cooperation relations and their prospects

    By H.E. Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The year of 2019 was an important milestone for the Republic of Azerbaijan in terms of its foreign policy. Thus, hundred years ago, on 9 July 1919, the Government of the Azerbaijan People’s (Democratic) Republic (ADR) adopted a temporary instruction on the Secretariat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to a Decree of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, this date was taken as the basis for the establishment of the Day of employees of the Diplomatic Service of Azerbaijan.  One century separates us…

  • l’Arménie en tete de la Francophone

    Par H.E. M. Zohrab Matsakanyan, Ministre des Affaires étrangères de la République d’Arménie. Le 27 novembre 2016, lors du Sommet d’Antananarivo (Madagascar), les Chefs d’Etat et de gouvernement de la Francophonie ont désigné l’Arménie comme pays hôte du prochain Sommet de la Francophonie. L’Arménie était honorée de cette confiance qu’on lui avait témoignée en lui confiant la responsabilité de l’organisation de ce Sommet. La XVIIème Conférence des Chefs d’Etat et de gouvernement ayant le français en partage s’est tenue à Erevan, les 11 et 12 octobre 2018. Toutes les institutions étatiques nationales se sont pleinement mobilisées pour faire de la…

  • Qualities of a Good Diplomat

    By H.E. Dr Hisham Al-Alawi, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to The Netherlands. History of Diplomacy:  Diplomacy is a profession like medicine or law; its goal is to advance the national interests of a country through dialogue, negotiation and cooperation with the governments of other countries. It was only in the 18th Century that the organization and administration of Diplomacy within a single entity i.e. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), run by a Minister, came into force (Berridge, 2005). The Foreign Office in UK was created in 1782 and the US State Department in 1789. Between 1840 and 1880, the…

  • Norway is a steadfast defender of human rights and gender equality

    By Martin Sørby, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to the Kingdom of The Netherlands. International cooperation is crucial to Norway’s security, economy and prosperity. Human rights and gender equality lie at the core of Norwegian society – and the Norwegian Government’s foreign policy.  Our values require us ensure that all people are able to live in freedom and security, regardless of where they are and to stand up against hateful and discriminatory behaviour. Putting human rights and gender equality at the forefront of our efforts is key to reaching these goals. The world is facing a number of challenges that…

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President Agius briefs UN Security Council on progress of Mechanism’s work

Dec 14, 2019

Arusha, The Hague, 11 December 2019 – The President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism), Judge Carmel Agius, presented the Mechanism’s fifteenth progress report to the United Nations Security Council (Council), outlining its judicial work and other key activities during the past six months.  With regard to the Mechanism’s remaining judicial caseload, President Agius first informed the Council of key developments at the Arusha branch, including the conclusion of review proceedings and the delivery, months ahead of schedule, of the review judgement in the Ngirabatware case. He then noted that a new indictment against Augustin Ngirabatware, for contempt…

Ireland Contributes €30,000 to Future OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology

Dec 14, 2019

THE HAGUE, Netherlands—12 December 2019 —The Government of Ireland has contributed €30,000 to a special Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Trust Fund to support the project to upgrade the current OPCW Laboratory and Equipment Store. This project will result in the construction of a new facility, the OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology (“ChemTech Centre”). The contribution was formalised during a ceremony at the OPCW Headquarters between OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, and the Permanent Representative of Ireland to the OPCW, H.E. Ambassador Kevin Kelly. The Director-General expressed: “I thank the Government of Ireland for this…

Eurojust becomes an Agency

Dec 13, 2019

The European Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation Eurojust today heralds a new phase in its development, as it officially becomes the European Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation, with the application of the Eurojust Regulation as the new legal basis. The new Regulation will make Eurojust fit for the purpose of fighting increasing levels of cross-border crime, with an Executive Board dealing with administrative matters and giving the College of prosecutors from all Member States more leeway to focus on the continuously rising number of criminal cases. Eurojust will start applying many of the standard rules of the decentralised Agencies. Eurojust President Mr…

Book launch, Balinese Art Treasures of The 1940s

Dec 11, 2019

H.E. I Gusti Wesaka Puja, Ambassador of Indonesia, and Dr Henrietta Lidchi of Museum Volkenkunde Leiden. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in The Hague, in collaboration with the Museum Volkenkunde Leiden organized a book launch featuring, “Balinese Art Treasures of the 1940s; the rediscovery of a collection”. The event took place at Aula Nusantara of the Embassy of Indonesia on Thursday, 5 December 2019. The launching was attended by a good number of guests from various circles in the Netherlands including academics, scientists, cultural observers, historians, the diaspora and friends of Indonesia. Serving as…

Ireland continues to be integral partner in Eurojust

Dec 10, 2019

New EU Regulation applies on 12 December Eurojust’s Vice-President Klaus Meyer-Cabri addressing a seminar in Ireland on 21 November 2019, with the National Member for Ireland Frank Cassidy (right).  The Hague, 9 December 2019 – Ireland will continue to be an integral and full operational partner in Eurojust as of 12 December, when the new Regulation establishing Eurojust as an Agency will officially apply. Both houses of Parliament (the Oireachtas) already decided to opt-in as a full-fledged member of Eurojust in June of this year. Ireland and the UK were required to opt-in to the Eurojust Regulation in view of the special protocol of both…

United Arab Emirates Contribute €100,000 to Future OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology

Dec 10, 2019

The Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the OPCW, H.E. Ambassador Abdullah Al Otaiba and OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias. THE HAGUE, Netherlands —10 December 2019 — The Government of the United Arab Emirates has contributed €100,000 to a special Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Trust Fund to support the project to upgrade the current OPCW Laboratory and Equipment Store. This project will result in the construction of a new facility, the OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology (“ChemTech Centre”). The contribution was formalised during a ceremony at the OPCW Headquarters between OPCW Director-General, H.E….

Instilling Dominican Public Diplomacy in Uruguay

Dec 10, 2019

In the picture the Minister Counsellor Dr. Eugenio Matos, Dr. Maria Azpiroz and Ambassador Luis Arias Nuñez. Under the sponsorship of Diplomat Magazine Netherlands, the Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay and the International Public Diplomacy Council, in collaboration with the Dominican Embassy in Montevideo, was hosted on November 28th a lecture entitled “Public Diplomacy for Developing States”, which took place in the National Library of Uruguay. The guest speaker was Dr. Eugenio Matos G, lawyer, violinist and Dominican diplomat with a successful career in the field. He was awarded in 2018 by the School of Law of the…

Christmas Tree Lighting Tradition at Hotel Des Indes

Dec 9, 2019

Dr. Stanislav Vassilevsky, Charge d’affaires de Belarus, Mr. Coen Masselink, General Manager of Des Indes, H.E. Mr. I Gusti Wesake Puja, Ambassador of Indonesia, the Ambassador of Egypt, H.E. Mr. Amgad Abdel Ghaffar, Santa Claus, Narumi Bucheli and Ms. Irina Vassilevska. By Tereza Neuwirthová. On the Friday afternoon of 6th December, the magnificent Hotel Des Indes in The Hague hosted a reception on the occasion of its annual Christmas decorations lighting tradition.  The opulent lounge of the emblematic Des Indes was decorated in elegant Christmas decorations, which perfectly suited the impressive design of this historical hotel. Upon their arrival into…

Bahrain National Day 2019

Dec 8, 2019

H.E. Mr Fawaz bin Mohamed Al Khalifa Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague, 4 December 2019. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa accession to the throne, H.E. Mr Fawaz bin Mohamed Al Khalifa Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain in the Netherlands organized a sitting lunch. The event also celebrated the Kingdom of Bahrain’s National Day, In his welcome remarks, Ambassador Fawaz bin Mohamed Al Khalifa warmly welcome his guests. He went on to mention the current situation in the Gulf region which he deemed worrisome. The Ambassador further expresses…

Chile Contributes €13,000 to Future OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology

Dec 4, 2019

H.E. Ms. Maria Teresa de Jesus Infante Caffi, Ambassador of Chile, Permanent Representative to the OPCW and H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias, Director General OPCW. THE HAGUE, Netherlands —04 December 2019 — The Government of Chile has contributed €13,000 to a special Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Trust Fund to support the project to upgrade the current OPCW Laboratory and Equipment Store. This project will result in the construction of a new facility, the OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology (“ChemTech Centre”). The contribution was formalised during a ceremony at the OPCW Headquarters between OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr…

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Romania: 101 Years Since the Establishment of the National Unitary State

“The light is on for those who see, not for the blind ones”. Mihai Eminescu – Romanian poet  By Corneliu Pivariu. The Great Union of December 1st, 1919 was a ”stellar moment” for Romania, which was achieved by Romanian visionary and patriotic politicians with international support yet above all with the blood sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of Romanian soldiers, anonymous in their sacrifice yet eminents by sacrifying their lives on the sanctuary of imortality as a kin. It was a strictly national objective, not directed agains anyone of the world’s family of nations. In fact, Romania paid in blood,…

Climate change

By John Dunkelgrün That the global climate is changing is indisputable. It appears that most scientists agree that human actions are the main cause. The consequences depending on the army of forecasters range from serious to catastrophic. Bad or scary news sells newspapers and doomsday forecasts make the front pages. All this has scared the population and has driven politicians in many countries to sometimes drastic and sometimes questionable action. The Netherlands for example, a country that for half a century has depended on gas for heating, cooking, and part of electricity production, has vowed to stop gas use completely…

A longer life thanks to the EU

By Barend ter Haar. While incidents fill the front pages, life-changing developments often go almost unnoticed. Most Dutchmen will have missed the news that, thanks to European legislation, they can expect to live on average six years longer than in 1980. This is the essence of the article Effects of European emission reductions on air quality in the Netherlands and the associated health effects.[1] In this article researchers of four Dutch research institutes compared two scenarios.[2]The first scenario looked at the probable health effects if no European air quality policy would have been in place. The second scenario looked at the…

Eurojust action days: financial impact of EUR 2 billion and more than 1 700 arrests

Ladislav Hamran, President of Eurojust. The one hundred joint action days coordinated at Eurojust since 2011 have led to 1 722 arrests by national judicial and law enforcement authorities. In total during this period, 3 355 searches were carried out and more than EUR 210 million in cash, luxury cars and jewellery were seized. The actions have halted serious criminal organisations, which had struck more than 2 400 victims, and had a direct financial impact of nearly EUR 2 billion. This detailed calculation was made after the recent conclusion of Eurojust’s 100th action day. For the past eight years, Eurojust has offered the…

IMACO International Conference in Bacolod

IMACO (International Mask Arts & Culture Organization) held the 7th IMACO International Conference in Bacolod, Philippines from 5th to 8th November 2019.  The City of Bacolod is where the MassKara Festival, the Philippines’ most representative and largest mask festival, takes place. The city is known as the “City of Smiles”, and it was selected as the next venue at the 6th IMACO International Conference in Vientiane, Lao PDR.  Since its establishment in 2006, IMACO – the only UNESCO accredited NGO on mask culture – has held an international conference every two years. IMACO hosted the first international conferences in Andong…

La Préservation de l’héritage des Archives du Tribunal de Nuremberg

Par Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade, Juge à la Cour internationale de Justice et Président de son Comité de la Bibliothèque.          La cérémonie du 10 octobre 2019 au Mémorial de la Shoah à Paris a marqué la réalisation du projet lancé à la Cour Internationale de Justice (CIJ) – à travers son Comité de la Bibliothèque – à La Haye en 2015, en vue de parachever la préservation des archives de Nuremberg dans les meilleures conditions. Le projet, approuvé par la CIJ au mois de juillet 2017, a bénéficié du soutien du Mémorial de la Shoah (France) et du Musée de…

Rondine: forming young Leaders for Peace

By Guido Lanfranchi. Have you ever thought of selecting a few people belonging to different factions of a violent conflict and encouraging them to live in the same house, thousands of kilometers away from home, for a couple of years? For how far-fetched and revolutionary such idea may seems, someone had it – and not now, but even back in the 1990s. This someone is Franco Vaccari, Italian psychologist and founder of “Rondine – Citadel for Peace”.  Rondine is an Italian-based international organization that works to reduce armed conflicts in the world through methods of creative transformation of conflict. The…

Ajman’s rapidly developing tourism sector

By HE Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, Director General of Ajman Tourism Development Department. The Emirate of Ajman lies on the coast of the Arabian Gulf in the northern UAE between Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain. Renowned for its warm hospitality, Ajman is competitively priced with world-class infrastructure, unique landscapes, attractive destinations and events that offer something for everyone. The Emirate appeals to tourists of all ages and nationalities, including visitors who are interested in luxury beach holidays, adventure breaks and cultural heritage. Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD) was established in 2012 to highlight the Emirate of Ajman’s tourist attractions and…

Parliamentary elections in Uzbekistan

H.E. Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Parliamentary elections in Uzbekistan will be held according to the international requirements. The upcoming parliamentary elections in Uzbekistan, scheduled for December 22, 2019 will be transparently taking into account international requirements, which are fully taken into account by the Election Code which adopted in June. This was announced on October 21, 2019 by Mirzo-Ulugbek Abdusalomov, Chairman of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of the Republic of Uzbekistan. “During the development of the code, the experience of more than 50 countries was studied. I especially want to emphasize the consideration of…

Ambassador Perugini Hosts Luncheon

By Catherine Dailey. The Hague’s elegant Restaurant des Juges, located in the Peace Palace complex, is one of the world’s most exclusive dining rooms. Last Friday, it was the venue for the “Ambassadors Luncheon” hosted by H.E. Mr. Andrea Perugini, the Republic of Italy’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.   The luncheon, part of the “Week of Extraordinary Italian Taste” program, featured a four-course menu. It was one of more than 1,000 unique gastronomic events, held in more than 100 countries from November 18-24, during Italy’s fourth annual week-long series of culinary and cultural programs designed to introduce Italy’s gastronomic traditions to…

Opening of Transverse Wave at me Collectors Room

Friday, 15 November 2019, me Collectors Room, Berlin, Germany: the opening of the ongoing exhibition ‘Transverse Wave’ that brings together Rashid Al Khalifa, Mary Bauermeister and Simon Stockhausen took place with numerous guests partaking from the national art scene, world of diplomacy, aristocracy and national celebrities.  The title Transverse Wave is a poetic metaphor for the effects to which the exhibition aspires. A “transverse wave” consists of oscillations that occur perpendicular to the direction of energy transfer. Initiated from one side, after an interval it reaches the opposite side, creating a connection that can in turn be imagined in the reverse direction. The principle of the wave…

“Rising Tensions within OPCW”

“Tensions within OPCW are rising”, says Russian envoy at OPCW, Alexander Shulgin. The suppression by the chemical weapons watchdog of its own engineers report on the alleged chemical attack in Douma “is only another detonator which could unleash the explosive trends in our organisation.” By Eric van de Beek. On April 14, 2018, the US, France, and Great Britain launched a missile attack on Syria, in retribution for an alleged poison gas attack on Douma, Syria, at that time occupied by Army of Islam, for which they held the Syrian government responsible. Although chemical weapons watchdog OPCW did not identify…

Passports to Paraguay

In the picture Polish Ambassador H.E. Mr. dr Marcin Piotr Czepelak in discussion with Rabbi Soetendorp. By John Dunkelgrün. The Embassy of Poland in the Netherlands and the Liberal Jewish Community (LJG) in The Hague organised a screening on November 13th of the astonishing movie ‘Passports to Paraguay’ in the glass reception hall of the old Portuguese synagogue now the home of the LJG. The evening was attended by Mr. Markus Blechner, Honorary Consul of Poland in Berne, Dr. Mateusz Szpytma of the Institute of National Remembrance and above all Mr. Uri Strauss, one of the original recipients of a…

The Paris Peace Forum’s opening ceremony: multilateralism and cooperation

By Guido Lanfranchi. Paris, November 12th, 2019 On November 12th, 2019, the second edition of the Paris Peace Forum kicked off. During the opening ceremony, political leaders from across the world made clear that multilateralism and international cooperation are strongly needed in order to face the many challenges of today’s world. Our world faces several complex challenges, from environmental degradation to poverty, from war to inequalities. Several of these challenges transcend national borders – and so do their potential solutions. This is the basic premise underlying the Paris Peace Forum, whose 2019 edition is dedicated to “promoting global governance for…

Media Forum 2019: Freedom of Journalism in the Context of Human Rights, New Technologies and International Information Security

November 20-22, Prague will play host to the Second International “Media Forum 2019: Freedom of Journalism in the Context of Human Rights, New Technologies and International Information Security”. International media experts, journalists, diplomats, lawyers and political analysts will address the most pressing issues in the world of the media and try to secure fundamental solutions. More than 80 experts from around the globe are scheduled to participate in the media forum, among them – Anis Bajrektarevic (Austria), Professor and Chairperson, International Law and Global Political Studies, Farhat Asif (Pakistan), editor of The Diplomatic Insight, editor-in-chief of Global News Pakistan, Chavdar Minchev…

30 years after 9/11: How many Germanies should Europe have?

By Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarević. 2019 sees the 30th anniversary of the European 9/11 – the fall of the Berlin Wall. Dislike the 9/11 that came 12 years later, which many now associate with the demise of the Anglo-American dominant capitalism, for the most – this European 9/11 marks the final end of the Cold War. Downing the Wall brought about the subsequent collapse of communism – narrative goes. Hence, it should be a date to celebrate annually as a final, everlasting opening of the road to universal freedom prosperity, globally shared rosy future – in word: a self-realisation of…