September 21, 2020

  • UAE – a thriving global trade hub and a land of opportunities

    By His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade In just a few short months, the outbreak of COVID-19 and its disruption of the flow of trade between countries has hit world economies hard, bringing various sectors to a near standstill across the globe. According to the World Trade Organization (WTO), estimated an 18.5% decline in merchandise trade in the second quarter of 2020 as compared to the same period last year  At this time, preparedness, resilience, and adaptability have gained paramount importance in the global trade space. Countries must exhibit these qualities…

  • Reshaping the post-COVID-19 world from European multilevel governance and decentralized decision-making

    By Bernat Solé i Barril, Minister for Foreign Action, Institutional Relations and Transparency at the Government of Catalonia. Since its global outbreak in March, and almost without prior notice, COVID-19 paved the way for uncertainty. The crisis generated by the pandemic made constant change common, by transforming the way we live and work and creating countless effects from the near-collapse of healthcare systems to unemployment, inequality and growing public debt. In such a context, citizens tend to turn their eyes to governments in search of solutions. But this logic reaction becomes particularly challenging in Europe, where multilevel governance prevails and…

  • OPCW Executive Council Chairmanship in Pandemic Times

    The Ambassador of El Salvador, H.E. Mr. Agustin Vasquez Gomez. H.E. Mr. Agustín Vásquez Gómez, Ambassador of the Republic of El Salvador, assumed the Chairmanship of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on 12 May 2020 for a term of one year, facing in the middle of the pandemic, as different multilateral organizations have done around the world, the challenge of continuing to carry out their work effectively by keeping the health and safety of all participants from the States Parties, as well as the members of the OPCW staff, as a high…

  • Protecting Education from Attack

    By Sheikh Mubarak bin Nasser Al Thani, Head of Advocacy at Education Above All Foundation. Over 11,000 attacks on education were reported in more than 36 countries in the past five years, according to the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). This reality was exacerbated when COVID-19 disrupted the education of 1.6 billion children and youth around the world at the height of the pandemic this year. The global crisis is a striking reminder that education – although a fundamental human right – is not guaranteed. With an estimated loss of 23.6 million learners in the next school year, and…

  • Ambassador Perugini, leaves The Hague

    H.E. Mr. Andrea Perugini, Italy’s Ambassador in The Hague, leaves the country From 2016 to today, H.E. Mr. Andrea Perugini has skillfully represented his country in the Netherlands. As his post in The Hague draws to an end, the diplomatic community wants to thank him for the great contribution that he has brought to diplomatic life in Netherlands during his tenure as Italy’s Ambassador. By Guido Lanfranchi. It was in June 2016 that the whole adventure started, as the Italian government appointed a new Ambassador to the Netherlands: H.E. Mr. Andrea Perugini. An experienced diplomat with a career of over 30…

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Most embassies visited in 24 hours, a new world record

Sep 19, 2020

Arman Angishan (L) tries to break a Guinness World Record by getting as many signatures as possible from embassies. © Frank Jansen / In the picture with Archbishop Aldo Cavalli, Apostolic Nuncio. Published by AD Haagsche Courant / AD  18-09-2020  Leo van der Velde / Translated by Afaf Zoughbi, Embassy of Lebanon. World Record: In one day along all Ambassadors in The Hague. “I thought: I can do that too,”. Arman Angishan (25) Member of Diplomat Magazine, set a new Guinness World Record yesterday. On his bike, he visited 36 Embassies in The Hague in one day and had his picture taken with the…

Women Ambassadors Group training @ Clingendael

Sep 18, 2020

Women Ambassadors Group at Clingendael. Photography by Jay Pangilinan. On 15 and 16 September, a training on “International Negotiations: How can they be most effective?” took place at the esteemed Clingeldael Institute in the Hague for several ambassadors from the Women Ambassadors Group in The Netherlands. The coordination between the three parties: Director of Clingendael Academy, Mr. Ron Ton, the Head of the Women Ambassadors Group in the Netherlands, Yemeni Ambassador H.E. Ms. Sahar Ghanem and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, produced a training designed for a joint group of women Ambassadors and women directors of the Dutch MFA,…

South Korea promotes ties to Saxony-Anhalt

Sep 16, 2020

Ambassador Dr. Jong Bum-goo and Premier Reiner Haseloff – Picture by Staatskanzlei Sachsen-Anhalt, Burkhard Rulf. Wednesday, 16 September 2020, Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany: Premier Dr. Reiner Haseloff received the Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea in Germany, H.E. Dr. Jong Bum-goo, for his inaugural visit to the Bundesland of Saxony-Anhalt.  During the meeting in the State Chancellery, the state chief of government and his diplomatic guest discussed the economic ties between the two countries and possibilities for developing bilateral relations. Premier Haseloff recalled his visit to Korea in 2014 and likewise discussed current developments in both countries, including how to deal with the pandemic situation….

Premier Malu welcomed US envoy Quinville in Mainz

Sep 11, 2020

Premier Malu Dreyer & Chargée d’affaires a.i., Robin S. Quinville – Picture by Staatskanzlei RLP, Schäfer. Wednesday, 9 September 2020, Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany: “Rhineland-Palatinate has very strong ties with the United States – we can look back on more than 100 years of shared history, from which a strong friendship and partnership has grown in many areas,” emphasised Premier Malu Dreyer as per statement below in its original German version during the maiden visit of US Chargée d’affaires a.i., Robin Suzanne Quinville, to the State Chancellery. “We are in constant and trusting communication with the US Embassy (in Berlin), as well as the US…

Nipponese GC presented in the Bavarian Chancellery

Sep 11, 2020

Consul General Nobutaka Maekawa and State Minister Herrmann – Picture by bayern.de, bayerische Staatskanzlei. Thursday, 10 September 2020, Munich, Free State of Bavaria, Germany: Head of the Bavarian Chancellery, Dr. Florian Herrmann, Minister of State for Federal and European Affairs and Media, received at the State Chancellery the exequatur of the novel Nipponese Consul General in Munich Maekawa Nobutaka. The latter is responsible for the Bundesländer Bavaria as well as Baden-Württemberg.  Envoy Maekawa served previously for three years as Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Head of the Mission of Japan to NATO based in Brussels. This is the general consul’s third posting in Germany after having served in Bonn and Berlin. …

OPCW Director-General Visits Spain

Sep 10, 2020

OPCW Director-General H.E. Mr Fernando Arias; His Majesty, the King, Felipe VI; Cristina Gallach, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Spain. The Hague, Netherlands—10 September 2020—The Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Mr Fernando Arias Gonzalez paid an official visit to Madrid, Spain during the week of 7 September 2020. The highlight of the visit was an audience with His Majesty, the King, Felipe VI, followed the next day by a visit to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, H.E. Ms Arancha González Laya. Director-General Arias also had meetings with…

Brazil celebrated its 199th’s Anniversary

Sep 7, 2020

This year, in view of COVID-19’s containment measures, the Embassy of Brazil decided, after careful consideration, not to hold the traditional annual celebration, expressed H.E. Ms. Regina Cordeiro Dunlop, Ambassador of Brazil to The Kingdom of The Netherlands. “Today, 7th September, 2020, we celebrate the 199th anniversary of the Independence of Brazil. Every year, on this day, the Embassy of Brazil in The Hague invites you to the Official Residence in Wassenaar. In this annual celebration, the Embassy staff, on behalf of the Brazilian Government, brings together Brazilian citizens residing in the Netherlands, representatives of the Dutch Government and the diplomatic…

ICC President meets with His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican

Sep 4, 2020

His Holiness Pope Francis and the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji. The President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, was received by His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican on 3 September 2020. The ICC President also met with the Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, during his official visit to the Holy See. During his audience, the ICC President briefed His Holiness on the Court’s latest judicial developments as well as its achievements and challenges in fighting impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. He recalled the traditional…

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When to contradict your boss?

By Barend ter Haar. Do not argue with your boss, seems like a good rule of thumb if you want to advance in a career. So when in 1997 a captain decided to land a Boeing 747 on visual approach, even though the weather was bad, the first officer and the flight engineer, both of whom realised how much risk the captain was taking, limited themselves to very polite hints like “Captain, the weather radar has helped us a lot”. The captain didn’t take the hints and crashed the plane against a mountain ridge, killing 228 people.[1] It is a…

Enlarge views – Europe is en/large enough

In the picture Lamberto Zannier, OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities. Photography by OSCE. By Audrey Beaulieu. The first July day of 2020 in Vienna sow marking the anniversary of Nuremberg Trials with the conference “From the Victory Day to Corona Disarray: 75 years of Europe’s Collective Security and Human Rights System – Legacy of Antifascism for the Common Pan-European Future”. Organized by the International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES), Modern Diplomacy Media Platform, European Perspectives Scientific Journal, and Culture for Peace Action Platform, with the support of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna that hosted the event…

Media Populism

By Anastasiia Pachina. In today’s times of media dominance, an entertainment sphere, the economy as well as the political sphere and political activists have to adjust their campaigns and integrate their narratives, actions and expectations into the mass media context. The created content spreads rapidly and is absorbed by news consumers. Thence, media platforms and social networks are widely used by politicians, including populists, as an effective channel for communicating with people and for promoting their ideas to the masses.   Populism and the media Despite the fact that the concept of populism is difficult to define because of its “constitutional…

Legacy of antifascism for the common pan-European future

From the Victory Day to Corona Disarray 75 years of Europe’s Collective Security and Human Rights System Legacy of antifascism for the common pan-European future The first July day of 2020 in Vienna sow marking the anniversary of Nuremberg Trials with the conference “From the Victory Day to Corona Disarray: 75 years of Europe’s Collective Security and Human Rights System – Legacy of Antifascism for the Common Pan-European Future”. This was the first public and probably the largest conference in Europe past the early spring lockdown. It gathered numerous speakers and audience physically in the venue while many others attended…

Brazil does not give up

Culture and Creativity, Solidarity and Lives By Edna dos Santos-Duisenberg. Paraphrasing Jorge Amado, a famous Brazilian literary writer of the twentieth century, in his popular novel ‘The country of carnival’: “… Sometimes we understand that something is missing in our lives. What is missing? We don’t know.”  Today, what we do know is that the C-19 event has destabilized the world in a multi-dimensional way. Everything is upside-down. In every corner, we have experienced a shift in human behaviour and daily attitudes.  Suddenly, the world has moved from globalization to isolation. From hugs and kisses to social distancing. From physical…

The geopolitics of space and the Colleferro Italian leadership

By Domenico Letizia. Over the last few years, we have witnessed the flourishing of a strategic competition between great powers for the conquest of space, which has become a terrain of competition and the object of growing global interest.  China and the US are the leaders of this competition, in which both states aim at reinforcing their relative strength. There is therefore a real “geopolitics” of space exploration. For Europe too, space has become strategic, and in fact space diplomacy has become a new area where the geopolitics of states develops. An incredible opportunity for the growth and development of…

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam – Emerging Diplomatic Dimensions

By Jim Dennis Okore. The decision of Addis Ababa to proceed with the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), off the Blue Nile, continues to exacerbate the already existing geopolitical tensions. With stakes higher, this might culminate into military confrontations. The GERD and the waters of the Nile are increasingly becoming foreign policy imperatives, thus informing the Regional Security Complex of the region.  The activities of Addis Ababa have caught regional and international attention. Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, requested the US to mediate into the Egypt-Ethiopia hydropolitics. With no sight of probable solution, the US Administration is…

All for Global Citizens: President Fischer on 75 years of triumph of antifascism

In the picture President Dr. Heinz Fisher with his co-chair, Ban Ki-moon. Early summer days of 2020 in Vienna sow marking the anniversary of Nuremberg Trials with the conference “From the Victory Day to Corona Disarray: 75 years of Europe’s Collective Security and Human Rights System – Legacy of Antifascism for the Common Pan-European Future”. This was the first public and probably the largest conference in Europe past the early spring lockdown. It gathered numerous speakers and audience physically in the venue while many others attended online.  The conference was organised by four partners; the International Institute IFIMES, Media Platform…

Temporary posting of employees: amended obligations for foreign EU employers

By Jan Dop. The Terms of Employment Posted Workers in the European Union Act (WagwEU) regulates a number of obligations for EU employers who temporarily post employees to the Netherlands as part of the transnational provision of services. What do these obligations from the WagwEU entail? And what are the changes as of 30 July 2020?  Transnational provision of services The WagwEU is an implementation of the revised European Posting of Workers Directive and imposes obligations on foreign employers who temporarily post employees to the Netherlands as part of the transnational provision of services. There are three types of transnational provision of…

Colors and passion from Uzbekistan

Diplomat Magazine’s photographer Hester Dijkstra made several trips to explore Uzbekistan, a country with a magnificent historic architecture and a rich crafts tradition.  Following the invitation from the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Brussels, Diplomat Magazine had the opportunity to visit Uzbekistan’s 1st Handcrafters Festival in Kokand where Hester fell in love with several provinces she visited accompanied by her husband Carl. She discovered with her camera the unknown for most of us.  Please take a look at Hester Dijkstra’s work full of professional images and unforgettable pics from Uzbekistan and buy the book at esterdijkstra.nl or the website of Blurb: https://nl.blurb.com/b/9435401-uzbekistan-masters

Don’t avoid what is easy – diplomacy meets art

Harbour for Cultures – Yerevan cards Individuals should and need to feel like they have the right to want. That is the message that artist Anastasia Lemberg-Lvova is continuously expressing through her artwork. Exemplifying socially-engaged art, Lemberg-Lvova aims to be a part of a much broader political movement which discusses important historical and modern-day social processes through creative means.  The second-wave feminist movements from the 1960s is one example of such a powerful movement. With their infamous quote, ‘The personal is political’, authored by millions of voices of women collectively rather than one feminist author, the message that every individual has the right to a…

Where do we go from here? – revisiting words of Steve Clemons

By Anna Kassai. On 1 July 2020, the first real-time conference in Europe past the early-spring lockdown took place at the Diplomatic Academy Vienna. This highly anticipated event, entitled From the Victory Day to Corona Disarray 75 years of Europe’s Collective Security and Human Rights System Legacy of antifascism for the common pan-European future, was organized by the International Institute for the Middle East and Balkan Studies, Media Platform Modern Diplomacy, Scientific Journal European Perspectives, and Action Platform Culture for Peace. (the entire conference proceedings are available: https://www.facebook.com/DiplomaticAcademyVienna ) After the end of World War II, the United Nations was founded in 1945 to maintain international…

Ennio Morricone – The Maestro of Our Times

By Dario Poli. Ennio Morricone, Grande Ufficiale OMRI (born November 10, 1928) is an Italian composer and conductor who died on the 6th July 2020 aged 91. The greatest, most original composer and creative musician of this century, by passing other talented musicians by miles in musical originally and innovation..We will never see his like again, as it’s impossible. I am so sad to feel his passing, but blessed to be living as his genius was flowing out to all of us… Ennio Morricone is the musician of our times, who has inspired me emotionally and technically more than any…

The future of Europe depends on its neighborhood – UfM’s Nasser Kamel says

Secretary-General, Dr. Kamel addressing the Vienna Conference while honoring the 25th anniversary of the Euro-MED process. By Guido Lanfranchi. On July 1st, 2020, the Secretary-General of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), Dr. Nasser Kamel, participated in an international conference discussing the future of Europe. The event under the name “From Victory Day to Corona Disarray: 75 Years of Europe’s Collective Security and Human Rights System”  was held at the historic setting of the eldest world’s Diplomatic Academy, that of Vienna, Austria. This gathering was organised by four partners; the International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES), Media Platform Modern…

Sustainable Industrial Transformation for a healthier future in Indonesia

By Dr. Wolfram Kalt. Since early 2020, Covid19 has changed the world in a way we could never have imagined.  With millions of people infected and hundreds of thousands of deaths, attention is focused on a way out of the current crisis that is still severely affecting private life and global economy. The focus is on finding a cure and better restoring the economy.  Maybe more green and more human ..? Long before WHO has informed us about the airborne spread of the virus (1), it became clear that people living in certain limited conditions could be significantly more susceptible…

Russia’s strategic news in the Arctic

By Domenico Letizia. Among Russia’s strategic choices in the formulation of its Arctic policies, there is a willingness to become a regional leader in the production and the storage of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), circumventing the sanctions imposed by the United States and controlling the tanks that sail from Asia to Rotterdam crossing through the Nordic route. With this in mind, it is worrying to observe Russia’s military expansion in the region, with its fleet of vessels and submarines allotted by the Kremlin to the Arctic region. This fleet is today at its peak since the fall of the Soviet…

Throwback to a powerful and timely HR message addressed to the citizens of the world

In the picture Professor Manfred Nowak. By Nora Wolf. We are on the 1st of July 2020; post-first wave of coronavirus across the globe, and already Vienna is holding a 3-panelled diplomatic forum with over 20 guest speakers. In fact, neither reflections on human rights enhancement, nor those on the current trends in international diplomacy were ever in lockdown. On the contrary, it would appear that the COVID pandemic has allowed for some important realisations amongst scholars, thus rendering this period prolific in that respect – despite an overwhelming tendency to blend everything with our sterile economies. What is more, Manfred…

Visited by more than 15,000 – Embassy Festival is a 2020 success history

The Mayor of The Hague, The Honorable Jan van Zanen. Bringing cultures together from all over the world and offering an experience that inspires and connects. That’s the mission of the Embassy Festival. The eighth edition couldn’t take place at the Lange Voorhout this year due to the Coronavirus, so an online edition was put together. More than 15.000 people checked in via the festival website and hundreds of people bought an Embassy Festival Wine and/or Surprise Box. Many visited the Embassy Festival office at the Noordeinde in The Hague to pick them up and just as many were sent…

Cuba developing Covid-19 vaccine

Cuba is the single country in the Caribbean and Latin America region recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the development of an possibly effective vaccine against the Covid-19 virus. There are more than 200 candidates on trial for a vaccine, however, merely 30 countries, including Cuba, have been authorized by the WHO to go into the second phase with clinical trials. The vaccine is being developed by the Finlay de Vacunas Institute. The vaccine has already been administered to the institute’s director and vice-director. In the space of three months, Cuba has succeeded in developing a vaccine, despite the brutal economic…

International Day to Protect Education From Attack – An Overview

Image by ©EAA-Maher Attar: The single-room school is in a former chapel.  Four teachers, each with a blackboard, teach different classes in the room’s four corners. Moron District, Guitonniere, Haiti. On 28 May 2020, UN General Assembly Resolution A/74/275 established the International Day to Protect Education from Attack on 9 September. The Resolution was spearheaded by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Education Above All (EAA) Foundation and UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate, on behalf of the State of Qatar and co-sponsored by 62 countries. A long-term advocate of this urgent issue, HH Sheikha Moza aimed to draw attention to the plight…