December 6, 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • The Hague’s Ambassadors gather at the Peace Palace

    On Monday October 7th, many of the Ambassadors accredited in The Hague came to the city’s emblematic Peace Palace, a symbol of Peace and Justice in the world, and took a memorable picture all together. The meeting, which wants to symbolize the need for cooperation and solidarity in the struggle for peace among all countries in the world, was organized by the Peace Palace and Diplomat Magazine. Mr. Erik de Baedts, Director of the Peace Palace and the Carnegie Foundation, welcomed the Ambassadors at their arrival. The gathering was attended by the Ambassadors of the Republic of Albania, H.E. Ms. Adia Sakiqi,…

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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…

18th session of the Assembly of States Parties opens in The Hague

Dec 4, 2019

The eighteenth session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened at the World Forum Convention Center in The Hague, The Netherlands. From 2 to 7 December 2019, States Parties to the Rome Statute, the Court’s founding treaty, observer States, invited States, international and regional organizations and representatives from civil society will discuss key challenges facing the Statute. States Parties will also make important decisions and adopt resolutions on key issues pertaining to the functioning of the Court and the Trust Fund for Victims, including in relation to their respective…

Embassy of Kazakhstan, “Substantive outcomes of 2019 to Kazakhstan-Dutch Relations”

Dec 4, 2019

H.E. Mr. Magzhan Ilyassov Ambassador of Kazakhstan. By Roy Lie Ajam. The Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in The Hague organized an information soiree, featuring:  a panel discussion, a dinner reception and the screening of a documentary-film. The theme of the evening was, “Substantive outcomes of 2019 to Kazakhstan-Dutch Relations.” The screening of the documentary-film entitled “Appointed by Time” by the award-winning director Radik Kudoyaroazaq along with a fabulous seated 3-course dinner reception also featured on the program.After an introduction H.E. Ambassador Magzhsan Ilyassov, enumerated the substantive events of 2019 in the field of politics and economics.The Netherlands is one of the key…

MSC Prof. Ischinger honoured by the Bavarian state

Dec 4, 2019

Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger & State Minister Dr. Herrmann – Picture by Bayerische Staatskanzlei. Monday, 2 December 2019, Munich, Free State of Bavaria, Germany: Ambassador Professor Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference was honoured with the ‘European Medal’ by the Bavarian state government at Elmau Castle for his year-long commitment at the helm of the Munich Security Conference, that brings decision-makers and thought leaders from all over the world together for key defence discussions.  The medal was bestowed upon Prof. Ischinger by State Minister Dr. Florian Herrmann, Head of the State Chancellery and Minister of State for Federal and European Affairs and…

Rwandan coffee producers find the way to Europe’s lucrative specialty coffee market

Dec 4, 2019

Last week, CBI (The Netherlands Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries) showed a delegation of 18 Rwandan coffee producers, who were in the Netherlands, the way to Europe’s lucrative specialty coffee market. CBI guided these exporting organizations from Rwanda in the coffee industry towards successful business relations with European clients. The program of last week was an introduction to meet European rules and regulations and take steps to get certification to become a successful exporter to European markets. The program in the Netherlands is part of the 4 year program and has the goal to develop a…

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland Visits OPCW

Dec 4, 2019

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland, H.E. Mr. Pekka Haavisto at OPCW. THE HAGUE, Netherlands —3 December 2019 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland, H.E. Mr. Pekka Haavisto, met yesterday at OPCW headquarters in The Hague. The Director-General and the Minister of Foreign Affairs discussed progress in the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), and the Organisation’s activities to address current challenges in achieving the total and permanent elimination of chemical weapons, while promoting scientific advances for peaceful purposes. Minister…

Ambassador Shulgin’s conclusions after the 24th Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention

Dec 1, 2019

Mr. Viktor Kholstov, Director of the Centre for Analytical Research on Chemical and Biological Weapon Conventions under the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, H.E. Mr. Alexander Shulgin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and Mayor General I.A. Kirillov, Chief of the Radiological, Chemical and Biological defense (RCBD) Troops at the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. After the end of the 24thConference of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, H.E. Mr. Alexander Shulgin, Ambassador of the Russian…

Visit of Hungarian Minister of Justice Judit Varga

Nov 29, 2019

On 14 November, Hungarian Minister of Justice Judit Varga paid a one-day working visit to the Netherlands. The program included bilateral discussions with Ferdinand Grapperhaus (Minister of Justice and Security), Stef Blok (Minister of Foreign Affairs), Jan Anthonie Bruijn (President of the Senate), Ladislav Hamran (President of Eurojust) and Christophe Bernasconi (Secretary General of The Hague Conference on Private International Law). At the end of the day Minister Varga participated in a panel discussion at De Balie in Amsterdam with Member of the European Parliament Sophie in ‘t Veld and assistant professor Ferenc Laczó about the rule of law in…

A modern taste of the ancient

Nov 28, 2019

Wines of Armenia In the picture H.E. Mr. Tigran Balayan, Ambassador of Armenia, H.E. Mr. Dilyor Khakimov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan and Anahit Chalikian, Counsellor at the Armenian Embassy during the testing. The Armenian Embassy in The Netherlands and the Vine and Wine Foundation of Armenia, in collaboration with Diplomat Magazine and Royal Beverages Group & Drink Rituals, organized a wine tasting at Crowne Plaza in The Hague. The event targeted especially wine experts, distributors and sommeliers. In 2016 the government of Armenia recognised the production of high quality wine and brandy as a priority sector of their economy, and it started organising…

Three Winners Receive 2019 OPCW-The Hague Award for Outstanding Contributions to a World Free of Chemical Weapons

Nov 26, 2019

Prof. Christopher Brett, President of International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Dr Robert Mikulak, the former Permanent Representative of the United States to the OPCW, and Cheng Tang, an expert on chemical demilitarisation from the People’s Republic of China, received 2019 OPCW-The Hague Award. THE HAGUE, Netherlands —25 November 2019 — The OPCW-The Hague Award was presented to three recipients today during a ceremony held during the Twenty-Fourth Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention. The award recognises individuals and institutions that have made an outstanding contribution towards the goal of a world permanently free of chemical…

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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…