August 6, 2020

  • Immediate Action Needed to Prevent the Looming Disaster of the Safer Oil Tanker Moored off the Coast of Yemen

    By H.E. Ms. Sahar Ghanem, Ambassador of the Republic of Yemen to the Kingdom of The Netherlands. Amidst the raging conflict in Yemen, the challenge of the Safer Oil Tanker emerges as one of the most hazardous risks to the environment safety in the Red Sea as a result of the potential oil spillage in the Red Sea at any moment. Following expressing deep alarm, the United Nations Security Council called on 29 June, 2020, to immediately grant unconditional access for the United Nations technical experts to assess the tanker’s condition without overdue to prevent growing risk of possible rupture,…

  • Building a Stronger Partnership

    By H.E. Mr Andrés Terán Parral, Ambassador of the Republic of Ecuador to the Kingdom of The Netherlands. In 2018, the decision was made to reopen the Embassy of the Republic of Ecuador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It marked the beginning of a significant effort to revitalize and expand the political, diplomatic, and economic relations that exist between Ecuador and the Netherlands, as well as deepen our country’s engagement with the various international organizations situated in The Hague. Shortly thereafter, another incredibly significant moment occurred: the first official visit to the Netherlands by a President of the Republic…

  • 75th Anniversary of the Great Victory: Shared Responsibility to History and our Future

    By The President of the Russian Federation, Mr. Vladimir Putin. 75 years have passed since the end of the Great Patriotic War. Several generations have grown up over the years. The political map of the planet has changed. The Soviet Union that claimed an epic, crushing victory over Nazism and saved the entire world is gone. Besides, the events of that war have long become a distant memory, even for its participants. So why does Russia celebrate the 9th of May as the biggest holiday? Why does life almost come to a halt on June 22? And why does one feel a lump rise in their throat? They usually say that the war has left a deep imprint on every family’s history. Behind these words, there are fates of millions of people, their sufferings and the pain of loss….

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

    Par S. Exc. M. 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…

  • Dream Malta now….. visit later…..

    By H.E. Ms. Marlene Bonnichi, Ambassador of the Republic of Malta. Malta  is well known in  many countries as a  prime tourist destination.   The Netherlands is no exception. Tens of thousands of Dutch people continue to flock to our Islands to get a slice of the Mediterranean life, food and culture.   I have yet to meet a Dutch person who has been on holiday to Malta and that has not enjoyed  the stay.   Right now is not an ideal time for tourism …….but we can still dream…… and travel  soon……….. hopefully…….. Tourism is one of the pillars of the Maltese economy and we are very proud of the…

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Dr. Jesús Seade launches WTO campaign in Europe

Aug 5, 2020

Dr. Jesús Seade Kuri and Ambassador Rogelio Granguillhome Morfin – Picture by SRE, Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores – Mexican Embassy to Germany. 9-30 July 2020: Mexican Undersecretary for North America at the Foreign Ministry, Dr. Jesús Seade Kuri was on a working visit to the World Trade Organisation headquartered in Geneva as well as to Berlin and Paris, for consultations and chiefly presentations towards his candidature to become the succeeding Director General of the WTO.  In Berlin, Dr. Seade Kuri accompanied by Ambassador Rogelio Granguillhome Morfín held meetings with the Secretary of State of the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Miguel Berger; the head of…

Secretary Pompeo travels to Europe to discuss pressing issues

Jul 26, 2020

Mike Pompeo – Picture by CIA, Public Domain By Guido Lanfranchi. On July 20th-22nd, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travelled to the United Kingdom and to Denmark to discuss a wide range of pressing issues with his British and Danish counterparts. In his trip, Secretary Pompeo was accompanied by Ambassador Phil Reeker, Acting Assistant Secretary of State at the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, who then extended his trip to Brussels in order to hold further talks with a number of Belgian and EU officials. While in London, Mr. Pompeo met with British PM Boris Johnson and Foreign…

On the JCPOA’s 5th anniversary, Iran’s Embassy in The Hague explains Tehran’s stance

Jul 25, 2020

His Excellency, Dr. Alireza Kazemi Abadi, Ambassador of Iran.Photography by Catherine Dailey. By Guido Lanfranchi. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran Nuclear Deal, has faced major hurdles since the United States withdrew from it in May 2018. Five years after the deal’s signature, the Iranian Embassy in The Hague explains how the US withdrawal has affected its implementation, and how the international community should address the issue of the UN arms embargo on Iran. It was July 14th, 2015, when Iran and the so-called “P5+1” – the five UN Security Council powers (China, France, Russia,…

US Independence Day in times of COVID-19 – A special celebration

Jul 25, 2020

Despite restrictions arising from the measures aimed at curbing the pandemic, the US Embassy in The Netherlands managed to properly celebrate the 244th birthday of the United States of America. The celebrations involved a visit to US troops in Volkel airbase, a commemoration at a WWII museum near Opijnen, and an exclusive film premiere in The Hague. The celebration started on Friday July 3rd, when the Embassy staff visited Volkel airbase, between Eindhoven and Nijmegen. There, US diplomats thanked their country’s soldiers for their service and sacrifice. The US servicemen – who are currently preparing to return to the US after…

Rwanda prepares to reopen boarders and airports post COVID-19

Jul 24, 2020

By Ndahiro Herbert, First Secretary, Embassy of Rwanda in The Netherlands. With nearly to 5 months after the Government of Rwanda stopped all in coming and outbound flights as part of the measures to stop the spread of the New Coronavirus, Rwanda is now gearing up to reopening her airports from 1 August 2020 to commercial flights according to Rwanda’s Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA). In a statement issued by Rwanda’s Ministry of Infrastructure on 6 June, several measures shall be adhered to safeguard the health of passengers, crew and staff including (i) all passengers, including those in transit, will be…

Burundi National Day – a Day of Hope

Jul 24, 2020

In the picture H.E. Ambassador Gamaliel Nkuruziza and spouse. Recently Burundi celebrated their 58th independence anniversary at the Ambassador’s residence in Wassenaar. The event was successful and many Burundians and friends of Burundi in The Netherlands attended the event. Early last June, Burundi lost its President Pierre Nkurunzizxa who passed away after a massive heart attack at 55.  H.E. Ambassador Gamaliel Nkuruziza, started his speech by inviting the guests to observe a minute of silence in homage to the late president of Burundi.  During his inspiring speech ambassador declared: . It is true that our country underwent difficulties and those difficulties taught…

Japan Contributes €480,000 to OPCW’s Trust Fund for Syria Missions

Jul 24, 2020

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – 23 July 2020 – The Government of Japan is contributing €480,000 toward supporting the activities of the Trust Fund for Syria Missions at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which includes the work of the Declaration Assessment Team (DAT), the Fact-Finding Mission (FFM), and the Investigation and Identification Team (IIT). The Fund supports the Organisation’s special missions and contingency operations related specifically to the Syrian Arab Republic. The Japanese voluntary contribution was formalised with an agreement signed by the Director-General of the OPCW, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, and H.E. Ambassador Hidehisa Horinouchi, Permanent…

Thailand Contributes THB 450,000 to Future OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology

Jul 23, 2020

H.E. Ambassador Eksiri Pintaruchi, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Thailand to the OPCW, THE HAGUE, Netherlands – 23 July 2020 – The Government of Thailand has contributed THB 450,000 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 through a signing ceremony with OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, and H.E. Ambassador Eksiri Pintaruchi, Permanent Representative of the…

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A Story of Uniqueness: Cacao and Roses from Ecuador

By Fernando Echeverría Dávila, Second Secretary – Embassy of Ecuador in the Netherlands. Ecuador’s unique situation at the centre of the world has gifted it with exceptional conditions as concerns its climate and biodiversity. Its diverse “Four Worlds” of Costa, Sierra, Amazonia and the Insular region all exist within the borders of one place: Ecuador.  As a result of these rich conditions and unique geographical position, Ecuador has been fortunate in having a special and rich biodiversity which extends to a wide range of botanical species. In this context, I would like to share the story of two of the most important products which grow in our…

Diplomatic life, a life in episodes

By Alexandra Paucescu. A pile of numbered boxes, each one caring things but also memories of our life, ready to be shipped away…it is a picture that so many of us, who live a diplomatic life, have seen at least once, but still gives us chills, every time it happens… The view is proof that a chapter in our life has come to an end and another one is about to unfold. Melancholy inevitably kicks in, as we try to recall now the last five years spent in a city that became our home, and other years before that… It…

Wards the Pan-European Recalibration

An interview with Dr. Zeno Leoni on a side of Vienna Process Conference by Chloé Bernadaux. Seventy-five years after the Victory Day and Nuremberg Trials, the Vienna Process has leveraged on the current time of crisis in order to empower a new process for further all-Europe integration that could put at its centre citizens and protect these from the socio-economic and security challenges of our times. Among the speakers in the first of the three mesmerising conference panels, there was Dr. Zeno Leoni, an expert on the crisis of the Liberal International Order from the Defense Studies Department of King’s College London….

Costa Rica joins Rondine’s “Leaders for Peace” initiative

Rondine’s President Franco Vaccari and H.E. Mr. Ronald Flores Vega, Ambassador of Costa Rica in Rome. By Guido Lanfranchi. One year ago, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, an innovative conflict resolution NGO called Rondine launched the Leaders for Peace campaign. This seemingly utopic initiative asked all 193 UN member states to give up a symbolic part of their defense budgets, in order to invest it in scholarships for future peace leaders, as well as in the introduction of human rights education in their national education systems. Today, Rondine’s campaign already seems a bit less utopic, thanks to the declaration…

Vienna Process: From Culture for Peace to Culture of Peace

By Anastasiia Pachina. A conference whose theme was “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 held on July 1 at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna. One of the very few real events organized in Europe in past 6 months, this one-day conference brought together leading speakers from different continents and spectrums grouped in three panels. This highly anticipated international event thoroughly discussed on WWII legacy and antifascism, multilateralism and cross-continental affairs, but also about culture, science, arts and sports.  On a…

Health professionals call for a healthy recovery

By Barend ter Haar. In a message to the leaders of the G20, organisations representing forty million health professionals note that the recent levels of death, disease and mental distress “could have been partially mitigated, or possibly even prevented by adequate investments in pandemic preparedness, public health and environmental stewardship”. [1] They advocate learning from these mistakes. We should no longer allow pollution to kill seven million people every year and climate change to continue unabated. The message of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in its Manifesto for a healthy recovery from COVID-19 is essentially the same, but the following six prescriptions are more detailed.[2] As they…

Do Not Criple The International Criminal Court

By Steven van Hoogstraten. There is a tendency amongst opinion leaders in this country to publicly distance themselves from the International Criminal Court. The ICC would be too slow in its proceedings, and the lack of involvement by the superpowers like China, Russia and the USA makes the whole operation rather meaningless. High time to admit it.  I listened to a radio broadcast the other day on Dutch station BNR , with 3 serious names from the Dutch public scene, including a well known lawyer in criminal matters, on the fortunes and misfortunes of the ICC. They all concluded that the…

Les sanctions annoncées par les États-Unis contre le personnel de la Cour pénale internationale: brèves réflexions

Par Prof Nicolas Boeglin. Le 11 juin dernier, les États-Unis ont officiellement adopté certaines sanctions a l´encontre du personnel de la Cour Pénale Internationale (CPI).  Dans le décret présidentiel adopté par la plus haute autorité américaine (voir texte intégral ), on y lit dans les considérants que, pour l’actuel  locataire de la Maison Blanche, la CPI est devenue une menace réelle pour la sécurité des États-Unis, en soulignant que: “Je détermine donc que toute tentative de la CPI d’enquêter, d’arrêter, de détenir ou de poursuivre tout membre du personnel des États-Unis sans le consentement de ce pays, ou du personnel de pays qui…

Anger

By John Dunkelgrün. The worldwide protests against today’s injustices, especially racial ones, have spilled over into protests against the injustices of the past. The protests show immediate anger at today’s selective police brutality and the all too vivid images of black people being wantonly killed. It also kindled anger at less immediate discrimination and racial profiling. Much of the anger against these injustices is justified. No one should be disadvantaged on grounds of race, color, religion, or sexual orientation. Yet in many rich, developed and democratic countries this happens, day in and day out. This must change and governments have…

EC-ASEAN Cooperation Agreement versus Europe, Stabilisation and Association and Partnership and Cooperation Agreements

EC-ASEAN Cooperation Agreement versus Europe (EAs), Stabilisation and Association (SAAs) and Partnership and Cooperation Agreements (PCAs). By Alfred E. Kellermann What are the main differences in nature and legal character between the above­ mentioned agreements? After the presentation of a summary of the objectives, contents and institutional framework of these agreements, we will focus on some specific topics like approximation of laws and legal effect. We will limit our comments in this paper just to a comparison of the agreements and investigate if it would be necessary and useful if the text of the EC-ASEAN Cooperation Agreement should be adapted. (1) EC-ASEAN Cooperation Agreement and implementation…

Diplomatic kids… global citizens of tomorrow

By Alexandra Paucescu. When you say ‘diplomatic’ life, you automatically think about a life ‘on the move’ from country to country, a life in episodes, in which every couple of years, you put your whole life in a few boxes and leave everything but your family behind, to start fresh and go into the unknown. It sounds idyllic to some, maybe scary and complicated to many. But trust me, it gets even more complicated once you have kids.  And it is not just extra baggage, voluminous toys, school books or countless gadgets… all who went through it know for sure…

ASEAN, C-19 and the Vietnam’s Chairmanship

By Bich T Tran. COVID-19 (C-19) event is posing serious challenges for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2020. But Vietnam, as current ASEAN chair, is trying to make the best of the situation and demonstrate leadership. As 2020 marks a mid-term review of the implementation of the ASEAN Community Building Blueprints 2015–25, Vietnam chose ‘Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN’ as the theme for its chairmanship. The theme is supported by five priorities identified by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in his keynote speech on 6 January. The priorities include contributing to regional peace, security and stability by…

Iron Fist for Pacific East

By Stephen R. Nagy. “Americans performed three very different policies on the People’s Republic: From a total negation (and the Mao-time mutual annihilation assurances), to Nixon’s sudden cohabitation. Finally, a Copernican-turn: the US spotted no real ideological differences between them and the post-Deng China. This signalled a ‘new opening’: West imagined China’s coastal areas as its own industrial suburbia. Soon after, both countries easily agreed on interdependence (in this marriage of convenience): Americans pleased their corporate (machine and tech) sector and unrestrained its greed, while Chinese in return offered a cheap labour, no environmental considerations and submissiveness in imitation.  However, for both countries…

From the Victory Day to Corona Disarray: 75 years of Europe’s Collective Security and Human Rights System

By Tereza Neuwirthová. On July 1st, the Modern Diplomacy, International Institute IFIMES along with the world’s renowned Diplomatic Academy Wien and two other partner organisations –Culture for Peace and Academic Journal European Perspectives– organised a one-day conference on the topic of the European past and present in the context of its values, system, as well as challenges. The conference entailed discussions with over 20 panelists from around the world, including international guests such as Dr. Heinz Fischer, Austrian President (a.D) and current co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon center, the European Commission Vice-President Mr. Margaritis Schinas, Mr. Donald J. Johnston, the former Secretary-General of the OECD and Canadian Economy minister (under…

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A Pakistani Diplomatic spouse is a dedicate baker of wonderful cakes.