September 18, 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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Congratulations to Uruguay

Uruguay National Day celebrations during the 2020 covid-19 pandemic, started in The Hague with a powerful message from Her Excellency Ambassador Laura Dupuy Lasserre reviewing Uruguay and The Netherlands bilateral relations up today. Due to pandemic restrictions in place this year it is not possible to host a reception with Uruguayan high-quality beef and wine, hopefully   ambassador Dupuy shared valuable information about her country´s efforts regarding sustainable development, not always known by all.  “Uruguay and the Netherlands share many values, including the support to the multilateral system, the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms and the rule of law; having…

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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,…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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