August 21, 2019

Viet Nam’s membership in the United Nations Security Council for the term 2020-2021

A new milestone in Multilateral Diplomacy of the country In the picture H.E. Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of Viet Nam. By H.E. Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of Viet Nam to the Netherlands. Over the past years, following the foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, multilateralization and diversification of foreign relations, and active international integration, Viet Nam has attached great importance to the work of multilateral mechanisms. Today, Viet Nam enjoys free trading relations with nearly 60 major countries and partners in the world as a result of its membership of 16 Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), some of which are…

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Suriname, the most forested country in the world

Hosted HFLD Conference on Climate Finance Mobilization. In the picture H.E President Desire Bouterse, President of the Republic Suriname (R) and H.E Antoine Joly, Ambassador of France in Suriname (L) By Mr. Oquemele Denz MSc, Chargé d’affaires, Embassy of the Republic of Suriname. The Embassy of the Republic of Suriname in the Hague, Netherlands, introduces Suriname to the Diplomat Magazine as the most forested country in the world, with a forest coverage of 93%. In addition, Suriname has a low deforestation rate and with these characteristics belongs to the group of countries with High Forest cover and Low Deforestation (HFLD). It is…

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Closer than ever: North Rhine-Westphalia’s relations with the Benelux region

 By Dr. Stephan Holthoff-Pförtner, Minister of European and International Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia. The Netherlands and North Rhine-Westphalia are like twins: with around 18 million inhabitants each, they are about the same size and, with a gross domestic product of around 700 billion Euro, about the same economic strength. As one country, they would be the fifth largest economy in the European Union. The entire Benelux region and North Rhine-Westphalia taken together constitute one of the most populous and economically strong mega-regions in the world. We form the continental centrepiece and the economic backbone of Europe, which stretches like a ribbon of densely…

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Setting Sail on a New Voyage of China-Netherlands Relations

By H.E. Hong Xu, Ambassador of China to the Kingdom of The Netherlands. As the gateway to Europe, the powerful merchant fleet is one of the symbols of the Netherlands. China-Netherlandsrelations, in my eyes, are as well like a great ship sailing in the sea. In the over 400-year-old friendship history, this great ship managed to cleave through the waves and keep moving forward. Particularly, following the historic exchange visits by President Xi Jinping and His Majesty King Willem-Alexander in 2014 and 2015, this ship has sailed smoothly into a new channel of “open and pragmatic partnership for comprehensive cooperation”….

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Wines of Portugal

By H.E. Ms. Rosa Batoréu, Ambassador of the Republic of Portugal to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. I could not agree more with the well known wine journalist Rui Falcão when he says that “variety is the keyword when you’re talking about Portuguese wine.”  Indeed, been a relatively small country (mainland 218 km wide and 561 km long), yet diverse, Portugal offers a stunning variety of terroirs, grape varieties and blends. While many top winemaking countries specialize in a handful of grape varieties, relying on standard, international options, Portugal is home to over 250 indigenous varieties, offering unique opportunities for those…

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Uruguay: views and visions

H.E. Ambassador Laura Dupuy Lasserre is the Ambassador of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. After graduating in International Relations and pursuing three years of legal studies at the Universidad de la República Oriental del Uruguay, Ambassador Dupuy Lasserre pursued the diplomatic career. In her high-profile career, she was President of the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2011-12, being the first woman to chair it, on behalf of GRULAC; while being Uruguay’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva (2009-2014). During a lunch at the emblematic Hotel Des Indes in The Hague, Ambassador Dupuy…

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Tanzanian Southern Highlands: wonderfully exquisite location

“Visit Africa’s largest and oldest game reserve” By H.E. Ms. Irene Florence Mkwawa Kasyanju, Ambassador of Tanzania to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Tanzania has a vast beautiful landscape that can be used for various economic both agriculture as well as tourism.  Tanzania is abundantly blessed with natural resources like minerals such as gold, diamonds, tanzanite and natural gas, to mention but a few, also and much to our delight and appreciation, water ways such as rivers, lakes and a boarder with the Indian Ocean. It has wealth in wildlife, forestry and agriculture, which have a wonderful potential for growth…

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Sheikh Hasina – The ‘Mother of Humanity’

The UK-based ‘Channel 4 News’ in September 2017 first débuted Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as the ‘Mother of Humanity’ after her valiant resolution to open Bangladesh-Myanmar borders for the fleeing persecuted Rohingya people from Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Following this, the daughter of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Sheikh Hasina, has come to be known as the ‘Mother of Humanity’. Sheik Hasina, leader of the highly densely populated developing country, demonstrated a unique example of an altruistic gesture.  The persecution by the Myanmar security forces and local vigilantes on the Rohingya people in the Rakhine State has resulted…

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The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area

By Carrie Lam, Chief Executive, Hong Kong SAR. Over the years, I have visited San Francisco, Tokyo and New York. They are the world’s most celebrated bay areas. Soon enough, they will find company and competition in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.  The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) is a key development strategy in the People’s Republic of China as it enters a new era of deepening reform and opening up.  Comprising the two special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao and nine prosperous municipalities in southern China’s Guangdong Province, the GBA’s collective GDP in 2018 was US$1.6 trillion. Covering an area of 56 000 square kilometers, the GBA accommodates the world’s most intensive cluster of ports and airports, handling 66.5 million TEUs and 200 million…

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Judge Carmel Agius reflects on his role and priorities as President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

I am delighted to return to The Hague for another tour of action, this time as the President of the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism), the successor institution to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). It has been a challenging and rewarding few months for me in my new role, since taking over the leadership of the Mechanism on 19 January 2019. The Mechanism is a unique institution, with branches in Arusha, Tanzania as well as The Hague, and staff working in different time zones….

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