August 10, 2020

Better Safeguard National Security – Brighter Future for Hong Kong

By H.E. Dr. Xu Hong, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China. Since the turbulence over the amendment bill last June, the “Hong Kong independence” organizations and radical localists have been colluding with external forces to create frequent riots in Hong Kong. And the situation has become more and more intense, posing an increasing threat to China’s national security. In response to this situation, in late May, the National People’s Congress, China’s highest legislative body, passed a “Decision on Establishing and Improving the Legal System and Enforcement Mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to Safeguard National Security”, which…

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Addressing a Global Challenge from The Hague

By Her Majesty Queen Noor, Dowager Queen of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Climate change has created challenges – including natural disasters, conflict over resources, and irregular mass migration – that compound deep-seated problems already facing the global community. This can seem overwhelming, yet, just as danger is generated by a world in flux, human ingenuity and resolve can deliver effective responses. And these responses can often be located at source – by addressing social, political, cultural and environmental issues, we can off-set geopolitical challenges further down the line.  For much of my adult life I have worked to promote…

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Judicial cooperation: it all starts with trust

By Ladislav Hamran, President of Eurojust. A fellow prosecutor recently reminded me of what it was like to send out a request for judicial cooperation to another European country some twenty years ago. “I felt a bit like Robinson Crusoe”, he said. “It seemed like putting a message in a bottle and throwing it in the sea, not knowing where it would end up and when. Luckily we now have Eurojust.” To me, this perfectly illustrates the incredible progress we have made in the field of judicial cooperation since then.  When I started working as a prosecutor over two decades…

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Le français…mais pourquoi donc?

Par S. Exc. M. Philippe Couvreur, Juge ad hoc et ancien Greffier de la Cour internationale de Justice. On ne peut que se féliciter que Diplomat Magazine, dont le nombre de lecteurs n’a cessé de croître, et qui est désormais diffusé dans l’ensemble du Bénélux, ait décidé d’ouvrir ses colonnes, de façon plus pérenne que par le passé, à des contributions en langue française. L’auteur de ces lignes se sent honoré d’avoir été invité à participer au lancement de cette heureuse initiative. Aucune occasion n’eût pu être plus opportune pour rappeler brièvement comment, historiquement, le français a émergé et s’est progressivement…

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La Belgique et les organisations internationales à La Haye

Par S. Exc. Ambassadeur  William Roelants de Stappers, Représentant permanent auprès des institutions internationales à La Haye. La Belgique fait partie des quelques pays qui disposent à La Haye de deux ambassadeurs : tandis que mon collègue l’Ambassadeur Dirk Achten est accrédité exclusivement auprès des autorités néerlandaises, je représente la Belgique auprès des diverses institutions internationales établies à La Haye. Cette configuration particulière se justifie non seulement par l’importance de notre ambassade bilatérale auprès de notre grand voisin du nord, qui requiert que notre ambassadeur auprès des Pays-Bas puisse y consacrer tout son temps et toute son énergie, mais tout autant par…

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Covid-19 and future challenges for diplomacy

By H.E. Baron Albrecht von Boeselager, Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta. For over 900 years, the Sovereign Order of Malta has turned its gaze to those most in need and brought them help, following the Christian principles that constitute its main trait. Its mission has been expressed over the centuries during wars, famine, natural disasters, migrations, but also during periods of peace, with daily assistance to the weakest, in the developing world as well as in the wealthiest societies. Present in over 120 countries, the Order of…

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Nebraska’s Sustainable Family Farms Feed the World

By the Honorable Pete Ricketts, Governor of the US state of Nebraska. Nebraska is a global leader in agriculture, producing world-class crops and manufacturing innovative farming technologies.  Among U.S. states, Nebraska ranks first in beef and veal exports, second in ethanol production, third in corn exports, fourth in total cash receipts from all farm commodities, and fifth in soybean exports.  Our state has 2.5 million cattle on feed and harvested 1.8 billion bushels of corn in 2019. Many people are surprised to learn that Nebraska’s prolific production comes primarily from family farms.  Ninety-five percent of the farms in our state…

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A different type of embassy

By H.E. Mr. Dirk Lodewijk M. Achten, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to the Kingdom of The Netherlands.    Being a bilateral ambassador in a neighbouring country with which one shares so much history and culture, is a very peculiar mission. Since the cooperation has reached an unprecedented level of intensity in many areas, it is more than a full time job. Belgium and The Netherlands cooperate in all fields of governance, too much to cover in any comprehensive article. Therefore today we will share some insights on two priorities in our bilateral security cooperation. Namely the defence cooperation…

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Azerbaijan is a model of multiculturalism and tolerance

By H.E. Mr. Fikrat Akhundov, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In the world where ethnic and religious discrimination has become a regular phenomenon, Azerbaijan has remained as a model of intercultural and religious tolerance. In fact, multiculturalism and tolerance is a lifestyle of multinational and multiconfessional Azerbaijani people, as well as an integral part of the state policy, preserved throughout the centuries. A clear example is the first Parliament of Azerbaijan in 1918, which united members of different ethnicities: Azerbaijanis, Russians, Armenians, Jews and even one German. Today, Baku International Center for Multiculturalism operates in Azerbaijan to research and…

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Greece shares with The Netherlands very old and close friendly ties

By H.E. Mr. Nicolas Plexidas, Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic to the Kingdom of The Netherlands. Since the Greek government has entrusted me, almost 5 months ago, to represent the Hellenic Republic to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and to the important international organizations based in the country, I feel twice as happy.  Firstly, because the Netherlands belong to a group of countries, with which Greece shares very old and close friendly ties, dating back to the proclamation of independence of our modern state. The two countries also share the same values and principles and enjoy long-lasting privileged relations, as…

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