January 22, 2020

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Diplomat Magazine to Promote Uzbek-Dutch Cooperation on Family Values

H.E. Mr. Dilyor Khakimov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the EU and the Benelux countries. Uzbekistan is the most populous country in Central Asia, a region that lies at the heart of the Eurasian continent. Uzbek people have a rich history, culture, art, and literature. Among the array of values that characterize the Uzbek society, family definitely plays a major role. The people believe that a strong family is the basis of a strong society, and therefore they assign to it a great value when making their choices, both in the personal and the political sphere. For instance, Uzbekistan declared the…

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Global Challenges to Human Rights Today

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, His Royal Highness Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Al Hussein – Picture by OHCHR. Global Challenges to Human Rights Today – Anna Lindh Lecture delivered by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein UN High Commissioner for Human Rights When I arrived in the United Kingdom 30 years ago to pursue my postgraduate studies, we – the foreign students were made to first register at the local police station. It meant queuing up under a sign which read: foreign aliens here. Welcome to the United Kingdom – aliens. I am here to tell you this: there are no…

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VII Ibero-American Week of International Law

Ibero-America and the cause for International Justice By H.E. Sergio Ugalde, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the Kingdom of the Netherlands I wish to begin by emphasizing the importance of international law for the Ibero-American region. There are many contributions from Ibero-America that have significantly helped the systematization of international law, whether by jurisprudence, hermeneutics or positive codification. Globally there is full awareness of these contributions and relevance of international law for the region, which relies overwhelmingly on the resolution of its disputes by mediation, arbitration or compulsory contentious jurisdiction; and by means of the considerable range of existing forums,…

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Has there been a Mauritian economic miracle between 1968 and 2018 ?

By Mrs Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, G.C.S.K., C.S.K., PhD, DSc, VI President of the Republic  of Mauritius. Mauritius is celebrating 50 years of its independence from the British in 2018. Prior to its independence in 1968, after almost 150 years of British rule – and a little less than 100 years of French rule, leading academics had predicted a future full of gloom and doom for Mauritius. The country with a per capita income of just over 200 US, had in fact, all the characteristics of a typical colonial economy: monocrop, rapid population growth, adverse terms of trade, and vulnerable to ethnic tensions….

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A Millennium of Innovation

By H.E. Mr. Michael Kretschmer, Prime Minister of the Free State of Saxony, Germany. Germany is the economic powerhouse of Europe and one of its engines is Saxony. Situated between Berlin and Prague, Frankfurt and Cracow, the Free State of Saxony looks back upon more than ten centuries of a rich and diverse history. It is a history of pioneering spirits, daring entrepreneurship and great achievement. Once a country full of woods and wilderness, Saxony at the beginning of the 21st century is an innovation leader among European regions. Having been elected to the office of Saxon Prime Minister in December…

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Switzerland’s European Policy

By H.E. Mr. Roberto Balzaretti, Swiss State Secretary. Switzerland shares borders with four EU member countries. My country has strong language, cultural and demographic affinitieswith the EU. And the European Union is Switzerland’s most important political and economic partner. Almost 1.4 million citizens from an EU or an EFTA (European Free Trade Association) country live in Switzerland. That is about 17% of our estimated population of 8.4 million. In addition, about 320,000 people from neighbouring EU countries commute to Switzerland every day. Our country is a linchpin of the North-South communication and transportation axis. As a matter of fact, with its…

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Why Georgia Should Be on Your Mind; Ambassador Natalie Sabanadze’s Georgia Highlights.

By H.E. Ms.  Natalie Sabanadze, Ambassador of Georgia to the EU.  Dear reader of Diplomatic World, welcome to Georgia – a country where “a guest is a gift sent from God”. In this globalised world, where distance is not an obstacle and attractive destinations compete for your attention, you may wonder why Georgia should be the place of your choice. A small country sandwiched between Russia and Turkey was, for the most part of the 20th century, hidden away from the inquisitive gaze of a Western traveler as part of the Soviet Union. We have never chosen to be part…

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Bulgaria at the helm of the EU

                            By H.E. Ms. Maya Dobreva, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Bulgaria took over the EU Presidency on 1 January 2018. Bulgaria may be a young EU member state (last year it celebrated its 10th anniversary of EU membership) but is one of the oldest states in Europe – more than 13 centuries old. Rich with its ancient history, strong with its traditions and historic experience Bulgaria is willing to reaffirm its position in the EU and…

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Tunisia: creating new perspectives.

By H.E. Mr. Elyes Ghariani, Ambassador of Tunisia to the Kingdom of the  Netherlands. Since 2011, Tunisia is going through a radically transformative moment of its History. The Jasmine revolution has resulted in huge changes and led to the irreversible move towards the implementation of a fully-fledged secular democratic system in the country. Over the last years, Tunisia has faced a multitude of political challenges and disparities but hopefully, succeeded in overcoming these difficulties thanks to the positive commitment of all the constituency of the Tunisian Society in engaging in franc talks and dialogue and finding compromise and common ground…

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2017, a special year for India – Netherlands relations

By H.E. Mr. Venu Rajamony, Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The year 2017 marked 70 years of diplomatic relations between India and the Netherlands. The Netherlands was one of the first countries to recognize independent India in 1947. Since then the Netherlands has been a fellow traveler encouraging us along the path of development. 2017 was a special year for India – Netherlands relations also because Foreign Minister Bert Koenders visited India in May and Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Netherlands in June 2017. Investments from the Netherlands into India went up around US$ 2…

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