August 21, 2019

New Zealand Donates € 64,000 to Support OPCW Team Identifying Perpetrators of Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 21 August 2019 — The Government of New Zealand is contributing €64,000 toward the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) Trust Fund for Syria Missions in support of the operations of the team tasked with the identifying the perpetrators of chemical weapons use in Syria, as determined by the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission. The team was created pursuant to the decision on addressing the threat from chemical weapons use adopted by the Conference of the States Parties at its Fourth Special Session in June 2018. The donation was formalised through a formal exchange of letters…

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Embassy Festival with 67 Countries Bigger than Ever

I.A. Kuwait, Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Republic of Korea, Kosovo and Senegal With nearly seventy participating countries, the two-day Embassy Festival will be bigger than ever this year. There isn’t an event in the world where somany embassies unite to present and celebrate culture. Thanks to the collaborations with the embassies, the Embassy Festival is able to present an authentic and worldly experience with four stages offering music (classical, traditional and contemporary) and dance. There’s also an International Market present with many culinary and cultural discoveries to be made. The free festival will take place on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 September…

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Prosecutor on mission to Kigali

In the picture Serge Brammertz. Arusha, 16 August 2019– Mechanism Prosecutor Serge Brammertz visited Kigali from 14 to 16 August 2019, following his biannual address on the Mechanism to the UN Security Council on 17 July 2019.         During the visit, the Prosecutor met with Prosecutor-General Jean Bosco Mutangana of the Republic of Rwanda, senior members of his team and other senior government officials to discuss issues of mutual interest, including avenues for strengthening existing cooperation, the Turinabo et al. contempt proceedings and the search for the remaining eight fugitives indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.  The visit…

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74th Independence Day of Indonesia celebration at Wassenaar

By Anton Lutter. Already 74 years ago Indonesia’s independence was declared on Friday the 17thaugust – two days after Japan capitulated and thus the second world war ended – at 10.00 in Jakarta by Sukarno, Indonesia’s first president. The declaration started a troublesome relation between The Netherlands, the colonial overlord of Indonesia, then called the Dutch East Indies, and the Indonesian independence movement.  Now more then 74 years later The Netherlands and Indonesia enjoy a friendship that is as strong as ever. His Excellency I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja, in his last Independence Day speech as ambassador of Indonesia to The Kingdom…

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King Willem-Alexander opens the new Museum Sophiahof

By Anton Lutter. On sunny 27thJune Museum Sophiahof in The Hague was officially inaugurated by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander. Many guests from the Dutch-Indies community were invited next to guests such as Indonesian Ambassador I Gusti Wesaka Agung Puja, the State Secretary of the Ministry of VWS Mr. Paul Blok, the Kings commissioner in Zuid-Holland Mr. Jaap Smit, the mayor of The Hague Mrs. Pauline Krikke and former Minister of Foreign Affairs Bernard Bot. The Museum Sophiahof is housed in a monumental building on the Sophialaan 10. It’s a national monument and was built by the former Minister of Colonies Guillaume Louis Baud in 1858. Through…

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“Russia and Europe” conference in Rome: discussion outlining topical issues of international journalism

TOP Russian and European media experts and diplomats will discuss the challenges of new political scene and international relations. September 5thRome (Italy) will host the 8th international conference “Russia and Europe: Topical Issues of Contemporary International Journalism”. The conference is organized by the International Affairs magazine with support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Federal Agency for Press and Mass Media of the Russian Federation. The main topics to be discussed during the international event are: “European media as a source of Russian “sensations”” and “Up-to-date international information – national or nationalistic media”. The aim of this annual international…

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Are you coming? Call Crowne Plaza now!

Indonesian Flavours Best opportunity to taste the authentic Indonesian food; incredible three nights at Crowne Plaza. On August 29, 30 & 31 you will taste the flavors of Indonesia. Chef Theodora Hurustiati born in Jakarta, will prepare traditional Indonesian dishes with Chef Sido de Brabander. Opening on August 29 by the Ambassador of Indonesia, H.E. Mr. I Gusti Wesaka Puja. Chef Hurustiati recently participated as a guest chef during the Ubud Food Festival 2019 in Bali and has a passion for sharing stories and recipes from around the world, like she did in her column for The Jakarta Post. During…

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Australia Contributes €100,000 to Help OPCW Identify Perpetrators of Chemical Weapons Attacks

Permanent Representative of Australia to the OPCW, H.E. Ambassador Matthew Neuhaus and OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias The Government of Australia contributed last March €100,000 toward the Trust Fund for Syria Missions for the formation and operation of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) team to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in the Syrian Arab Republic. The team was created pursuant to the decision on addressing the threat from chemical weapons use adopted by the Conference of the States Parties at its Fourth Special Session in June 2018. The contribution was formalised through an…

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European Union Contributes €11.6M to Support OPCW Activities

OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, met in April with the Permanent Representative of Romania to the OPCW, H.E. Ambassador Brândușa Predescu, on behalf of the Presidency of the Council of the EU, and with Principal Adviser, European External Action Service, H.E. Ambassador Mika-Markus Leinonen. The European Union (EU) is contributing €11.6M to a number of projects and activities of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to be carried out in the next three years. The contribution was approved by the Council of the European Union in its 1 April decision early this year. OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr…

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Diplomats celebrating IHE Delft Graduation Day

In the picture Ambassadors, chief of missions, diplomats and teachers at IHE Delft. A total of 128 water professionals from over 40 different countries attended the graduation ceremony, held at Oude Kerk in Delft and almost 40 diplomatic representatives attended. At the end of the ceremony the students proudly waved their diploma tubes and cards showing each of the 17 UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), to which their work will contribute when they return home. The graduates are now part of the IHE alumni community that comprises over 15,000 water professionals working and living in more than 160 countries.

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