September 26, 2017

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  • The search for the next Director-General of the OPCW

    The above is a personal reflection of Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal, Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the OPCW. The tenure of the incumbent Director-General of the OPCW E. Mr Ahmet Üzümcü is going to end in July 2018, when and how the new Director-General of the OPCW is going to be appointed? Answer: The incumbent Director-General of the OPCW, H.E. Mr Ahmet Üzümcü was appointed in December 2009 by the Conference of the States Parties at its Fourteenth Session. Following his appointment, Mr Ahmet Üzümcü began his term of office for four years on 25 July…

  • Taiwan, a Valuable Partner for UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), True Universality

                                By Dr. David Tawei Lee, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan) 1 September, 2017 “As we embark on this great collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind”—Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development New York is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. As with visitors from other countries, those from Taiwan love to experience first-hand the city’s famous attractions—the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, and, of course, the very nerve center of global affairs: the Headquarters of…

  • It’s time for India!

    H.E. Venu Rajamony, Ambassador of India during his speech. H.E. Venu Rajamony, India’s Ambassador to the Netherlands & Dr. Vikas Chaturvedi, Chairman ASSOCHAM Europe. India, the world’s largest democracy and fastest-growing large economy, celebrates 70 years of independence on August 15 this year. Interestingly, this year also marks 70 years of the establishment of India-Netherlands diplomatic relations. The Ambassador of the Netherlands was present in India when the flag of freedom was hoisted by its leaders in 1947. In the last couple of years, the political and business engagement between India and the Netherlands has risen to new heights for…

  • Tolerance: a fundamental part of the United Arab Emirates

    By H.E. Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance, United Arab Emirates. In today’s world, one of the greatest challenges that we face is the rise in various forms of intolerance. Whether it is differences in religious belief, in cultural and historical traditions or in colour or origin, conflicts are created and stimulated by those who seek to use them as reasons to divide us. In sharp contrast to that, we in the United Arab Emirates firmly believe that such differences should be welcomed and celebrated. They offer much from which we can all learn as…

  • Ambassador Ugalde at the VII Iberoamerican Week of International Justice

    H.E. Ambassador Sergio Ugalde, Ambassador of Costa Rica / Vicepresident of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court. On Wednesday 31st May, the Opening Ceremony for the VI Ibero-American Week of International Justice took place at the Peace Palace. H.E. Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, President of the International Criminal Court, H.E. Ambassador Sergio Ugalde, Vicepresident of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court, H.E. Ambassador Johan Van der Werff, Ambassador of the Netherlands to International Organisations, and Prof. Héctor Olasolo, Chairman of the Ibero-American Institute of The Hague for Peace, Human Rights and International Justice (IIH) were the speakers…

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Over 1,000 people visit the ICC this Open Day

Sep 25, 2017

Visitors pose questions to Court staff in Courtroom I’s Public Gallery at the ICC headquarters in The Hague (Netherlands), on The Hague International Day on Sunday, 24 September 2017 © ICC-CPI More than 1,000 people visited the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Sunday, 24 September 2017, when it opened its headquarters for The Hague International Day (Open Day). The ICC thanks each and every visitor for making this Open Day its busiest and best so far. Highlights this year included Visitor Centre audio tours in English, French and Dutch; a special one-day multimedia exhibit in Courtroom I; an area featuring…

Argentinean author Ermesto Sábato by Inzaurralde

Sep 25, 2017

Professor Dr. Gabriel Inzaurralde, Edith Bergansius and H.E. Hector Horacio Salvador, Ambassador of Argentina. Recently the Embassy of Argentina and the Asociación Hispánica de La Haya organized a lecture on Ermesto Sábato, at Humanity House, The Hague. Professor Dr. Gabriel Inzaurralde, specialised in Latin American Literature at the University of Leiden, gave a brilliant lecture on the author who lived to be nearly 100 years (1911-2011). After welcome words by Ramiro Hidalgo from the Argentinean Embassy, there was a short video on Sabato’s house after which H.E. Horacio Salvador, Ambassador  of Argentina had the opening words. After the lecture the Embassy…

Peruvian Reception on Board

Sep 25, 2017

Veronique Miclea and Ambassador Carlos Herrera with the high commanders of  the BAP Union. Visit of BAP Unión to the Port of Rotterdam  As part of its second training trip, which is taking place this year through Europe, the Peruvian Navy Ship (B.A.P.) “Unión” visited the Port of Rotterdam between the 8th and 12th of August. Upon its arrival, the Ambassador of Peru in the Netherlands H.E. Carlos Herrera, and the Commander of the BAP Unión, ship Captain Franz Bittrich offered a Press conference on board, with the participation of important local media. As part of the official activities, the…

Vietnam’s National Day celebrated in The Hague

Sep 24, 2017

On the picture H.E. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of Viet Nam.    By Roy Lie A Tjam. The Embassy of Vietnam in The Hague,  the Netherlands celebrated the 72nd anniversary of the National Day at the Chancellery on Javastraat, on 1 September 2017. For additional Roy Stril’s pictures, please open the following link:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157687033139544 After being introduced, H.E. Ambassador Ngo Thi Hoa delivered her introductory and welcoming speech. Ambassador Ngo Thi Hoa commenced her address by paying respect to Vietnam’s National hero and beloved President, Ho Chi Minh for declaring Vietnam’s independence, proclaiming the birth of the Democratic Republic of…

PhotoOp “a democratic photo exhibition”

Sep 22, 2017

Henry Arvidsson, Mayelinne De Lara,  Marian van Noort, Hester Dijkstra and Kim Vermaat, Diplomat Magazine’s team. Photography by Dick de  Jager. For the third year in a row, it is time for PhotoOp “a democratic photo exhibition”. This years edition  featured 15 national and international photographers, among them Henry Arvidsson, Kim Vermaat, Marian van Noort and Hester Dijkstra from Diplomat Magazine’s team. More than 300 attended the opening to see incredible pictures from almost every subject and technique. As a pop-up the location was grander than ever before at Korte Vijverberg 2, a short stone throw from Mauritshuis. This was made possible…

Governing Mayor of Berlin in Brussels

Sep 21, 2017

Governing Mayor of Berlin Michael Müller, EU Commissioner for Finance, Günther Oettinger and the Commissioner for Science, Research and Innovation, Carlos Moedas. By Jan Eustachi . Brussels, Tuesday, 5 September 2017, the Governing Mayor of Berlin Michael Müller,  and the members of the Senate of Berlin assembled in the partner city of Brussels, to talk to high ranking European officials. Among them were the EU Commissioner for Finance, Günther Oettinger and the Commissioner for Science, Research and Innovation, Carlos Moedas. Mayor Michael Müller and the members of the Senate were mostly interested in the implementation of the Urban Agenda and the impact of the…

Hessian Peace Prize 2016 awarded to Mogherini 

Sep 21, 2017

On the picture Norbert Kartmann, Speaker of the Hessian State Assembly; Lucia Puttrich Hessian Minister of State for Federal and European Affairs; Federica Mogherini – High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; Karl Starzacher, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Hessian Peace Prize, ret. Minister of State. By the Board of Trustees – Albert Osswald Fondation  Last 19 July 2017, The Hessian Peace Prize 2016 was awarded at the Representation of the State of Hesse in Brussels to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.  Speaker of the Hessian State Assembly Norbert Kartmann…

72th Indonesia Kerja Bersama

Sep 19, 2017

On the picture H.E. Ambassador I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja and Mrs Rusdijana Puja.   By Roy Lie A Tjam. The logo of the 2017 celebration symbolizes “Kerja Bersama”, in essence meaning “togetherness”. “72 tahun Indonesia Kerja Bersama”, they say, referring to the 72 years of Indonesia working together. It represents the spirit of Gotong Royong, (mutual cooperation) striving to send Indonesia beyond expectations with the aim of a brighter future for its peoples. For additional Kim Vermaat’s pictures, please open the following link:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157687073629104 Although the “72” on the logo depicts the anniversary of Indonesia’s Independence Day, it’s display…

Working breakfast with the Ambassador of Iran

Sep 18, 2017

Working breakfast with H.E. Dr. Alireza Jahangiri Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The theme of the working breakfast was “New opportunities in Iran”.   By Roy Lie A Tjam. On August 23rd, 2017, H.E. Prof. Dr. Alireza Jahangiri, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in The Hague organized another of his regular working breakfast with members of the local media. The venue was the Residence of the Ambassador of Iran in Wassenaar. Pictures are a courtesy of the Iranian Embassy, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157689568309455 In part, this is the information Dr. Alireza Jahangiri shared with…

Quan Ho – Len Dong, two cultural Heritages at Embassy Festival

Sep 18, 2017

Len Dong – Quan Ho  are a new work choreographed by Minh Hoa specially for the Embassy festival. The art performances explored Vietnamese traditional languages, music which are honoured as Intangible Cultural Heritages representing humanity by UNESCO. The program  included two sections: Quan ho and Len dong. Quan ho is one of the typical folk singing in the Red River Delta, in the North of Vietnam. Len dong is a form of practicing related to Viet beliefs  in the Mother – Goddess of three Realms. Last year, it was honored to be Intangible Cultural Heritage representing humanity by UNESCO. It is…

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De-escalating Strong Emotions in Negotiation, Diplomacy and Conflict

This year on October 4, at The Peace Palace in The Hague, as part of the MBBI Conference 2017, a day-long masterclass on de-escalating strong emotions will be given by Douglas E. Noll, a lawyer, peace maker and an AV-rated attorney, assigned to the top 1% of attorneys worldwide. Traditional forms of negotiation and communication have shown to be less effective than desirable. Douglas E. Noll for many years now has offered new skills and insights on how to de-escalate a volatile situation and move the discussion into effective problem-solving and durable agreements. So, if your professional life is full…

6th European Regional Assembly of Knights of Rizal at Brussels

                            On the picture, Dutch delegation at the 6th ERA of Knights of Rizal. By Anton Lutter. From the 25th to the 27th of august the 6th European Regional Assembly of the Order of the Knights of Rizal – the sole order of knighthood in The Philippines – has taken place in Brussels. The Order of Knights of Rizal was founded in 1911 to to honor and uphold the ideals of Philippine national hero Jose Rizal. In 1951 it was granted a legislative charter by a law,…

4th Just Peace Festival 2017

By Jhr mr Alexander W. Beelaerts van Blokland LL.M. Several years ago the United Nations declared September 21 ‘the International Day of Peace’. The City of The Hague, with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) since 1946 the second UN City in the World and declared to be The International City of Peace and Justice as well as The Legal Capital of the World by two UN Secretaries-General, of course celebrates this day, even in a four days event: the Just Peace Festival, in 2017 for the fourth time, with a wealth of activities. On Thursday September 21st itself you…

Traslados

With the release of the bestseller Traslados, Silvia Korenblum, psychologist and diplomatic spouse, describe and explore the transitory migration of diplomatic life and its impact inside the family. Diplomat Magazine decided to publish this powerful companion book designed for diplomats and their families, in its original language. Second chapter. Por Silvia Korenblum. La gran mayoría de las familias en tránsito se desplazan debido a que la madre o el padre de la familia tienen una oportunidad de trabajo que los lleva a salir de su país de origen, cambiando de sede con cierta frecuencia. Esta oportunidad generalmente trae consigo una…

The Ultimate Ideology

By Mara Lemanis. Ideology can sustain a culture or strike a death blow. We can quickly trace what the Marxist ideology did to Russia, or the Proletarian Communist movement to China. When we think back as far as 330 and 331 BCE, we recognize that the Hellenism forced through Alexander the Great’s conquest of the Persian Empire and Egypt was both a disintegration of those ancient cultures and their reciprocal integration into the Greek ethos. We do not need to spade around unknown terrain in order to see how many of our reactions and behaviors have already been set, programmed…

The Truth and Reconciliation stuggle on the Balkans

By Senadin Lavić. We live in a post-genocidal society, divided into ethnic-religious ghetto by means of war. In such broken society are continually inserted seductive and controversial concepts that serve the goals that are not realized by means of war. The terms such as federalism, unitarism and separatism come mainly as political games of political life actors in our country, but regarding the separatism of the entities RS, the Greater Serbian policy is absolutely focused on this goal. The shaping of political reality and the main ideas in it is a work of the ideology – par excellence, which then…

Which countries are powerful?

By Barend ter Haar. Are the Netherlands more powerful than Italy or Spain? Yes, according to 2017 ISA Country Power Rankings published by ISA (International Strategic Analysis), an international research and consulting firm headquartered in Luxembourg . ISA bases its ranking on an analysis of seven different categories of power: economy, demography, military, environmental and natural resources, politics, culture and technology. It is interesting to compare this list with the best countries/power rankings published by U.S. News & World Report . That list is based on only five factors: leadership, economic influence, political influence, strong international alliances and strong military…

Corneliu Pivariu. Photographer: Ionus Paraschiv.

Under Donald Trump’s leadership, the USA is speeding up world’s geopolitical developments

By Corneliu Pivariu. Things look like that after president Donald Trump’s participation to the “Three Seas Initiative” – Warsaw, G20 Hamburg Summit and France’s National Day – 14th of July in Paris. Yet we must underline that the period of the Cold War when the two superpowers were deciding most of the global geopolitic developments is over and so is the short period after the fall of the Iron Curtain when the USA was prevailing. Currently, we are in a period of a much more complexity then those we just mentioned, whereby each important geopolitical player seeks to position itself…

50 years of a master piece: One Hundred Years of Solitude

On the occasion of the 50th commemoration anniversary of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” publication, a masterpiece that led Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014) to the pinnacle of his carrier with the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature, the Embassy of Colombia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands together with the Cervantes Institute organized on 18 May 2017 a dialogue about this novel and its author, as well as the opening of the photographic exhibition “García Márquez Portraits” in Utrecht. The event started with a welcoming speech by the Cervantes Institute Director, Isabel Lorda Vidal, followed by a literary intervention…

The Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property…

The Power of Culture, The Verve of Spirit By Mara Lemanis. Culture is the crucible that forges our visceral identity. When the UK ratified The Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Properties last year, it confirmed the importance of sustaining the legacy, the identity of all cultures, especially at a time of armed conflict. Without this protection the patrimony of indigenous groups in many countries could witness the kind of disintegration that has taken place among native Indian populations all across America. The relegation of Indian tribes to reservations ordered by the U.S. government in the late 19th century…

The MH17 Disaster Demands a Return to a Rules-Based International System

On the picture, Scott Martin. By Scott Martin and Wayne Jordash. On 17 July 2014, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with a total of 298 people on board from 17 countries when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine, crashing at a site in the Donetsk oblast, killing everyone onboard. This tragedy, well-known to the diplomatic community and people around the world, exacerbated an already tense diplomatic tete-a-tete between the Russian Federation and the Western world, with the West contending that separatists illegally conspired with Russia to occupy Ukraine through reliance on its…

Vatican official calls for global ‘permanent and generous’ funding for migrants

An undersecretary for the Vatican’s new Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development suggests governments split funds 50-50 between migrants and local poor in areas where they are arriving. He spoke in Berlin at the tenth Global Forum for Migration and Development. By Joshua J. Mcelwee, Vatican Insider. An undersecretary for the new Vatican office devoted to issues facing migrants and refugees has called on global governments to create a “permanent and generous funding facility” for the areas of the world receiving the largest numbers of migrants. Jesuit Fr. Michael Czerny, one of two undersecretaries for the Migrants and Refugees Section…

Lady X and the Power of Destiny – A Musical Drama

                            A work based on the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Spain has been fortunate for British artist, author and composer Dario Poli, known by some of his contemporaries as the “Renaissance man.” For it was here that he found the inspiration to originate and produce one of his finest musical achievements “Lady X and The Power of Destiny” in a creative collaboration with Lloyd Hulme of Puerto Banus. The musical drama, originally composed as a celebration of England’s favourite princess, based on the late Diana Princess…

XVI Edition of the Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management

Call for Applications for the XVI Edition of the Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management – Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy) – 2018   Applications shall be submitted online at www.humanrights.santannapisa.it Applications for admission by Non EU citizens shall be sent no later than September 4, 2017 / Applications for admission by EU citizens shall be sent no later than September 19, 2017 Description: The Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management is designed to provide students from different cultures and backgrounds with a deep understanding of the linkages between human rights and conflict management theory and practice. The…

Africa-Europe: Similarities and Differences in Security

                            By Anis Bajrektarevic and Giuliano Luongo. NOVA Publishers ( https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=62974 )   “For the past few centuries, Africa lived fear but dreamt a hope of Europeans …From WWI to www.” In this one short statement is the essence of the 6th book on geopolitics of prof. Anis Bajrektarevic: ‘Europe and Africa’ just released by the US publisher NOVA. This time professor is co-signing book with his junior researcher from Italy, Guliano Luongo, who is a Director of Africanistic studies at the Rome-based Institute for Geopolitics (IsAG)….

The Hague Roundtable on Climate & Security

On the picture, Roundtable hosted by the Embassy of Australia. April 2017. The Roundtables are an ongoing initiative started in 2015 – created and organized by Matt Luna of the Institute for Environmental Security. The overall goal is to get different countries and stakeholders to share information and strategies (including initiating new strategies) on addressing climate risks to natural resource availability, food security, migration, disaster response, and stability of fragile states. The Roundtables are also an opportunity for local dialogue with a global reach to support international climate and security initiatives such as the Planetary Security Conference and the UN…