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  • Addressing a Global Challenge from The Hague

    By Her Majesty Queen Noor. 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 sustainable development, cross-cultural understanding and conflict prevention and…

  • Le Français…mais pourquoi donc?

    Par M. Philippe Couvreur. 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 répandu, non seulement comme grande langue de culture, mais aussi comme langue par excellence…

  • UAE – 2020 Year of preparation for the Golden Jubilee

    By H.E. Ms. Hissa Abdulla Ahmed Alotaiba, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, recently announced that 2020 will be the “year of preparation for the Golden Jubilee” through Launching the largest national strategy of its kind to prepare for the next fifty years of the UAE in 2021, stating that all Emirati community spectrum; including citizens, residents, the public, private…

  • Belarus is Turning to a New Decade

    By Dr. Stanislav Vassilevsky, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Republic of Belarus in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Belarusian-Dutch bilateral political dialogue in recent years has become more active and promising, since a higher level of contact reflects a strong common interest and a broader agenda. We have held two informative sessions of political consultations at the level of Deputy Foreign Ministers and organized the first ever visit of the Dutch parliamentarians to Belarus in 2019 communicating regularly at the multilateral fora. Recent developments have created a favorable background for further intensification of contacts. We welcome the positive trend in…

  • Four Centuries of Ghana-Netherlands Relations: A Historical Perspective

    By H.E. Ms. Sophia Horner-Sam, Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to the Kingdom of The Netherlands. The Republic of Ghana and the Kingdom of the Netherlands have maintained a long-standing and occasionally intricate economic, historical, political and cultural relations that have evolved between the two countries since 1598 when the Dutch established a trading post, Fort Nassau in Moree, a seaside resort now located in the Central region of Ghana. The Dutch then fortified its position by conquering the Elmina Fort from the Portuguese in 1637 and established the Dutch Gold Coast (a portion of contemporary Ghana) which it administered for…

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75th years since the liberation of Auschwitz

Feb 3, 2020

Wednesday, 29 January 2020, Berlin, Germany: On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the German Bundestag -Federal Parliament- commemorated the victims of National Socialism during a special ceremony. Commemorative allocutions were delivered by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and the President of the State of Israel, Reuven Rivlin. After Bundestag Speaker, Wolfgang Schäuble opened the hour of remembrance, compositions by the Polish-French composer and Auschwitz survivor, Szymon Laks, were performed with texts by the Polish author Mieczysław Jastrun and the Polish musician and Holocaust survivor, Ludwik Żuk-Skarszewski.  For further…

India: 71st Republic Day of India

Feb 3, 2020

By Roy Lie Atjam. Republic day honours the day when the Constitution of India came into effect after gaining independence  from the British rule, was January 26, 1950 when the Government of India Act was abolished and the Constitution of India came into effect. On this day India became a Federal, Democratic Republic. It for this reason that H.E.Venu Rajamony, Ambassador of India invited : Hon’ble President of the Senate Prof. Dr. Jan Anthonie Bruijn, Ambassadors of different countries; dignitaries, friends to the Grote Kerk in the center of The Hague on  27 January 2020, to celebrate this momentous day with him. Special guest from India, Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi. Republic Day…

Bavaria solidifies ties to Russia

Jan 30, 2020

President Vladimir Putin and Premier Dr. Markus Söder – Picture by Bayerische Staatskanzlei. 28-29 January 2020, Moscow, Russian Federation: Premier Dr. Markus Söder travelled to Moscow for a working visit. He was accompanied by Federal and European Affairs Minister Dr. Florian Herrmann and Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger from the Munich Security Conference.  On Wednesday, 29 January, Premier Dr. Markus Söder paid a visit to the tomb of the unknown soldier, and laid a wreath at the memorial site (Aleksandrovsky sad, 125009 Moscow). At 11.00 a.m., Dr. Söder encountered the Mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, in the City Hall for a discussion on bilateral affairs.  In the framework of…

International Holocaust Remembrance Day The Hague

Jan 29, 2020

The Ambassador of Israel, H.E. Mr. Naor Gilon. By John Dunkelgrün. For the second time the Stichting Chaj together with the Embassy of Israel and the City of The Hague recognised International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a very special lecture at the Peace Palace to highlight the influence of the Holocaust on the development of international law. The organisers succeeded in lining up several most impressive speakers, like the acting mayor of The Hague, H.E. Mr. Johan Remkes, the President of the International Court of Justice, H.E. Judge Abdulqami Ahmed Yusuf, Mr. Arie Sznaj, the Ambassador of Israel, H.E. Mr….

Visit Rwanda Networking Evening

Jan 28, 2020

H.E. Mr. Jean Pierre Karabaranga, Ambassador of Rwanda. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague, “Visit Rwanda” hot on the heels of successfully participating in the annual Vakantiebeurs (14-17 Jan) the Embassy of Rwanda in the Netherlands organized a networking event with the theme  Visit Rwanda. It was at the  Hotel Hilton, on 20 January 2020. A concise group of Dutch travel media professionals and celebrities had been invited. Special guest was the Football personality Mr. Louis van Gaal who visited Rwanda in 2019 and had the honour to be one of the name givers at Kwita Izina, the annual gorilla naming ceremony. H.E. Ambassador…

Uzbekistan, Agro- Industry Presentation

Jan 28, 2020

By Roy Lie Atjam. The Ambassador of Uzbekistan in the Netherlands H.E. Mr Dilyor Khakimov, organized a presentation and a networking coffee event to promote Uzbekistan Agro-industry. The presentation took place at the Provinciezaal of Nieuwspoort The Hague on 20 January 2020. The keynote speaker was to be the Minister of Agriculture of Uzbekistan, H.E. Mr Jamshid Khodjaev. Unfortunately, Minister Khodjaev had to call off the visit as he had to attend to urgent matters at home. However, Minister Khodjaev will be coming to The Hague ulteriorly. The presentation went ahead, Madam Kamila Irgasheva, Head of the Division of the Ministry of Agriculture delivered a lively and…

Viennese Coffee Culture Recreated!

Jan 28, 2020

The Ambassador of Austria, H.E. Dr. Heidemaria Gürer and The Ambassador of Chile, H.E. Dr. Maria Teresa de Jesus Infante Caffi. Photography and text by Catherine Dailey. Her Excellency Ambassador Dr. Heidemaria Gürer transformed the “salons” of her magnificent residence into an authentic Viennese Coffee House last Friday.  A tribute to  Viennese Coffee Culture, listed as one of Austria’s contributions to UNESCO’s intangible world cultural heritage since 2011, provided a festive occasion to introduce scores of invited guests to centuries old coffee house traditions.   All of Ambassador Gürer’s guests appreciated her attentiveness to detail in re-creating an authentic Viennese Coffee House on the…

Levenslicht, the Light of Life

Jan 27, 2020

In the picture, Mr. Wethouder Bert van Alphen. Text and pictures by John Dunkelgrün. The end of January is an important time to remember the horrors of the Holocaust. It is 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, the most massive industrial murder machine the world has ever seen. For this occasion the  National Committee Four and Five May had commissioned the design Studio Roosegaarde to design a monument to commemorate the 104,000 Dutch Jews, three quarters of the Dutch Jewish population at the time, who were deported and murdered. The monument consists of 104,000 stones that were distributed to a…

Cyprus Contributes €25,000 to Future OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology

Jan 24, 2020

The Hague, Netherlands—16 January 2020—The Government of Cyprus has contributed €25,000  to a special Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Trust Fund to support the project to upgrade the current OPCW Laboratory and Equipment Store. This project will result in the construction of a new facility, the OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology (“ChemTech Centre”). The contribution was formalised during a ceremony at the OPCW Headquarters between OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, and the Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the OPCW, H.E. Ambassador Elpidoforos Economou. The Director-General expressed: “I thank the Government of Cyprus for this contribution…

Secretary-General of Luxembourg’s Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Visits the OPCW

Jan 24, 2020

The Hague, Netherlands – 22 January 2020 – The Secretary General of Luxembourg’s Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, H.E. Ms Sylvie Lucas, met today with the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Mr Fernando Arias at OPCW Headquarters in The Hague. Ms Lucas and the Director-General discussed a range of issues related to the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. The Director-General also briefed her on the project to upgrade the current OPCW Laboratory and Equipment Store through the construction of the ChemTech Centre (“ChemTech Centre”). They also discussed other initiatives undertaken by the OPCW…

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Plaidoyer pour la Justice Pénale Internationale

Par François Roux. La Justice Pénale Internationale est en grande difficulté, et même en position d’accusée. Critiquée pour sa lenteur, son coût, ses décisions, ses errements. Comme je l’ai fait à plusieurs reprises pour des accusés devant les Tribunaux Pénaux Internationaux je veux bien prendre sa défense… si elle plaide coupable ! Si elle accepte de reconnaître ses erreurs et mieux, de les corriger. Ce n’est pas si difficile. Le grand écrivain français Albert Camus disait « mal nommer les choses c’est ajouter au malheur du monde ». Alors nommons-les. La Justice internationale pénale souffre d’un vice originel : le système de procédure accusatoire…

Being Free Is Always Better Than Not Being Free

By Igor Rybakov. (From the address at II Media Forum 2019, ‘Journalist freedom in the context of human right, new technologies, and international information security’, November 20-22, 2019, Prague, the Czech Republic) It is at least strange to hear of any crisis of liberalism here in the Czech Republic, at the European venue, where there was recently celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of the Tender Revolution which had marked the conscious choice of the Czech people to build a new democratic parliamentary republic with priority of human rights and personal freedoms limited by the Constitution. The ideas and foundations of liberalism…

OMG! Van Eyck was here

Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution By John Dunkelgrün. Throughout 2020 the city of Ghent in Flanders will celebrate its connection to one of the world’s greatest painters, Jan van Eyck. The most important part of this celebration will be in the Museum of Fine Arts (Museum Voor Schone Kunsten or MSK). It is the largest Van Eyck exhibition ever held with more than half of the works by him that still exist worldwide. The works are contrasted with works from his atelier, works by important contemporaries and works done jointly with his brother Hubert. The core of the exhibition, the…

Towards a World in Which All Children Can Play

By Dr. May-May Meijer. H.E. Mr. Alexander Shulgin, the ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Hague and envoy to the OPCW was interviewed in Diplomat Magazine on November 15th about the chemical attack that took place in the Syrian city of Douma on April 7th, 2018. As a result of the chemical attack the United States, France, and the United Kingdom carried out a series of military strikes against multiple government sites in Syria. H.E. Mr. Shulgin stated in the article that, because of those attacks, the world was on the brink of a major confrontation between two nuclear powers.  Just after the chemical attack in Douma, Peace SOS received a press release titled “Massive Chemical Weapon Attack Leaves…

The Challenges of Ethics and Roboethics in the conduct of hostilities and in everyday technology

By Marco Pizzorno. The new types of conflict are oriented towards the use of autonomous intelligence capable of correcting and evolving from previous errors. The current dynamics of warfare change the rules of combat and consequently, even the fundamental guarantees are forced to chase the future and its challenges. Currently, technological science has focused on new forms of intelligence, or AI, artificial intelligence. The use of drones in recent conflicts opens up many reflections on how and when a virtual conscience is able to recognize and distinguish what is considered a military target from a civilian or a civilian asset….

The equation of Communism with Nazism

De-evolution of Europe By Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarević. (First Part) It was indeed cynical and out-of-touch for the EU (Parliament) to suddenly blame, after 80 years, the Soviet Union for triggering WWII. It is unwise (to say least) to resurrect the arguments surrounding the circumstances of the start of World War II. The historians have agreed, the history has been written and well documented, and is in our books already for many decades.  There is no point in contemporary politicians of eastern flank of the EU (with a striking but complicit silence from the central Europe) pushing up the facts regarding…

Revisiting the Ukraine-Russia-EU triangular dynamics

By Tanvi Chauhan. With the narrative that floats around, one is tempted to think that the Ukraine crisis is all about Crimea; that it started and ended there. So what about the internal oblasts like Odessa, Kharkiv, Luhansk, and Donetsk (the South- Eastern regions) where a protracted conflict broke out? Are they not part of the resolution to the Ukraine crisis? But before any party decides on how to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, it is crucial to understand what needs to be resolved.  What needs to be Resolved? First, the negotiating status. Formal peace talks began with the Minsk-I ceasefire in September 2014…

Fundamental legacy of The Nuremberg and Tokyo Trials (1945-1948)

Picture Nuremberg trials. By Wedyan AlMadani . These – rather unfortunate – days some voices in Europe are trying, in a quite ahistorical fashion, to question the very fundaments of the antifascist legacy. Dangerous and highly destructive equitation attempts are on the way. Still, this legacy is what finally made the Old continent human and peaceful – a role model to admire and for the rest of us to follow.  Such regrettable equitations make it worth to revisit the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials, which are essential pillars of the Human Rights charter brokered right after under the OUN auspices. Consequently,…

Protests in Hong Kong: the take of the Chinese government

In the picture H.E. Ambassador Xu Hong. In an open discussion with over twenty Dutch and Chinese journalists, China’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, H.E. Dr. Xu Hong, voiced his government’s stance on the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. The Ambassador condemned the violent actions of the demonstrators, calling for the expression of any dissent through legal channels. Since June 2019, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) has been witnessing a strong wave of protests. At first, the demonstrators protested against a bill that would have allowed to extradite criminal suspects from Hong Kong to mainland China, voicing fears that…

Qatar blurs regional powers to diffuse Iran-US conflict

By Malik Ayub Sumbal. Qatar once more takes the lead as a mediator in the recent crisis that engulfed the Middle East after the targeted assassination of Qasem Soleimani, an Iranian Major General in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps who was targeted by the US drone strike at Baghdad’s International Airport on 3rd January 2020. Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s visit to Iran directly after the incident of Soleimani’s killing is being seen as a very serious and wise diplomatic move by the Qatari side to reduce the tension in the region. For the last decade, Qatar has been…

Residentie Orkest’s New Year’s Concert

Residentie Orkest “New Year’s Concert” – Kari Postma, soprano; Kareem Abdulla, conductor. Text and pictures by Catherine Dailey. The Zuiderstand Theater, overlooking the Scheveningen harbor, was filled with anticipation for the Residentie’s Orkest’s long awaited “New Year’s Concert” in honor of the orchestra’s Business Circle and loyal patrons. Of the years, the New Year’s concert has become the “place to be” for classical music enthusiasts. The feeling of a “homecoming gathering” permeated the pre-concert cocktail reception as many of the invitees, well known in the The Hague’s business, professional and political circles, were clearly known to each other from other relationships in…

US-Iran tensions: escalation and de-escalation

By Guido Lanfranchi The transition to the new year has been marked by rising tensions between the United States and Iran. For a few days, the Middle East has been on the brink of a new potential war, with the two countries adopting a strong rhetoric and conducting military operations against each other. Despite these tense days, Washington and Tehran seem now headed towards de-escalation – although the underlying tensions between them largely remain in place. January 12th, 2020. New year, new decade, old tensions. The beginning of 2020 has been marked by a dangerous escalation of tensions between the…

Soleimani’s Assassination Triggers US–Iran Standoff

By Malik Ayub Sumbal. Amidst an environment of a tense standoff between Iran and the US since the last couple of months, the United States assassinated high-ranking Iranian military and intelligence official Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike at Baghdad International Airport on Friday morning along with several other Iran-backed officials operating in Iraq. The assassination of Qasem Soleimani is being anticipated as the most aggressive action, which could trigger the US and Iran towards a possible state of war by exposing the region to alarming tragedy. Both sides are making vengeful statements with objectives to undermine each other with…

Dominican Republic: A door in the Caribbean towards development

By Brigitte Saint Hilaire Ricart. “There is a country in the world placed on the same path of the Sun” … That is the way that the national poet Pedro Mir begins his masterful poem, and I am pleased to share with you that there is a country in the Caribbean that is a door towards development, and that country is the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is one of the countries in the region that maintains a high social and political stability, an ongoing industrial development and a constantly growing economy, that often exceeds the growth of other countries…

Le Mali et des personnalités africaines réaffirment leur soutien à la CPI

Le Mali et des personnalités africaines de haut niveau réaffirment leur soutien à la CPI et à son mandat, lors d’un congrès majeur à Bamako Du 14 au 16 novembre 2019, la Cour pénale internationale (« CPI » ou « la Cour ») a participé au 1ercongrès international en Afrique du Barreau Pénal International. L’événement a eu lieu à Bamako, République du Mali sur le thème “Afrique: Nouveaux enjeux pour la justice pénale internationale et le Barreau Pénal International”.  Ce congrès organisé en collaboration avec l’Ordre des Avocats du Barreau du Mali s’est voulu être un espace d’échanges ouverts et…

‘Culture for Peace’ for our Common Future

Director-General, Dr. Sofija Bajrektarevic with a Culture for Peace logo (work of the sculpturist univ prof. Alem Korkut). Interview by Filippo Romeo. Today, we are talking with Dr. Sofija Bajrektarevic, vibrant and charming yet, bold and visionary founder and director of a comprehensive platform aimed at unifying potentials for the future: Culture for Peace.  From the very heart of old continent, central Europe’s shiny capital – Vienna, an interesting message of sustainability comes through a web of meanings: connecting scientific approach, artistic touch and practical yet decisive action.  What represents this Platform? Unifying Potentials for the Future – Culture for…