May 28, 2017

  • A Brighter Future for the China-Netherlands Friendship

    By H.E. Mr Wu Ken, Chinese Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.   In May, the most beautiful season of the Netherlands, we will celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level between China and the Netherlands, which is a historic moment for both our countries. China and the Netherlands are located at the two ends of the Eurasian continent respectively, but the two peoples share a long history of enduring exchanges, despite the geographical distance. Over 400 years ago, the “Maritime Silk Road” stretching from Guangzhou of China to the Netherlands had already linked the two…

  • Israel is an amazing success story

    By H.E. Mr. Aviv Shir-On, Ambassador of the State of Israel to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This year we celebrate the 69th Independence Day of the state of Israel, however 2017 is a year in which we are celebrating a number of other important jubilees. It is 120 years since the first Zionist Congress, that was convened in Basel, in 1897, and marked the foundation of Zionism, which is actually, the political national movement of the Jewish people. Additionally it is 100 years since the “Balfour Declaration”, which is the statement of the British government from November 1917, supporting…

  • The Czech Republic – the past and the present

    By H.E. Ms. Jana Reinišová, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Czech Republic has a long history during which the alternation of good and bad times was symptomatic. Not going into details, let us demonstrate it on reminding us of some of the periods connected with the anniversaries we have been recently or are to be commemorated. Last year we celebrated the 700 years anniversary of the birth of Charles IV. (1316 – 1378, the son of Jan of Luxembourg and Eliška Přemyslovna, descendant of the Czech royal family), the Czech King and Roman…

  • Optimism in Viet Nam and the Netherlands relationship

    Pictured Ambassador Ngo Thi Hoa on the day she presented the Letter of Credence to the King of the Netherlands. By H.E. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of Viet Nam to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Viet Nam and the Netherlands established diplomatic relations in 1973. After 1975, the Netherlands opened their embassy in 1976. Viet Nam opened its Embassy in the Netherlands in 1998. The cooperation between the two sides therefore gained momentum. Over the past 44 years, Viet Nam – the Netherlands relationship has recorded remarkable achievements. In terms of political relations, the two sides have regularly exchanged delegations at all…

  • Island Sustainability in a Changing World

    By H.E. Ngedikes “Olai” Uludong, Ambassador of Palau to the United Nations and the  European Union. Koror, Republic of Palau — There are exciting new opportunities to accelerate economic and social progress on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). It is time for our Pacific nations to seize them. In September 2014, Samoa invited the world to their beautiful country to discuss the future of SIDS. It had become well recognized by the international community that SIDS face unprecedented challenges from globalization, climate change, and ocean degradation. At the Third International Conference on SIDS in Samoa, we were able to chart a way forward….

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Bensouda visited Ghana

May 27, 2017

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, visits Ghana: “We must continue to work together to combat impunity”. On Wednesday, 24 May 2017, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Mrs Fatou Bensouda concluded a two-day visit to Accra, Republic of Ghana.  The visit highlights the Prosecutor’s ongoing commitment to intensify engagement and dialogue with African States and relevant stakeholders, including African civil society and academia.  Prosecutor Bensouda began her visit with a meeting with the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Mr Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.  The Prosecutor thanked President   Akufo-Addo for Ghana’s long-standing support for…

Iranian Presidential elections in The Hague

May 27, 2017

                            On the picture H.E.  Dr. Alireza Jahangiri, Ambassador of Iran, voting at the Embassy premises in The Hague. The twelfth Presidential elections were held in Iran last Friday 19 May, 2017. The Iranian Embassy in The Hague organised local pools where Iranian expats exercised their voting rights overseas. This is the first presidential elections taken place after the country signed the Nuclear Agreement 2015 (so called JCPOA) with 5+1. Millions of Iranians have voted inside and outside Iran. According to the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of…

Discover The Heart of Eurasia

May 25, 2017

On the picture H.E. Mr. Magzhan Ilyassov, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Netherlands. By Roy Lie A Tjam. On the invitation of the Latin American Table at the New Literature Society De Witte, H.E. Mr. Magzhan Ilyassov, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Netherlands has delivered an expose on Friday 19 May 2017. An audience consisting of Diplomats, business people and other professionals attended the event. Ambassador Ilyassov had chosen the theme ‘Discover the heart of Eurasia’. Kazakhstan is indeed in the heart of Eurasia. Magzhan Ilyassov holds a Master’s Degree from Harvard University, Kennedy School…

Second EU Day against impunity

May 24, 2017

Second EU Day against impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity  and war crimes  Today, hosted by the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU in Brussels, the second EU Day against Impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes was held, co-organised by the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the European Commission, and the EU Network for investigation and prosecution of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes (the Genocide Network). The event’s emphasis was on stepping up collective action and cooperation within the European Union when fighting impunity. In attendance were practitioners, representatives from…

The Ambassador of Mongolia presents letter of credence

May 23, 2017

On the picture Mrs. Tsolmon Jadamba, Ambassador’s spouse and H.E. Ambassador Mr. Och Od. By Roy Lie A Tjam. The new Ambassador of Mongolia to the Netherlands. H.E. Mr.Od Och, presented his credentials on Wednesday 17 May 2017 to HM King Willem Alexander of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Ambassador Och describes the ceremony as impressive. Ambassador Och is, therefore, Mongolia’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Belgium-Luxembourg, and the European Union. However, the Mongolian Embassy is located in Brussels Belgium. Ambassador Och envisages paying regular visits to The Hague in order to acquit himself of his bilateral- and multilateral obligations. The…

VII Iberoamerican Week of International Justice

May 23, 2017

On the picture, Professor Hector Olasolo during his speech, Peace Palace, The Hague. On Wednesday 31st May, the Opening Ceremony for the VI Ibero-American Week of International Justice will take 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) will be the speakers of such an occassion. Since…

69th Yom Ha’atzmaut in Brussels

May 22, 2017

On the picture Ambassador Simona Frankel greeting Ms Latifa Bounajra (Proximus) together with Ambassador Aharon Leshno-Yaar and spouse. Wednesday, 3 May 2017, Cercle de Lorraine, Brussels: In honour of Israel’s 69th Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day), the Israeli heads of missions with residence in Brussels co-hosted a very-well attended reception for fellow ambassadors, Belgian politicians, representatives of the Jewish community in Belgium as well as EU representatives. In fact more than 500 guests attended the function including the Belgian Federal Minister for Budget, Sophie Wilmès, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Andrus Ansip as well as…

China Deputy Minister Liu visits the OPCW

May 22, 2017

On the picture The Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China, Mr Liu Lihua, meeting the Director-General of the OPCW, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü. Deputy Minister Liu, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China visits the OPCW THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 18 May 2017 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, and the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China, Mr Liu Lihua, agreed to further avenues of cooperation between the OPCW and China in The Hague today. The Director-General provided…

60th World Press Photo awards 2017

May 20, 2017

Prince Constantijn bestows World Press Photo 2016 to winner Burhan Özbilici. Picture by ANP – Remko de Waal Saturday, 22 April 2017, Muziekgebouw aan t’IJ, Amsterdam: Turkish AP photographer Burhan Özbilici won the main prize for his photograph of the assassination of the late Russian Ambassador to the Turkish Republic, Andrey Karlov, which took place as he was holding a speech to open an exhibition on 19 December 2016 in Ankara. Ambassador Karlov was shot. His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands bestowed upon Özbilici the award. He was accompanied by his spouse, HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands. Annually World…

Launching of Sterling “Made in Indonesia” Guitars

May 20, 2017

                            On the picture H.E. I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja, Ambassador of Indonesia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. By Roy Lie A Tjam. On 11 May 2017, H.E. I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja, Ambassador of Indonesia in the Netherlands launched an Indonesia made Guitar in the Netherlands. The launching took place at the prestigious edifice of the Embassy of Indonesia in The Hague. The guitars are jointly produced by the Dutch company Homestead Neheem International and PT. Genta Trikarya in Bandung, the city of music. Robin van…

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Emmanuel Macron – “En Marche!” – to Élysée

By Corneliu Pivariu, CEO INGEPO Consulting, MG (two stars general – ret.) A fulminant ascent of the French political stage of this young men, 39 years old, the founder and the candidate of En Marche! movement, established on April the 6th, 2016 only who won the first round of the French presidential elections and who is designated by all public opinion polls as winner of the second round (May the 7th) at a great distance from the second place, Marine Le Pen – the candidate of the National Front. At the second round, he won with 66,9% against 33,1%, becoming…

The Hague and the Urban Agenda for the EU

By Jhr. Alexander W. Beelaerts van Blokland LL.M. The European Union is one of the most urbanised areas in the world. Today, more than 70% of Europe’s citizens lives in an Urban Area. At present, 73% of all jobs and 80% of all people aged 25-64 with a tertiary education are based in European cities, towns and suburbs. Urban Areas are also places where challenges such as segregation, unemployment and poverty are concentrated. The development of Urban Areas will have a major impact on the future sustainable development (economic, environmental and social) of the EU and its citizens. On 30…

From Paris to Vienna?

By Barend ter Haar. The Paris Agreement that entered into force on 4 November 2016 is an important step in the direction of limiting the rise of global temperatures to 1.5oC, but not more than a step. To make it happen, countries will have to do more than they have pledged to do so far. The global stocktake that will take place every five years, will not suffice to make them do that. Major efforts will be needed to stimulate governments to increase their commitments, to help them to implement them and to prevent free-riding. Part of this will have…

Neo-religionism of the post ideological Russia

(Refeudalisation of Europe – I Part) By Professor Anis H. Bajrektarevic. The lonely superpower (US) vs. the bear of the permafrost (Russia), with the world’s last cosmopolite (EU) in between. Is the ongoing calamity at the eastern flank of the EU a conflict, recalibration, imperialism in hurry, exaggerated anti-Russian xenophobia or last gasp of confrontational nostalgia? Just 20 years ago, the distance between Moscow and NATO troops stationed in Central Europe (e.g., Berlin) was more than 1.600 km. Today, it is only 120 km from St. Petersburg. Is this a time to sleep or to worry? ‘Russia no longer represents…

The 2017 Parliamentary Elections

By Anton Lutter, MA. More then ever the international press has focused on the Dutch parliamentary elections last April. The reason: the surge of populist influence in Europe. After the Brexit referendum in Great Britain the elections in The Netherlands would be the first parliamentary elections in Europe, before the much awaited presidential election in France on April 23 and second round in may, parliamentary elections in Germany on the 24th of September this year and quite unexpectedly general elections June 8 in Great Britain. Europe was obviously relieved that the populist PVV (Party for Freedom) under its well-known leader…

Interview Martin wyss and Tanja Pacifico

On the picture Tanja Pacifico, Martin Wyss and Dr. Ramez Ali Abu Safia, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Palestine, Palestinian Mission in The Hague. With its 166 member states and more than 400 field locations, The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is providing a much-needed voice to migrants in the international community. In the Netherlands, IOM plays an important role, particularly in supporting the voluntary return of migrants and their resettlement to the Netherlands. However, integration constitutes an increasingly important aspect of IOM’s work in the Netherlands. We talked about this subject with Martin Wyss, Chief of Mission of IOM in the Netherlands,…

Chemical Weapons in Syria and Un Security Council: No Resolution Adopted

By Nicolas Boeglin. Chemical weapons in Syria and UN Security Council: no resolution adopted. Would you like to know why? Picture of Ambassador Nikki Haley of United States during a session of the Security Council on alleged chemical attack in Syria, taken from this note of UN Dispatch On April 12, Security Council met again to discuss the issue of chemical substances that caused the death of 87 persons last April 4 in Syria. A first urgent session took place on April 5 on the very same topic (see S/PV.7915). On April 5, three drafts of a future resolution circulated:…

Nyenrode relocates full-time MBA program to the heart of Amsterdam

Starting from next September, Nyenrode’s flagship full-time MBA program will be based in the iconic heart of Amsterdam at the Vijf Keizers, a building complex located at the Emperor’s Canal (Keizersgracht) Increased interest from the school’s international students to become better connected with the European business environment during their studies, has also been instrumental in the program’s recent developments. This relocation is part of a wider initiative to further immerse the program within the European business landscape. Nyenrode already connects students with the Dutch labour market through activities such as ‘Meet the CEO’ sessions, careers events held through the school’s…

Two cheers for the SDGs

Pictured Dr Patrick Moriarty. But … to achieve Goal 6 more urgency is needed in sector reform and systems building. By Dr Patrick Moriarty, Chief Executive Officer, IRC. A bit over a year ago I wrote a blog welcoming the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and particularly Goal 6 promising universal access to Water and Sanitation by 2030. I’ve actually written several blogs welcoming the SDGs – the SDGs are, I believe, a GOOD THING. In that particular blog, I emphasised the urgency of action. It was called 15 years to make change, 5 years to make history, and emphasised the…

The Treaties of Rome at 60

Commission recalls Europe’s achievements and leads discussion on the future at 27 EU leaders will come together in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, which were signed on 25 March in 1957. Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, will participate in the Rome Summit, where a number of events are being organised to mark the occasion and to reflect on Europe’s common future. The Treaties of Rome – signed by the six founding Member States – paved the way for the European Union that we know today: a reunited continent of peace, founded on the values of…

Too late for half-heartedness

By Barend ter Haar. As is the tradition in the Netherlands, the elections for the House of Representatives that took place on 15 March 2017 do not only lead to a new parliament, but also to a new government. The new parliament has been installed, but the installation of a new executive will probably not take place before the summer, because the question which parties will be allowed to form a new council of ministers, the so-called Kabinet, will be the subject of intense negotiations during the coming months. The objective is to form a government that has sufficient support…

OPCW twenty years in The Hague

By Jhr. Alexander W. Beelaerts van Blokland LL.M. In April 2017 The Hague will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague. The OPCW’s aims are monitoring non-proliferation of chemical weapons, collecting evidence of the destruction of chemical weapons, giving assistance and protection to all member states (almost all countries in the world) and promoting international cooperation in peaceful chemistry. The OPCW is a fully independent, autonomous international organization, with a working staff of 500, representing some 70 nationalities and has an official working relationship with the UN. OPCW has a…