April 26, 2018

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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….

  • 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…

  • 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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Malbec World Day 2018

Apr 26, 2018

H.E. Mr. Hector Horacio Salvador, Ambassador of Argentina and his spouse Jane Berger. The 8th edition of Malbec wine celebration once again kicked off at the ‘Gauchos restaurant’ located on a lovely lake at Weissenbruchlaan in Rotterdam. Dionysus, the God of Wine looked favourably upon us as the weather turned out fine. The Embassy of Argentina had invited wine connaisseurs to participate in a Malbec wine tasting. A whopping 18 wine importers showcased their Malbec wines. The guests were certainly in for a treat as about 100 wines were presented for tasting. From the North of Argentina wines with a balanced structure…

Georgian dinner celebrating 100th Anniversary

Apr 24, 2018

On the picture Sido de Brabander, chef at  Crowne Plaza , Dr. Mayelinne De Lara, Publisher of Diplomat Magazine, Patrick Aarsman, General Manager  of Crowne Plaza, H.E. Konstantine Surguladze, Ambassador of Georgia and chef Natalia Chaduneli and her sous-chef Georgi Khvistani. By  Thomas Fleisher. On the 12th of April, the Embassy of Georgia collaborated with Crowne Plaza and Diplomat Magazine’s monthly Gastronomic event to celebrate Georgian cuisine and culture, whilst, simultaneously, celebrating the Centenary of the birth of their fledgling democratic republic in 1918. Taking place at the luxurious Crowne Plaza Promenade dining room, varied members of the international diplomatic community, distinguished guests…

Commonwealth Summit 2018 in London

Apr 23, 2018

Commonwealth Summit 2018 – Picture by commonwealth.org 19-20 April 2018, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 (CHOGM) was hosted by the 88th British Prime Minister Theresa May in her capacity as Commonwealth Chair-in-Office in rotating fashion after the Maltese Premier Joseph Muscat passed the torch to her. The Commonwealth of Nations is an intergovernmental organisation of 53 member states that are mostly former territories of the British Empire. It represents about 2.4. billion people scattered about the world. This two-day summit involved 46 heads of Commonwealth governments and foreign ministers…

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg meets with Leiden University students in The Hague

Apr 21, 2018

NATO Secretary General Mr. Jens Stoltenberg. By Guido Lanfranchi. On Thursday April 19th, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivered a speech at Leiden University’s Schouwburgstraat Campus in The Hague. He exposed NATO’s history, relevance, and adaptability, before answering a number of questions from the audience. During his recent visit to The Hague, NATO Secretary General Mr. Jens Stoltenberg carved out some time on his agenda to talk with Leiden University’s students. When he arrived at the arranged location, Schouwburgstraat Campus of Leiden University in The Hague, the auditorium was packed with students and high-level guests. Among them, Mr. Carel Stolker,…

Opening ceremony exhibition “Establishment of Czechoslovakia1918”

Apr 21, 2018

H.E. Ms. Jana Reinišová, Ambassador  of Czech Republic. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Embassy of the Czech Republic in The Hague hosted a reception on the occasion of the launching of the exhibition. “Establishment of Czechoslovakia 1918” In her welcome remarks H.E. Ms. Ambassador Jana Reinišová of the Czech Republic gave details of how the establishment came about in 1918. She relates: “The Czech Embassy in close cooperation with the Czech Centre and the Czech Tourism in The Hague, is organizing many events that highlight the anniversary, including the ‘exhibition “Establishment of Czechoslovakia 1918”. In 2018, the citizens of the Czech…

President Eboe-Osuji, concludes official visit to Nigeria

Apr 20, 2018

The President of the International Criminal Court, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, has concluded an official visit to Nigeria, where he met with the senior leadership of the country to discuss ways to strengthen the international criminal justice system aimed at suppressing impunity for the gravest crimes. During his stay in Abuja from 10 to 13 April, President Eboe-Osuji met with H.E. Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Vice-President and acting President of Nigeria as well as H.E. Senator Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate, H.E. Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives and H.E. Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy President of the…

ICC’s new Registrar Peter Lewis takes oath

Apr 20, 2018

Mr. Peter Lewis during his solemn undertaking ceremony as ICC Registrar © ICC-CPI On 17 April 2018, Mr. Peter Lewis was sworn in as Registrar of the International Criminal Court (ICC) during a public ceremony held at the seat of the Court in The Hague, The Netherlands. ICC President Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji presided over the session and the President of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP), Mr O-Gon Kwon, served as witness to the solemn undertaking. During the ceremony, ICC President Eboe-Osuji welcomed the new Registrar, saying: “Mr Lewis joins the Court to complete a change in leadership in the…

Fatou Bensouda, conference in Sweden on gender equality

Apr 19, 2018

The ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, H.E. Ms Margot Wallström and other High-Level participants at the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality.   ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, attends international : “Gender crimes are prominent in our prosecutions because they are prominent in situations investigated”   On Tuesday, 17 April 2018, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”), Fatou Bensouda, concluded her participation in the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality. Organised jointly by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Swedish Institute, this international conference convened over 500 participants from governments, international…

Ceremony of Merits for Ambassador Dziunik Aghajanian

Apr 18, 2018

H.E. Ms. Dziunik Aghajanian Ambassador of Armenia.   By Roy Lie Atjam. H.E. Ms. Dziunik Aghajanian Ambassador of Armenia to the Netherlands took leave of fellow Ambassadors at a Ceremony of Merits, hosted by Diplomat Magazine and Diplomatic Card at the Crowne Plaza Hotel The Hague on 19th March 2018. For additional Roy Strik’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157692653801812 Dziunik Aghajanian is a career diplomat who served her beloved Armenia in various national and international capacities. She represented Armenia as Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the international institutions in The Hague. Kudos to Dziunik Aghajanianis, a…

Bangladesh culture showcased in Wassenaar

Apr 16, 2018

By Roy Lie Atjam.   The Hague, 14th April 2018 Bangladesh missions in the Netherlands has celebrated the Pahela Boishakh, the first day of Bengali solar calendar, with much enthusiasm and cultural activities. Pohela Boishakh symbolizes universality and cultural unity. The day has deep rooted sentiments for well being of the hard working people like farmers and traders. Pohela Boishakh, new year is celebrated in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and in the Indian states of West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Jharkhand and Orissa. Bangladesh House served as the venue. The Embassy has been hosting back-to-back activities in February,…

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The Hague Institute for Global Justice closes its doors

On the picture Steven van Hoostraten’s The Hague Institute for Global Justice last CEO. The Hague Institute for Global Justice will cease to exist. During the past seven years, the institute contributed to the positioning of The Hague as the City of Peace and Justice. For the years to come, however, the financial basis to continue independently is insufficient. Ongoing projects are now transferred to other institutes. “The institute has met its public task – research, reports and conferences – in recent years. The goal, however, was to be more than a research group only. Unfortunately, there is no solid financial…

“Les Roses de Bagatelle”, a homage to the Maison Guerlain

Royal Bridges’ Managing Director,  Baron Henri Estramant,  Ann-Caroline Prazan, Guerlain’s Artistic Director,  artist Rashid Al Khalifa and Princess Esther Kamatari, Guerslain’s Brand Ambassador. By Rashid Al Khalifa 3 May – 8 June 2018, Maison Guerlain, 68 Champs-Élysées, FR-75008 PARIS In 1777, the Count d’Artois (himself later the last “King of France” as Charles X), a younger brother to King Louis XVI, accepted Queen Marie-Antoinette‘s challenge to build a small château, indeed a maison de plaisance from the decaying Domaine de Bagatelle located in the Bois de Boulogne, in the outskirts of Paris, within but hundred days. Queen Marie Antoinette wanted to indulge a jolly moment there before the…

Abdel Sattar Issa:  Lebanon’s Ambassador to the Netherlands

By Roy Lie Atjam. An interesting phenomenon has been taking place over the past months, its the coming and going of many Ambassadors. One of the newly arrived is the Ambassador of Lebanon. With a new government in place, Lebanon has assigned an Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. H.E. Mr. Abdel Sattar Issa is the new Ambassador for Lebanon to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. He has assumed his position in February 2018. Ambassador Issa is fluent in Arabic, French and English. Abdel Sattar Issa is a holder of a Bachelor Degree in Law(Lebanon) and a Master degree…

Large high-level delegation to visit China on economic mission

Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Trade and Development Minister, H.E. Ms.  Sigrid Kaag, Agriculture Minister, H.E. Ms.  Carola Schouten, Healthcare Minister, H.E. Mr. Bruno Bruins and the State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management Stientje van Veldhoven will all travel to China on an economic mission from 8 to 13 April 2018. They will be accompanied by a business delegation led by Mr. Hans de Boer, chair of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers. The delegation will include representatives of businesses and knowledge institutions in the sectors of logistics and e-commerce, agri-food, horticulture and propagation materials, life sciences and health,…

Women in Azerbaijan: Leading the Way for the Muslim World and Beyond

The First Lady of Azerbaijan, Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva. By Geovanny Vicente Romero. Azerbaijan recently hosted its first Global Startup Weekend Women in Baku attracting 50 entrepreneurs leading the country’s fast-growing startup ecosystem. Two women from a human resources and job-seeker startup called TalentPort won this competition and represented Azerbaijan at the Global Startup Weekend Women in Paris. TalentPort is described as the first Azeri corporate social responsible company aimed to provide students and disabled people with temporary jobs to build their skills and provide a reliable, cost-effective source of labor. This company is an excellent example of the valuable contributions women…

International Women’s Day: Five Women Leading the Way in the Americas

Maria Melendez – Mayor of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Photography by Ian Wagreich and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.   By Geovanny Vicente-Romero. The previous decade saw a wave of women serving as presidents from every corner of Latin America and Caribbean, such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, and Trinidad and Tobago. For the first time in recent memory, there will be nearly a week in March 2018 without a female head of state in the position. On March 11, Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet will hand over power, and it is not until March 19 that President-elect Paula-Mae Weekes will…

Think Like a Lawyer, Act Like a Diplomat, or Vice Versa?

By Karel Frielink. What do presidents, diplomats, housekeepers, attorneys, kids, CEOs and second-hand car dealers have in common? They all negotiate in order to get what they want. Negotiating your way through life. It all starts when you are born. A baby’s negotiating power comes from his mouth; when used by adults it is described as the cry baby tactic. Before adulthood you negotiate with your parents about pocket-money, getting toys or a scooter. It is then that you realize that size and power do matter. You develop skills and tactics. You will need those skills (and tactics) not only in…

What went wrong?

By Barend te Haar. The Charter of Paris(1990) is a milestone in European history. The Heads of State and Government of the countries of Europe and North America stated that the “era of confrontation and division of Europe” had ended and declared “that henceforth our, relations will be founded on respect and co-operation” and that “a new era of democracy, peace and unity in Europe” had opened. But now, almost 30 years later, confrontation and division are back and respect and co-operation are lacking, in particular between Russia and the West. How could that happen? Who is to blame and…

Diplomats and social media: new competences needed for ‘bird watching’

By Dr. Huub Ruël. Today’s world is very much a social media world. Even ‘traditional’ media have turned into social media-based news sources, and sharing almost everything all the time has become the standard. There is hardly any event or happening that is not caught by a camera and shared via social media. Social media are the channel for creating, sharing and spinning opinions, videos, messages, documents, fake news and so on, although not always free. All types of industries, professions, organisations and environments are affected by it, and diplomacy is no exception. The current US president may have helped…

Hong Kong  Platform for Infrastructure Investment and Financing

To keep up with globalisation and regional economic integration, while meeting the needs stemming from urbanisation and other socio-economic developments, countries all over the world are implementing a variety of infrastructure construction projects. They hope these projects will make their transportation, freight forwarding and logistics services more efficient, and improve services like energy supply, telecommunications and environmental facilities. According to the latest estimates made by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), on average about US$6.9 trillion is needed to invest annually in infrastructure projects around the globe between 2016 and 2030 to support sustainable economic development[1]. A report compiled by…

Uzma Rathore, proud of Pakistan

On the picture, Sheila Turabaz, Uzma Rathore and Ambassador Shujjat Ali Rathore. Introducing Mrs. Uzma Rathore, spouse of Mr. Shujjat Ali Rathore, Ambassador of Pakistan to the Netherlands. By Sheila Turabaz. During the third Diplomats Meet and Greet – co-organized by the Embassy of Pakistan in the Netherlands – all eyes were on H.E. Ambassador Mr. Shujjat Ali Rathore and his elegant wife in particular, Mrs. Uzma Rathore. Mr. Rathore has recently been appointed as the Ambassador of Pakistan to the Netherlands and this edition of Diplomats Meet and Greet was not just to promote Pakistani culture and its trade…

Advocacy for HELA in the American School of Doha

On the picture the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Qatar, Dr. Bahia Tahzib-Lie. By Hannah A. Soliman. The Model United Nations Committee of the American School of Doha sponsored an inspiring group of students from Afghanistan representing the HELA, Hope for Education & Leadership in Afghanistan, Initiative on January 22nd, 2018, two days before they attended the THIMUN Qatar 2018 Conference (The Hague International Model United Nations). Attendees included the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Qatar, Dr. Bahia Tahzib-Lie, Al-Jazeera’s renowned reporter, Shereena Qazi, and HELA members from Afghanistan attended the event, followed by representatives of…

Desk Differences

For the past year journalist and storyteller Christian Hauska worked on a photo documentary about ambassadors’ place of work. By Christian Hauska. Embassies and consulates are mysterious. You cannot just walk in. They are usually surrounded by fences, heavy locks, cameras and guards. In order to give off the aura of representation, embassies are often found in splendid buildings, in front of which the country’s flag blows in the wind. Entering the building feels like walking off a gangway after a long flight just as if stepping foot into another country for the first time. Furniture, smell, paintings, strange sounding…

New opportunities for a durable solution in the Middle East?

                            By Corneliu Pivariu. There are certain voices, strong enough from the standpoint of the international audience, saying that the current developments in the Middle East would represent opportunities for a positive evolution in a foreseeable future in this area. Is it really like that? Most of the Arab states have, especially after 2011, weak political leadership, without vision and that ignore the experts’ warnings concerning the serious problems they are confronted with since almost half a century such as weak economic policy, population growth and the…

Social Equity in the Americas: Perspectives and Proposals from the OAS

Betilde Muñoz–Pogossian: “Social Inclusion is the process to achieve Equity in the Americas”  By Geovanny Vicente Romero. Women’s empowerment, eradicating hunger and poverty, promoting the inclusion of people in situations of vulnerability, many of those often treated as second-class citizens, such as afrodescedants and indigenous people who do not have equal access to basic benefits and services, the LGTBI community, as well as protecting human rights in general. These issues are part of the life and works of Dr. Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian and are also her passion. In this interview conducted in Washington, D.C., Dr. Muñoz-Pogossian, Director of the Department of…

Germany Continues Support for ICMP in Iraq

Ms. Kathryne Bomberger, ICMP Director-General. The Hague – The German Federal Foreign Office has provided ICMP with a grant of 1,178,445 Euros to continue its assistance in helping the Iraqi authorities address the vast and complicated issue of locating and identifying missing and disappeared persons from decades of conflict, human rights abuses and other causes. This grant builds upon earlier contributions made between 2010-2017 for Iraq and allows ICMP to expand its work through 2018. Between 250,000 and one million people have gone missing in Iraq from decades of conflict and human rights abuse. Although the country has taken steps to…