July 23, 2017

  • Vietnam-Netherlands Relationship: Milestones and Prospect for The Future

     H.E. Ambassador Ngo Thi Hoa presented the Credential Letter to The King of the Netherlands. By H.E. Nog Thi Hoa, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the Kingdom  of the Netherlands.   Highlights of the Vietnam-Netherlands relations in the past 44 years. Viet Nam and the Netherlands have a very good historical and traditional relation. The two countries established diplomatic relations on April 9, 1973, and the Netherlands was one of the first Western European countries to establish diplomatic relations with Viet Nam after the signing of the Paris Peace Accords (1973). In the development process, the…

  • Blue Sky and Orange countries’ friendship

    On the picture H.E. Ambassador Mr. Och Od and spouse Mrs. Tsolmon Jadamba. By His Excellency Mr. Od Och,  Ambassador of Mongolia. I feel myself privileged to address the audience of your esteemed magazine-the very first diplomatic magazine in the Netherland’s history, launched “By diplomats for diplomats”. It is honour for me to convey the heartfelt greetings of the Mongolian people to the great people of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. I had a chance to present my Letters of Credence to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands who graced me with this opportunity. The Mongolians feel special respect to the Dutch people for…

  • Derrière les murs du Palais de la Paix : permanence et changements de la Cour internationale de Justice

    S.E. M. Philippe Couvreur est arrivé à La Haye en avril 1982, où il a d’abord occupé le poste d’assistant spécial aux bureaux du greffier et du greffier adjoint de la Cour internationale de Justice.   Il a ensuite exercé les fonctions de Secrétaire, Premier Secrétaire et Secrétaire juridique principal, avant d’être élu Greffier de la Cour en 2000, et réélu en 2007 et 2014. Pour marquer l’anniversaire de ses débuts à la Cour, il y a 35 ans, Diplomat Magazine l’a invité à témoigner de son expérience unique au service de cette institution, des évolutions qu’il a pu y…

  • 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…

  • The MICT and the Future of International Criminal Justice

    By Judge Theodor Meron, President of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals. The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals is an institution that finds itself, in many ways, at a critical juncture in the evolution of international criminal justice. As the successor to the first international criminal courts of the modern era—the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and for the former Yugoslavia—the Mechanism is responsible for carrying out key residual functions inherited from its predecessors, such as the protection of vulnerable witnesses and the enforcement of sentences of those convicted by the ICTR or the ICTY. It is, in many ways,…

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Concert at the Czech Residence

Jul 20, 2017

H.E. Jana Reinišova Ambassador for the Czech Republic. The Štěpán Rak Guitar Competition for young guitar players Once again H.E.Jana Reinišova Ambassador for the Czech Republic made her residence in The Hague available for a series of concerts on May 10 and 11 2017, Both concerts were under the acumen direction of Štěpán Rak along with Dr. Mariel Peñaloza Moreno. The concert on 10th May was a Certificate Awarding Gala Concert for participants of the Štěpán Rak Guitar Competition for Young Guitar Players (from 10 up to 18 years old), it consisted of an open competition concert. There were 3…

119th Anniversary of Philippines Independence

Jul 20, 2017

H.E. Ambassador Jaime Victor B. Ledda. By Roy Lie A Tjam. H.E. Ambassador Jaime Victor B. Ledda organized a reception to celebrate his country’s 119th Independence Day Kalayaan on the SS Rotterdam, 23 June 2017. Ambassador Ledda made the following remarks: I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all of you for joining us this evening to celebrate the 119th anniversary of the Declaration of the Philippines independence and taking the time to travel to Rotterdam for this occasion. I would like to acknowledge the presence of Mr Roellof van Ees, the Chief of Protocol of the Ministry…

OPCW Director-General Calls for Protecting Global Norm during Visit to Iran

Jul 20, 2017

                            On the picture Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü , OPCW Director-General, the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Dr Javad Zarif and H.E. Dr Alireza Jahangiri, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. OPCW Director-General Pays Homage to Victims of Chemical Weapons and Calls for Protecting Global Norm Against Chemical Weapons during Visit to Iran THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 4 July 2017 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü reinforced the need to…

Launching of China Culture Week at China Cultural Center

Jul 20, 2017

By Roy Lie A Tjam. The launching of the China Cultural Week with the theme “Inheritance and Innovation—China Intangible Cultural Heritage” has been a tremendous success. It took place at the China Cultural Center in The Hague on Wednesday 21 June 2017. Mr. Chen Ribiao Minister Counsellor at the Chinese Embassy delivered the welcome address. Ambassadors and representatives from diplomatic missions along with other invitees attended the opening ceremony. For additional Roy Strik s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157686387042396 The program included a performance by Shenzhen Fangyin Chinese Music Troupe, in collaboration with Zhang Die, Director of Chinese…

Thailand Road Show in the Netherlands

Jul 19, 2017

  By Roy Lie A Tjam. In a short space of time, the Thai Mission in the Netherlands has organized two road shows. The first leg was the Grand Thai Festival at the Plein in The Hague on 1 – 2 July 2017. Next was the Thai Night, Lost in Culture which took place in Amsterdam on 4 July 2017. The performances at the Thai Grand Festival included. After the MC open reception of the 12th edition of the Thai Grand Festival the Thai Best Wishes Dance Group performed. They were followed by Thai Classical Music, Thai Customed Dance “Proud…

The Japanese Order of the Rising Sun

Jul 19, 2017

By Roy Lie A Tjam. It was at the residence of the Ambassador of Japan, onTuesday 5 July, 2017. When “the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays” was confirmed on Mr. Jan Hendrik Odinot. Mr. Hiroshi Nomura welcomed the guests and subsequently invited H.E. Hiroshi Inomata, Ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of the Netherlands to deliver his address. Ambassador Hiroshi Inomata noted “I feel honored to host this conferment ceremony of the Japanese decoration “the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays” upon Mr. Odinot. This decoration is conferred in the name of His Majesty…

Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun

Jul 19, 2017

Embassy of Japan in The Hague, conferral of the Order of the Rising Sun By Roy Lie A Tjam. Embassy of Japan, The Hague11 July 2017, a solemn ceremony in connection with the conferral of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon upon Mr. Jacob van der Goot. For additional Roy Strik’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157683945793781   Mr. Jacob van der Goot, a former Honorary Consul-General of Japan in Rotterdam had the Japanese Imperial Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon and Rosette, bestowed upon him. To this end, an official…

Festival Classique Edition 2017

Jul 18, 2017

The Residentie Orkest directed by Nicholas Collon. By Roy Lie A Tjam. Festival Classique presents classical music in The Hague’s Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus. It is a 10-day classical music festival. The performances are combinations of dance, theater, and classical music. The Business Circle of the Residentie Orkest gathered prior to the Festival Classique Movement concert. Commercial Director Maartje Broekhans warmly welcomed the Business Circle members. For additional Roy Strik’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157683681869864 The Residentie Orkest directed by Nicholas Collon played works by Beethoven, Grieg, Tsjaikovski, and Stravinsky. The concert included a dazzling performance by soprano…

Venezuela, 206 years of independence

Jul 17, 2017

H.E Ms. Haifa Aissami Madah, Ambassador of the Permanent Mission for Venezuela to the OPCW-ICC, during her speech.   H.E Ms. Haifa Aissami Madah, Ambassador of the Permanent Mission for Venezuela to the OPCW-ICC along with Mr. Alvaro Sanchez, Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in The Hague,  celebrated their country’s 206 years of its Independence on 5 July 2017 at Kasteel De Wittenburg in Wassenaar, along with a great number of ambassadors and chief of missions, representatives from international organizations and hundreds of guests from the Venezuela diaspora to artists, Dutch business and official sector,…

All Aboard de Oievaart! The First Diplomatic Canal Tour

Jul 16, 2017

Diplomats credited to the Netherlands ready to join the canal tour. By Catherine van der Loos. Some 62 diplomats and representatives from international organizations in The Hague, joined Diplomat Magazine on a two hour ontdekkings-reis, discovery tour, of The Hague’s grachten gordels or canal rings on Sunday, July 9. The splendid summer weather ensured that the program was a success—and a second boat was needed to accommodate the many passengers who responded to the invitations to come aboard “De Ooievaart!”. For additional Robert Huiberts and Jan van der Loos’ pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157683610929034 The group, from more…

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Regional Security Architectures: Comparing Asia and Europe

Insights from Professor Anis Bajrektarevic. Trans-Pacific View author Mercy Kuo regularly engages subject-matter experts, policy practitioners, and strategic thinkers across the globe for their diverse insights into U.S. Asia policy. This conversation with Dr. Anis Bajrektarevic  –  chairperson and professor in international law and global political studies, Vienna, Austria and editor of the New York-based scientific journal Geopolitics, History, and International Relations – is the 98th in “The Trans-Pacific View Insight Series.” Q1:   Compare and contract regional security architectures in Asia and Europe. While all other major theaters have had pan-continental settings in place already for many decades, such as the Organization of…

OPCW Director-General Election

By Roy Lie A Tjam. Eight Ambassadors are vying for the post of Director General, each of who have been put forward by their respective governments for the post. The candidates come from the following countries: Burkina Faso, Denmark, Hungary, Iraq, Lithuania, Spain, South Korea and Tanzania. The following reaction has been received when asked for a one-liner on their country’s candidacy. Denmark,  HE Ole Moesby, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to the Kingdom of the Netherlands has high esteem for what OPCW is and stands for. Denmark has been affiliated with OPCW from the outset onward and has…

Battling Injustice- The Stories of sixteen women Nobel Peace Laureates

An upcoming book by Supriya Vani. By Supriya Vani. Socrates says, “All men’s souls are immortal but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine”. The righteous souls achieve divinity because they strive hard to remove all dross from within and empty themselves like a flute to weave magical stirrings of divine love and blissful consciousness and take in their warm clasp the lowliest of the low, the neglected, the abandoned, the orphaned, in fact; the whole of humanity just in the same way as the sun spreads its canopy of warmth on everyone under the sky or the…

Economic Diplomacy: Effective Tool For Bilateral Trade Promotion

By Mr. Andrei Prokopchuk, Trade and Economic Counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Economic diplomacy is getting more important within the frameworks of the diplomatic community. All diplomatic representations are trying to be active in this significant area of cooperation. Belarus Embassy in the Hague is not an exception from this tendency. Nowadays, in the day to day business diplomats are more involved in trade, economic and investments relations trying to bridge companies, agencies, and business people. Among the tools for promoting economic diplomacy could be named meetings on a high…

Lessons of the MH17 disaster revisited

By Barend ter Haar. Almost three years have passed since, on 17 July 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down above eastern Ukraine and all the 298 people on board were killed. As I argued in an article published shortly after the disaster, it was the result of the unfortunate coincidence of the following four factors: weak governance leading to internal conflict Russian interference a long-range surface-to-air missile in separatist hands a civilian airplane flying over the conflict area Since that time a lot of additional information has come available, in particular as a result of the thorough investigations…

“We win, they lose” – Wonderful world of Binary categorisations

Refeudalisation of Europe – III Part By Professor Anis H. Bajrektarevic. Is the new Containment and its Cold War on our doorstep? Who does it need now and why? To answer that question is to grasp how the previous one ceased. The end of the Cold War came abruptly, overnight. Many in the West dreamt about it, but nobody really saw it coming. The Warsaw Pact, Red Army in DDR, Berlin Wall, DDR itself, Soviet Union – one after the other, vanished rapidly, unexpectedly. There was no ceasefire, no peace conference, no formal treaty and guaranties, no expression of interests and…

Celebrating 25th Anniversary of Kyrgyz / Dutch Relations

Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Kingdom of the Netherlands celebrates the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kyrgyzstan and the Netherlands. This year Kyrgyzstan celebrates the 25th anniversary of its official relations with the Netherlands. On 10th of June 1992 the parties exchanged verbal notes confirming the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kyrgyzstan and the Netherlands. H.E. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Mr. Erlan Abdyldaev and H.E. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Mr. Bert Koenders exchanged congratulatory messages Bishkek, June 10, 2017 Your Excellency, Accept my sincerely congratulations on…

Visitors’ Centre of the Peace Palace

By Jhr. Alexander W. Beelaerts van Blokland LL.M. Since it was built in 1913 the Peace Palace in The Hague – the icon of The Hague International City of Peace and Justice- has been visited by millions of people from all corners of the globe. But only five years ago a visitor’s centre in front of the Peace Palace opened its doors. With an average of 125,000 (one-hundred-twenty-five-thousand) visitors a year, the visitors’ centre has received more than roughly half a million visitors since it first opened its doors. On this special occasion, it is important to reflect on what…