March 20, 2019

  • Georgia and the Netherlands

    George Sharvashidze, talks about cooperation between Georgia and the Netherlands

  • From the past to the future

    By H.E. Ms. Mirsada Čolaković, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It seems as if it was only yesterday when I was a young diplomat in the mid 1990’s representing my newly independent country to the Benelux. This is where my first ties and personal connections with the Netherlands began. Today, I have the privilege to serve my country as Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, as well as Permanent Representative to the international organizations located in The Hague.   The Netherlands, 27 years ago, was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic…

  • What is it so special about Armenia?

    By H.E. Mr Tigran Balayan, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This question was formulated by an Ambassador, accredited to Armenia, after the victory of non-violent revolution in Armenia in 2018. And since, many are trying to answer this question, I would offer you my version of the answer. Armenia: a landlocked country of a big nation, a unique corner of creativity and bright minds, an island of hospitality and warm smiles. While speaking about Armenia one can use many characteristics, objective and subjective ones, but most won’t argue that the very special thing…

  • Afghanistan, a fragile undertaking in a post-conflict peacebuilding

    By H.E. Dr. M. Homayoon AziziAmbassador of Afghanistan in The Netherlands. Permanent representative of Afghanistan to OPCW Decades after it became a high-profile topic for the national and international dialogue agenda, post-conflict peacebuilding remains a fragile undertaking with mixed results. While there is little doubt that peacebuilding will continue to require international attention, the lessons of the last decades do not add up to a successful record. Peacebuilding is a Multi-Dimensional Enterprise with Several Pillars: While various actors define these pillars differently, there is consensus that peacebuilding has political, social, economic, security and legal dimensions, each of which requires attention. Distinguishing…

  • We have to overcome the crisis of multilateralism

    H.E.Dr. Heinrich Kreft, Ambassador of Germany to Luxembourg and President of the Diplomatic Council. Go voting and vote for a pro-European party!

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Director of IFIMES with Secretary General of UN

Mar 18, 2019

Director of the Institute Assist. Prof. Dr. Bećirović presented to the UN Secretary-General Guterres the work of the Institute in the region of the Balkans and the Middle East

Australia Contributes €100,000 to Help OPCW Identify Perpetrators of Chemical Weapons Attacks

Mar 18, 2019

Permanent Representative of Australia to the OPCW, H.E. Ambassador Matthew Neuhaus and OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias. The Hague, Netherlands —18 March 2019 — The Government of Australia is contributing €100,000 toward the Trust Fund for Syria Missions for the formation and operation of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) team to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in the Syrian Arab Republic. The team was created pursuant to the decision on addressing the threat from chemical weapons use adopted by the Conference of the States Parties at its Fourth Special Session in June 2018….

Rwanda in the Netherlands: A promotion of women empowerment and Sustainable Development Goals

Mar 18, 2019

In the picture H.E. Heidemaria Gürer Ambassador of Austria arriving to Rwanda´s event. For International Women’s Day, the Embassy of Rwanda to The Netherlands along with the Rwandan Women Association in The Netherlands, organised on March 16 an event to celebrate and display Rwanda’s culture and progress in gender equality and women empowerment. By Aurore Heugas. “International Women’s Day is a celebration of respect, appreciation, love and care towards women in your life and society” was a statement spoken at the Rwandan Embassy’s celebration for International Women’s Day on March 16, 2019. Taking place at the Hilton hotel in The…

Ambassador Jeffrey outlines the United States’ next steps in Syria

Mar 15, 2019

Ambassador Jeffrey outlines the United States’ next steps in Syria By Guido Lanfranchi. In the wake of the Conference of Donors for Syria, the United States’ Special Representative Ambassador James Jeffrey welcomed the international community’s commitment to support the Syrian people through humanitarian aid. At the same time, he also stressed the need to continue the fight against ISIS and to support a political transition in Syria.  On March 12-14th, 2019, representatives from over sixty countries and international organizations gathered in Brussels for the donors’ conference “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”, co-organized by the European Union and…

Ladies Ambassadors’ group meeting for International Women’s Day

Mar 15, 2019

In the picture sitting from left to right: H.E. Ms. Sahar Ghanem, Ambassador of Yemen, H.E. Ms. Sabine Nölke, Ambassador of Canada, H.E., Ms. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of Viet Nam, H.E. Ms. Brandusa-Ioana Predescu, Ambassador of Romania, the President of the Dutch Senate, H.E. Ms. Ankie Broekers-Knol, H.E. Ms. Marithza Ruiz, Ambassador of Guatemala and coordinator of the group of Women Ambassadors, H.E. Ms. Irene Florence Mkwawa-Kasyanju, Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Dr. Heidemaria Gürer, Ambassador of Austria and H.E. Ms. Rawan Sulaiman, Chief of Palestinean Mission. From left to right: H.E. Dr. Ilze Rūse, Ambassador…

A Double Bulgarian Celebration In The Hague

Mar 15, 2019

By Roy Lie Atjam. H.E. Ambassador Rumen Alexandrov hosted a reception in The Hague on 7 March 2019, celebrating the 141st year of the re-establishment of the Bulgarian state. It was the end of the Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878) that ultimately led to the signing of Treaty of San Stefano of 3 March 1878. The reception also celebrated the 110th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bulgaria and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. An exposition showcased documentation pertaining to the longstanding cordial diplomatic relations between the two countries. Ambassador Rumen Alexandrov started his welcome remarks by saying: it is…

Guatemala’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Visits OPCW

Mar 14, 2019

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 14 March 2019 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guatemala, H.E. Ms Sandra Erica Jovel Polanco, during a visit to OPCW Headquarters in The Hague yesterday. The Director-General and the Minister of Foreign Affairs discussed progress in implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention. The discussion also focused on enhancing the OPCW’s capabilities to address the threat from chemical weapons use and the project to upgrade the Organisation’s Laboratory into a Centre for Chemistry and Technology….

EU and Qatar Airways sign agreement

Mar 14, 2019

4 February 2019, Brussels, EU: Qatar Airways and the European Union have inked a legal accord binding stating that “all air carriers from the 28 European Union member states and Qatar now have unlimited and unrestricted access to their respective territories” according to statements by both, Qatar Airways and the EU.  As part of the agreement, the State of Qatar no longer shall request from European carriers to have local sales agent to operate flights to Doha. A similar deal shall begin negotiations in March vis-à-vis Oman Air and their airspace. The United Arab Emirates thus far has declined to engage…

New premises for Guatemala

Mar 14, 2019

H.E. Mrs Sandra Erica Jovel Polanco, Minister of Foreign Affairs in Guatemala. On Wednesday 13th of March, members of the diplomatic corps and friends from Guatemala gathered to celebrate the inauguration of the new Guatemalan Embassy in The Hague. H.E. Mrs Marithza Ruiz de Vielman, ambassador of Guatemala to the Netherlands welcomed H.E. Mrs Sandra Erica Jovel Polanco, Minister of Foreign Affairs in Guatemala. By Aurore Heugas. Presided by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, H.E. Mrs Sandra Erica Jovel Polanco, one thing stood out from the reception in honour of the new Guatemalan embassy in The Hague; the…

Ethiopian Airline Crash

Mar 14, 2019

thiopian Airline flight ET302 bound from Nairobi, Kenya crashed at Bishoftu near Addis Ababa only minutes after taking off on Sunday 10 March 2019.

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Samen leven in een Samenleving – Living together in a Community

Mubarak Mosque on the Oostduinlaan in The Hague was opened in 1955 and is the oldest mosque in The Netherlands. It belongs to the Ahmadi-Muslims or Ahmadiyya.

Water Board election debate

The Water Board elections will be held in the Netherlands on 20 March 2019. If you are over 18 and have a valid residence permit for the Netherlands you will most likely be eligible to cast your vote. To find out what’s at stake and who to vote for, join the Water Board election debate on Friday 15 March from 17.30 to 19.30 at IHE Delft. The debate and introduction will be in English and is open to the public, the doors are open at 17.15. Venue: IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Westvest 7, Delft. Preliminary programme 17.30-18.15 Introduction…

Transcending Borders

ARt exhibition at the Mexican Embassy Movimiento,art collective of eight Mexican artists, founded and led by the Mexican painter Emilio Sanchez Diaz.

Would Venezuela be a `Latin Syria’?

US aid’ or `Russian aid’ to Venezuela becomes totally highly politicized.

Having exhausted all possible alternatives

Brexit cost, the promised advantages proved illusionary, while the predicted problems proved very real.

Pakistan- The best kept tourism secret in the world

By Ambassador Jauhar Saleem, Head of Mission of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the Federal Republic of Germany The tourism sector is considered as one of the largest economic sectors in the world. It is also regarded as the most important economic activity in many developed economies of the world due to the opportunities it offers in creating employment and augmenting the foreign exchange earnings of the country. Pakistan is home to some of the world’s oldest civilizations, i.e. Mehergarh, Gandhara and Indus valley (Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa). It is also endowed with potentially rich tourism attractions, which stretch from…

Davos 2019 World Economic Forum – Globalisation 4.0

By Corneliu Pivariu. The annual edition of the World Economic Forum took place – at Davos – between 22nd-25th of January, 2019, a global event which we follow closely every year. This year’s meeting has brought to Switzerland more than 3,000 personalities of the political, economic and financial, and media fields and other or, summing up, the planet’s plutocracy and all the circles connected to it. The fact that around 60% of the participants come from five countries only is interesting, too, a situation we noticed, with similar percentages, during other important international conferences we attended over the years. As…

Discover the wonders of Malaysia

By H.E. Datin Sarah Albakri Devadason, Head of Mission of Malaysia to Germany. Tourism has become an important sector for Malaysia’s national growth and economic development. In 2017, tourism revenue contributed 14.9 percent to Malaysia’s economy. The direct contribution of the tourism industry to the nation’s GDP recorded 6.1 percent with a value of €18.3 billion. Despite the vast distance between Malaysia and Germany, tourist arrivals have been encouraging with 128,000 German tourist visiting Malaysia in 2018. Malaysia has 14 states and each offers a unique experience of its culture, nature, varied delicious cuisines and its friendly people and their hospitality. It is…

Zarif’s sudden resignation: The beginning of the militarization of the Iranian diplomacy?

By akhtyar Aljaf. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed his resignation, a quiet diplomat and a seasoned politician, one of the soft faces of Iran’s foreign policy, for what is known as a political wisdom who can able to bring Iran an acceptable nuclear agreement. It was enough when the dean of diplomacy of the 20th century Kissinger given him a copy of his book dedicated with “To my enemy who deserves respect”. Zarif political independence gave him a margin for political maneuvering, which was rarely had his predecessors from the former Iranian foreign ministers. But the mentality of…

China’s Pearl River Delta growing together: Greater Bay Area with first-ever joint ITB presence

China’s emerging metropolitan region around the Pearl River Delta continues to merge: the two special administrative regions Hong Kong and Macao together with nine municipalities of Chinas most populated Province Guangdong jointly form the “Greater Bay Area”. The consolidation of the three regions to one large economic hub is part of the infrastructure milestones the Chinese government is pursuing in conjunction with the Road and Belt initiative. As this cooperation also encompasses the tourism sector, the three partners are looking forward to their first-ever joint presence at ITB Berlin from March 6 to 10 (Hall 26A, Stand 119). Cities united by infrastructural mega projects A core…

Thinking Forward Radical in our Time

A statement by Joumana El Zein Khoury, Director of the Prince Claus Fund. Greetings from the Netherlands. It is midwinter here, so our part of the earth is aimed away from the sun, which means we have long, dark nights. The darkness I worry about, though, isn’t a matter of seasons and it’s not limited to the Northern Hemisphere. In talking with you, with our partners from all over the world, I hear similar messages: a sense that the world is getting darker. People everywhere are facing challenges: worries about a backlash where we thought there was progress in achieving social justice; the…

Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture

Тhe Bulgarian city of Plovdiv was named “European Capital of Culture 2019” inheriting the title from Leewaurden-Friesland, the European Capital of Culture 2018. 

The end of the democracy dream is very close. We’ve already taken the first steps into it

By Paul săndulescu. PLUTOCRACY – Noun 1.    Government by the wealthy. 2.    A controlling class of the wealthy. (Wiktionary) PLUTOCRACY – A plutocracy or plutarchy is a society that is ruled or controlled by people of great wealth or income. (Wikipedia) PLUTOCRAT – Noun Someone who rules by virtue of his or her wealth. (Wiktionary) ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE – Noun 1. The branch of computer science dealing with the reproduction or mimicking of human-level intelligence, self-awareness, knowledge, conscience, thought in computer programs. 2. The essential quality of a machine which thinks in a manner similar to or on the same general…

Ancient Tools Rescue Lost Cultures

By Mara Lemanis. Tools imperative to civilizations from time immemorial—mallets, chisels, tracers, gouges—are becoming the beacons for a new vision in age-old cultures. The ancient cities of Aleppo, Homs, Bosra, Palmyra–all UNESCO world heritage sites–lie in ruins, razed, their monuments, tombs, citadels ravaged. But refugees in the desert town of Mafraq, Jordan are brandishing chisels and hammers against the devastation. At Mafraq, Jordan a conservation stonemasonry program began in the fall of 2017.  In a workshop funded by the World Monuments Fund and the Petra National Trust of Jordan, a small cadre of women and men, young and old, bend…

Iran’s foreign policy

By Corneliu Pivariu.   On the background of the developments in the Middle East during the last years, the beginning of 2019 was marked as well by the 40 years anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran which led to the Shah’s overthrowing and the establishment of the Khomeini’s Islamic regime with all the consequences and implications such a development supposed, including in what foreign policy was concerned. The most important shift in foreign policy was exiting from the American sphere of influence and the gradual building up of its own foreign policy the way it was and is still…

South Sudan-India: Diplomatic Relations and Economic Partnership Potentials

Indian unofficial diplomatic relations during Sudan civil wars.