June 24, 2017

  • 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,…

  • Leave no one behind in global health

    By Tom Chou, Representative, Taipei Representative Office in the Netherlands. An outbreak of a highly contagious disease, such as MERS, Ebola or Zika, if not being dealt with promptly, can easily spread over the world. Therefore, no country should be left behind the security net of global health. Taiwan has provided over US$ 6 billion in international and humanitarian aid efforts since 1996. It has benefited millions of people directly or indirectly in more than 80 countries. Since 2009, Taiwan has been invited by the WHO to participate in the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer. With this new…

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The Embassy of the Philippines presents “KULINARYA”

Jun 22, 2017

On the picture H.E. Ambassador Jaime Victor Ledda and spouse Gina Ledda during Kulinarya. By Roy Lie A Tjam. Kulinarya, bringing Philipino cuisine to the Netherlands. Hence, the Embassy of the Philippines invited numerous guests to a cooking demo with food sampling. Further, a five-course sitting dinner prepared by top Filipino Chefs Myrna Segismundo, Jill Sandique and Raul Ramos was part of the project. It is not the first time H.E. Ambassador Jaime Ledda an advocate of Philipino cuisine, organizes a cooking Demo. He did so two years ago at his residence introducing Chefs Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan and…

Seminar Russell Advocaten

Jun 22, 2017

Jan Dop and Reinier Russell. By Roy Lie A Tjam. The Embassy desk of Russell Advocaten hosted a seminar on Employment Law and Real Estate at their Amsterdam office on 12 June 2017.The goal was to present the Diplomatic community with valuable information in an easily accessible manner. During the seminar, practical legal questions and developments have been discussed in two parallel sessions. Workshop 1: Employment Law This workshop focused mainly on the effect of a personnel handbook in preventing employment-related legal issues. Topics discussed included: Content and drafting of a personnel handbook Which rules on, for example, employee absenteeism,…

Third International Day of Yoga

Jun 20, 2017

                            H.E. Mr. Venu Rajamony, the new Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, during his first speech in The Hague.   Largest ever Yoga event in the Netherlands organised in The Hague to mark Third International Day of Yoga  The largest ever International Day of Yoga event in the Netherlands was organised in The Hague on Sunday  June 18, 2017, with participation of nearly 1000 people. The event was organised by the Embassy of India with the support of The Hague City Council in the Atrium…

Portugal National Day 2017

Jun 17, 2017

On the picture H.E. Mrs. Rosa Batoréu, Ambassador of Portugal, Mr Domingos Melo e Alvim, Counsellor and Mr. Miguel F. Porfirio, Commercial Attaché. By Roy Lie A Tjam. Portugal National Day, Dia de Portugal or de Camões. This day was chosen to honor Luís de Camões, one of the country’s celebrated historic figures. Portuguese communities across the world take this day to remember their history and celebrate their culture. For additional Marian van Noort’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157685157687295 It has become a tradition for the Portuguese president to choose cities across the world to hold official national…

Italian Republic Day in Brussels

Jun 16, 2017

On the picture Ambassador Elena Basile and EP Parliament Antonio Tajani. Wednesday, 31 May 2017, Residence of the Italian Embassy to the Kingdom of Belgium: HE Ambassador Elena Basile hosted a very well-attended reception to celebrate Italy’s Republic Day, which commemorates the institutional referendum held on 2 June 1946 which resulted in the establishment of today’s Italian Republic. Ambassador Basile, who presented her credentials to the VII King of the Belgians on 16 May 2017, is the first woman Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium. Italy and Belgium hold excellent bilateral relations, also due to the common historical ties between…

Republic Day in The Hague, Italian National Day at the Nieuwe Kerk

Jun 15, 2017

On the picture, H.E. Andrea Perugini, Ambassador of Italy to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In celebration of La Festa della Repubblica, The Italian Republic Day, the Ambassador of Italy, H.E. Andrea Perugini and spouse, Mrs. Mariska Perugini-Visser, organised a memorable reception at the distinctive Nieuwe Kerk, in The Hague, on Wednesday, 31 May. La Festa della Repubblica, commemorates the historic June 2, 1946 date, when Italians voted to abolish the Monarchy and a Republic was born. Ambassador Perugini and Mariska Perugini-Visser, together with Italian diplomats from their Embassy, formed a reception line to welcome over two hundred and fifty…

Cycling Diplomacy

Jun 13, 2017

By Roy Lie A Tjam. The second biking spree for diplomats in the Netherlands was held on Saturday, 10 June 2017. The group of participants in the 10 Km route was made up of cyclists of all ages, first-time riders as well as veteran riders. Participating Ambassadors and diplomats  were from: Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Ecuador, Estonia, ICC, OPCW,  Indonesia, Iran,  Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Poland, South-African and the USA. For additional Kim Vermaat’s pictures, please open the link below: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157682994523200 The objectives of the ride were to promote inclusion and to provide an opportunity for networking, all while having fun and exploring…

Russia National Day in The Hague

Jun 12, 2017

On the picture H.E. Alexander Shulgin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and spouse Natalia Shulgina.   On Friday, June 9, Russia celebrated the country’s National Day on the premises of the Russian Embassy with her many friends in the community. Diplomats, Dutch politicians, academics, artists, business people, Russians expatriates living in the Netherlands and many other distinguished guests from former Soviet Union countries were in attendance. Guests formed a long line from the street corner to the embassy’s entrance. Every salon, the embassy’s beautiful gardens and a few temporary pavilions, which had been added…

Ambassadors to the Benelux countries

Jun 12, 2017

                            On the picture Italian Ambassador to Belgium, HE Elena Basile. By Henri Estramant. Republic of Italy to the Kingdom of Belgium: HE Ambassador Elena Basile is Italy’s first female ambassador to Belgium. Previous to this appointment, she was head of mission in Sweden.  Ms Basile presented credentials to HM The King of the Belgians on 16 May 2017. The latter’s mother Queen Paola is of Italian extraction.  http://www.ambbruxelles.esteri.it/ambasciata_bruxelles/it/   Japan to the Kingdom of Belgium: HE Ambassador Hajime Hayashi presented credentials on 16 May 2017. Previous to this…

President Emannuel Macron’s equality cabinet

Jun 8, 2017

President Emannuel Macron carried out his promise to appoint the same number of women as men, albeit merely one woman was given a senior role. Macron I cabinet Edouard Philippe, Prime Minister. Like the president, he graduated from the elitist Ena college for France’s top civil servants. In 2002 he was actively involved in setting up the centre-right, Les Républicains, party led by Bordeaux Mayor Alain Juppé. Bruno Le Maire, Economy Minister: A right-winger, aged 48, he was part of Nicolas Sarkozy’s government and is said to have coveted the economy role for several years. Gérard Darmanin, Public Accounts Minister. Right-wing politician. François…

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Decret ou Loi Organique Relatif a la Qualité De Droit en Haiti

Introduction et Commentaires.   Par Alfred Kellermann. A la qualité de la règle de droit s’attachent des enjeux déterminants pour l’attractivité du système juridique et pour la compétitivité économique d’ Haíti. La sécurité juridique, la prévisibilité du droit et la simplification de règles inadaptées ou dépassées sont des attentes régulièrement exprimées par les citoyens et les entreprises en Haiti. Chaque projet de norme nouvelle doit ainsi être soumis à un examen de nécessité et de proportionnalité aussi circonstancié que possible, au regard de ses effets prévisibles et des exigences de stabilité des situations juridiques. Son élaboration doit en outre être…

ICMP’s Constructive Contribution to The Hague

By Ms Kathryne Bomberger, Director-General of the International Commission on Missing Persons. The Commissioners of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) held their annual meeting in Stockholm on 1 June, a year after ICMP formally opened its new headquarters in The Hague, and two and a half years after ICMP was established as an International Organization in its own right under a treaty signed by the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Belgium and Luxembourg. In Stockholm, the Commissioners reviewed ICMP’s remarkable development over the last twelve months and examined key ways in which it can continue to coordinate the…

A treasure of Hungarian avant-garde painting in Amsterdam, “From fauvism to surrealism” at the Jewish historical museum

H.E. Dr András Kocsis, Ambassador of Hungary, photography by John Dunkelgrün. By John Dunkelgrün. When I walked into this exposition, I was awed. Paintings in the avant-garde styles as good as any from France or Germany were all around me. Why weren’t these artists known as well as the members of the Blaue Reiter, the Brücke or say Cézanne and Gaugin? After I left, I felt intense gratitude for having been able to see this and add another page to my memories of great art. Few people today know that in the two decades before World War I Budapest was…

Why we need more ministers

By Barend ter Haar. Until seven years ago, Dutch governments used to consist of 26 to 29 ministers: 14 to 16 full ministers and 10 to 14 state secretaries, that carry the title of minister when they are abroad. Since 2010 this number has come down to 20. At first sight that might seem a welcome sign of frugality in times of austerity, but in reality it has harmed Dutch interests. What national politicians tend to forget is that major decisions concerning the future of the Netherlands are at present usually taken outside the Netherlands and that ministers are needed…

A new NGO in The Hague: Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI)

By Jhr. Alexander W. Beelaerts van Blokland LL.M. The Hague is well known as the international city that hosts not only about one hundred embassies but also very many international tribunals and Intergovernmental Organisations (IGO’s) like the International Court of Justice (ICJ), The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the International Criminal Court (ICC), OPCW, Yougoslavia Tribunal, Iran-US Claims Tribunal, the Lebanon Tribunal, the Kosovo Tribunal etcetera. Less well known is that over a hundred (!) of Non Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) are settled in The Hague as well.   They are the results of private initiatives and act independently from governments. The…

Taiwan’s Participation is Vital to Global Influenza Pandemic

Preparedness and Response Dr. Chen Shih-chung, Minister of Health and Welfare, Republic of China (Taiwan). Disease knows no borders. Only by working together, leaving no one out, can we adequately address the challenges of emerging infectious diseases, which have been made all the more complex by the effects of globalization on our health environment. As influenza viruses are constantly evolving and circulating in humans, as well as a number of animal species, the specter of a potential influenza pandemic haunts us constantly. Outbreaks of avian influenza and novel influenza have repeatedly threatened global health security in the past few years….

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…

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…