November 17, 2018

  • Crime is best solved together

    ‘Criminals increasingly cross borders and so must we’, said Ladislav Hamran, President of Eurojust, the European Union’s judicial cooperation agency that supports the fight against organised crime and terrorism. The daily lives of citizens across our continent are directly impacted by the threats of violent terrorism and cybercriminals. The need for unity and for practical cooperation in the face of these cross-border challenges has therefore never been so urgent. 2017 was the year that we celebrated 60 years of European integration, but in the field of criminal justice, we actually look at a much shorter period of time. Twenty or…

  • Muharraq, Capital of Islamic Culture 2018

    By H.E. Sheikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, President of BACA In 2018 Bahrain is concluding is cultural agenda celebration for Muharraq Capital of Islamic Culture, which we were truly honoured to have been selected by the Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), to represent an Islamic city from Arab world. We have dedicated our many annual events and festivals to compliment this year’s theme celebrating Muharraq, Bahrain’s second largest city. Indeed the city hostedthe annual Bahrain Fine Arts Exhibition in its 44th edition, the 18th Bahrain International Book Fair, the 26th Annual Heritage Festival, in addition to the…

  • Zayed: The Bountiful Essence of Leadership

    By: Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al-Qasimi. Former Minister in the Government of United Arab Emirates, Former President of Zayed University, UAE. Leaders are known and remembered for years and possibly generations as they make a profound impact on their organizations, societies, or countries. Each has a different environment and history, but they all share in their longer term visions, and in their ability to see what the future can hold. They believe in a more optimistic future and get others to follow them, as they know leaders will bring them the happier, brighter future they aspire for. This longer term…

  • Different yet like-minded

    By H.E. Mrs. Päivi Kaukoranta, Ambassador of Finland. I have assumed recently, in the beginning of October, my functions as the Ambassador of Finland to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and as Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. My responsibilities cover also the International Criminal Court and other Hague based institutions. It has been a flying start with a wealth of most interesting meetings and discussions. With a background in international law, last nine years as Director General for Legal Affairs at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, I am most happy to get an opportunity to…

  • Innovate with us! Sweden at the Hannover Fair in April 2019

    By H.E. Mr. Per Thöresson, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden in Germany. On 1–5 April 2019, Sweden will be the official Partner Country at the Hannover Fair – Hannover Messe – the world’s largest trade fair for smart, connected industry. Sweden is the first Nordic country to have been invited to be Partner Country. This is of course a great honour, and a reflection of Sweden’s good reputation as an industrial nation. Somewhat tongue-in-cheek, Germany could be described as a big country with many successful medium-sized companies, while Sweden – like the Netherlands – is a comparatively small country…

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Argentine Embassy: Official Network of the Argentine Scientist and Researcher in The Netherlands

Nov 11, 2018

On  the picture His Excellency Hector Horacio Salvador. Recently the Embassy of the Argentine Republic to the Netherlands used the lovely facilities at the Haagse Hogeschool to launch the official opening to the network of the Argentine Scientists and Researchers in the Netherlands. The event begins with a simple (and apt), yet to the point, introduction by His Excellency Hector Horacio Salvador on how the network came to fruition. He recounted the countless late-night meetings where colleagues from different expertise came together for a common goal; the establishment of a scientific platform that combines academics between the two countries. Furthermore, the ambassador…

The 9th edition of IFTF opened its doors in Vijfhuizen

Nov 10, 2018

On the picture H.E. Mr. Jean Pierre Karabaranga, the ambassador of Rwanda to the Netherlands with Rwanda’s participants during the International Floriculture Trade Fair 2018. From left to right: Mr. Victor Omuga, Marketing Manager of Bella Flowers, Madam Sadrine Urujeni, Deputy CEO for the National Agricultural Export Development Board of Rwanda, H.E. Mr. Jean Pierre Karabaranga and Mr. Shungo Harada, Managing Director of Bloom Hills. The International Floriculture Fair opened its doors from 7th to 9th of November.  With a new record high number of exhibitors this year, the IFTF exhibition grew 15% in size and living up to its name…

Iraq, Building a Stable and Prosperous Democracy

Nov 8, 2018

H.E. Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi, Ambassador of Iraq. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague, 1 November 2018. Building a Stable & Prosperous Democracy in Iraq. Food Security, Climate Change and Sustainable Development. Such was the theme of a one day conference organized by the Clingendael Institute and The Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in the Netherlands. The venue was the Clingendael Institute and the Chancellery of Iraq for the afternoon session. The conference considered reconstructing a prosperous Iraq after an epoch of conflict and how Dutch – government and private sector could assist and support Iraq to build a prosperous…

US imposes critical round of nuclear sanctions on Iran

Nov 7, 2018

By Guido Lanfranchi. On November 4th, 2018, the United States has reimposed another batch of nuclear-related sanctions on Iran. Such measures are set to affect Iran’s energy, shipping, and banking sectors, and they will have impact both within and outside the US. Six months after announcing its withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal, the United States has reimposed a second set of nuclear-related sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran. Such sanctions – US Special Representative for Iran Mr. Brian Hook explains – “are the toughest sanctions on the Iranian regime that have ever been imposed,” and their aim is…

The Uzbek Food Festival in The Hague

Nov 6, 2018

Austrian Ambassador Heidemaria Gürer, a craft artist from Uzbekistan and H.E. Mr. Dilyor Khakimov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague, Wednesday 31 October 2018 – The Ambassador of Uzbekistan accredited to the Netherlands H.E. Mr. Dilyor Khakimov, organized the Uzbekistan Food festival “Uzbek Flavours” together with Crowne Plaza Promenade and Diplomat Magazine. An authentic Uzbek silk, carpet and artisanal market complemented the Food Festival. For additional Marian van Noort’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/109407424@N02/albums/72157697385233180 The famous Uzbek Chef  Shomurod Samaev prepared a mouth watering dinner consisting of Starter Mokhora – chickpea soup, three Uzbek Samsas:…

The United Nations Day, in Curaçao

Nov 5, 2018

The United Nations Day was celebrated in Curaçao on 24 October 2018, for the occasion Mr. Karel Frielink, Dean of the Consular Corps of Curaçao addressed the very special guests among them the Governor of Curaçao, Mrs. Lucille George-Wout, the vicePrime Minister of Curaçao and Minister of Health, Environment and Nature, Mrs. Suzy Camelia-Römer, thePresident of Parliament, Mr. William Millerson, the Minister of Social Development, Mr. Hensley Koeiman, the Commander of the Armed Forces on Curaçao, Brigadier General De Vin, the representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Curaçao, Mr. Raynel Martis, the Secretary General of the National…

Czechoslovakia 100 Anniversary

Nov 5, 2018

Ambassador of Czech Republic H.E. Mrs Jana Reinišová and Ambassador of Slovakia H.E. Mr.  Roman Buzek. Concert 100 Anniversary of Czechoslovakia. Concert to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Establishment of Czechoslovakia By Tereza Neuwirthova. On October 30th, 2018, the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in The Hague organised a classical music concert in order to mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Czechoslovakia. The concert took place in the church De Kloosterkerk in The Hague, and started at 7pm. The ceremony initiated with the national anthems of both the Czech and…

Bid Farewell to Minister Eugenio Matos

Nov 3, 2018

The Symphony Orchestra of the Congress of Buenos Aires organized a bid-farewell to Dr. Eugenio Matos Gomez, who was in diplomatic post in Buenos Aires from 2014 until 2017 and in Montevideo from 2017 until very recently. Mr. Matos was the special guest and also invited as solo violinist to perform a concert accompanied by the orchestra. During the late 70s and the 80s, Dr. Matos was violinist of the Dominican Symphony Orchestra. More than twenty ambassadors accredited to Argentina, members of the press, Dominican expats and the like, attended this diplomatic event. The local diplomatic press in Buenos Aires covered the concert…

Brazil: 2018 a Remarkable Year

Nov 3, 2018

By Roy Lie Atjam. Wassenaar, 7th September 2018, on the occasion of the 196th anniversary of the independence of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Ambassador H.E. Mrs. Regina Maria Cordeiro Dunlop and Ambassador Ronaldo Edgar Dunlop, along with the embassy team gathered at the Ambassador’s residence in Wassenaar. Members of the Diplomatic Corps in the Netherlands as well as personalities of the art, sports, business, politic and academic world attended the festive reception. Ambassador ReginaMaria Cordeiro Dunlop delivered a powerful extemporaneous speech welcoming and thanking all for joining in the celebration of the memorable day. On 7 September 1822, Brazil declared…

OPCW Director-General Visits Paris

Nov 1, 2018

The Hague, Netherlands — 1 November 2018 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias, met with the French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian as well other senior government officials and think tank representatives during a visit to Paris on 31 October. During his meeting with Minister Le Drian, the Director-General underlined France’s important role in reinforcing the norm against chemical weapons, and encouraged the continuation of international efforts to advance the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). He stated: “The full and universal implementation of the…

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The globalization and commercialization of fake news

By Armela Imeraj. Just last week, the biggest Azeri investment in the World, Trans Adriatic Pipeline started its final phase of construction in Albania, the one when the pipeline will be laid below the Adriatic Sea. In a great paradox of our times, while our sea has become a new horizon for collaboration and new opportunities, the “fake news” sea has become a threatening problem that endangers many of the achievements of democratic countries, particularly when it comes to new and delicate democracies like those in the Eastern Europe or the Balkan Peninsula. The globalization and commercialization of fake news…

Declaration of Friendship Across Religions in the making

Rabbi Dr. Alon Goshen-Gottstein, director of the Elijah Interfaith Institute and Archbishop H.E. Aldo Cavalli, Apostolic Nuncio of the Netherlands. Under the leadership of the Peace Palace, the Carnegie Foundation and the Elijah Interfaith Institute several religious leaders and representatives attended a meeting announcing an upcoming Declaration of Friendship Across Religions, to be signed by religious leaders of the word at the Peace Palace in 2020. The Declaration of friendship across religions, intend to foster peace and understanding creating friendship among all religions. The launch of the project at the Peace Palace on September 26 is a preamble to the…

Blue Helmets in Donbas?

By Barend Ter Haar. How often have the Minsk Agreements been violated this year? The parties involved in the fighting in Eastern Ukraine agreed in Minsk to cease firing, to withdraw heavy weapons, to remove landmines and to allow the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the OSCE to monitor implementation of the agreement. The agreements were adopted or confirmed at the highest level. So how often do you think they were violated this year? The answer is: more than 200.000 times. In the first nine months of 2018 the SMM noticed more than two hundred thousand violations of the agreement….

International Protocol & Strategic Networking: a worldwide export product from The Hague!

“Keep on climbing!” With these words Mark Verheul started his farewell letter to the diplomatic community in May. Over the years he had been inspired many times by these simple words of a dear friend of his. Earlier on this year they inspired him again after a certain flow of events at city hall, which resulted in deciding to take a next step in his career. After more than 8 beautiful and interesting years as head of protocol, he took the initiative to leave the municipality of The Hague. It was time for a change. A new professional perspective. In…

The VI Baku International Humanitarian Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan on 25-26 October 2018 : From “Black Gold” to “Human Capital”

  By Adelin Remy. This forum was initiated by the presidents of the Republic of Azerbaijan and of the Russian Federation in 2010 to hold dialogues, discussions and exchange of views on a wide range of global issues in the interest of humanity. Among 500 participants from 60 countries, Agefi Luxembourg was invited this year and among the many topics (education, innovation …) was particularly interested by the inaugural speech of President Ilham Aliyev on Azerbaijan (1) and by the joint session of the religious leaders on “The Policy of Multiculturalism as a Factor of Ensuring Stability in Society“. The…

45th anniversary of Viet Nam and Diplomat Magazine

Ms. Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Mdm. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Viet Nam Chairwoman of the National Assembly and the Ambassador of Viet Nam to the Netherlands, H.E. Ambassador Ngo Thi Hoa. The celebration of the 45th anniversary of Viet Nam and the Netherlands diplomatic relations in the Netherlands was launched by the Chairwoman of the National Assembly, Mdm. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, with the presence of the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management Ms. Cora van Nieuwenhuizen. During the unique occasion the Embassy of Viet Nam presented an special issue Viet Nam 45…

Ikhom Abdullaev Uzbekistan MP in The Hague

By Roy Lie Atjam. From 2-5 October 2018 the annual Cybersecurity Week, organized by The Hague Security Delta, was held in The Hague. Simultaneously the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy organized the One Conference which aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and ideas concerning cybersecurity. It was during these events, on Wednesday 3 October 2018, that I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. lkhom Abdullaev, PhD at his hotel in The Hague. He is here to expand his network to hopefully meet with as many kindred spirits as possible…

Pacis Palmae Digniores Quam Tropaea Belli (The Palms of Peace are More Honorable than the Trophies of War)

By Sheila Turabaz. On the 26th of September, the Great Hall of Justice of the Peace Palace – generally known as the courtroom where the hearings of the International Court of Justice are held – was not centered around dispute settlement but on the recognition and celebration of the efforts and accomplishments of noble individuals and organizations, furthering the cause of international peace “in whatever way, by word or deed in the form of international action, in literature, or the arts”. The Carnegie Wateler Peace Prize is the second-oldest award for peacemakers (after the Nobel Peace Prize). The Carnegie Wateler…

Russia and Azerbaijan: Main Messages to the World

By Farida Abdullaeva. The future of the planet depends on the views of humans on humanitarian issues, depends on the development of a dialog between civilizations, cultures, and religions. That’s why the best intellectuals of the modern world gathered at the VI Baku International Humanitarian Forum, in order to discuss and formulate answers to global questions that worry the whole humanity today. A Forum participant, Head of the Inter-Parliamentary Group of Russia-Azerbaijan Friendship, Dmitry Saveliev, shares his impressions of the Forum. – Dmitry Ivanovich, you took part in the work of the Baku Forum for the third time. In your…

State and human rights protection in Kazakhstan

By Askar Shakirov, Commissioner for Human Rights in the Republic of Kazakhstan. During the years of independence, Kazakhstan has managed to build a balanced political system with a stable market economy, ensured a stable growth of the well-being of the population, and maintained interethnic harmony in the country. In a relatively short period of time, our country has successfully integrated into the international community, taking its rightful place as a dynamically developing country. According to the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan, an individual, his life, rights and freedoms are the highest value of the state, which creates the basis…

New Challenges to International Law, a View from The Hague

Edited by Steven van Hoogstraten There is a visible interface between international law and the Hague, the city where so many institutions of international law are established. This book presents the views developed by some of the active players in the legal capital of the world. The starting point is a reflection of what was said during a seminar in January 2016 in the Peace Palace. The intention was to identify some of the greater legal policy questions of today: the acceptance of the jurisdiction of the ICJ as a prerequisite to dispute settlement – so called optional clause. Is…

Tatiana Paulowna presents: Russian high-end fashion for the first time, exclusively, on the Dutch market

Alexander Terekhov was born in 1980. He constructed his first piece of clothing when he was only six years old, when he made a dress for his mother. An internship at Yves Saint Laurent fashion house, several New York Fashion Week shows and a some prestigious awards later, Alexander Terekhov is one of the leading contemporary Russian designers. His specific signature and his drive to be ahead of trend, shows in every design. He is the favorite of contemporary influential models such as Adriana Lima and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Chapurin: Russian high-end fashion for the first time, exclusively, on the Dutch…