February 19, 2017

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  • The Queen Mother of Bhutan

    Royal Secretariat of Her Majesty the Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck. Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck, Queen Mother of Bhutan. Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck was born on the 11th of May 1963 in the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. Her Majesty is youngest of the four queens of Bhutan’s most celebrated monarch His Majesty the Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Her Majesty has been actively involved in promoting the country’s rich cultural heritage and supports various social causes in Bhutan. She is compassionate about the welfare of women, youth and children and has been recognized as an advocate for…

  • Malta at the Presidency of the Council of the European Union

    On the picture Ambassador Ray Azzopardi during the opening of the Art Exhibition by Maltese painters at the European Parliament. The Presidency of the Council of the European Union provided Malta with an excellent opportunity to showcase its cultural heritage, here, in Brussels. Despite being the smallest Member State of the EU, Malta is rich in its history and culture. This is partly as a result of its strategic location in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, which many consider it a cradle of civilisations. Malta has been blessed with architectural majesty and artistic grandeur. Visitors and dignitaries are always…

  • Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union

    By Her Excellency Aida Luz Santos de Escobar, Ambassador of El Salvador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Association Agreement signed in 2012 between Central America and the European Union, unlike any other political or trade agreement consists of three pillars: Political Dialogue, Cooperation and Trade. Each complements the other two. In El Salvador Policy and Cooperation are areas under responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Trade is under responsibility of the Ministry of Economy. Political Dialogue pillar establishes institutional mechanisms between Central America and the European Union, through which common values ​​between the two regions are promoted;…

  • The Smiling Coast of Africa Welcomes you for Christmas

      By H.E. Ms Teneng Mba Jaiteh, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of The Islamic Republic of The Gambia to The Kingdom of Belgium and Mission to the EU with concurrent accreditation to The Kingdom of The Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Fondly referred to as the Smiling Coast of Africa, The Republic of The Gambia is the smallest country on mainland Africa. Upon gaining independence from Britain in 1965, the country quickly established itself strongly in the West African sub-region as a haven of peace and stability. As a newly independent nation and a member of the Non-Aligned Movement,…

  • Parliamentary diplomacy as a significant cornerstone of (further) democratisation

    By Khadija Arib, President of the House of Representatives of the States General. Before her appointment as President of the House of Representatives in January 2016, Khadija Arib served as an MP for 18 years and spent many years as a member of the Council of Europe. In this capacity, she worked as an election observer on numerous occasions, including in Indonesia, the Palestinian territories and Morocco. ‘I was moved by how eager people are to exercise their democratic right to vote. The Dutch parliamentary system can play a role in the democratisation, or further democratisation of these countries, with…

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Senegal Justice Minister and ICC President unveil artwork donation to International Criminal Court

Feb 17, 2017

Left to right: ICC Registrar Herman von Hebel, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, ICC President Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, Minister of Justice of Senegal and President of the Assembly of States Parties H.E. Mr Sidiki Kaba, Senegalese artist Mr Kalidou Kasse and Ambassador of Senegal in The Hague H .E. Mr. Momar Diop, in front of Mr Kasse’s painting, titled “Peace through Justice” ©ICC-CPI. On 16 February 2017, H.E. Mr Sidiki Kaba, Minister of Justice of Senegal and President of the Assembly of States Parties, together with the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi…

New Ambassadors to Belgium and Luxembourg

Feb 17, 2017

By Henri Estramant. Holy See to Belgium and Luxembourg: HE the XXI Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Augustine Kasujja served previously as the Bishop of Rome’s diplomatic representative to Nigeria from 2010 to 2016. Originally he hails from Uganda. http://www.vatican.va https://incaelo.wordpress.com/2016/10/12/after-a-new-cardinal-now-a-new-nuncio-for-belgium/   United Arab Emirates to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU: HE Ambassador Mohamed bin Isa bin Hamad Abushahab was accredited before HM the VII King of the Belgians on Thursday, 2 February 2016. Before arriving in Brussels, Ambassador Abushahab held the office of Director of Policy Planning Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the UAE.  http://uae-embassy.ae/Embassies/be   Federative Republic of Brazil to Belgium and Luxembourg: HE…

The 38th Anniversary of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Feb 16, 2017

On the picture H.E . Alireza Jahangiri, Ambassador of Iran to the Netherlands. On the occasion of the 38th Anniversary of the Islamic Republic of Iran, H.E. Ambassador Alireza Jahangiri delivered a statement on 10 February 2017 during a commemorative event organised by his embassy. Statement by H.E. Dr. Alireza Jahangiri, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. ‘It is indeed my honor to welcome all distinguished guests who are present here today, on the occasion of the 38th anniversary of the victory of the glorious Islamic Revolution of Iran, which is our national…

Opening Hungarian Corner

Feb 16, 2017

 Ambassador András Kocsis, at the opening ceremony. By Djoeke Altena. On February 5th the Hungarian community in the Netherlands gathered at the Hungarian Corner in The Hague for its opening. The Hungarian Ambassador H.E. András Kocsis, opened the restaurant by ribbon-cutting-ceremony where he spoke the following words: “There are two types of people here with us tonight: Dutch who love Hungary and Hungarians who love The Netherlands. We have one thing in common, we all love Hungarian food. Upon until now, if I wanted a nice Hungarian dish I simply stayed at home, because my wife is a great cook…

58th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution

Feb 14, 2017

Pictured H. E. Mrs. Soraya Alvarez Núñez, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and her spouse, Mr. Eduardo Morales Monteagudo.   By Roy Lie A Tjam. In the days following the presentation of her credentials to HRH King Willem Alexander, Cuba’s new ambassador to the Netherlands, H.E. Soraya Alvarez Núñez, organised a reception to celebrate the 58th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution – which is officially and historically celebrated on the 1st of January every year. Ambassador Soraya Alvarez Núñez , had the pleasure to make the acquaintance of many of her colleague-ambassadors who came…

Princess Camilla in The Hague

Feb 13, 2017

HIRH Archduchess Camilla of Austria-Tuscany was in Noordwijk as a guest of honour of the XLIX Wiener Ball at Huis ter Duin Grand Hotel upon the invitation of the ball’s committee. In the company of Jonkheer Alfred Filz von Reiterdank, Archduchess Camilla was invited for a lunch by the Indonesian ambassador to the Netherlands previously posted to Austria, I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja and the latter’s spouse. Newly appointed Director of IFIMES, HH Camilla discussed with Ambassador currents in the dialogue of civilizations. http://www.ifimes.org/en/9259

Saudi Crown Prince honoured by the CIA

Feb 13, 2017

CIA Director Mike Pompeo and HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia – Picture by SPA. Friday, 10 February 2017, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: HRH Crown Prince Mohammad bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, First Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, was honored with the George Tenet Medal, issued by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States of America in “recognition of the outstanding intelligence work in combating terrorism and his immense contributions global security for the last two decades”.  CIA Director, Mr. Mike Pompeo decorated the Crown Prince with the medal during a…

Ukrainian Reforms: Is the glass half full or half empty?

Feb 13, 2017

By Liudmyla Palamar. Prime Minister of Ukraine H.E. Mr Volodymyr Groysman,  participated in a high-level public debate in Brussels. Titled “Cheering and Steering: Ukraine Reforms Reloaded,” the event has brought together European decision-makers and civil society to discuss the democratic changes, taking place in Ukraine since the Maidan Revolution. Organized by Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, the public discussion fostered the dialogue on the Ukrainian reforms, as well as marked a two-year anniversary of the Center’s UkraineReforms program. The think tank has been facilitating the program to support the developments in Ukraine by empowering local civil society and offering…

Valediction

Feb 12, 2017

By Roy Lie A Tjam. The staff of the Embassy of Indonesia gathered to bid farewell to their colleague, Mr. Azis Nurwahyudi of the Department of Information & Socio-cultural Affairs who has accepted a post (promotion) in the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Secretary to the Director-General of Information and Public Diplomacy. This event that was complimented by music, dance and food was organized at the auditorium of the Indonesian Embassy. Present was H.E. I Gusti A. Wesaka Puja, Ambassador to take leave of the man, who is known to be a diligent, hospitable and cordial person, alongside other…

Dutch – Russian Business Community Convene at NRCH’s Annual New Year’s Meeting

Feb 10, 2017

Pictured H.E. Alexander Shulging, Ambassador of Russia. By Sheila Turabaz. It has become an annual tradition for the Dutch – Russian network to convene at the New Year’s Meeting organized by the Netherlands – Russian Council for Trade Promotion (NRCH) in The Hague. This year the event was jointly organized by NRCH, the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW) and the Royal Association MKB Nederland for Dutch small and medium – sized companies and took place on Friday 3 February at the headquarters of VNO-NCW. The event was well attended by Dutch and Russian entrepreneurs, representatives of multinationals and…

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New Challenges for the Hague Institute for Global Justice

By Steven van Hoogstraten, Hague Institute for Global Justice, CEO ad interim. The Hague Institute for Global Justice has turned a corner by 1 January 2017. Not only was this the end of a first period of 5 years, it also marked the return of its first President Dr Abi Williams to the USA after he completed his term of 4 years at the Institute. Dr Williams has been of enormous importance for the launching phase of the institute, and deserves all credit for his great efforts and competence to give the Hague Institute a positive name in the world….

Dealing with new stakeholders: a matter of co-creation

Article series on The New Diplomat / Part 1 By Dr. Huub Ruël and Irene Felius. These are interesting and challenging times for diplomacy in general and the diplomat in particular. It is an open door to state that the world of diplomacy, international relations and international business is experiencing major changes such as a global economic power shift to Asia, an emerging multi-polar international system with shifting power coalitions, collaboration efforts to face global challenges such as climate change and sustainability, emerging societal dynamics such as the rise of populism, violent conflicts around the world, international terrorism, technological progress,…

Why Singapore dominates the PISA tests?

By José Mármol. The Singaporeans tied their economic and social development strategy to the achievement of a public and private education of excellent quality. In an article written by the awarded Nobel Prize Mario Vargas Llosa (El País, November 12, 2016), published before announcing the results of the 2015 edition of PISA which took place on December 6, the writer comments on the achievements of this small island of Asia, warned on his second visit. He sustains that the Singaporean “miracle” was due, rather than to its privileged geographic location, which facilitated trade with India and China in the nineteenth…

Free movement of professionals in the European Union

By Alfred Kellermann. The abolition, between EU Member States, of obstacles to the free movement of persons and services is one of the objectives of the European Union (Article 2 TEU). For nationals of the Member States, this includes, in particular the right to pursue a profession in a self-employed or employed capacity, in a Member State other than the one in which they have obtained their professional qualifications. In November 2013 Directive 2013/55/EU was published amending Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications for all nationals of a Member State, including those belonging to liberal professions, wishing to…

What is our story?

By Barend ter Haar. Many people are looking with disbelief to what is happening in the Western world. The United States and the United Kingdom used to be the steadfast and reliable pillars of Western cooperation, but now these countries seem to have lost their way. Where exactly they are going is not clear, but it is clear that they want to go there on their own, impeded as little as possible by the restraining straps of international cooperation. Still, in retrospect, Dutch politicians could have seen this coming, because the aversion of a majority of their own fellow-citizens against…

A Common Populism: Trump, Le Pen and Putin: Do they Portent the Beginning of the End for the EU?

By Dr. Emanuel L. Paparella.   “The Brussels wall will have come down just like the Berlin wall came down. The EU, this oppressive model, will have disappeared. But the Europe of free nations will have been born… The EU should not last more than two minutes longer.” –Marine Le Pen. Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far right National Front, seems poised to become the next President of France in 2018. Political pundits are predicting her victory following Donald Trump’s victory in the US. They aver that Trump’s populism has paved the way for a veritable political revolution in…

Brochure The Hague International City of Peace and Justice

By Jhr. Alexander W. Beelaerts van Blokland. Since over a hundred years The Hague is the International City of Justice and Peace. Tens of thousands of people work here on a peaceful , just and safe world. They do that in big but also in small organizations. They meet each other, share their knowledge and develop new ideas. Lots of international disputes have been solved by the international courts and tribunals in The Hague. With the Peace Palace – built in 1913- as the well known icon, in which the world famous International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court…

La-La-Land of Central Asia, Kazakhstan and its “Astana Code of Conduct”

By Samantha Brletich. “As defining terrorism in any particular case implies a political component, this very category becomes quite extensive – a subject to different readings and understandings. Having permanent – primarily political – disputes over the category and scale of ‘conflict’, contemporary international community repeatedly failed over decades to agree upon a single and comprehensive but universal instrument determining, prescribing and combating terrorism. As a consequence of these – mostly political and less legal – implications, today we are confronted with some two dozen international (universal and regional) instruments. These instruments are good, but far from being a norm-setting…

Trump’s turn

By Tomislav Jakić.   From Friday, January 20th 2017,  the United States of America have a new President – for many, not only in USA, still at least controversial and in the extreme version: totally unacceptable Donald John Trump. In a precise ceremony in front of the Congress Trump gave his oath and delivered his first speech as head of state. And for everybody who is not biased or has not become prisoner of prejudices, he announced a complete turn in regard to the US policy, as it was until now. This turn can be detected in a couple of key…

Battling the Tiger: Combating corruption in the Sino-world

By Lingbo Zhao. After the Eighteenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China, a new round of anti-corruption campaign has been going on. With almost fifty provincial officials, more than 600 director-level officials and more than 200,000 petty officials snared, this campaign is being conducted in a harsh way on a large scale. More importantly, as Vice Primer  Qishan Wang pointed out, the ultimate goal is to reach the “would not think of it”stage from the current “would not dare”stage. In order to realise this goal, the passive control and surveillance measurements which have been carried on over decades…

The aristocracy of the sensitive, the considerate and the plucky

By Dario Poli. In my years of working, creating and studying as and when I could, I tried to apply certain standards to my own life, especially when battling to overcome the daily problems of life I had to face within my own world and as I often faced rude and quite aggressive personalities, who thought little of insulting me or others who could or would not agree with them. My interest in good manners and the skills of diplomacy evolved from these unfortunate experiences and I began to learn that there were many more interesting and even pleasant ways…

IOM Netherlands: Challenges for 2017

On the picture Mr. Martin Wyss, Chief of Mission, IOM International Organization for Migration. By Carlotta Duken. Global migration flows have become the norm. Everyday we encounter images of migrants and refugees – fearing for their lives on boats, suffering disastrous circumstances in refugee camps, or desperately waiting in front of a border fence. According to the EU, over 65 million people are forcibly displaced across the globe. Although migration is not a new phenomenon, recent years have shown a rapid politicization of the issue which increasingly preoccupies policymakers worldwide looking for solutions and strategies in dealing with migratory challenges….

Human Misery monetized

Capitalizing and profiteering from the occupation: corporate human rights violations in the occupied territories.   By Aleksandra Krstic. While the new cold war is taking its momentum, the world community is gradually forgetting other pressing issues; such as human rights, right to labor, human dignity and respect. Of course, the national and international corporations hereby play a major role when comes to respect and observance of social and labour rights. Even at the Geneva-based world standard-setting organization, that of ILO (International Labor Organization), corporation have a strong say. What is the degree of due diligence deployed by corporations today? Does…

Profiles in Leadership Part II

By Anton Lutter. This last part of my previous article, will focus on the frontrunners of the two government parties and some new contenders and smaller parties. The largest government party, the VVD (Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie/Peoples party for Freedom and Democracy, liberal but in the Dutch context centre-right) is headed by the prime minister Mr. Mark Rutte. Born in The Hague in 1967 he has already a long career in politics. During his history studies at Leiden University he became the president of the youth organization of the VVD. After his studies he worked for several companies at…

Brazil’s Locomotive Breath

By Nicola Bilotta. The Brazilian ‘locomotive’ has stopped. Oil production has been one of crucial drives in fostering not only economic but social growth in Brazil, but now sees the country gripped by economic crisis and political instability. The inquiry of Petrobras’s scandal is changing the equilibrium of powers in Latin “China”.   The process of growth and modernization in Brazil has been always described as an example to be followed by other developing countries. Nevertheless, the Brazilian ‘locomotive’ has stopped. The country is going through a period of dramatic political and economic instability. Although the Olympics Games should have…

Why is Europe able to manage its decline, while Asia is (still) unable to capitalize (on) its successes

How to draw the line between the recent and still unsettled EU/EURO crisis and Asia’s success story? Well, it might be easier than it seems: Neither Europe nor Asia has any alternative. The difference is that Europe well knows there is no alternative – and therefore is multilateral. Asia thinks it has an alternative – and therefore is strikingly bilateral, while stubbornly residing enveloped in economic egoisms. No wonder that Europe is/will be able to manage its decline, while Asia is (still) unable to capitalize its successes. Asia clearly does not accedpt any more the lead of the post-industrial and…