July 19, 2018

  • Kosovo, facing the challenges of a new country

    Hashim Thaci, President of the Republic of Kosovo. Photography by Frank Jansen. By H.E. Mr. Hashim Thaçi, President of the Republic of Kosovo. The Hague is a special place in the modern history of Kosovo. It is a place where dictator Milosevic died in jail, where he was sent after the Kosovo war. I firmly believe peace and justice are two fundamental issues for every society, in particular for those in transition. The Hague is also a place where Kosovo independence was confirmed as legal at International Court of Justice. After this Advisory Opinion in 2010, the political dialogue between…

  • Even our longest, unbroken, peaceful relationship can be improved

    Ambassador Hoekstra. Photography by Jos van Leeuwen. By H.E. Mr. Peter Hoekstra. The United States and the Netherlands have a long history of friendship and cooperation.  This began before John Adams was accepted as the official representative from the United States to the Netherlands in 1782 and even before the Dutch became the first nation to recognize our new nation with the First Salute in November of 1776.  Our joint journey started when Henry Hudson sailed to North America and the Dutch settled in those new lands. Our relationship with the Dutch is the longest, unbroken, peaceful relationship that the…

  • Tanzania Welcomes You to The Roof of Africa!

                            By H.E.  Ms. Irene Florence Mkwawa Kasyanju, Ambassador of Tanzania. Photography Ms. Nkundwe Pamela Kasyanju . Looking for a lifetime adventure? Or simply itching to scratch off yet another item from your bucket list, why not stand on top of the world’s tallest freestanding mountain? Home to 3 volcanic cones; Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira, Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro(“Kili”)is the ultimate challenge in Africa. Large enough to satisfy one’squest for a little solitude and time reconnecting with nature, Kili effortlessly attracts over 40,000 people a year, from all over the world….

  • Belgium’s Princely Mission to Argentina

    By H.E. Pablo Grinspun, Ambassador of Argentina to the Kingdom of Belgium. Belgium is one of the most open economies in the world, but the benefits from international trade are being challenged by the new world context, especially the emerging protectionism from some countries and the consequences of the Brexit vote. Therefore, the current environment in key trading partners is asking for a growing diversification of Belgium’s economy. Belgium’s economic missions chaired by HRH Princess Astrid are a unique opportunity to achieve this goal. This year, Argentina and Uruguay will be the destination of the first of the two missions that…

  • Le Ballet Royal du Cambodge, un héritage et un devoir royal

    HRH Preah Ang Machas (High Prince) Sisowath Tesso of Cambodia. Entretien avec Son Altesse Royale le Haut Prince Sisowath Tesso, Directeur du Ballet Royal du Cambodge Diplomat Magazine: Prince Tesso, la Princesse Norodom Buppha Devi et vous emmenâtes une délégation du Ballet Royal du Cambodge en Suisse et en France en mai dernier. Pourquoi est-ce que vous avez choisi ces deux pays ? Le Ballet Royal se produit régulièrement en Europe tous les 2 ou 3 ans. La France est le principal pays oùnous donnons nos représentations dans de nombreuses villes. Cette année nous nous sommes produit à Paris au Philarmonique…

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Matos receives high honors.

Jul 19, 2018

The Dominican Minister-Counselor to Uruguay, Dr. Eugenio Matos G. was recently recognized by the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa, in Canada, the International Public Diplomacy Council and the Deanship of the Diplomatic Corps of Canada, for succeeding in international relations and fostering Public Diplomacy overseas. The distinction was made on the occasion of the inaugural ceremony of the 1st Canada’s Ambassador of the Year and Public Diplomacy Awards 2018 (First Ambassador of the Year of Canada and the Public Diplomacy Awards). Dr. Matos is one amongst five heads of diplomatic missions that launched Diplomat Magazine in 2013…

EU-Japan trade agreement signed

Jul 18, 2018

Donald Tusk and Shinzo Abe at the signing ceremony – Picture by European Union Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 25th EU-Japan summit: A historic agreement to bring about a future of free and fair trade between Japan and the EU was signed at Tokyo. The new Economic Partnership Agreement will lead to increased openness, transparency, and easier Japan-EU trade. This agreement will strengthen economic cooperation between Japan and the EU and, by creating new business opportunities, reinforce their competitiveness as mature yet innovative economies. The EPA is one of the largest and most comprehensive economic agreements that either the EU or Japan have…

Rome Statute 20th Anniversary

Jul 17, 2018

(Left to right) ICC Registrar Mr Peter Lewis, ASP President H.E. O-Gon Kwon, President of Nigeria H.E. Muhammadu Buhari, ICC President Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji and ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda at the high-level commemorations of the Rome Statute’s anniversary on 17 July 2018 ©ICC-CPI. Rome Statute 20th anniversary high-level commemorations generate strong calls for justice On 16 and 17 July 2018, an event was held at the headquarters of International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”), in The Hague, The Netherlands, to mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the ICC. High-level representatives of more than…

Cameroon 46th National Day Celebration

Jul 17, 2018

On the picture Her Excellency Ms. Odette Melono, Ambassador of Cameroon with guests. In commemoration of Cameroon’s 46th National Day, Cameroon’s Head of Mission to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Her Excellency,  Ambassador Mrs. Odette Melono on May 25th 2018 hosted a Diplomatic Reception at Marriott Hotel in the city of The Hague. Many Ambassadors and Heads of missions in the The Hague; representatives of The Hague based international organisations; Dutch businessmen, as well as Cameroonians resident in the Netherlands and Luxembourg, including representatives of Cameroonian political parties CPDM and MRC. attended the ceremony….

Burundi celebrates her 56th Anniversary of Independence

Jul 17, 2018

The Ambassador of Burundi, H.E. Ms. Vestine Nahimana with burundais and friends of Burundi. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague, 14 July 2018, H.E. Ms. Vestine Nahimana, Ambassador of the Republic of Burundi in the Netherlands delivered a discourse on the occasion of her country’56th Independence Day. This is what Her Excellency had to say in French: Tugire Amahoro N’intahe Yo Kwikukira. Nous sommes ici rassemblés pour célébrer le 56ème anniversaire de l’Indépendance de notre chère Patrie. Le thème retenu pour cette année est : « Renforçons l’Indépendance acquise du Burundi par l’unité et le travail, source du développement ». Au nom du Gouvernement…

International Conference for Iraqi Judges

Jul 17, 2018

H.E. Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi , Ambassador of Iraq in the Netherlands welcoming the participants. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in the Netherlands along with the Terrorism Prevention Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC/TPB) has organized a two days international conference/workshop for Iraqi Judges on the accountability of ISIL/ Dae’sh crimes in Iraq. The venue was the Embassy of Iraq in The Hague on 11-12 July 2018. The workshop brought together a delegation of senior Iraqi judges, the Chief Justice(CJ) dealing with terrorist cases involving ISIL / Dae’sh in Iraq…

ICC and Ecuador hold High-Level Seminar

Jul 15, 2018

Participants of the regional Seminar in Quito on 7 June 2018 ©Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador.   20 years of the Rome Statute: ICC and Ecuador hold High-Level Seminar on Cooperation in South America  On 7 and 8 June 2018, the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) and the Government of Ecuador, with the support of the European Commission, held a high-level regional seminar to foster regional cooperation in Quito, Republic of Ecuador. The event, titled “The ICC and South America: Opportunities and challenges for cooperation and the exchange of experiences within the framework of…

Canada Day 2018

Jul 13, 2018

H.E. Ms. Sabine Nölke, Ambassador of Canada. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Ambassador of Canada in the Netherlands H.E. Ms. Sabine Nölke and Mr. Chris Ram hosted a garden party on the occasion of Canada’s 151st Anniversary of Confederation on June 28. Celebrations took place at Canada House – Villa Groot Haesebroek, Wassenaar in the Netherlands. Contrary to last year’s inclement weather, it has been a bright and sunny afternoon. For additional Kim Vermaat’s pictures, please open the link below: https://www.flickr.com/photos/109407424@N02/albums/72157697351456301 Ambassador Nölke warmly welcomed her many guests, a very diverse gathering and delivered a captivating welcome address. In part,…

NATO Summit July 2018 at Brussels

Jul 13, 2018

Family picture at NATO Summit July 2018 – Picture by NATO Statement by NATO  The twenty nine Allied leaders took a series of measures to continue NATO’s adaptation to a more demanding security environment, including a new readiness initiative which will see thirty mechanised battalions, thirty air squadrons and thirty combat vessels ready for use within thirty days. Allies also enhanced NATO’s command structure with new commands for the Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia, and for support and logistics in Ulm, Germany. A new Cyber Operations Centre will also be created at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium….

Philippines workshop on Tourism and Travel

Jul 11, 2018

H.E. Jaime Victor Ledda, Ambassador of the Philippines in the Netherlands and Mr. Cengiz Inceosman, General Manager of Turkish Airlines. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague, 19 June 2018. The Philippine Embassy in the Netherlands in cooperation with Turkish Airlines Inc. Amsterdam and the Philippine Department of Tourism-Frankfurt, hosted a Travel and Tourism Workshop at Hotel Des Indes. The workshop was a prelude to the 120thAnniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence reception which took place later that day at the same venue. For more Hester Dijkstra’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/109407424@N02/albums/72157669017836967 H.E. Jaime Victor B. Ledda welcome one and all,…

Diplomatic Pouch

Kosovo: transition to a technological hub

By Dr. Bernard Nikaj, Head of Mission of Kosovo to the EU, Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg On 17th of February Kosovo celebrated its tenth anniversary of independence. This makes Kosovo the youngest state in Europe, but as I will argue in this article, it is also the most dynamic newcomer to the European family. It is safe to bet that when anybody thinks of Kosovo today in Europe, the images of war, suffering, massive exodus as well as international intervention to build a state come to mind. Beyond these images, what has…

In the Name of God, the Compassionate the Merciful

  By H.E. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Following the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Accord, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is the third multilateral agreement that the current United States administration has withdrawn from. The administration has also put in jeopardy other multilateral arrangements such as NAFTA, the global trade system, and parts of the United Nations system, thus inflicting considerable damage to multilateralism, and the prospects for resolving disputes through diplomacy. The announcement on 8 May 2018 of United States’ withdrawal from the JCPOA andthe unilateral and unlawful re-imposition…

The World Cup asa model for diplomacy?

By Barend ter Haar. How should nations relate to each other? By ratifying the Charter of the United Nations all nations have pledged to “live together in peace with one another as good neighbours” and not to use force “save in the common interest”, but in practice they are tempted to disregard common interests and the interests of their neighbours and to put their narrow national interest not only on the first, but also on the second and third place. In the light of that narrowmindedness, it is refreshing to look at the international football tournament that currently takes place…

Finally in Amsterdam, Coffee from Its Origin

H.E. Ms. Sahar Ghanem, Ambassador of Yemen. During the World of Coffee Amsterdam 2018, the Yemen Embassy in The Hague celebrated the first participation of Yemeni specialty coffee in international expos. It was a memorable moment as Yemeni coffee, the world birthplace of coffee cultivation, has been out of reach for years after it had dominated the world coffee trade for hundreds of years from Mokha port in Yemen – the origin of Mocha coffee. For additional pictures, please open the link below: https://www.flickr.com/photos/109407424@N02/albums/72157695628914102 Following the risk-taking voyage of Mokhtar to export Yemeni coffee to the USA during 2015 war…

Diplomacy in Disguise: The Politics of Sport

                            By Geovanny Vicente Romero.   The first Olympic Games originated in ancient Greece in 776 BC uniting male athletes from present-day Iberia (Spain) to the west and the Black Sea region (Turkey) to the east. The games were principally to honor religious beliefs and Zeus, the father of ancient Greek Gods. Today’s Olympic Games unite men and women from all corners of the globe, all faiths, and all walks of life. World sporting events are seen as great equalizers and a showing of national values, pride, and…

An European counter-terrorism strategy: “stronger together”

Eurojust’s President, Mr. Ladislav Hamran. By Guido Lanfranchi. In the fight again terrorism, Eurojust is at the forefront, trying to enhance European joint counter-terrorism capabilities. On June 20th, 2018, a press conference was held to report the results of the annual meeting of counter-terrorism experts from the Member States. “Together, we are stronger.” These four words could be an extreme summary of the press conference held on June 20th at the Eurojust headquarters in The Hague, just after the annual meeting of counter-terrorism experts from the Member States. The panel of speakers was composed by Ladislav Hamran (President of Eurojust…

Looking for life beyond our planet – the efforts of NASA

By Guido Lanfranchi. Is there life beyond Earth? And if there is, how can we discover it? On which planet or moon could it be? While we often consider such questions as the topic of science fiction movies and books, scientists at NASA are actually busy in finding concrete answers. On June 19th, Dr. James Green, recently appointed Chief Scientist at NASA, shared his insights about NASA’s efforts in searching forms of life in the solar system.   Making reasonable hypotheses on where to find forms of life beyond our planet, sending space probes across the solar system to collect…

Palestinian priorities

Meeting the Chief of Palestinian Mission, H.E. Ms. Rawan Sulaiman. Recently, during a lunch at the prestigious Hotel Des Indes* in The Hague, the Chief of the Palestinian Mission to the Netherlands gave us an overview of the bilateral relations with the Netherlands, the current situation in Palestine, and an update on her upcoming projects. The last year and a half in The Hague served as an important milestone in the career of H.E. Ms. Sulaiman, who began her function as Desk Officer for the Netherlands in the early 80’s. The Netherlands have been very supportive towards Palestine in different…

Dr Azizi’s Vision for Afghanistan

Peace and stability can only be achieved by an honest cooperation and commitments on the regional as well as on the international level.”  An interview with the Ambassador of Afghanistan, H.E. Dr. Homayoon Aziz.   By Sheila Turabaz. His Excellency Dr. Mohammad Homayoon Azizi is the new Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Netherlands, succeeding H.E.  Dr. Obaidullah Obaid. H.E. Dr. Azizi started his career as a medical doctor in 2005. He also entered into local politics that same year as a member of the Herat Provincial Council in western Afghanistan and later as chairman. In 2010…

Tatiana Delvalle: promoting and sharing Panama’s culture in the world

Tatiana Delvalle always brings Panama in her heart, wherever she goes. In this article, Ms. Delvalle talks with us about her life and duties as the spouse of H.E. Mr. Delvalle, Ambassador of Panama to the Netherlands. The Netherlands is your first destination abroad as a diplomat’s spouse. Does your experience here live up to your expectations? Life in The Hague has been wonderful, much better than anticipated. We feel very fortunate to be posted in a city that offers an incredible variety of Dutch and international experiences. We appreciate the Dutch’s open mind, joyful and straightforward character as well…

“Beyond Duty” – Stories of righteous diplomats

On the picture H.E. Aviv Shir-On, Ambassador of Israel  during his speech. By Guido Lanfranchi. The City Hall of The Hague hosted the exhibition “Beyond Duty,” in which the government of Israel paid tribute to the brave diplomats who helped Jewish families escaping the Nazi persecution.   Speakers were; H.E. Aviv Shir-On, Ambassador of Israel to the Netherlands, the Mayor of The Hague, Ms. Pauline Krikke and the Director for Multilateral Organisations and Human Rights Department, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Peter van der Vliet. When rules are unjust, is obedience a virtue? When innocent people are persecuted in…

Current developments on the Korean peninsula

                            Acting as MC Michel Kerres, from NRC newspaper, during Q&A session, at the table Remco Breuker and Peter Potman. By Guido Lanfranchi. On Tuesday May 22nd, amid the rapid and tumultuous events occurring on the Korean peninsula, a large audience gathered at the Societeit De Witte, in the very center of The Hague, to attend the seminar: “Current Developments on the Korean Peninsula.”  The event was organized thanks to a collaboration between the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Netherlands,  the Asia and Oceania…