January 19, 2018

  • Connecting Past and Now, Japan and the Netherlands

    By H.E. Hiroshi Inomata, Ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. When I assumed my post as Ambassador of Japan in the Netherlands about two years ago, I was of course familiar with the shared history of our countries which has been over 400 years relationship, but living here has truly made me realise how deeply entwined the connection between Japan and the Netherlands is. In February 2017, I had a chance to visit the place that was the key to the beginnings of this relationship: Dejima, a once fan-shaped artificial island, which as a served trading post…

  • Dankuwel en Tot Ziens Nederland!

    By Abir Ali – Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Embassy of Lebanon in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. (February 2013 – January 2018). As I prepare to leave the Netherlands, I reflect on the five years I spent in this beautiful country with joy and satisfaction. Working in The Hague has been a gratifying experience for me, at times challenging yet always enjoyable. Lebanon and the Netherlands enjoy excellent relations. During my stay in Holland, our relations witnessed a remarkable boost. For the past years, Lebanon has been facing an unprecedented challenge represented by the Syrian refugee crisis. The impact on our…

  • The Ambassadors Lunch

    On the picture the Ambassadors of Bosnia – H.E. Mirsada Colakovic, Canada – H.E. Sabine Nölke, Tanzania – H.E. Ms. Irene Florence M. Kasyanju, Ambassador Marriët Schuurman, Austria – H.E. Dr Heidemaria Gürer, Pakistan – H.E. Mrs. Iffat Imran Gardezi, Kosovo – H.E. Vjosa Dobruna, Estonia – H.E. Ms Kaili Terras, Portugal – H.E. Mrs. Rosa Batoréu, Albania – H.E. Adia Sakiqi, Chile – H.E. Maria Teresa de Jesus Infante Caffi, Palestine – H.E. Rawan Sulaiman, Lebanon – Ms. Abir Ali, Romania – H.E. Brandusa Predescu, Brazil – H.E. Ms. Regina Maria Cordeiro Dunlop, Cameroon – H.E. Odette Melono, New…

  • Openness from tradition. The consular work of the City of Frankfurt am Main

    By Mayor Peter Feldmann, Lord Mayor of Frankfurt am Main. Representations of foreign states reside in capital cities? Usually, but not always! Frankfurt is certainly not the seat of the provincial government, but nevertheless the majority of the 108 consulates in the State of Hessen are located in the economic and logistical centre of the state. The Hessian Consular Corps therefore enjoys a special privilege, as it is cared for equally by the Hessian state government as well as the municipal authorities of the City of Frankfurt am Main. The Hessian State Chancellery and the Frankfurt Department of Communications and…

  • My resignation as ‘the city ambassador of The Hague’ after 14 years

                                By Jhr mr Alexander W. Beelaerts van Blokland. This will be my last contribution to Diplomat Magazine. To say goodbye. During many years I wrote articles every month in my honorary function as ‘Special Advisor International Affairs of the City of The Hague’, or –as some Dutch newspapers (NRC Handelsblad, De Telegraaf, AD Haagsche Courant) called me several years ago and ever since (with a wink !)- ‘the city ambassador of The Hague’. In the 80’s and especially the 90’s of the 20th century The Haghe…

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OPCW Praises Complete Destruction of Libya’s Chemical Weapon Stockpile

Jan 12, 2018

The Hague, Netherlands — 11 January 2018 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, applauded the complete elimination of the Category 2 chemical materials removed from Libya and transported to Germany for destruction at ceremony hosted by the Government of Germany and held on 11 January at the chemical weapons destruction facility operated by GEKA mbH in Munster, Germany. In attendance were high-level Libyan and German officials, including: Minister of Foreign Affairs of Libya, H.E. Mr Mohamed Taha Siala; State Secretary, German Federal Ministry of Defense, Dr Katrin Suder; Deputy Federal…

New Ambassador of Pakistan Presented Credentials to the King

Jan 11, 2018

Newly appointed Ambassador of Pakistan to the Netherlands, H.E Ambassador Shujjat Ali Rathore formally presented his Letter of Credentials to His Majesty King Willem Alexander on 10th January 2018, in an impressive ceremony at the Noordeinde Royal Palace in The Hague followed by a short meeting with the King.

President Varela will launch 2018 Panama Invest and Panamafest in Amsterdam

Jan 11, 2018

H.E. Willys Delvalle, Ambassador of Panama.   On the 22nd of January, the President of the Republic of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, will open the 2018 Panama Invest and Panamafest Conference Amsterdam 2018. Prominent Panamanian authorities will attend the conference including: the President of the Republic of Panama, the Vice President and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Also the  Minister for Canal Affairs-General Director and President of the Board of Directors of the Metro de Panamá, S.A., Minister of Agricultural Development, Minister of the Maritime Authority of Panama, General Manager of Tocumen International Airport. “Over the past decade, Panama’s strategic…

Mogherini begins 2018 in Cuba

Jan 9, 2018

                            His Excellency Mr Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Cuban Foreign Affairs Minister and Her Excellency Mrs. Federica Mogherini – Picture by Council of the European Union. Thursday, 4 January 2018, Republic of Cuba: The European Union’s top diplomat, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Commissioner Federica Mogherini met Cuban President Raúl Castro as she ended a two-day visit to the Communist country aimed at strengthening commitment to the island as the US backtracks on a fragile détente. At a press conference, Mogherini said that EU member countries combined were now Cuba’s…

The Embassy of Japan, conferral of the Order of the Rising Sun

Jan 9, 2018

Mrs Midori Inomata, Dr Joop A Stam and spouse with His Excellency Ambassador Hiroshi Inomata. By Roy Lie A Tjam. Japan – Nippon, the land where the sun rises. The Ambassador of Japan in the Netherlands H.E. Hiroshi Inomata hosted a Ceremony of Conferment at his Residence in honour of Dr Joop A. Stam, Professor Emeritus of Erasmus University Rotterdam and the University of Twente. After warmly welcoming his guests Ambassador Hiroshi Inomata proceeded with the ceremony of Conferment. Dr Stam received the ‘the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon’ in recognition of his outstanding contribution in developing…

Mongolia Diplomats Meet and Greet

Jan 6, 2018

H.E. Mr. Od Och, Ambassador of Mongolia,  spouse Mrs. Tsolmon Jadamba  and Ms. Maralgua Od, Ambassador’s daughter with members of the Khan Bogd ensemble. By Sheila Turabaz. Last November’s Diplomats Meet and Greet was centered around Mongolian culture in all its splendor. Organized by the Embassy of Mongolia in Brussels, Diplomat Magazine and the Diplomatic Card at the Carlton Ambassador Hotel, guests experienced enchanting Mongolia through live music performances and fantastic food. Guests were entertained with traditional Mongolian music, played by the Khan Bogd music ensemble, dressed in traditional Mongolian “deel” clothing . The traditional folk music of Mongolia has…

Soldiers honor WWII tradition

Jan 4, 2018

US Soldiers honor WWII tradition with Christmas Eve in the caves of Maastricht Soldiers from the U.S. Army participated in the annual mass honoring the Christmas Eve Mass celebrated by American soldiers in 1944. For the second year, USA Charge d’affaires Mr Shawn Crowley and his wife Sabine represented the United States Mission. December 24th, 1944, the Dutch Brothers of the Immaculate Conception organized a Christmas Eve Mass in the Schark Cave, close to the St. Pieter’s Mountain in Maastricht. Between 250 and 280 mostly young American soldiers, who were based in Maastricht and surrounding areas, attended this special Christmas celebration in…

Panel Discussion: International Law from a Visegrád Perspective

Jan 2, 2018

On 7 November, 2017 the Embassy of Hungary in the Netherlands organized a panel discussion entitled “International Law from a Visegrád Perspective” at The Hague Institute for Global Justice. The event was organized in the framework of the Hungarian presidency of the Visegrád Group with more than 130 participants attending from diplomatic missions, international courts and think tanks in The Hague. At this panel discussion, a distinguished panel of judges from all the Visegrád countries discussed the legal traditions in Visegrád countries and their current influence on international law, as well as how the national experience of judges influences the…

Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2017

Diplomat Magazine is looking forward to another year with passion to progress, wishing to our readers and followers a successful  New Year 2018. May the New Year brings the changes that you wish to see at your workplace and family;  may it brings you the strength to take innovative initiatives. Another year with a whole new challenges and new opportunities to work hard, keep perseverance and transcend. Hope you unfold new horizons to make your word a better place, fulfill new personal wishes, reach new goals and rediscover the strength within you to bring in genuine changes. 2017 was the best year for Diplomat Magazine up to date, 2018 looks even better. This…

Glittering Tokaj Wines – Hungarian Meet & Greet

Dec 28, 2017

On the picture H.E  Mr. András Kocsis, Ambassador of Hungary. Tokaj, the one and only – Master class on the world renowned wine region of Hungary By Michael Bonté. Once again the Embassy of Hungary, Diplomatic Card, Diplomat Magazine and the Carlton Ambassador Hotel presented a wine extravaganza on 23 November 2017 with a whopping selection of eleven different wines. All from the most famous Hungarian wine region Tokaj, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has an unique terroir and grape varieties only found in Hungary. The guests were in for a treat. For additional Kim Vermaat’s pictures, please open the…

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A speech for our King in Westminster Hall

By Barend ter Haar. In the autumn of 1688, a relative of mine, William of Orange, assembled in Holland a fleet of almost 500 ships with 40.000 men aboard to invade England. In November he disembarked in Devon and in December Dutch forces entered London. For the next thirteen years William III was not only Stadtholder of Holland and Zealand, but also King of England, Scotland and Ireland. The contrast between the arrival of William III in London and the way Queen Máxima and I are received on our State Visit is enormous. I am happy to say that in…

Hong Kong feast straight out of a martial arts classic

On the picture, chefs and students of Hong Kong’s Chinese Culinary Institute turned the gastronomic fancies of Jin Yong’s novel “The Legend of the Eagle-Shooting Heroes” into reality. The ham used to make “Twenty-four Bridges of Moonlight” can be seen in the centre of the picture. Any kind of food, it would seem, can be found in culinary paradise Hong Kong, from Michelin-starred restaurants to tasty and authentic street food.   The 2017 guide references 49 different cuisines and 61 starred-restaurants, including six awarded three stars, a rich offering indeed for a territory 30 times smaller than Belgium. Only a…

The new Dutch Cabinet: profiles of Ministers and State Secretaries. Part I.

By Anton Lutter. After the longest period of negotiating in Dutch political history – 208 days – a cabinet has been formed by the VVD, CDA, D’66 and CU political parties under the slogan “Trust in the future”, with Mark Rutte as third time Prime Minister, thus starts cabinet Rutte III. In part I and II, we will introduce the 24 Ministers and State Secretaries who were initiated by H.M. King Willem-Alexander at palace Noordeinde the 26th of October. Mr. Mark Rutte Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs, is the party leader of the largest coalition party in government…

Global Justice and the Rule of Law: the future of the International Liberal Order

Intervention by Steven van Hoogstraten, CEO Hague Institute,  before the Human Rights Committee of the Liberal International, at the “Europa Huis”. Mr Chairman, ladies and gentlemen Many thanks for the invitation to come and speak before your parliamentary committee this morning on behalf of the Hague Institute for Global Justice. In the words of the former Mayor of the Hague, the liberal politician Jozias van Aartsen, “the Hague Institute for Global justice was established 5 years ago in response to a growing demand for policy relevant research and innovative thinking on critical issues of peace and justice. Today the Institute plays…

Diplomat Magazine’s new edition – The magic of The Hague

Diplomat Magazine, the first diplomatic magazine in the Netherlands, is more active than ever. One need only look back at our recent successes, including the innumerable events organised by the magazine in the last five months, the special 10th Anniversary issue for the embassy of Rwanda, the development of the magazine into a leading online publication with hundreds of thousands of readers, and now this special printed edition.   Inside the microcosm of The Hague, the picture of the world is composed of unique elements. In terms of international politics The Hague is different; here diplomats live in an exceptional…

Wuxia literature and cinema, an essential part of Hong Kong identity

On the picture portrait and works of Jin Yong. Chinese martial arts, often named under the umbrella term of wushu or kung fu, involve exercising the mind as well as the body, a strenuous and continued effort devoted to one’s pursuit. This resonates with the Hong Kong spirit – strive for perfection, never give up, and at the same time, be skillful and flexible in facing challenges. Wuxia literature has a long history. Xia were soldiers originally fighting for one of the contending Warring States, who later became knights-errant of the common people, fighting against injustice and corruption. The genre…

EU Project in Uzbekistan

Dr Alfred Kellermann. EU Project “Further Strenghtening of the Bi-Cameral Parliamentary System and Communications between the Parliament and the Regional Assemblies in Uzbekistan”. By Dr Alfred Kellermann. In October 2012 I was involved as Team Leader in Uzbekistan in an EU Project which had the objective “To support the current process of reforms and further democratisation in Uzbekistan by modernising the Uzbek Parliament and reinforcing its relationship with society.” Objective 1 – Capacity building was to increase the effectiveness of the legislative process and to reinforce the parliamentary mechanisms for monitoring law implementation at different levels in line with EU…

Maasai Wanderings and Nasikia Camps Tanzania going ahead

Naseeb Mfinanga, Donna Duggan and family. Maasai Wanderings and Nasikia Camps Tanzania  announce Advisors and Executive nominees Leading African tourism companies Maasai Wanderings and Nasikia Tented Camps (Tanzania) have released the companies’ first public statement following the tragic loss of Managing Director and Co-Founder Mr Naseeb Mfinanga. Mr Mfinanga was one of 11 people who lost their lives on 15 November, 2017 when a Cessna 208B  Grand Caravan aircraft operated by Coastal Aviation was involved in an accident which took place above the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania. Mr Mfinanga’s brother Shatri Mfinanga and the company’s graphics specialist Gift…

Mongolia Diplomats Meet and Greet

H.E. Mr. Od Och, Ambassador of Mongolia,  spouse Mrs. Tsolmon Jadamba  and Ms. Maralgua Od, Ambassador’s daughter with members of the Khan Bogd ensemble. By Sheila Turabaz. Last November’s Diplomats Meet and Greet was centered around Mongolian culture in all its splendor. Organized by the Embassy of Mongolia in Brussels, Diplomat Magazine and the Diplomatic Card at the Carlton Ambassador Hotel, guests experienced enchanting Mongolia through live music performances and fantastic food. Guests were entertained with traditional Mongolian music, played by the Khan Bogd music ensemble, dressed in traditional Mongolian “deel” clothing . The traditional folk music of Mongolia has…

Twenty young people “Walk the Hong Kong Spirit” at the Oxfam Trailwalker

Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the EU, Ms Shirley Lam, with the fastest team at the Oxfam Trailwalker. As one of its initiatives to mark the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s 20th anniversary, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels (HKETO, Brussels) brought 20 young people from Hong Kong to participate in the 100-kilometre Oxfam Trailwalker challenge in Belgium’s High Fens around Eupen on 26-27 August. The challenge consists in teams of four walkers having to complete a 100km trek in no more than 30 hours. Although it is now a worldwide event…

Corneliu Pivariu. Photographer: Ionus Paraschiv.

An utopian solution for the Middle East

By Corneliu Pivariu. During the last 20 years we witnessed numerous “calligraphy exercises” or exercises directly on the map as far as the possible developments in the Middle East were concerned, some of them worth paying attention to, mainly through the authors’ prism and the interests behind them and less through any practical elements they suggested. Here we are 100 years later after the Balfour Declaration (2nd of November, 2017) and the developments after the two World Wars and the end of the Cold War foreshadow the continuation of an incertitude and conflict situation in this area. If after the…

Etapas del desarrollo, crisis y familias migrantes 2/4

Por Silvia Korenblum. Las etapas del desarrollo con sus crisis vitales son esperables para todos los individuos. Surgen desde la naturaleza misma de la biología y de la sociedad y atraviesan la estructura familiar. Adolescencia Una crisis de desarrollo por excelencia es la adolescencia, pasaje de niño a adulto, dolorosa y excitante travesía. Siguiendo las ideas de Arminda Aberastury (1983), podemos decir que el adolescente realiza tres duelos fundamentales: a) duelo por el cuerpo infantil perdido, siente sus cambios como algo ex- terno frente a lo cual se encuentra como espectador impotente de lo que ocurre en su propio organismo;…

What will France’s foreign policy be under Emmanuel Macron presidency?

By Corneliu Pivariu. After around six months since taking over the presidential mandate (14 May 2017), president Emmanuel Macron’s foreign policy begins to take shape after he made tours abroad in Eastern and Central Europe (Austria, Romania and Bulgaria and met political leaders of Slovakia and the Czech Republic), in West Africa (Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Ghana), Middle East – United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia. What president Macron contemplates in his foreign policy is to restore France’s status of great power in matters of foreign policy (the status of permanent member of the UN Security Council with…

Tillerson press conference at NATO

Press Conference by Rex Tillerson (US Secretary of State) Left: Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison (US Permanent Representative to NATO). Photography US Embassy in Brussels. The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited NATO Headquarters during his travels last week to Belgium, Austria, and France.  On December 6, 2017, he spoke at a press conference in Brussels.   Here below an extract of this speech: The United States, obviously, I think has affirmed now on multiple occasions our support for NATO’s mission. We know that the security NATO provides protects Western democratic principles, protects our right to live in freedom. To that end, the United…

Although Mobility is the New Normal, Ungoverned Migration Continues to Divide Us

By Mr Martin Wyss, Chief of Mission, IOM International Organization for Migration in the Netherlands. The Secretary General of the United Nations mentioned in a recent speech that he was a migrant too, but not one who had to resort to a leaky boat. He also said that safe migration must not be limited to the global elite (for the full text see his twitter below). With these truisms, he captured two coexisting, yet starkly diverging realities clashing on the same planet. First, while the Secretary General certainly is part of the global elite, he is also part of an…

Review: Atsana Expo 2017

From June to September 2017, Atsana, the capital of Kazakhstan hosted the Atsana Expo show case, where over 120 countries and 22 international organizations demonstrated the latest innovations in the clean energy sector. Titled the Future of Energy, this expo focused on four themes, including the ‘Reduction of Carbon Emissions’, ‘Energy for Life’, ‘Energy for All’, and the ‘World of Energy,’ which focused on the role of each individual’s contribution to the efficient use of energy. The Dutch pavilion was launched by the Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands, at that time Mr. Henk Kamp and the Kazakhstan Vice…