December 10, 2018

  • Working together for a world free of chemical weapons

    By H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons   At the end of July, I took office as the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). As the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the OPCW not only oversees the global endeavour to permanently and verifiably eliminate chemical weapons but also works to prevent the proliferation of dangerous chemicals and to improve the safety and security of the management of such chemicals. We must take into account the fact that we live surrounded by chemicals (used in…

  • Australia and the Netherlands: 400 years of shared history

    Ambassador Neuhaus attended the Invictus Family & Friends Day in Doorn for the Dutch athletes representing the Netherlands at the 2018 Invictus Games in October in Sydney, Australia. Australia’s new Ambassador to the Netherlands, H.E. Mr.  Matthew Ernest Keith Neuhaus, comes to The Hague with a background in international law, multilateralism and Africa (he grew up in East Africa and has served as Ambassador in Zimbabwe and Nigeria). “My career anchors” he calls them. As a Masters student at Cambridge University he first visited the International Court of Justice in The Hague in 1986 for a mock court case –…

  • Cuba, Preserving the Cultural Underwater Heritage

    Cuba and the Kingdom of the Netherlands signed a Memoradum of Understanding on Preservation of Cultural Underwater Heritage. By H.E. Ms. Soraya Alvarez, Ambassador of Cuba to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Last July 11 on the occasion of celebration of the 116th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the Republic of Cuba and the Kingdom of the Netherlandshave signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Preservation of Underwater Cultural Heritage between the National Council of Cultural Heritage of Cuba (CNPC) and the Rijksdienstvoor het CultureelErfgoed (RCE) of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In the premises of the Second Palace…

  • An Austrian update on Netherlands and EU Relations

    Sitting in a grand living room surrounded by unique Austrian paintings and beautiful mirrors belonging to the ancient house of Austria, the property of her government for more than 30 years, H.E. Ambassador Heidemaria Gürer talks fluently about how Austria is doing and the present state of the nation’s relationship with the Netherlands. Ambassador Gürer is the head of the Austrian Diplomatic mission, also acting as a representative to some 50 bilateral and multilateral organizations sitting in the Netherlands. Some have commented that she is the most accessible, open and friendly Austrian ambassador to have graced the Netherlands; perhaps it is…

  • Thailand towards an enhanced partnership with the Netherlands

    An article to celebrate the National Day of the Kingdom of Thailand By H.E Ms. Eksiri Pintaruchi, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.   5th December marks Thailand’s National Day, Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej (King Rama IX) and the Father’s Day of Thailand. In this connection, this article celebrates such auspicious occasions. The Thai-Dutch relations started off at the beginning of the 17th Century with next year to reach 415th Anniversary of diplomatic relations. The site of the old trading station, called “New Amsterdam” by the Dutch or…

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Kenya’s 55th Jamhuri Day Celebrations

Dec 10, 2018

By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague, Friday 7 December 2018, the Kenyan Ambassador in the Netherlands H.E. Mr. Lawrence Lenayapa. CBS, hosted a festive reception for international guests, Head of Missions, Dutch partners, civil society and Kenyan nationals, at the Hotel Crowne Plaza to celebrate Jamhuri Day 2018 in advance. Not even the rain could stop the 250 or so guests from attended the mid-day reception which included Kenyan dishes, music and live performances of the Kenyan- and Dutch national anthems rendered by Kenyan singer and entertainer Ms. Wendy Kimani. An extract of Ambassador LENAYAPA’s Jamhuri Day remarks is hereto…

‘Blockade’- the documentary film screened in The Hague

Dec 10, 2018

Blockade, Bangladesh documentary. Among the audience H.E. Mr. Mohammed Belal, Ambassador of Bangladesh. 26 November 2018, The Hague: Only a week before the month of Victory, Embassy of Bangladesh in the Hague organized screening of a liberation war documentary on 25 November 2018. A full house attended the screening of ‘Blockade’ based on true story. ‘Blockade’ documentary is the story of nonviolent protest to stop the shipment of arms from the US to Pakistan during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. Blockade tells the story of how a group of American and Bengali activists protested against the U.S. government’s military and…

Trilateral Air Force Exercise “Point Blank”: interoperability and readiness

Dec 10, 2018

Major General John Wood (US Air Force), Air Commodore Jez Attridge (UK RAF) and Major General Luc de Rancourt (French Air Force). By Guido Lanfranchi At the end of October, the Air Forces of the United States, United Kingdom, and France conducted the Trilateral Air Force Exercise “Point Blank” in the United Kingdom. The exercise, the first of its kind with France on board, focused on interoperability among different assets and high state of readiness. About 50 aircraft involved, including the F-35B from the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force, the French Air Force’s Rafale, and the US Air Force’s F-15,…

Book Launching ‘The Incredible Ways of Parenting You Always Wanted To Know’

Dec 10, 2018

By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague, Marriott Hotel 23 November 2018- Mrs. Joy Uwanziga who lives and works in The Hague as an expatriate (you might know her as the Consular Affairs Assistant of the Embassy of Rwanda) has launched her second book entitled ‘The Incredible Ways Of Parenting You Always Wanted To Know’. Her well-received first book, “Manners In Rwanda “ is about basic Knowledge of Rwandan Culture, Customs, and Kinyarwanda Language. The book has been among the first 100 bestsellers on Amazon (Africa Department) since 2015, three months after its publication till now. In fact, the incredible ways…

Exhibition Brings Egyptian Deities to Life

Dec 10, 2018

                            By  Roy Lie Atjam. Leiden, 15 November 2018, the Ambassador of Egypt in the Netherlands. H.E. Mr. Amgad Abdel Ghafar organized a diplomatic reception in connection with the opening of the exhibition Gods of Egypt. The National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden served as a backdrop. The Museum houses a fabulous collection of artefacts from ancient Egypt. According to a report, the Gods of Egypt exhibition includes 500 artefacts collected in cooperation with the Louvre, Allard Pierson and Vienna museum. The exhibition coincides with the 200th…

Pálinka Masterclass in The Hague

Dec 8, 2018

On 29 November 2018, the Embassy of Hungary presented a “Pálinka Masterclass”at the Hungarian Corner restaurant in The Hague. Kristian Kielmayer, Chairman of the National Pálinka of Excellence Programme presented a special selection of the Hungarian pálinkas, and the distinguished guests discovered the unique taste of apricot, blackcurrant, elderberry, grape, plum, apple and sour cherry pálinka. The event was organized for Dutch experts and gastronomic journalists and opened by Ambassador Kocsis. The distinctive pálinkas were offered by seven Hungarian distilleries: 1 Csepp, Brill, Csalló, Schiszler, Tarpa, Várda, Zsindelyes. After the tasting, traditional Hungarian goulash and strudel were served to guests.

President János Áder on a working visit in the Netherlands

Dec 8, 2018

On 23 November, President János Áder met King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands for talks on climate change and measures to prevent water crises. The heads of state reviewed ways to make changes in energy production and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. During his visit, the Hungarian president was explained the cornerstones of Dutch policy on integrated water management at Maeslantkering, the largest movable storm surge barrier in the world. Later during the day, President Áder observed the operation of a Hungarian developed biological wastewater treatment plant at the abbey in Koningshoeven. Using plants and algae in an alternative technology, the facility…

Honorary Consul of El Salvador, Sonia Meijer Keynote Speaker at Graduation Ceremony

Dec 7, 2018

By Nane Paraiso. On Friday 12th of October, Sonia Meijer was invited to speak at the graduation ceremony for International Baccalaureate students at Comenius College in Capelleaan den IJssel. Last year ex Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende was the key-note speaker, this year in the light of diversity, Comenius College decided to invite a charismatic and inspirational person from the Corps Diplomatic. It was a special evening since the students graduated with the highest marks in the Netherlands. The evening started with a dinner for parents, graduates and teachers. Immediately after, the graduates had to wear their beautiful caps and…

17th Assembly of States Parties opens in The Hague

Dec 6, 2018

The seventeenth session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened today at the World Forum Convention Center in The Hague, The Netherlands. From 5 to 12 December 2018, States Parties to the Rome Statute, the Court’s founding treaty, observer States, invited States, international and regional organizations and representatives from civil society will discuss key challenges facing the Statute, as it is turning 20 this year. States Parties will also make important decisions and adopt resolutions on key issues pertaining to the functioning of the Court and the Trust Fund…

Visit of Cuba’s Deputy First Minister (CITMA), Dr. Fernando González Bermúdez

Dec 6, 2018

H.E. M. Soraya Alvarez Ambassador of Cuba, during her welcome remarks, we can see besides her the Ambassador of Poland, H.E. Mr. Marcin Czepelak and Mr. Anton Lutter. By Anton Lutter. The ambassador of Cuba H.E. Soraya Alvarez, hosted a reception – 19thnov – at het residence welcoming the Deputy First Minister of Science, Technology and the Environment (CITMA), Dr. Fernando González Bermúdez. Born in 1946 he studied medicine at the University of Havana and obtaining a PhD in 1975, specializing in embryology. Since July 2004 he was appointed in the above office. Earlier he has held the high position…

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Botswana, in the framework of the Global Expo 2018

Diplomat Magazine spoke to Botswana’s Minister Bogolo Kenewendo In the framework of the Global Expo Botswana 2018, Diplomat Magazine had the pleasure to talking to the country’s Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, The Honourable Bogolo Kenewendo. Do you foresee any effects that Brexit may have on Botswana, and its relations to the EU? Particularly because Botswana’s only BITC has only a seat in London. Have you pondered about moving it to an EU country, or opening one in Paris, Berlin or Frankfurt? Botswana like any other country, is following with keen interest on debates and the envisaged outcomes of…

NATO Trident Juncture Excercise: a message of deterrence to everyone

By Guido Lanfranchi At the end of October, NATO started its Trident Juncture 2018 exercise in and around Norway, simulating the Alliance’s reaction to a violation of Norway’s sovereignty. Admiral James Foggo, Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa, says that the exercise sends a strong message of deterrence.   Almost 50,000 personnel, 10,000 vehicles, 250 aircraft, and over 65 ships, from all 29 NATO Allies and two partner nations, Sweden and Finland, deployed in and around Norway, in spite of uneasy climatic conditions. These are the figures of NATO Trident Juncture 2018 exercise, kick started at the end…

Driving Tomorrow – Self-Driving Cars and its (legal) future

By Dr. Andreas Eustacchio LL.M. (London LSE),  Vienna-based attorney-at-law; born in Zambia. “The highly intriguing theory – supported by the extensive geological evidences including the bacteriological analysis of deep-laying hydrocarbons – about the abiotic nature of oil and its practically infinite recreation in the lower geological formations of earth was presented some 25 years ago. These findings were quickly dismissed, and the theory itself largely ignored and forgotten. The same happened with the highly elaborate plans of Nikola Tesla to exploit a natural geo-electrical phenomenon for the wireless transfers of high energy for free. Why? Infinity eliminates the premium of…

Boundary of division and contention: Pashtun conflicts must be addressed

Both Afghan and Pakistani governments must address the long-standing conflicts over their shared frontier region in a way that arrests the rising disaffection among the Pashtun community. By Attaullah Waziri. A border that was a product colonial jealousy and insecurity, the Durand Line divided what can be claimed as one of the world’s largest ethnic tribes, the Pashtuns, into two separate nation-states, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where they compete for political prominence today. In the late 1880s, the Amir of Afghanistan, Abdur Rahman, started demanding a clear demarcated border with the government of British India that had ventured into the Afghan…

Nile Basin and South Sudan Diplomacy

By Abraham Telar Kuc. For years tensions have been rising between the Nile river basin countries over the sharing and management of the Nile water, as Ethiopia, Uganda and many other countries questioning and refusing the water allocation percentages and the rights given to Egypt and Sudan in different agreements concerning Nile river water sharing, usage and management; saying that all the agreements governing the Nile water were signed between Great Britain and Egypt during the colonial era but former British colonies and current independent African nations are saying that all those agreements didn’t represent their interests and do not…

Cuba, the sense of safety

Twelve  days in Cuba Text & Photography by Kim Vermaat Cuba, an internationally coveted destination for globetrotters, is enjoying a strong summer season in its tourism and hospitality industries this year, boasting over two million visitors thus far. These industries continue to grow in defiance of the realities brought on by the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and the US-blockade. In large part, this is thanks to the rise in visitors from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Mexico, and Russia. The majority — 63 percent — of its hotels are rated four and five stars, and 74…

Why You Should Visit Uzbekistan

By Dr. Eugenio Matos G. When you are next deciding where to spend your holidays, consider Uzbekistan. This exquisitely beautiful nation brings together East and West, and offers an abundance of delightful new discoveries for any traveller visiting for the first time The major cities of Uzbekistan are known as the pearls of the “Great Silk Road”, travel destinations and cities that have absorbed all the singularity and unique beauty of the East. Visiting these cities allows one to be transported back to the atmosphere of a medieval city, to an era in which the Uzbek people made history. The…

Uzbekistan Airways, fostering National Tourism Development

                          By Dr. Eugenio Matos G. Traveling with Uzbekistan Airways is a truly memorable experience, thanks to the personal touch of its flight crew members and the extraordinary level of service that is reminiscent of “la belle epoch” of the airline transportation industry. The flag carrier is headquartered at Tashkent International Airport and serves destinations in Asia, Europe and North America. The company was founded in 1992 and builds on the legacy of the Uzbekistan division of the former Aeroflot which existed before the dissolution of the Soviet…

Coordinated crackdown on ‘Ndrangheta mafia in Europe

Unique joint investigation by judiciary and police forces in the Netherlands, Italy, Germany and Belgium culminates in the largest coordinated joint action against an organised criminal group to date in Europe During a joint action day starting today in the early hours, judicial and law enforcement authorities in the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg have taken coordinated and decisive action against the ‘Ndrangheta. This aggressive, mafia-style organised criminal group is one of the most powerful criminal networks in the world, and controls much of Europe’s cocaine trade, combined with systematic money laundering, bribery and violent acts. The operation, code-named…

Bleak See on the Black Sea

By Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarević. Following the latest events in and around the Black Sea, two old questions are reappearing. Both are inviting us for a repeated elaboration: If a Monroe doctrine (about the hemispheric security exclusivity) is recognised at one corner of the globe, do we have a moral right or legal ground to negate it at the other corner? This irrespectively from the fact that Gorbachev-Yeltsin Russia unilaterally renounced the similar explication – the Brezhnev doctrine about irreversibility of communist gains. Clearly, the ‘might-makes-right’ as a conduct in international relations cannot be selectively accepted. Either it is acknowledged…

The Hague Philippines Embassy Organizes Forum On EVAW: Ending Violence Against Women

The Philippine Ambassador to the Netherlands, H.E. Mr. Jaime Victor B. Ledda. 05 December 2018 – The Philippine Embassy in The Hague (The Hague PE) successfully conducted on 01 December a forum in observance of PH 18-day campaign to end violence against women, aptly titled, Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW): The International and National Responses. In his welcome remarks, H.E. Ambassador Jaime Victor B. Ledda informed the participants that the forum is a continuing advocacy on women’s rights and gender equality of the Embassy, in close partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Gender and Development (GAD) program, and the…

US SR Hook displays evidence of Iranian activity in the Middle East

By Guido Lanfranchi. Addressing the diplomatic and press corps in Joint Base Anacostia – Bolling, United States, US Special Representative for Iran Mr. Brian Hook showed “tangible evidence” of Iran’s “malign activities” in the Middle East, and urged the international community to support the US-led pressure campaign on Tehran. The Iran Materiel Display (IMD), hosted by Joint Base Anacostia – Bolling, is a showcase of missiles, rifles, hand grenades and a number of other Iranian-made weapons collected by the United States and its allies in the region. Such exposition – US Special Representative for Iran Mr. Brian Hook explains –…