December 12, 2017

Sidiki Kaba, La justice Internationale et la lutte contre l’impunité

Conversation avec S.E. M. Sidiki Kaba, Président de l’Assemblée des Etats Parties By Diplomat Magazine. Quelles sont les réalisations les plus marquantes de votre mandat ? Au cours de mon mandat, je me suis attaché à promouvoir le raffermissement de la relation entre la Cour pénale internationale et l’Afrique ainsi que la complémentarité. Je me suis efforcé d’encourager un dialogue franc et constructif entre les Etats africains ayant des griefs envers la Cour et l’Assemblée des Etats Parties de la CPI. Il était nécessaire de répondre aux sources du malaise qui existe entre la Cour et certains Etats africains qui l’accusent…

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Minister of Tolerance of the UAE

H.E. Sheikh Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance of the UAE. Picture by Government of the UAE Tolerance, an intricate Emirati value By HE Sheikh Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance (United Arab Emirates) The Ministry of Tolerance was initiated merely in the year 2016 yet its roots go back generations, in an effort to continue the support and celebration of our diverse country. In a time of on-going political tensions, regionally and globally, it is imperative that we encourage individuals in the UAE and from across the world to respect one another. To be able…

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Climbing up the stairs

By H.E. Mr Edgar Elias Azar, Ambassador of Mexico to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In 1969, being recently appointed as a judge, one morning climbing the staircase of the Mexico City Court where he served, Edgar Elias Azar promised to himself that one day he would become its President. Since that moment, he prepared academically and professionally in order to achieve his goal, which was to change the Court of one of the largest cities of the world so to assure a better administration of justice for its nearly half a million users. He was born in Acapulco, Guerrero,…

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Independent Finland: The First 100 Years

By H.E. Mr  Timo Ranta, Ambassador of Finland to Belgium and Luxembourg. Almost all countries in the world have a national day. In some countries, like Finland and The United States, that day is called The Independence Day. Finland became independent in 1917, a hundred years ago. The sixth of December was the date when the Parliament approved the independence declaration issued by the Senate. Finnish independence was recognized by most of our closest countries in January 1918. The first steps of our independence were not easy. Finland soon slid into a civil war. However, in July 1919 the first…

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Ukraine: transformations for European future

On the picture  Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, President Petro Poroshenko and  Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. By H.E. Mr Mykola Tochytskyi, Head of the Mission of Ukraine to the EU. 2017 will be marked as the year of major milestones in Ukraine-EU relations. Recent full entry into force of the Association Agreement and introduction of visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens represent those symbolic achievements, which Ukrainians stood up for during the Revolution of Dignity (2013-2014) and continue to die from Russian aggression in the East of the country. For Ukraine AA/DCFTA became a comprehensive blueprint…

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Towards The World Free From Chemical Weapons: Russia Demonstrates Its Leadership

By the Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the Organisation for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons. This year was marked by a significant success of Russia in the area of non-proliferation of the weapons of mass destruction and arms control: on September 27, 2017 the last chemical munitions remaining of all the previous Russian chemical arsenals were destroyed at the “Kizner” specialised facility in the region of Udmurtia. This is a truly milestone event. Our country has successfully fulfilled its key commitment under the Chemical Weapons Convention (or the CWC) – it has completely got rid of…

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El Salvador and the Netherlands: Two Societies United by the Spirit of Solidarity

By H.E. Mr Agustín Vásquez Gómez, Ambassador of the Republic of El Salvador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. A big ocean and more than nine thousand kilometers separate the land of Cuscatlán – primitive name given to El Salvador – and the land of the tulips and the windmills. While people in El Salvador have learned to live among volcanoes, earthquakes and hot weather all year long, people in the Netherlands are use to live surrounded by water everywhere and in many parts of the country, they live below the sea level and with an unpredictable four seasons in…

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The engagement of Italian Diplomacy in facing the migration challenges

By H.E. Andrea Perugini, Ambassador of Italy to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The current migration phenomenon surely is one of the major challenges which Italy and the International Community are facing since the end of the Second World War. The continuous massive inflow of refugees Italy was forced to cope with over the last few years has severely put to the test the Italian capacity to accommodate displaced persons, notwithstanding the ongoing investments in relevant structures and the enormous economic and social costs that Italy sustained. Whereas in 2013, a total of 22.118 persons were hosted in temporary structures,…

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Finland celebrates its 100th anniversary

This year Finland celebrates its 100th anniversary Finland declared its independence on 6 December 1917, in the turmoil created by the October Revolution in Russia. Earlier, Finland had been a part of Sweden until 1809, and after that an autonomous Grand-Duchy under the Russian rule. The hundred years since 1917 have transformed Finland enormously:  in the course of one life time Finland has developed from a poor, conflict-ridden nation to a prosperous and modern country. The Fragile States Index 2016 indicated that Finland is “the least–failed nation” in the whole world.   By H.E. Mrs. Katri Viinikka, Ambassador of Finland. A…

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Lithuania and the Netherlands develop strong partnership which could make important contribution to strengthening European security and competitiveness

                            By H.E. Mr Vidmantas Purlys, Ambassador of Lithuania to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.   Lithuania and the Netherlands co-operate in many areas and at different levels, ranging from security to economy. Both countries share similar values of democratic governance, rule of law, human rights, openness to trade and innovation. Lithuania and the Netherlands are partners in the European Union, including the euro area, and allies in NATO. The intensity of co-operation achieved to this date is remarkable, notwithstanding the fact that it was terminated by…

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