April 23, 2019

The MICT and the Future of International Criminal Justice

By Judge Theodor Meron, President of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals. The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals is an institution that finds itself, in many ways, at a critical juncture in the evolution of international criminal justice. As the successor to the first international criminal courts of the modern era—the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and for the former Yugoslavia—the Mechanism is responsible for carrying out key residual functions inherited from its predecessors, such as the protection of vulnerable witnesses and the enforcement of sentences of those convicted by the ICTR or the ICTY. It is, in many ways,…

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Leave no one behind in global health

By Tom Chou, Representative, Taipei Representative Office in the Netherlands. An outbreak of a highly contagious disease, such as MERS, Ebola or Zika, if not being dealt with promptly, can easily spread over the world. Therefore, no country should be left behind the security net of global health. Taiwan has provided over US$ 6 billion in international and humanitarian aid efforts since 1996. It has benefited millions of people directly or indirectly in more than 80 countries. Since 2009, Taiwan has been invited by the WHO to participate in the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer. With this new…

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Israel is an amazing success story

By H.E. Mr. Aviv Shir-On, Ambassador of the State of Israel to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This year we celebrate the 69th Independence Day of the state of Israel, however 2017 is a year in which we are celebrating a number of other important jubilees. It is 120 years since the first Zionist Congress, that was convened in Basel, in 1897, and marked the foundation of Zionism, which is actually, the political national movement of the Jewish people. Additionally it is 100 years since the “Balfour Declaration”, which is the statement of the British government from November 1917, supporting…

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The Czech Republic – the past and the present

By H.E. Ms. Jana Reinišová, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Czech Republic has a long history during which the alternation of good and bad times was symptomatic. Not going into details, let us demonstrate it on reminding us of some of the periods connected with the anniversaries we have been recently or are to be commemorated. Last year we celebrated the 700 years anniversary of the birth of Charles IV. (1316 – 1378, the son of Jan of Luxembourg and Eliška Přemyslovna, descendant of the Czech royal family), the Czech King and Roman…

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Optimism in Viet Nam and the Netherlands relationship

Pictured Ambassador Ngo Thi Hoa on the day she presented the Letter of Credence to the King of the Netherlands. By H.E. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of Viet Nam to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Viet Nam and the Netherlands established diplomatic relations in 1973. After 1975, the Netherlands opened their embassy in 1976. Viet Nam opened its Embassy in the Netherlands in 1998. The cooperation between the two sides therefore gained momentum. Over the past 44 years, Viet Nam – the Netherlands relationship has recorded remarkable achievements. In terms of political relations, the two sides have regularly exchanged delegations at all…

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Island Sustainability in a Changing World

By H.E. Ngedikes “Olai” Uludong, Ambassador of Palau to the United Nations and the  European Union. Koror, Republic of Palau — There are exciting new opportunities to accelerate economic and social progress on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). It is time for our Pacific nations to seize them. In September 2014, Samoa invited the world to their beautiful country to discuss the future of SIDS. It had become well recognized by the international community that SIDS face unprecedented challenges from globalization, climate change, and ocean degradation. At the Third International Conference on SIDS in Samoa, we were able to chart a way forward….

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Strengthening Ties Through A Progressive Trade Agenda

By  H.E. Mrs. Sabine Nölke, Ambassador of Canada to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This is an exciting time to be a Canadian Ambassador in Europe! In February, the European Parliament voted to ratify the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union and Canada – an important milestone in efforts to move forward on the next chapter in our relationship, particularly our trading relationship. Canada’s ratification is imminent, and will result in an immediate entry into force of almost 90% of CETA’s provisions. Some might argue that CETA runs against certain currents in international relations and traditionally…

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Human Rights Day in the Republic of South Africa: 21 March

  By H.E. Mr. Vusi Bruce Koloane Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Human Rights Day is a national day that is commemorated annually on 21 March to remind South Africans about the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for the attainment of democracy in South Africa. This year’s commemoration took place under the theme: “The Year of OR Tambo: Unity in action in advancing Human Rights”. President Jacob Zuma gave a key note address at the Human Rights Day celebrations which was held in Victoria Sports Ground, King Williams Town, Eastern Cape. Why Human…

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Belgian State Visit to Denmark March 2017

By H.E. Louise Bang Jespersen, Ambassador of Denmark to the Kingdom of Belgium. Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid their first State Visit to Denmark from 28-30 of March 2017. The royal couple was accompanied by an impressive Belgian delegation of ministers, academics and companies from different sectors, including sustainable solutions, logistics and health. Our countries already share a warm and constructive relationship and have a strong cooperation on many issues. We also share a common commitment to the green transition and a mutual interest in developing our societies and finding smart solutions using the newest technology for…

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Greece and the EU celebrating a special day

This year’s March 25th is a day to remember both for Greece and for Europe By H.E. Eleftheria Galathianaki, Ambassador of Greece to the Kingdom of Belgium.  Greece’s national day, on March 25th, commemorates the Greek Revolution for Independence (1821). In 2017, this date coincides with the 60-year anniversary of the Rome Treaty, the birth of the European Union, as well as the embodiment of its founding values of peace, liberty, democracy and solidarity. It is therefore a date of double importance for the Greek people, as we celebrate the values that we fought for two centuries ago and share…

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