April 23, 2019

Takeaway lessons from the Executive Council’s Chairmanship in the OPCW

H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Belal, Ambassador of  Bangladesh to the Netherlands. By Roy Lie Atjam. His Excellency Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal is the Bangladeshi Ambassador to the Netherlands, as well as Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the OPCW. From May 12th, 2017 to May 11th, 2018, H.E. Ambassador Belal has fulfilled the role of Chairperson of the Executive Council of the OPCW. On May 29th, the Ambassador agreed to share some of his insights with Diplomat Magazine Your Excellency, thank you very much for accepting this interview. As your mandate as Chairperson of the OPCW Executive Council recently came to its end,…

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Hessen fulfilling its European role

By Lucia Puttrich, Minister of European and Federal Affairs and Representative of the State of Hessen at the Federal Government. Hessen is a federal state, which is located in the middle of Europe and at the same time, deeply rooted to Europe. Through the airport in Frankfurt, one of most significant air traffic hubs of the world, and a large number of transnational companies, Hessen is globally oriented unlike any other German federal state. Our universities in Hessen and research institutes have an excellent international reputation and have a wide-reaching international (contact) network. The control centre of the European Space…

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Scottish foreign policy, an overview

By H.E. Fiona Hyslop, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs. – Ms Hyslop, everyone is acquainted to the UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, The Rt Hon Boris Johnson yet few are aware that through devolution Scotland is entitled to a degree of external (i.e. foreign) policy, which you embody since 2011. What is briefly your role as Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs? To which degree is Scotland able to conduct a policy on external affairs, and which are the ongoing priorities. My role is simply to promote Scotland where it is, and where…

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Brazil investment and trade promotion initiative in the Neherlands

The Ambassador of Brazil’s welcome speech. 6. 12th BND The Hague. Photographer Maira Ximenes. By H.E. Regina Maria Cordeiro Dunlop, Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil of the Netherlands.   The economic relations between Brazil and The Netherlands, which date back to the XVI century, are nowadays stronger than ever, due to significant flows of bilateral investments and trade, and the presence of important companies of Brazil in The Netherlands, and Dutch companies in Brazil. Ever since I arrived at The Hague as Ambassador of Brazil, in February 2017, I have been trying to foster these economic ties even…

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Lebanon “Le pays des Cèdres”

By H. E. Abdel Sattar Issa, Ambassador of Lebanon to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. I present my warmest greetings to the readers of Diplomat Magazine. I have the honour to be, since the 21st of February the new Ambassador of Lebanon to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The impressions, I have had of the Netherlands in these past few weeks, are of a beautiful country. The nature is well preserved, and the efficient sustainable development can be seen everywhere in the Dutch landscapes. The cities I have visited till now, privately or officially are all elegant, full of cultural…

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Diplomat Magazine to Promote Uzbek-Dutch Cooperation on Family Values

H.E. Mr. Dilyor Khakimov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the EU and the Benelux countries. Uzbekistan is the most populous country in Central Asia, a region that lies at the heart of the Eurasian continent. Uzbek people have a rich history, culture, art, and literature. Among the array of values that characterize the Uzbek society, family definitely plays a major role. The people believe that a strong family is the basis of a strong society, and therefore they assign to it a great value when making their choices, both in the personal and the political sphere. For instance, Uzbekistan declared the…

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Global Challenges to Human Rights Today

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, His Royal Highness Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Al Hussein – Picture by OHCHR. Global Challenges to Human Rights Today – Anna Lindh Lecture delivered by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein UN High Commissioner for Human Rights When I arrived in the United Kingdom 30 years ago to pursue my postgraduate studies, we – the foreign students were made to first register at the local police station. It meant queuing up under a sign which read: foreign aliens here. Welcome to the United Kingdom – aliens. I am here to tell you this: there are no…

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VII Ibero-American Week of International Law

Ibero-America and the cause for International Justice By H.E. Sergio Ugalde, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the Kingdom of the Netherlands I wish to begin by emphasizing the importance of international law for the Ibero-American region. There are many contributions from Ibero-America that have significantly helped the systematization of international law, whether by jurisprudence, hermeneutics or positive codification. Globally there is full awareness of these contributions and relevance of international law for the region, which relies overwhelmingly on the resolution of its disputes by mediation, arbitration or compulsory contentious jurisdiction; and by means of the considerable range of existing forums,…

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Has there been a Mauritian economic miracle between 1968 and 2018 ?

By Mrs Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, G.C.S.K., C.S.K., PhD, DSc, VI President of the Republic  of Mauritius. Mauritius is celebrating 50 years of its independence from the British in 2018. Prior to its independence in 1968, after almost 150 years of British rule – and a little less than 100 years of French rule, leading academics had predicted a future full of gloom and doom for Mauritius. The country with a per capita income of just over 200 US, had in fact, all the characteristics of a typical colonial economy: monocrop, rapid population growth, adverse terms of trade, and vulnerable to ethnic tensions….

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A Millennium of Innovation

By H.E. Mr. Michael Kretschmer, Prime Minister of the Free State of Saxony, Germany. Germany is the economic powerhouse of Europe and one of its engines is Saxony. Situated between Berlin and Prague, Frankfurt and Cracow, the Free State of Saxony looks back upon more than ten centuries of a rich and diverse history. It is a history of pioneering spirits, daring entrepreneurship and great achievement. Once a country full of woods and wilderness, Saxony at the beginning of the 21st century is an innovation leader among European regions. Having been elected to the office of Saxon Prime Minister in December…

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