February 23, 2019

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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Green light for Dutch–Tanzanian Potato Center in Tanzania

H.E. Ms Irene Florence M. Kasyanju, Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Dutch government and a group of companies active in the potato industry are set to build a Center for the development of the Potato Industry in the southern Tanzanian town of Mbeya. Senior Government officials signed a manifesto to begin the project during the Tanzania Agribusiness Event in The Hague on May 31st. The Netherlands is the world leader in the potato sector, with Dutch seed potatoes accounting for 60% of worldwide potato production. While over 500 different varieties of potato…

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4th Annual Diplomats’ Autumn Welcoming Reception

Ms Wathsala Amarasinghe, Second Secretary , Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, posed in front a new Maserati 2018. Diplomat magazine in collaboration with Crowne Plaza Hotel and Diplomatic Card hosted its 4th Diplomats Welcome After Summer reception. The reception included a luxury cars exhibition on the premises of the Hotel Crowne Plaza in The Hague on the 14th of September 2017. For additional Robert Huibert and Marian van Noort’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157689006681926 The world’s most renowned car manufacturers descend on the diplomatic city of The Hague to present their latest developments to…

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A Kiwi in the Netherlands

Biking as a new Dutch, Ambassador Walker is going out from her Embassy in The Hague. Photography by Vincent Delaere, New Zealand Embassy. By H.E. Lyndal Walker, Ambassador of New Zealand to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland. Kia Ora, how exciting to be living in The Hague. Feeling like I had won the lottery I arrived from a New Zealand winter just in time for the tail end of the European summer! In addition to being responsible for New Zealand’s relations with the Netherlands, I am also accredited to Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland, as well…

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Kazakhstan’s 25th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations

H.E. Mr. Magzhan Ilyassov, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. On 10 September 2017 Kazakhstan and the Netherlands mark a significant event – the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. In a quarter of a century, Kazakh-Dutch relations have reached a high level of development, and Astana and The Hague maintain intensive and trustful political dialogue while actively expanding trade, economic, cultural, and humanitarian ties. The official visit of the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, to The Hague…

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The search for the next Director-General of the OPCW

The above is a personal reflection of Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal, Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the OPCW. The tenure of the incumbent Director-General of the OPCW E. Mr Ahmet Üzümcü is going to end in July 2018, when and how the new Director-General of the OPCW is going to be appointed? Answer: The incumbent Director-General of the OPCW, H.E. Mr Ahmet Üzümcü was appointed in December 2009 by the Conference of the States Parties at its Fourteenth Session. Following his appointment, Mr Ahmet Üzümcü began his term of office for four years on 25 July…

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