February 20, 2019

Premiers of Wallonia and East Belgium in Düsseldorf and Berlin

Alexander Miesen, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, Willy Borsus, Armin Laschet, Oliver Paasch, Mark Speich – Picture by Land NRW, Stefanie Loos. Friday, 19 October 2018, Representation of North Rhine-Westphalia to the German Federation, Berlin: The Premier of Wallonia (Belgium), Willy Borsus accompanied by the Premier of the German-speaking Community of Belgium (East Belgium), Oliver Paasch as well as the Parliament Speaker Alexander Miesen, and former speaker and incumbent President of the Committee of Regions of the EU, Karl-Heinz Lambertz were received by NRW Premier Armin Laschet and State Secretary Mark Speich. The high ranking delegation was in Berlin to celebrate the tenth…

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Asian & Oceania Ambassadors Luncheon

On the picture Sri Lanka, H.E. Mr. Adam Maznavee Jaufer Sadiq, India, H.E. Mr. Venu Rajamony, Pakistan, H.E. Mr Shujjat Ali Rathore, Thailand H.E Ms Eksiri Pintaruchi, Viet Nam H.E. Ngô Thi Hòa,  Drs. L.M.C (Lidewijde) Ongering, Australia H.E. Mr. Matthew Neuhaus, Indonesia, H.E. Mr I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja, Malaysia, H.E.  Mr Ahmad Nazri Bin Yusof, New Zealand, H.E. Ms Lyndal Walker and Japan, H.E. Mr. Hiroshi Inomata. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague 17 October 2018, The Ambassador of Vietnam in The Hague, H.E. Ngô Thi Hòa, hosted an informal Asia Ambassadors luncheon at the Hilton. Ambassador Ngô…

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Respecting Iran’s rights: a test on adherence to the Rule of Law

                            The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Netherlands, H.E. Mr. Alireza Jahangiri, invited the media to a breakfast meeting to exchange views on the current issues related to  Iran. In a frank conversation, the Ambassador advocated for Iran’s rightfulness and exhorted the international community to uphold the Rule of Law. Welcoming representatives from the media for the breakfast meeting, Ambassador Jahangiri opened the talks with a discussion on Dutch news. Soon, however, the conversation led to the current international situation of Iran, which is…

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The Global Commission on Adaptation

Prime Minister Mark Rutte y former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. In October 2018, The Hague became the theater for one of the most significant acts on climate change so far: the launch of the Global Commission on Adaptation. The initiative, launched by a series of high level personalities with the support of several countries, calls for stepping up efforts to mitigate the negative effects of climate change globally. The Global Commission on Adaptation was launched and supported by a large number of high-level political leaders, including former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva, Dutch Prime…

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Belgium contributes €2M to Future OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology

OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias, and Belgium’s Permanent Representative to the OPCW, H.E. Mr. Christian LePage. The Hague, Netherlands — 22 October 2018 — The Government of the Kingdom of Belgium has contributed €2 million to a special Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Trust Fund to support the project to upgrade the current OPCW Laboratory and Equipment Store through the construction of a new facility. The new facility will be known as the OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology. The donation was formalised with an exchange of letters by the OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias,…

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The Bicycling Diplomats of The Hague

By Roy Lie Atjam. A remarkable bicycling spree in The Hague, it brought a good number of enthusiasts members of the diplomatic community together on Saturday 20 October 2018. The objective was inclusion, informal mingling which might lead to lasting contacts and having fun. The tour departed from Hotel Crowne Plaza and travelled in the direction of downtown Den Haag, parliament square, haagschebos and other interesting historical and tourist sites. For additional Kim Vermaat’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/109407424@N02/albums/72157699504162562 The bicyclists were enthusiastic, encouraging feedbacks have been received, some have posted pictures of the tour on social media….

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Pacification strategies of the Dutch Revolt. Ideas, means and actors in a cultural perspective

On the picture  speaker Mr. Bernardo J. García García, Chair Hispanic Society of The Hague,  Ms. Edith Bergansius,  Ambassador of Spain H.E.  Ms. María J. Alonso and Mr.  Luis Tejero González, cultural attaché of the Spanish Embassy. Conference by Dr. Bernardo J. García García, Department of Modern and Contemporary History of the Complutense University. To mark the beginning of the ’80 years war’ in 1568, the Spanish Embassy in The Hague, Instituto Cervantes (Utrecht) and the Hispanic Society of The Hague organized the  lecture Pacification strategies of the Dutch Revolt. Ideas, means and actors in a cultural perspective at Carlton Ambassador Hotel, The Hague,…

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eSwatini accredited in Berlin

H.E. Ambassador Sibusisiwe Mngomezulu and Federal President Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Tuesday, 28 August 2018, Berlin: H.E. Ambassador Sibusisiwe Mngomezulu, who is resident in Brussels and responsible for the Benelux countries, the EU, the OPCW, the ACP Group of States, France, the Holy See as well as Germany; was accredited to the latter federal republic by Federal President Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier at Bellevue Palace. He is the first ambassador accredited to Germany and France since the name change for his homeland to eSwatini by royal decision. Ambassador Sibusisiwe Mngomezulu was born in Manzini, then Kingdom of Swaziland, on 25 December 1973. He…

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Fiesta Nacional de España 2018

On the picture Ambassador Maria Alonso during her speech.   Roy Lie Atjam. The Ambassador of Spain in the Netherlands  H.E. Ms. Maria Alonso, in her first National Day address in The Hague, toasted on the longstanding friendship between the Kingdom of Spain and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. For additional Kim Vermaat’s pictures, please open the link below: https://www.flickr.com/photos/109407424@N02/albums/72157674682463958 Ambassador Alonso noted that the occasion also celebrates Christopher Columbus arrival to the Americas on 12 October 1492. A huge military parade in Madrid is the highlight of the celebrations. A few hundreds of individuals: diaspora, diplomats, Dutch government agents…

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2018: Viet Namis Surging Ahead

73rd NationalDay Celebration By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague, 20 September 2018, with a reception the Embassy of Vietnam celebrated the 73rd anniversary of the National Day in the garden of the Chancellery on Javastraat. H.E. Ambassador Ngo Thi Hoa delivered her welcoming speech, followed by cultural performances featuring the Vietnamese traditional musician Ngo Hong Quang. He studied in Vietnam and at the Royal Academy of Music in The Hague. Furthermore, guests were offered an array of Vietnamese culinary specialities. For additional Naldo Peverelli’s pictures, please open the link below: https://www.flickr.com/photos/109407424@N02/albums/72157699351432162 In her welcoming remarks Ambassador Ngo Thi Hoa related…

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