February 23, 2019

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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Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Visits OPCW

Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Spain, H.E. Mr. Josep Borrell Fontelles with H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias, Director General OPCW. Photography by Imane Rachidi. The Hague, Netherlands — 18 October 2018 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Spain, H.E. Mr. Josep Borrell Fontelles, met today at the OPCW Headquarters in The Hague. The Director-General and the Minister of Foreign of Affairs examined the progress and challenges in implementing the global ban against chemical…

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ICJ and the Embassy of El Salvador pay homage to Dr. Jose Gustavo Guerrero

The President of the International Court of Justice, H.E. Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yousef and the Ambassador of El Salvador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations based in The Hague, H.E. Mr. Agustín Vásquez Gómez. International Court of Justice and the Embassy of El Salvador In the Netherlands Pay Homage to Doctor José Gustavo Guerrero The President of the International Court of Justice, H.E. Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yousef and the Ambassador of El Salvador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations based in The Hague, H.E. Mr. Agustín…

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U.S. pushes forward with international pressure campaign on Iran

By Guido Lanfranchi During a trip to India and Europe, the Special Representative for Iran: Brian Hook, is trying to gain international support to the U.S. pressure campaign on Iran. Upcoming U.S. extraterritorial sanctions on Iran’s energy and financial sectors are at the center of the discussions.   There are less than three weeks left before November 5th, the date in which the second batch of U.S. sanctions on Iran are set to take effect, and the State Department is stepping up efforts to convince its international partners to abide by these sanctions. U.S. Special Representative for Iran, Mr. Brian…

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Costa Rica Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Visits OPCW

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 15 October 2018 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias, and the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Costa Rica, H.E. Ms. Lorena Aguilar, met today at the OPCW Headquarters in The Hague. The Director-General briefed the Vice Minister on the progress in implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and highlighted the Organisation’s priorities such as enhancing OPCW’s capabilities to address the threat from chemical weapons use, and upgrading the OPCW Laboratory, into a Centre for Chemistry and Technology. The discussion also covered international…

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