February 20, 2019

Président Meron présente l’avancement des travaux du Mécanisme au

Arusha, La Haye, le 11 decembre 2018 – Le Juge Theodor Meron, Président du Mécanisme international appelé à exercer les fonctions résiduelles des Tribunaux pénaux (le « Mécanisme ») a, dans le dernier rapport qu’il a présenté aujourd’hui devant le Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU (le « Conseil de sécurité ») en tant que Président du Mécanisme, souligné les avancées les plus notables dans les travaux du Mécanisme. Dans son allocution, le Président Meron a évoqué les défis budgétaires et opérationnels rencontrés par le Mécanisme au cours des six derniers mois, soulignant que, malgré ces défis, d’importants progrès avaient été…

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UN international day of solidarity with the Palestinian People

                            The Palestinian Head of Mission, H.E. Ms.  Rawan Sulaiman with Ms. Anissa Rabbani, a Palestinian lady in national dress. By Sofie Victoria T. Hagen. On Thursday the 29th of November, diplomats, ambassadors, as well as members of the Palestinian people and their allies, gathered in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in The Hague for a ceremony hosted by The Palestinian Mission to the Netherlands. The occasion was the UN International day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, and it is clear that the importance of this occasion was not lost…

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Kenya’s 55th Jamhuri Day Celebrations

By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague, Friday 7 December 2018, the Kenyan Ambassador in the Netherlands H.E. Mr. Lawrence Lenayapa. CBS, hosted a festive reception for international guests, Head of Missions, Dutch partners, civil society and Kenyan nationals, at the Hotel Crowne Plaza to celebrate Jamhuri Day 2018 in advance. Not even the rain could stop the 250 or so guests from attended the mid-day reception which included Kenyan dishes, music and live performances of the Kenyan- and Dutch national anthems rendered by Kenyan singer and entertainer Ms. Wendy Kimani. An extract of Ambassador LENAYAPA’s Jamhuri Day remarks is hereto…

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‘Blockade’- the documentary film screened in The Hague

Blockade, Bangladesh documentary. Among the audience H.E. Mr. Mohammed Belal, Ambassador of Bangladesh. 26 November 2018, The Hague: Only a week before the month of Victory, Embassy of Bangladesh in the Hague organized screening of a liberation war documentary on 25 November 2018. A full house attended the screening of ‘Blockade’ based on true story. ‘Blockade’ documentary is the story of nonviolent protest to stop the shipment of arms from the US to Pakistan during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. Blockade tells the story of how a group of American and Bengali activists protested against the U.S. government’s military and…

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Trilateral Air Force Exercise “Point Blank”: interoperability and readiness

Major General John Wood (US Air Force), Air Commodore Jez Attridge (UK RAF) and Major General Luc de Rancourt (French Air Force). By Guido Lanfranchi At the end of October, the Air Forces of the United States, United Kingdom, and France conducted the Trilateral Air Force Exercise “Point Blank” in the United Kingdom. The exercise, the first of its kind with France on board, focused on interoperability among different assets and high state of readiness. About 50 aircraft involved, including the F-35B from the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force, the French Air Force’s Rafale, and the US Air Force’s F-15,…

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Book Launching ‘The Incredible Ways of Parenting You Always Wanted To Know’

By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague, Marriott Hotel 23 November 2018- Mrs. Joy Uwanziga who lives and works in The Hague as an expatriate (you might know her as the Consular Affairs Assistant of the Embassy of Rwanda) has launched her second book entitled ‘The Incredible Ways Of Parenting You Always Wanted To Know’. Her well-received first book, “Manners In Rwanda “ is about basic Knowledge of Rwandan Culture, Customs, and Kinyarwanda Language. The book has been among the first 100 bestsellers on Amazon (Africa Department) since 2015, three months after its publication till now. In fact, the incredible ways…

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Exhibition Brings Egyptian Deities to Life

                            By  Roy Lie Atjam. Leiden, 15 November 2018, the Ambassador of Egypt in the Netherlands. H.E. Mr. Amgad Abdel Ghafar organized a diplomatic reception in connection with the opening of the exhibition Gods of Egypt. The National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden served as a backdrop. The Museum houses a fabulous collection of artefacts from ancient Egypt. According to a report, the Gods of Egypt exhibition includes 500 artefacts collected in cooperation with the Louvre, Allard Pierson and Vienna museum. The exhibition coincides with the 200th…

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Pálinka Masterclass in The Hague

On 29 November 2018, the Embassy of Hungary presented a “Pálinka Masterclass”at the Hungarian Corner restaurant in The Hague. Kristian Kielmayer, Chairman of the National Pálinka of Excellence Programme presented a special selection of the Hungarian pálinkas, and the distinguished guests discovered the unique taste of apricot, blackcurrant, elderberry, grape, plum, apple and sour cherry pálinka. The event was organized for Dutch experts and gastronomic journalists and opened by Ambassador Kocsis. The distinctive pálinkas were offered by seven Hungarian distilleries: 1 Csepp, Brill, Csalló, Schiszler, Tarpa, Várda, Zsindelyes. After the tasting, traditional Hungarian goulash and strudel were served to guests.

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President János Áder on a working visit in the Netherlands

On 23 November, President János Áder met King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands for talks on climate change and measures to prevent water crises. The heads of state reviewed ways to make changes in energy production and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. During his visit, the Hungarian president was explained the cornerstones of Dutch policy on integrated water management at Maeslantkering, the largest movable storm surge barrier in the world. Later during the day, President Áder observed the operation of a Hungarian developed biological wastewater treatment plant at the abbey in Koningshoeven. Using plants and algae in an alternative technology, the facility…

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Honorary Consul of El Salvador, Sonia Meijer Keynote Speaker at Graduation Ceremony

By Nane Paraiso. On Friday 12th of October, Sonia Meijer was invited to speak at the graduation ceremony for International Baccalaureate students at Comenius College in Capelleaan den IJssel. Last year ex Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende was the key-note speaker, this year in the light of diversity, Comenius College decided to invite a charismatic and inspirational person from the Corps Diplomatic. It was a special evening since the students graduated with the highest marks in the Netherlands. The evening started with a dinner for parents, graduates and teachers. Immediately after, the graduates had to wear their beautiful caps and…

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