February 20, 2019

17th Assembly of States Parties opens in The Hague

The seventeenth session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened today at the World Forum Convention Center in The Hague, The Netherlands. From 5 to 12 December 2018, States Parties to the Rome Statute, the Court’s founding treaty, observer States, invited States, international and regional organizations and representatives from civil society will discuss key challenges facing the Statute, as it is turning 20 this year. States Parties will also make important decisions and adopt resolutions on key issues pertaining to the functioning of the Court and the Trust Fund…

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Visit of Cuba’s Deputy First Minister (CITMA), Dr. Fernando González Bermúdez

H.E. M. Soraya Alvarez Ambassador of Cuba, during her welcome remarks, we can see besides her the Ambassador of Poland, H.E. Mr. Marcin Czepelak and Mr. Anton Lutter. By Anton Lutter. The ambassador of Cuba H.E. Soraya Alvarez, hosted a reception – 19thnov – at het residence welcoming the Deputy First Minister of Science, Technology and the Environment (CITMA), Dr. Fernando González Bermúdez. Born in 1946 he studied medicine at the University of Havana and obtaining a PhD in 1975, specializing in embryology. Since July 2004 he was appointed in the above office. Earlier he has held the high position…

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Philippines, Ending Violence Against Women

On the picture, H.E. Jaime Victor Ledda, Ambassador of the Philippines. By Elena Ratnikova. On December 1st a panel of discussion relating to “Violence against women” took place in The Hague. The meeting was organized by the Embassy of the Philippines, in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Manila. The main topic of the event was: “VAW-free community starts with me”. The Philippine Ambassador to the Netherlands, H.E. Mr. Jaime Victor B. Ledda greeted the audience, and expressed his personal attitude to the problem of discrimination. He shared the knowledge of international experience helping women to fight for…

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The Magic of Nomads in concert at Kazakhstan National Day

                            On the picture the Ambassador of Kazakhstan, H.E. Magzhan Ilyassov and spouse Mrs. Akmaral Aydarbekova. Photography by Richard Nicolaas van Vliet. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Ambassador of Kazakhstan H.E. Mr. Magzhsan Ilyassov hosted a concert at Diligentia Theatre on traditional nomad music to celebrate Kazakhstan National Day. After welcoming his guests, Ambassador  Ilyassov, clad in a distinctive Kazakh outfit gave a historical overview of his country. The concert featured an acclaimed Kazakhstan ensemble “ The Magic of Nomads”. The band plays traditional Kazakh music, including…

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Paris Peace Forum

Sunday, 11 November 2018, Paris, French Republic: French President Emmanuel Macron opened the inaugural Paris Peace Forum, which seeks to promote a multilateral approach to security and governance that avoids the errors that led to the Great War’s (WWI) outbreak. Attending global leaders included US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdoğan, German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, HH The Aga Khan IV, HH The Emir of Qatar accompanied by his Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, the premiers of Canada Justin Trudeau, of Denmark Lars Løkke Rasmussen,…

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140th jubilee of the Great Synagogue of Europe

Elena Basile (Italy), Simona Frankel (Israel), Olivier Nicoloff (Canada), António Vasco Alves (Portugal), Jorge Notivoli (Spain), HM The King of the Belgians. Monday, 26 November 2018, Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium: A ceremony was organised as part of the 140th anniversary of the Great Synagogue of Europe at Brussels. This ceremony also commemorated the 210th anniversary of the Israelite Central Consistory of Belgium and the 10th anniversary of the recognition of the Synagogue as the “Great Synagogue of Europe” by the European Union on 4 June 2008. Approximately 500 personalities attended the ceremony including His Majesty the VII King of the Belgians,…

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A Sparkling and Shining Italian Evening

The Extra Ordinary Italian Taste On the picture at Crowne Plaza kitchen, Mariska Perugini-Viser, Grabriela Gavazza, H.E. Andrea Perugini and Mario Andolfi. By Roy Lie Atjam. A renown Italian Chef demonstrated his cooking skills at an Italian gastronomic festival at Hotel Crowne Plaza The Hague. Organizers of the festival are the Embassy of Italy, Diplomat Magazine and Hotel Crowne Plaza. The authentic Italian taste was lead by Daniela Gavazza and Mario Andolfi, two Italian chefs awarded with one Michelin Star coming directly from the Liguria region. Zooming into the program one learns that the festival was not only about Italian…

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V Diplomats’ Welcome After Summer

On the picture Dr. Mayelinne De Lara, Diplomat Magazine’s publisher and the Tunisian Ambassador H.E. Mr. Elyes Ghariani. The end of the summer and the welcome of the diplomatic community returning to town was celebrated with glamour by Diplomat Magazine in collaboration with Crown Plaza Hotel and the embassies of Argentina, Italy, and Switzerland. The reception included an exquisite motorcars show, a luxury cars exhibition of the world’s most renowned car manufacturers, who presented their latest developments to the Diplomatic Corps. The V Diplomats Welcome After Summer and 2nd Diplomatic Car Tryout showcased the best new cars on the market…

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The Italian Week in the wonderful world of Bvlgari

                            On the picture Mrs. Manuela Stamerra, Mr. Lelio Gavazza, Country Managing Director of Bvlgari Mrs. Mariska Perugini-Viser and H.E. Mr. Andrea Perugini, Ambassador of Italy. The opening of the Italian Week in the Netherlands was marked by art, luxury and flavors of Italy, at the official residence of the Ambassador H.E. Andrea Perugini. It was a magnificent evening at the residence, with guests coming from Amsterdam, Mexico, China, Italy, and Curaçao, in order to enjoy one of the best events of the year. For a full…

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Major step against organised crime in Western Balkans

On the picture Ladislav Hamran, President of Eurojust and Lenche Ristoska. First Liaison Prosecutor for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia at Eurojust On 12 November 2018, Ms Lenche Ristoska took up her duties as the first Liaison Prosecutor for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYROM) at Eurojust. Her appointment is an important contribution to the growing relationship between the European Union and the Western Balkan region in the area of criminal law. Since 2008, Eurojust has established an increasingly strong framework for structural judicial cooperation in the fight against serious cross-border crime between EU Member States and the…

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