June 26, 2019

Incredible India, the International Yoga Day in Amsterdam

Many yoga enthusiasts came together to celebrate the largest ever International Yoga Day, held this time in the Dam Square of Amsterdam organized by the Embassy of India to the Netherlands The historical Dam Square Amsterdam was witness to the largest ever yoga celebrations in the Netherlands on Sunday, June 16. A great multitude of people gathered in front of the Royal Palace on the Dam Square in the heart of the capital city of the Netherlands to mark the International Yoga Day. There they enjoyed many central yoga sessions, food stalls offering a diverse pallet of vegan and vegetarian food and drinks and different…

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Cameroon National Day 2019

In the picture Mrs. Fonda Haga Halima, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of Cameroon, Conlonel H. R. Bidja & H.E. Mrs. Odette Melono, Deputy Director General of OPCW. By Roy Lie Tjam. The Hague, Mrs Fonda Haga Halima, Charge d’ Affaires a.i.  of the Republic of Cameroon, organized a reception on Friday 24 May 2019 to celebrate the 47th National Day of Cameroon. Many Ambassadors, to mention a few: Korea, Uruguay, India Cuba, Deputy Heads of Mission  – Russia, China. Thailand, Venezuela a.o, government- and business representatives along with other guests, attended the festive reception to join in the celebration and to…

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Dutch American Friendship Day

Text and pictures by John Dunkelgrün. On May 17th the Embassy of The United States and the O.A.R. (Overseas Americans Remember) hosted a reception to celebrate the 227th anniversary of the Dutch recognition of The United States. The Republic of the Seven United Netherlands was the first state to do so and thus the American-Dutch bond became the longest unbroken diplomatic relationship between the United States and any other country. The jovial Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Pete Hoekstra, greeted his guests himself , personally standing outside his residence. Dutch American Friendship Day, an initiative of Mrs. Roberta Enschedé, was established by Congress…

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King of Lesotho visits International Criminal Court

In the picture Left to right: ICC Registrar Peter Lewis, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, His Majesty Letsie III King of Lesotho, ICC President Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, ICC Deputy Prosecutor James Stewart, ICC First Vice President Judge Robert Fremr, and ICC Second Vice President Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut ©ICC-CPI On 17 June 2019, His Majesty Letsie III, King of Lesotho, visited the International Criminal Court (ICC) to meet with high-level officials. The King was decorated with the title of ‘Distinguished Honorary Fellow of the International Criminal Court’. ICC President judge Chile Eboe-Osuji stated: “The Kingdom of Lesotho, as an active participant…

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Dutch monarch in Brandenburg

Dutch Royal Couple, Susanne & Dr. Dietmar Woidke – Picture by Land Brandenburg, Brandenburg Staatskanzlei. Tuesday, 21 May 2019, Brandenburg, Federal Republic of Germany: Premier of Brandenburg, Dr. Dietmar Woidke and her spouse Susanne welcomed the visiting Royal Dutch Couple for a luncheon at the State Chancery in Potsdam.  Following the lunch, the Royal Couple and Premier Dietmar Woidke travelled to an arable farm in Nauen. This father and daughter led company is about business succession, sustainable development and innovation in agriculture. The King and Queen meet the Brandenburg Minister for Rural Development, the Environment and Agriculture Jörg Vogelsänger at the company. In addition, young agricultural entrepreneurs…

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International Charlemagne Prize 2019

In the picture, King Felipe VI of Spain, Jürgen Linden, Charlemagne Prize Committee, SG António Guterres and Mayor of Aachen Marcel Philipp – Picture by Spanish Royal Household, Casa Real. Thursday, 30 May 2019, Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Federal Republic of Germany: This year’s International Charlemagne Prize was bestowed upon the IX Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Portuguese national António Guterres for “his dedication in the revitalisation and consolidation of multilateral cooperation based on the values and objectives of the European Union and the United Nations” according to the awarding committee.  Awarded by the city of Aachen, the first city in western Germany to be…

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Celebrating Day of Portugal 2019

Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades  In the picture the Ambassador of Portugal, H.E. Mrs Rosa Batoréu, Miguel F. Porfirio Handelsattache, Director, Portuguese Trade & Investment Agency / Commercial Attaché. By Roy Lie Atjam. Portugal Day, or sometimes called Camões Day, is celebrated by Portuguese communities the world over to commemorate the unity of the Portuguese who have settled in all parts of the Earth. In the Netherlands – The Hague, Ambassador of Portugal, H.E. Mrs Rosa Batoréu, celebrate Portugal’s National Day with a superb reception at her residence on June 12th 2019. A huge number of Ambassadors,…

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USAID official visits warehouse supplying humanitarian aid to Venezuela

By Guido Lanfranchi. On June 4th, 2019, Ms. Bonnie Glick, Deputy Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, visited the Gelderland Warehouse, which supplies humanitarian health kits for the crisis in Venezuela.  While The Hague’s World Forum was hosting the prestigious Global Entrepreneurship Forum, around 75 kilometers away a high-level level US official was on an official visit to The Medical Export Group, a Dutch medical company located in Vuren. The MEG is a company specialized in the provision of healthcare assistance to low- and middle-income countries, and it has a long-standing tradition of collaboration with governmental and…

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Dutch Royal Couple in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

King and Queen at celebration 100 year general election law. Premier Manuela Schwesig looks on as HM King Willem-Alexander signs the regional guestbook – Picture by Staatskanzlei Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Monday, 20 May 2019, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Federal Republic of Germany: Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands were welcomed to Germany at the State Chancery of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania by the federal state’s Premier Manuela Schwesig and her spouse Stefan Schwesig for a formal acquaintance, followed by a luncheon offered by Premier Schwesig at the Orangerie in Schwerin Castle.  Both King Willem-Alexander and Premier Schwesig held allocutions during the luncheon. Thereafter Their Majesties paid a visit to the…

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La Habana celebrates its 500th anniversary

In the picture the Ambassador of Cuba to The Netherlands, H.E. Ms Soraya Alvarez cutting the 500 Anniversary cake representing the monuments of La Habana. The Ambassador of Cuba to the Netherlands, H.E. Ms. Soraya Alvarez Nunez, celebrated with glam the 500th anniversary of the great city of La Habana, together with the members of the Hispanic Association of The Hague and many Latin American Ambassadors and diplomats, who gathered to support Cuba in this very special occasion.  Edith Bergansius, the President of the Hispanic Association of The Hague, introduced Ambassador Alvarez Nunez, after briefly outlining the event’s program. More…

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