October 20, 2018

Fatou Bensouda, at the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly

ICC Prosecutor addresses Informal Ministerial Network for the ICC in the margins of the 73rd session of the UNGA. ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, attends 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly to highlight & advance the work of her Office From the 24th to the 27th of September, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Mrs Fatou Bensouda, attended the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (“UNGA”) held at the United Nations (‘‘UN’’) Headquarters in New York, to participate in a number of high-level side events and to hold bilateral meetings so as to highlight and advance the…

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H.E. Mr. Lawrence Lenayapa, Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya

H.E. Ambassador Lawrence Lenayapa, new Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to the Kingdom to the Netherlands,  also the Permanent Representative of Kenya to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and leader of Kenya’s delegation to other International Organizations in the Netherlands. Ambassador Lenayapa arrived in the Netherlands at the beginning of August 2018 and presented his Letters of Credence to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander on 29 August 2018. The Ambassador most recently served as the State House Comptroller for the Kenyan Presidency and was also formerly the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Mineral…

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H.E. Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi: Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq

By Guido Lanfranchi. H.E. Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi is the new Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. A diplomat and a medical doctor, H.E. Dr. Al-Alawi succeeds to H.E. Mr. Saywan Barzani Just a few days before Koningsdag, H.E. Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi presented the diplomatic credentials to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, thus formalizing his role as the new Iraqi Ambassador to The Netherlands. H.E. Dr. Al-Alawi, who arrives to The Netherlands after a post as Ambassador to Turkey, will represent Iraq to both the Dutch government and the many international organizations based in The Hague, such…

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H.E. Mr. Peter Hoekstra, Ambassador of the USA

On Wednesday, January 10, H.E. Peter Hoekstra presented his credentials to King Willem-Alexander to officially become the 67th U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands. Ambassador Hoekstra was driven to Paleis Noordeinde in a ceremonial state coach accompanied by his wife Diane. Upon arrival at the palace, the Ambassador inspected the Koninklijke Militaire Kapel Johan Wilem Friso, which played the U.S. National Anthem, and a Guard of Honor. Peter Hoekstra, was born in Groningen and immigrated with his family to the United States.  He became a prominent politician and business executive with a long history of public service. The Ambassador served as a Member of Congress…

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The Pinocchio fable, revisited

Pino I TELL NO LIES short version. By Dario Poli. “To see what is in front of your nose needs a constant struggle.” George Orwell As young child raised in the tough industrial centre of Scotland, amidst a culture that prided itself on its home grown achievements, past traditions of clan unity, honour, truthful expression, rebelliousness, heroism both socially and on the many glorified battlefields of wars, was not an easy experience to say the least. The first hearing of the name Pinocchio by an Italian author and Freemason Carlo Lorenzini (known by his pen name Carlo Collodi, (1826-1890) being…

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Stoltenberg’s term extended two more years

Ine Eriksen Søreide & Jens Stoltenberg – Picture by NATO.   By Henri Estramant.   Brussels, Tuesday, 12 December 2017: NATO, the military alliance of 29 trans-atlantic partners, has extended the Norwegian Jens Stoltenberg’s mandate as Secretary-General for a further two years. The current head of NATO remains in office, as the allies have unanimously extended his term that would otherwise have expired after four years in September of next year. Holding the position since 1 October 2014, Stoltenberg was expected to take the positive vote of the NATO allies, as already once last week, the federal government of Germany had already spoken out for an extension…

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“Climbing up the stairs”

Edgar Elias Azar   Ambassador of Mexico to the Netherlands   “Climbing up the stairs”     In 1969, being recently appointed as a judge, one morning climbing the staircase of the Mexico City Court where he served, Edgar Elias Azar promised to himself that one day he would become its President. Since that moment, he prepared academically and professionally in order to achieve his goal, which was to change the Court of one of the largest cities of the world so to assure a better administration of justice for its nearly half a million users. He was born in…

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The Hague and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)

By Jhr Alexander W. Beelaerts van Blokland LL.M. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) are a new set of goals constituted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2012 and adopted by the world leaders at a UN Summit in 2015. As part of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the SDG’s form the core of the UN’s Post-2015 Development Agenda. The SDG’s succeed the Millenium Development Goals (MDG’s) which were designed to combat all forms of poverty. The SDG’s are part of the 17 Global Goals that give direction to the world wide action for sustainable development till…

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Prosecutor Serge Brammertz on mission to Sarajevo

Prosecutor Serge Brammertz. ICTY and MICT Prosecutor Serge Brammertz was in Sarajevo on 15 and 16 of May 2017, as part of preparations for his rgular biannual reports to the UN Security Council (UNSC) . The Prosecutor met with Acting Chief Prosecutor Gordana Tadić, and  joined Prosecutor Tadić in meeting with representatives of victims’ organizations to discuss war crimes justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Prosecutor  also met with TRIAL International to discuss compensation for victims of war crimes. Finally, the Prosecutor  briefed members of the diplomatic community. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances the scheduled meetings with members of the…

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President Juncker speaks about Europe’s future

On the occasion of Europe Day, May 9th, President Jean-Claude Juncker spoke about the European Union’s future and its current challenges. He addressed the Bonner Akademie für Forschung und Lehre praktischer Politik with a speech entitled “Europe’s end – Europe’s beginning? The EU between crisis and breakup”, where he said: “Europe is losing weight. We are the smallest continent. Those who do not know how to change these figures will know that the time has not come to divide us into national parts, but rather to stand united.”  President Juncker also participated in a Citizens’ Dialogue with the theme “Europe…

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