November 19, 2017

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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Alain St.Ange top candidate for the UNWTO Secretary General

Alain St.Ange – Picture by worldtourism. Seychellois former Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine, The Honourable Alain St.Ange, resigned in December 2016 to run for the top post of the UN World Tourism Organisation. St. Ange joined the Government of Seychelles in early 2009 as Director of Marketing at the Seychelles Tourism Board and a year later, in June 2010, he was promoted to the position of CEO of the Tourism Board falling under the Office of the President. On the 14 March 2012, Mr St. Ange was appointed as Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, a position he held…

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“Welcome to Loosduinen”

“Welcome to Loosduinen” walking tour and lecture, The Hague Bridge special event at the city district Loosduinen. The Hague Bridge organised last week a walking tour through Ockenburg Estate ending at Kijkduin beach resort. Saskia Bruines, the Alderman of Loosduinen , friendly welcomed the group followed right after by a beautiful walk from Ockenburg. For additional Robert Huiberts’ pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157678938624334 In Kijkduin a lecture about the history of the former village Loosduinen and the 13th century legendary Wonder of Margaretha of Henneberg was held by Willem Post. About The Hague Bridge The Hague Bridge is…

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Art More Than an Asset

Convincing Craftmanship and Expertise at Tefaf Maastricht By Shirley Cottaar. This year it was the 30th edition from Tefaf Maastricht where works of extraordinary provenance and quality took the lead. Almost 71.000 visitors out of 60 countries came to the world’s leading fine art and antique fair at the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre) from 10-19 March 2017. Tefaf Maastricht provides an unrivalled marketplace for the world leading dealers and specialists to present the finest works available, covering 7,000 years of art history. Diplomate Magazine reports about some remarkable discoveries from the fair. Otto Jakob This master in jewellery…

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Kosovo National Day in The Hague

H.E. Vjosa Dobruna, Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo. By Kim Vermaat. The Hague 21st of February – The Embassy of Kosovo had the pleasure to host a reception celebrating the ninth anniversary of its independence in its new stately embassy at the Koninginnegracht. For additional Robert Huiberts’ pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157678968972861  H. E. Vjosa Dobruna, Ambassador of Kosovo to the Netherlands, mentioned in her speech the importance of international collaboration and hoped that the larger embassy facilities would help towards that goal. Ambassador Dobruna, also indicated that the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office with special jurisdiction over crimes…

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Princess Camilla in The Hague

HIRH Archduchess Camilla of Austria-Tuscany was in Noordwijk as a guest of honour of the XLIX Wiener Ball at Huis ter Duin Grand Hotel upon the invitation of the ball’s committee. In the company of Jonkheer Alfred Filz von Reiterdank, Archduchess Camilla was invited for a lunch by the Indonesian ambassador to the Netherlands previously posted to Austria, I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja and the latter’s spouse. Newly appointed Director of IFIMES, HH Camilla discussed with Ambassador currents in the dialogue of civilizations. http://www.ifimes.org/en/9259

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Malta at the Presidency of the Council of the European Union

On the picture Ambassador Ray Azzopardi during the opening of the Art Exhibition by Maltese painters at the European Parliament. The Presidency of the Council of the European Union provided Malta with an excellent opportunity to showcase its cultural heritage, here, in Brussels. Despite being the smallest Member State of the EU, Malta is rich in its history and culture. This is partly as a result of its strategic location in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, which many consider it a cradle of civilisations. Malta has been blessed with architectural majesty and artistic grandeur. Visitors and dignitaries are always…

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Max van der Stoel Award 2016 presented to Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (ADHR)

On the picture Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders . By OSCE HCNM. The Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR), a Cyprus-based non-governmental organisation, has been awarded the Max van der Stoel Award 2016 for its work on history teaching as a tool for reconciliation in Cyprus. The association was presented the award by Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders during a ceremony in the Academy Hall of the Peace Palace in The Hague on October 24th. For additional pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157675822243235 The Max van der Stoel Award is given every two years…

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