October 22, 2017

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  • Green light for Dutch–Tanzanian Potato Center in Tanzania

    H.E. Ms Irene Florence M. Kasyanju, Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Dutch government and a group of companies active in the potato industry are set to build a Center for the development of the Potato Industry in the southern Tanzanian town of Mbeya. Senior Government officials signed a manifesto to begin the project during the Tanzania Agribusiness Event in The Hague on May 31st. The Netherlands is the world leader in the potato sector, with Dutch seed potatoes accounting for 60% of worldwide potato production. While over 500 different varieties of potato…

  • 4th Annual Diplomats’ Autumn Welcoming Reception

    Ms Wathsala Amarasinghe, Second Secretary , Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, posed in front a new Maserati 2018. Diplomat magazine in collaboration with Crowne Plaza Hotel and Diplomatic Card hosted its 4th Diplomats Welcome After Summer reception. The reception included a luxury cars exhibition on the premises of the Hotel Crowne Plaza in The Hague on the 14th of September 2017. For additional Robert Huibert and Marian van Noort’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157689006681926 The world’s most renowned car manufacturers descend on the diplomatic city of The Hague to present their latest developments to…

  • A Kiwi in the Netherlands

    Biking as a new Dutch, Ambassador Walker is going out from her Embassy in The Hague. Photography by Vincent Delaere, New Zealand Embassy. By H.E. Lyndal Walker, Ambassador of New Zealand to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland. Kia Ora, how exciting to be living in The Hague. Feeling like I had won the lottery I arrived from a New Zealand winter just in time for the tail end of the European summer! In addition to being responsible for New Zealand’s relations with the Netherlands, I am also accredited to Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland, as well…

  • Kazakhstan’s 25th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations

    H.E. Mr. Magzhan Ilyassov, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. On 10 September 2017 Kazakhstan and the Netherlands mark a significant event – the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. In a quarter of a century, Kazakh-Dutch relations have reached a high level of development, and Astana and The Hague maintain intensive and trustful political dialogue while actively expanding trade, economic, cultural, and humanitarian ties. The official visit of the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, to The Hague…

  • The search for the next Director-General of the OPCW

    The above is a personal reflection of Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal, Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the OPCW. The tenure of the incumbent Director-General of the OPCW E. Mr Ahmet Üzümcü is going to end in July 2018, when and how the new Director-General of the OPCW is going to be appointed? Answer: The incumbent Director-General of the OPCW, H.E. Mr Ahmet Üzümcü was appointed in December 2009 by the Conference of the States Parties at its Fourteenth Session. Following his appointment, Mr Ahmet Üzümcü began his term of office for four years on 25 July…

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Viva Mexico! 207th Anniversary of the Mexican Independence

Oct 2, 2017

By Catherine van der Loos. On the occasion of the 207th anniversary of the Independence of Mexico, the nation’s recently appointed Ambassador to the Netherlands, H.E. Mr. Edgar Elías Azar, and Mrs. Patricia Atala Seman, hosted a festive reception on Tuesday, September 12, at the official residence in Wassenaar. For additional Kim Vermaat’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157686576376511 Mexico’s Independence Day commemorates September 16, 1810, known as “Grito de Dolores” or “Cry of Dolores.”  The battle cry of freedom, was first called for by the Roman Catholic priest and revolutionary leader Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Creole, remembered for having called his small band of followers to…

Cuban Ambassador Hosts “Auténtica Cuba” Evening

Oct 1, 2017

Ambassador of Cuba, H.E. Soraya Elena Alvarez Nuñez and her spouse, Mr Eduardo Morales. By Catherine van der Loos. On Thursday, August 17, the diplomatic calendar in The Hague opened unofficially with a lively “end of summer” evening hosted by the Embassy of Cuba. Ambassador Soraya Elena Alvarez Nuñez and her spouse, Mr Eduardo Morales graciously welcomed invited guests to a “Meet and Greet” reception held in “Ambassador Room” at the Carlton Ambassador Hotel, for an informal evening of music, mojitos, traditional fare, Cuban cigars and dancing. For additional Kim Vermaat’s picture, please open de following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157686557394481 Ambassador Alvarez Nunez addressed…

Kazakh Ambassador Hosts Open House at New Embassy

Sep 30, 2017

H.E. Mr Magzhan Ilyassov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan, and his wife, Akmaral Aidarbekova. On Thursday, September 28, H.E. Mr Magzhan Ilyassov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan, and his wife, Akmaral Aidarbekova, hosted a memorable celebration to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and the Netherlands. For additional Kim Vermaat’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157686512869741 In a welcome display of generous hospitality to mark the significant event to both countries and to celebrate 25 years of the diplomatic service of Kazakhstan, Ambassador Ilyassov graciously opened the doors of his country’s new embassy building on the Badhuisweg to…

Chemical disarmament completed in Russia

Sep 28, 2017

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin, expressed his remarks on the destruction of Russia’s last remaining chemical weapons, in a televised speech yesterday September 27. Russia completed three years in ahead of schedule the destruction of the remaining chemical weapons in its arsenal, originally planed on 2020. “Without exaggeration, we can say that this is a historic event considering the massive amount of chemical weapons inherited from the Soviet Union – an amount that, experts believe, would be enough to destroy every living creature on the planet several times. This is a huge step towards greater balance and security in the modern world.” “Today’s event means our country will fulfill the main international obligation under the Chemical Weapons Convention, which…

NRW’s Premier in The Hague and Rotterdam 

Sep 28, 2017

King Willem Alexander and Premier of NRW Armin Laschet. Picture by Patrick van Katwijk, Royal House of the Netherlands. Tuesday, 26 September 2017, The Hague: His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and His Prime Minister Mark Rutte welcomed in audience the Premier of Germany’s most populous federal state, Armin Laschet from North Rhine-Westphalia for a visite de courtoisie. His Majesty received Premier Laschet at Noordeinde Palace whereas the latter was received by Prime Minister Rutte at the premises of the Ministry of General Affairs in the early evening. The Netherlands and North Rhine-Westphalia shared a border of about 395km. About 25%…

Over 1,000 people visit the ICC this Open Day

Sep 25, 2017

Visitors pose questions to Court staff in Courtroom I’s Public Gallery at the ICC headquarters in The Hague (Netherlands), on The Hague International Day on Sunday, 24 September 2017 © ICC-CPI More than 1,000 people visited the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Sunday, 24 September 2017, when it opened its headquarters for The Hague International Day (Open Day). The ICC thanks each and every visitor for making this Open Day its busiest and best so far. Highlights this year included Visitor Centre audio tours in English, French and Dutch; a special one-day multimedia exhibit in Courtroom I; an area featuring…

Argentinean author Ermesto Sábato by Inzaurralde

Sep 25, 2017

        Professor Dr. Gabriel Inzaurralde, Edith Bergansius and H.E. Hector Horacio Salvador, Ambassador of Argentina. Recently the Embassy of Argentina and the Asociación Hispánica de La Haya organized a lecture on Ermesto Sábato, at Humanity House, The Hague. Professor Dr. Gabriel Inzaurralde, specialised in Latin American Literature at the University of Leiden, gave a brilliant lecture on the author who lived to be nearly 100 years (1911-2011). After welcome words by Ramiro Hidalgo from the Argentinean Embassy, there was a short video on Sabato’s house after which H.E. Horacio Salvador, Ambassador  of Argentina had the opening words. After…

Peruvian Reception on Board

Sep 25, 2017

Veronique Miclea and Ambassador Carlos Herrera with the high commanders of  the BAP Union. Visit of BAP Unión to the Port of Rotterdam  As part of its second training trip, which is taking place this year through Europe, the Peruvian Navy Ship (B.A.P.) “Unión” visited the Port of Rotterdam between the 8th and 12th of August. Upon its arrival, the Ambassador of Peru in the Netherlands H.E. Carlos Herrera, and the Commander of the BAP Unión, ship Captain Franz Bittrich offered a Press conference on board, with the participation of important local media. As part of the official activities, the…

Vietnam’s National Day celebrated in The Hague

Sep 24, 2017

On the picture H.E. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of Viet Nam.    By Roy Lie A Tjam. The Embassy of Vietnam in The Hague,  the Netherlands celebrated the 72nd anniversary of the National Day at the Chancellery on Javastraat, on 1 September 2017. For additional Roy Stril’s pictures, please open the following link:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157687033139544 After being introduced, H.E. Ambassador Ngo Thi Hoa delivered her introductory and welcoming speech. Ambassador Ngo Thi Hoa commenced her address by paying respect to Vietnam’s National hero and beloved President, Ho Chi Minh for declaring Vietnam’s independence, proclaiming the birth of the Democratic Republic of…

PhotoOp “a democratic photo exhibition”

Sep 22, 2017

Henry Arvidsson, Mayelinne De Lara,  Marian van Noort, Hester Dijkstra and Kim Vermaat, Diplomat Magazine’s team. Photography by Dick de  Jager. For the third year in a row, it is time for PhotoOp “a democratic photo exhibition”. This years edition  featured 15 national and international photographers, among them Henry Arvidsson, Kim Vermaat, Marian van Noort and Hester Dijkstra from Diplomat Magazine’s team. More than 300 attended the opening to see incredible pictures from almost every subject and technique. As a pop-up the location was grander than ever before at Korte Vijverberg 2, a short stone throw from Mauritshuis. This was made possible…

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XI Sharq Taronalari Festival August 2017 Samarqand – Uzbekistan

XI Sharq Taronalari Festival Grand Opening Ceremony of the festival at the renowned Registan Square. The Sharq Taronalari Festival Brings People and Cultures together, statement by H.E. Shavkat Mirziyoyev President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. By Roy Lie A Tjam. The historic city of Samarqand – Uzbekistan hosted the XI Sharq Taronalari Festival 2017, a spectacular biennium international fine- and performing arts festival on its native soil. The Sharq Taronalari Festival or Music of the East Festival is one of the largest festivals in Central Asia.   The Sharq Taronalari Festival The aims and objectives of the festival are to…

The Smartphone: A Powerful Content Creation Tool of the Present and the Future

Professor Robb Montgomery. The Professor Robb MontgomerySmartphone: A Powerful Content Creation Tool of the Present and the Future — a meeting with Filmmaker and Journalism Professor Robb Montgomery. By Sheila Turabaz Diplomat Magazine has invited filmmaker, journalism professor and author Robb Montgomery to celebrate the 5th edition of The Hague’s annual Embassy Festival. During this anniversary edition, Robb offered a unique insight into the interesting features that a smartphone has to offer for creating and editing high quality movies. Robb is a professor specialized in mobile journalism. This relatively new form of media emerged as a result of technological advancements…

UN peacekeeping mission debate results in resignation Minister of Defence

By Anton Lutter. Minister of Defence Mrs. Jeannine Hennis-Plasschaert (VVD) entered the parliamentary debate Tuesday afternoon in a relaxed way. This weekend she already had decided to resign after the devastating report of the Dutch Safetyboard, her position being untenable after coalition-partner deputy-prime minister Lodewijk Asscher (PVDA) found “plenty of reasons for her to step down”. The Safety board was called into action after an incident which occurred the 6th of July 2016 whereby two soldiers were killed and one severely injured by a deficient mortar during the UN mission in Mali. The harsh report concluded “grave shortcomings of the…

Peace Palace signs Sustainable Development Goals

Peace and justice as a future goal Peace Palace signs Sustainable Development Goals The Hague – President Bernard Bot today on behalf of the Carnegie Foundation – Peace Palace signed the Sustainable Development Goals Charter. This explains the organization itself to promoting the sustainable development goals for the world established by the United Nations. Specifically, the Carnegie Foundation-Peace Palace will work towards the objective to pursue peaceful and just societies where all citizens are involved. The Peace Palace was established as a temple for peace and justice from the ideal that good dialogue, mediation and independent courts that can deal…

Why Brexit might not take place

By Barend ter Haar. The decision of the British government to leave the European Union is so full of contradictions that it is doubtful whether Brexit really will take place. Take for example the fact that the leaders of both major British parties were against Brexit because they understood that Brexit would not be in the interest of the British people but now feel obliged to do their best to implement the outcome of the referendum. What to expect from them? Do they want to go down in history as politicians that, against their better judgement, implemented a decision that…

Russia-Europe relations reset will be discussed in Budapest

On the picture Mr. Armen Oganesyan, editor-in-chief of the magazine International Affairs. On 5th of October in Budapest (Hungary) will be held an international conference «Russia and Europe: Topical Issues of Contemporary International Journalism». The conference is organized by the International Affairs magazine with support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Federal Agency for Press and Mass Media of the Russian Federation. The main topics to be discussed this year are: «Russia-Europe relations: is “reset” possible? Role of media», «Revival of neo-Nazism: analysis of media technologies used by interested parties. Creating a Counterstrategy» and «Media of Russia and Europe….

  Germany that kills itself and Europe

By Michael dr. Logies. “The over-financialization and hyper-deregulations of the global(-ized) markets has brought the low-waged Chinese (peasant converted into a) worker into the spotlight of European considerations. Thus, in the last two decades, the EU economic edifice has gradually but steadily departed from its traditional labor-centered base, to the overseas investment-centered construct. This mega event, as we see now with the Euro-zone dithyramb, has multiple consequences on both the inner–European cultural, socio-economic and political balance as well as on China’s (overheated) growth. That sparse, rarefied and compressed labor, which still resides in the aging Union is either bitterly competing…

Familias en donde el funcionario es la mujer

With the release of the bestseller Traslados, Silvia Korenblum, psychologist and diplomatic spouse, describe and explore the transitory migration of diplomatic life and its impact inside the family. Diplomat Magazine decided to publish this powerful companion book designed for diplomats and their families, in its original language. Photography by Pablo Grinspun. Por Silvia Korenblum. Entre los expatriados, se puede observar cada vez con mayor frecuencia familias en donde la mujer es la “funcionaria” y el hombre es el que acompaña. Una de las primeras preguntas que surgen al pensar en este tipo de familias es: ¿Es más difícil para la mujer…

UN Migration Director General Calls for Continuity

IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, by Henry Harvidson.  UN Migration Director General Calls for Continuity, Full Participation in EU Relocation Programme Brussels 26 September 2017 – On its final registration day (26/09), IOM, the UN Migration Agency counts nearly 30,000 asylum seekers that the organization has assisted through the European Union’s emergency relocation scheme. Set up two years ago to relocate over 106,000 asylum seekers from the two frontline EU Member States – Greece and Italy – EU member and associated states will have until the end of December 2017 to carry out the remaining registered relocations. Reflecting on…

The Red Cross branch The Hague’s activities in the autumn

                            By Jhr Alexander W. Beelaerts van Blokland LL.M. Like so many cities all over the world, The Hague has a Red Cross organisation: the Red Cross branch The Hague (see www.rodekruis.nl/denhaag for those who can read Dutch). This almost a 150 years old independent ‘Rode Kruis afdeling Den Haag’ (the Red Cross branch The Hague) is very active for the local community but – as part of the world wide Red Cross- of course also for the many emergency needs in the world, such as recently…

The Central American Integration

By  Andree Cardona. This week for Central America it’s very special, crucial to remember all those efforts to be an only region. Central America had in the decade of 1960 the Organisation of Central American States, this was the first integration of nations effort in the world, in that moment Europe was not United than now with the European Union. October is the month of the Central American Integration Commemoration and it’s important to me say to all International Community we are an important region to work for the peace, the development, the universal education, we can be allied of…

6th European Regional Assembly of Knights of Rizal at Brussels

                            On the picture, Dutch delegation at the 6th ERA of Knights of Rizal. By Anton Lutter. From the 25th to the 27th of august the 6th European Regional Assembly of the Order of the Knights of Rizal – the sole order of knighthood in The Philippines – has taken place in Brussels. The Order of Knights of Rizal was founded in 1911 to to honor and uphold the ideals of Philippine national hero Jose Rizal. In 1951 it was granted a legislative charter by a law,…