November 17, 2018

  • Crime is best solved together

    ‘Criminals increasingly cross borders and so must we’, said Ladislav Hamran, President of Eurojust, the European Union’s judicial cooperation agency that supports the fight against organised crime and terrorism. The daily lives of citizens across our continent are directly impacted by the threats of violent terrorism and cybercriminals. The need for unity and for practical cooperation in the face of these cross-border challenges has therefore never been so urgent. 2017 was the year that we celebrated 60 years of European integration, but in the field of criminal justice, we actually look at a much shorter period of time. Twenty or…

  • Muharraq, Capital of Islamic Culture 2018

    By H.E. Sheikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, President of BACA In 2018 Bahrain is concluding is cultural agenda celebration for Muharraq Capital of Islamic Culture, which we were truly honoured to have been selected by the Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), to represent an Islamic city from Arab world. We have dedicated our many annual events and festivals to compliment this year’s theme celebrating Muharraq, Bahrain’s second largest city. Indeed the city hostedthe annual Bahrain Fine Arts Exhibition in its 44th edition, the 18th Bahrain International Book Fair, the 26th Annual Heritage Festival, in addition to the…

  • Zayed: The Bountiful Essence of Leadership

    By: Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al-Qasimi. Former Minister in the Government of United Arab Emirates, Former President of Zayed University, UAE. Leaders are known and remembered for years and possibly generations as they make a profound impact on their organizations, societies, or countries. Each has a different environment and history, but they all share in their longer term visions, and in their ability to see what the future can hold. They believe in a more optimistic future and get others to follow them, as they know leaders will bring them the happier, brighter future they aspire for. This longer term…

  • Different yet like-minded

    By H.E. Mrs. Päivi Kaukoranta, Ambassador of Finland. I have assumed recently, in the beginning of October, my functions as the Ambassador of Finland to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and as Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. My responsibilities cover also the International Criminal Court and other Hague based institutions. It has been a flying start with a wealth of most interesting meetings and discussions. With a background in international law, last nine years as Director General for Legal Affairs at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, I am most happy to get an opportunity to…

  • Innovate with us! Sweden at the Hannover Fair in April 2019

    By H.E. Mr. Per Thöresson, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden in Germany. On 1–5 April 2019, Sweden will be the official Partner Country at the Hannover Fair – Hannover Messe – the world’s largest trade fair for smart, connected industry. Sweden is the first Nordic country to have been invited to be Partner Country. This is of course a great honour, and a reflection of Sweden’s good reputation as an industrial nation. Somewhat tongue-in-cheek, Germany could be described as a big country with many successful medium-sized companies, while Sweden – like the Netherlands – is a comparatively small country…

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The 2018 Austria National Day And Centenary Celebrations

Oct 30, 2018

                            On the picture the Ambassador of Austria Heidemaria Gürer and the President of the Senate, the Honourable Ankie Broekers-Knol, we can also see H.E. Archbishop Aldo Cavalli, Apostolic Nuncio. By Roy Lie Atjam. On October 26th 2018 (Oct 26-Feiertag) Austria celebrates its 63rd year of independence. 2018 is also a year of celebrations and reflection as the country celebrates the Centenary of the proclamation of the second Republic of Austria. The memorable day was celebrated in The Hague on Thursday 25 October 2018, H.E. Ambassador Heidemaria Gürer and spouse…

Dutch official visit to Rhineland-Palatinate

Oct 28, 2018

Dutch Royal Couple, Premier Malu Dreyer and Mayor of Trier Wolfram Leibe at the Porta Nigra in Trier – Picture by Jasper Kettner, Royal Dutch Embassy in Germany.   Wednesday and Thursday, 10-11 October 2018, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany: Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands paid a working visit to the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate. On Thursday, 11 October King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were received with high honours at the State Chancery of the Saarland in Saarbrücken by Premier Tobias Hans and the latter’s spouse Tanja Hans. The meeting was followed by a luncheon at Saarbrücken Castle,…

Saarland’s official visit by Dutch monarch and delegation

Oct 28, 2018

Tanja and Premier Tobias Hans together with the Dutch Royal Couple – Picture by Jasper Kettner, Royal Dutch Embassy in Germany. Security and Digital Industries – Saarbrücken and Saarlouis  On Thursday, 11 October King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were received with high honours at the State Chancery of the Saarland in Saarbrücken by Premier Tobias Hans and the latter’s spouse Tanja Hans. The meeting was followed by a luncheon at Saarbrücken Castle, which once belonged to a line of the House of Nassau. Later in the afternoon the Dutch delegation on security and digitalisation paid a visit to the University…

The South Korean Ensemble “La Mer et L’Île” In Concert

Oct 28, 2018

“Five Senses of Korea 2018” concert  by the ensemble La Mer et L’Île. By Roy Lie Atjam. Good times roll at the Juriaanse Zaal De Doelen, hundreds of invitees made the trip to Rotterdam on Sunday 30th September for the concert “Five Senses of Korea 2018” by the ensemble (Sea and Island) or La Mer et L’Île. The concert was under the auspices of H.E. Mr. Yun-Young Lee, Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea. For additional Naldo Peverelli’s pictures, please open the link below: https://www.flickr.com/photos/109407424@N02/albums/72157674967217638 The Ensemble “La Mer et L’Île” on tour in Europe is composed of musicians…

Premiers of Wallonia and East Belgium in Düsseldorf and Berlin

Oct 26, 2018

Alexander Miesen, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, Willy Borsus, Armin Laschet, Oliver Paasch, Mark Speich – Picture by Land NRW, Stefanie Loos. Friday, 19 October 2018, Representation of North Rhine-Westphalia to the German Federation, Berlin: The Premier of Wallonia (Belgium), Willy Borsus accompanied by the Premier of the German-speaking Community of Belgium (East Belgium), Oliver Paasch as well as the Parliament Speaker Alexander Miesen, and former speaker and incumbent President of the Committee of Regions of the EU, Karl-Heinz Lambertz were received by NRW Premier Armin Laschet and State Secretary Mark Speich. The high ranking delegation was in Berlin to celebrate the tenth…

Asian & Oceania Ambassadors Luncheon

Oct 25, 2018

On the picture Sri Lanka, H.E. Mr. Adam Maznavee Jaufer Sadiq, India, H.E. Mr. Venu Rajamony, Pakistan, H.E. Mr Shujjat Ali Rathore, Thailand H.E Ms Eksiri Pintaruchi, Viet Nam H.E. Ngô Thi Hòa,  Drs. L.M.C (Lidewijde) Ongering, Australia H.E. Mr. Matthew Neuhaus, Indonesia, H.E. Mr I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja, Malaysia, H.E.  Mr Ahmad Nazri Bin Yusof, New Zealand, H.E. Ms Lyndal Walker and Japan, H.E. Mr. Hiroshi Inomata. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague 17 October 2018, The Ambassador of Vietnam in The Hague, H.E. Ngô Thi Hòa, hosted an informal Asia Ambassadors luncheon at the Hilton. Ambassador Ngô…

Respecting Iran’s rights: a test on adherence to the Rule of Law

Oct 24, 2018

                            The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Netherlands, H.E. Mr. Alireza Jahangiri, invited the media to a breakfast meeting to exchange views on the current issues related to  Iran. In a frank conversation, the Ambassador advocated for Iran’s rightfulness and exhorted the international community to uphold the Rule of Law. Welcoming representatives from the media for the breakfast meeting, Ambassador Jahangiri opened the talks with a discussion on Dutch news. Soon, however, the conversation led to the current international situation of Iran, which is…

The Global Commission on Adaptation

Oct 24, 2018

Prime Minister Mark Rutte y former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. In October 2018, The Hague became the theater for one of the most significant acts on climate change so far: the launch of the Global Commission on Adaptation. The initiative, launched by a series of high level personalities with the support of several countries, calls for stepping up efforts to mitigate the negative effects of climate change globally. The Global Commission on Adaptation was launched and supported by a large number of high-level political leaders, including former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva, Dutch Prime…

Belgium contributes €2M to Future OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology

Oct 24, 2018

OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias, and Belgium’s Permanent Representative to the OPCW, H.E. Mr. Christian LePage. The Hague, Netherlands — 22 October 2018 — The Government of the Kingdom of Belgium has contributed €2 million to a special Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Trust Fund to support the project to upgrade the current OPCW Laboratory and Equipment Store through the construction of a new facility. The new facility will be known as the OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology. The donation was formalised with an exchange of letters by the OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias,…

The Bicycling Diplomats of The Hague

Oct 23, 2018

By Roy Lie Atjam. A remarkable bicycling spree in The Hague, it brought a good number of enthusiasts members of the diplomatic community together on Saturday 20 October 2018. The objective was inclusion, informal mingling which might lead to lasting contacts and having fun. The tour departed from Hotel Crowne Plaza and travelled in the direction of downtown Den Haag, parliament square, haagschebos and other interesting historical and tourist sites. For additional Kim Vermaat’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/109407424@N02/albums/72157699504162562 The bicyclists were enthusiastic, encouraging feedbacks have been received, some have posted pictures of the tour on social media….

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The globalization and commercialization of fake news

By Armela Imeraj. Just last week, the biggest Azeri investment in the World, Trans Adriatic Pipeline started its final phase of construction in Albania, the one when the pipeline will be laid below the Adriatic Sea. In a great paradox of our times, while our sea has become a new horizon for collaboration and new opportunities, the “fake news” sea has become a threatening problem that endangers many of the achievements of democratic countries, particularly when it comes to new and delicate democracies like those in the Eastern Europe or the Balkan Peninsula. The globalization and commercialization of fake news…

Declaration of Friendship Across Religions in the making

Rabbi Dr. Alon Goshen-Gottstein, director of the Elijah Interfaith Institute and Archbishop H.E. Aldo Cavalli, Apostolic Nuncio of the Netherlands. Under the leadership of the Peace Palace, the Carnegie Foundation and the Elijah Interfaith Institute several religious leaders and representatives attended a meeting announcing an upcoming Declaration of Friendship Across Religions, to be signed by religious leaders of the word at the Peace Palace in 2020. The Declaration of friendship across religions, intend to foster peace and understanding creating friendship among all religions. The launch of the project at the Peace Palace on September 26 is a preamble to the…

Blue Helmets in Donbas?

By Barend Ter Haar. How often have the Minsk Agreements been violated this year? The parties involved in the fighting in Eastern Ukraine agreed in Minsk to cease firing, to withdraw heavy weapons, to remove landmines and to allow the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the OSCE to monitor implementation of the agreement. The agreements were adopted or confirmed at the highest level. So how often do you think they were violated this year? The answer is: more than 200.000 times. In the first nine months of 2018 the SMM noticed more than two hundred thousand violations of the agreement….

International Protocol & Strategic Networking: a worldwide export product from The Hague!

“Keep on climbing!” With these words Mark Verheul started his farewell letter to the diplomatic community in May. Over the years he had been inspired many times by these simple words of a dear friend of his. Earlier on this year they inspired him again after a certain flow of events at city hall, which resulted in deciding to take a next step in his career. After more than 8 beautiful and interesting years as head of protocol, he took the initiative to leave the municipality of The Hague. It was time for a change. A new professional perspective. In…

The VI Baku International Humanitarian Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan on 25-26 October 2018 : From “Black Gold” to “Human Capital”

  By Adelin Remy. This forum was initiated by the presidents of the Republic of Azerbaijan and of the Russian Federation in 2010 to hold dialogues, discussions and exchange of views on a wide range of global issues in the interest of humanity. Among 500 participants from 60 countries, Agefi Luxembourg was invited this year and among the many topics (education, innovation …) was particularly interested by the inaugural speech of President Ilham Aliyev on Azerbaijan (1) and by the joint session of the religious leaders on “The Policy of Multiculturalism as a Factor of Ensuring Stability in Society“. The…

45th anniversary of Viet Nam and Diplomat Magazine

Ms. Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Mdm. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Viet Nam Chairwoman of the National Assembly and the Ambassador of Viet Nam to the Netherlands, H.E. Ambassador Ngo Thi Hoa. The celebration of the 45th anniversary of Viet Nam and the Netherlands diplomatic relations in the Netherlands was launched by the Chairwoman of the National Assembly, Mdm. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, with the presence of the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management Ms. Cora van Nieuwenhuizen. During the unique occasion the Embassy of Viet Nam presented an special issue Viet Nam 45…

Ikhom Abdullaev Uzbekistan MP in The Hague

By Roy Lie Atjam. From 2-5 October 2018 the annual Cybersecurity Week, organized by The Hague Security Delta, was held in The Hague. Simultaneously the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy organized the One Conference which aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and ideas concerning cybersecurity. It was during these events, on Wednesday 3 October 2018, that I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. lkhom Abdullaev, PhD at his hotel in The Hague. He is here to expand his network to hopefully meet with as many kindred spirits as possible…

Pacis Palmae Digniores Quam Tropaea Belli (The Palms of Peace are More Honorable than the Trophies of War)

By Sheila Turabaz. On the 26th of September, the Great Hall of Justice of the Peace Palace – generally known as the courtroom where the hearings of the International Court of Justice are held – was not centered around dispute settlement but on the recognition and celebration of the efforts and accomplishments of noble individuals and organizations, furthering the cause of international peace “in whatever way, by word or deed in the form of international action, in literature, or the arts”. The Carnegie Wateler Peace Prize is the second-oldest award for peacemakers (after the Nobel Peace Prize). The Carnegie Wateler…

Russia and Azerbaijan: Main Messages to the World

By Farida Abdullaeva. The future of the planet depends on the views of humans on humanitarian issues, depends on the development of a dialog between civilizations, cultures, and religions. That’s why the best intellectuals of the modern world gathered at the VI Baku International Humanitarian Forum, in order to discuss and formulate answers to global questions that worry the whole humanity today. A Forum participant, Head of the Inter-Parliamentary Group of Russia-Azerbaijan Friendship, Dmitry Saveliev, shares his impressions of the Forum. – Dmitry Ivanovich, you took part in the work of the Baku Forum for the third time. In your…

State and human rights protection in Kazakhstan

By Askar Shakirov, Commissioner for Human Rights in the Republic of Kazakhstan. During the years of independence, Kazakhstan has managed to build a balanced political system with a stable market economy, ensured a stable growth of the well-being of the population, and maintained interethnic harmony in the country. In a relatively short period of time, our country has successfully integrated into the international community, taking its rightful place as a dynamically developing country. According to the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan, an individual, his life, rights and freedoms are the highest value of the state, which creates the basis…

New Challenges to International Law, a View from The Hague

Edited by Steven van Hoogstraten There is a visible interface between international law and the Hague, the city where so many institutions of international law are established. This book presents the views developed by some of the active players in the legal capital of the world. The starting point is a reflection of what was said during a seminar in January 2016 in the Peace Palace. The intention was to identify some of the greater legal policy questions of today: the acceptance of the jurisdiction of the ICJ as a prerequisite to dispute settlement – so called optional clause. Is…

Tatiana Paulowna presents: Russian high-end fashion for the first time, exclusively, on the Dutch market

Alexander Terekhov was born in 1980. He constructed his first piece of clothing when he was only six years old, when he made a dress for his mother. An internship at Yves Saint Laurent fashion house, several New York Fashion Week shows and a some prestigious awards later, Alexander Terekhov is one of the leading contemporary Russian designers. His specific signature and his drive to be ahead of trend, shows in every design. He is the favorite of contemporary influential models such as Adriana Lima and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Chapurin: Russian high-end fashion for the first time, exclusively, on the Dutch…