August 22, 2017

  • Tolerance: a fundamental part of the United Arab Emirates

    By H.E. Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance, United Arab Emirates. In today’s world, one of the greatest challenges that we face is the rise in various forms of intolerance. Whether it is differences in religious belief, in cultural and historical traditions or in colour or origin, conflicts are created and stimulated by those who seek to use them as reasons to divide us. In sharp contrast to that, we in the United Arab Emirates firmly believe that such differences should be welcomed and celebrated. They offer much from which we can all learn as…

  • Ambassador Ugalde at the VII Iberoamerican Week of International Justice

    H.E. Ambassador Sergio Ugalde, Ambassador of Costa Rica / Vicepresident of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court. On Wednesday 31st May, the Opening Ceremony for the VI Ibero-American Week of International Justice took place at the Peace Palace. H.E. Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, President of the International Criminal Court, H.E. Ambassador Sergio Ugalde, Vicepresident of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court, H.E. Ambassador Johan Van der Werff, Ambassador of the Netherlands to International Organisations, and Prof. Héctor Olasolo, Chairman of the Ibero-American Institute of The Hague for Peace, Human Rights and International Justice (IIH) were the speakers…

  • A Review of the Maltese EU Presidency

    At the end of June the first ever Maltese Presidency of the EU came to a conclusion. To mark this occasion an EU Presidency Handover ceremony was held on the 28 June at the Embassy in The Hague with the presence of the Heads of Mission of EU Member States, candidate countries, international organizations, officials from the EEAS, European Commission representation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. The ceremony was held for the first time in The Hague and a commemorative plaque was prepared by Embassy for the occasion which features the flags of the EU and…

  • Grenada: Isle of Spice

    By H.E. C. J. Augustine-Kanu, Ambassador of Grenada and Permanent Representative to the European Union, Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium. Grenada is a tri-island state that is known interchangeably as ‘The Isle of Spice’ or the “Spice Isle.’ She has two sister islands, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Grenada is nestled in between the islands of St. Vincent & the Grenadines to the north and Trinidad and Tobago to the south in the eastern Caribbean Sea, West Indies. Grenada’s rich history dates back to the early Carib and Arawak Native Indians who originally inhabited the island. During the course of her history, Grenada…

  • Marriot The Hague celebrating DM’s 4th Anniversary

    Diplomat Magazine celebrated its fourth anniversary at its traditional venue, Marriott The Hague Hotel. Starting out small with huge support of the diplomatic corps, the very first diplomatic magazine in the Netherlands history, rapidly grew into the popular magazine attracting today more than 70,000 monthly readers, alongside its special biannual printed edition. A lunch was offered to many of Diplomat Magazine´s volunteers and staff, in the presence of Dr Mayelinne De Lara, Publisher and Mr. Vincent Pahlplatz, General Manager of Marriott The Hague Hotel. Amongst the special invited guests were magazine´s volunteer founders, such as Dr. Eugenio Matos G., former…

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Cameroonian Embassy Hosts Diplomatic Reception

Aug 2, 2017

H.E.  Odette Melono, Ambassador of Cameroon to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Cameroonian Ambassador to the Netherlands, Her Excellency Mrs. Odette Melono recently hosted a Diplomatic reception in the Netherlands to commemorate Cameroon’s 45th National Day. The reception took place on May 22, 2017 at the Marriott Hotel in The Hague. The guests list was made up of several international Ambassadors and Diplomats representing Diplomatic missions in the Netherlands; Dutch business personalities and representatives of NGO’s trading with Cameroon; Dutch Government officials; as well as a number of invited Cameroonians. The reception which lasted from 17:00 – 19:00 pm…

Colombia at the United Nations Public Service Forum

Jul 31, 2017

Embassy of Colombia to the Netherlands participate at the United Nations Public Service Forum La Haya (jun. 23/17).The Embassy of Colombia to the Netherlands participated at the United Nations Public Service Forum: “The Future is now- Accelerating Public Service Innovation for the 2030 Agenda”, and was present at the Awards ceremony held on 22 and 23 June in The Hague. The aim of the United Nations Forum was to inform and inspire public servants from all around the world, as well as to offer real practical solutions that help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The United Nations Public…

Ambassador Batoréu at the ICC

Jul 30, 2017

Left to right: ICC Deputy Prosecutor  James Stewart , ICC President Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi,  Ambassador of Portugal H.E. Rosa Batoréu and ICC Registrar Herman von Hebel in front of the artwork  ©ICC-CPI Portuguese Ambassador and ICC President unveil artwork donation to International Criminal Court H.E. Rosa Batoréu, Portuguese Ambassador to The Netherlands, together with Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), unveiled on 5 July 2017, an artwork donation from the Government of Portugal to the ICC. The ceremony was held at the seat of the Court in The Hague, The Netherlands,…

Danish Ambassador and ICC Registrar Launch “Access To Justice”

Jul 30, 2017

ICC Registar Herman von Hebel and H.E. Ambassador of Denmark to Uganda, Mr Mogens Pedersen, launching “Access to Justice” project in Kampala, Uganda, on 17 July 2017. ©ICC-CPI Danish Ambassador and ICC Registrar Launch “Access To Justice” Project in Uganda and mark International Criminal Justice Day.   Today, 17 July 2017, the Registrar of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”), Mr Herman von Hebel, and H.E. Ambassador of Denmark to Uganda, Mr Mogens Pedersen, launched an “Access to Justice” project in Kampala, Uganda. This project aims at facilitating the ICC’s continuous efforts to respond to the information demands of…

Dutch government renews partnership with IRC

Jul 29, 2017

Dutch government renews partnership with IRC in support of the Sustainable Development Goal for water and sanitation. THE HAGUE, 18 July 2017 – The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed its commitment to IRC and will contribute 4.8 million euros (US$ 5.45 million) to further finance IRC’s programmatic aims over the next five years. DGIS has agreed to continue its support to IRC for another five years. IRC fulfils an instrumental role in achieving the Dutch commitment to provide sustainable access to clean drinking water to 30 million people and sanitation and hygiene to 50 million people during the…

South-Africa Book launching in honor of Prof. John Dugard

Jul 27, 2017

By Roy Lie A Tjam. Professor John Dugard, is an International law scholar, teacher, and Judge. Just hours before the annual mega French National Day reception, His Excellency Bruce Koloane, Ambassador of South-Africa, hosted the launching of the book The Pursuit of a Brave New World in International Law, Essays in honor of John Dugard at his residence on 14 July 2017. After his welcome remarks, Ambassador Koloane introduced Professor Dire Tladi, a professor of International law at the University of Pretoria. Professor Dire Tladi is also co-editor of the book. The Honoree professor John Dugard subsequently delivered his remarks….

ICC signs Memorandum of Understanding with Government of Georgia

Jul 27, 2017

On 25 July 2017, the Registrar of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Mr Herman von Hebel, on behalf of the Court, visited Tbilisi and signed an agreement with the Government of Georgia, to facilitate the Court’s activities and ongoing investigations in the country. “This agreement will facilitate the expeditious fulfilment of the ICC’s mandate within the territory of Georgia, said ICC Registrar von Hebel at the signature Ceremony. “This is a common goal for all of us: to bring justice to the victims of the 2008 conflict,” he added. This agreement builds on the legal obligations of Georgia as a…

Kwibohora23 anniversary of liberation of Rwanda

Jul 27, 2017

H.E. Jean Pierre Karabaranga, Ambassador of Rwanda. Kwibohora23: Rwandans in the Netherlands celebrate 23rd anniversary of liberation of Rwanda The 23rd anniversary of the liberation was held under the theme “Together we prosper”. On Saturday 22 July evening, the Embassy of the Republic Rwanda in the Netherlands hosted the Kwibohora23 celebration in Partycentrum Zichtenburg in The Hague. H.E. Ambassador Jean Pierre Karabaranga, his family, the Embassy team and the Rwanda diaspora committee welcomed more than 200 guests, including Rwandan nationals living in the Netherlands, Friends of Rwanda and others. The program was graced by artists De Gaulle and Chouchou Mihigo…

Egypt 65th Anniversary of the 1952 Revolution

Jul 25, 2017

On the picture, Deputy Ambassador Mr. Mohamed Elsharif. By Roy Lie A Tjam. The Embassy of the Republic of Egypt celebrated the 65th anniversary of the 1952 revolution on the lawns of the residence of the Egyptian Ambassador in The Hague on the 13th July 2017. An Egyptian diplomat recently noted, July the 23, 1952, revolution has proven to be a milestone, not only in the history of the Egyptian Republic but also in that of the Arab world and the African countries. For additional Robert Huibert’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157684157116041 According to Deputy Ambassador Mr. Mohamed…

Mayor Pauline Krikke meets with The Hague Community of Churches

Jul 24, 2017

By Anton Lutter. At the Grote Kerk in the center of The Hague Mayor Mrs Pauline Krikke met with the representatives of Community of Churches of The Hague (Haagse Gemeenschap van Kerken) for the first time. The Community of Churches was founded in 1968 with the purpose to cooperate between the different Christian churches in The Hague. This also truly international ecumenical organisation consists of the following denominations: American Protestant Church, Anglican Church, Apostolisch Genootschap, Baptisten Gemeente, Deutsche Evangelische Gemeinde, Doopsgezinde Gemeente, Ekklesia, Evangelisch Lutherse Gemeente, Evangelische Broedergemeente, Gereformeerde Kerk den Haag Oost, Gereja Kristen Indonesia Nederland, Leger des Heils…

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The Truth and Reconciliation stuggle on the Balkans

By Senadin Lavić. We live in a post-genocidal society, divided into ethnic-religious ghetto by means of war. In such broken society are continually inserted seductive and controversial concepts that serve the goals that are not realized by means of war. The terms such as federalism, unitarism and separatism come mainly as political games of political life actors in our country, but regarding the separatism of the entities RS, the Greater Serbian policy is absolutely focused on this goal. The shaping of political reality and the main ideas in it is a work of the ideology – par excellence, which then…

Which countries are powerful?

By Barend ter Haar. Are the Netherlands more powerful than Italy or Spain? Yes, according to 2017 ISA Country Power Rankings published by ISA (International Strategic Analysis), an international research and consulting firm headquartered in Luxembourg . ISA bases its ranking on an analysis of seven different categories of power: economy, demography, military, environmental and natural resources, politics, culture and technology. It is interesting to compare this list with the best countries/power rankings published by U.S. News & World Report . That list is based on only five factors: leadership, economic influence, political influence, strong international alliances and strong military…

Corneliu Pivariu. Photographer: Ionus Paraschiv.

Under Donald Trump’s leadership, the USA is speeding up world’s geopolitical developments

By Corneliu Pivariu. Things look like that after president Donald Trump’s participation to the “Three Seas Initiative” – Warsaw, G20 Hamburg Summit and France’s National Day – 14th of July in Paris. Yet we must underline that the period of the Cold War when the two superpowers were deciding most of the global geopolitic developments is over and so is the short period after the fall of the Iron Curtain when the USA was prevailing. Currently, we are in a period of a much more complexity then those we just mentioned, whereby each important geopolitical player seeks to position itself…

50 years of a master piece: One Hundred Years of Solitude

On the occasion of the 50th commemoration anniversary of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” publication, a masterpiece that led Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014) to the pinnacle of his carrier with the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature, the Embassy of Colombia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands together with the Cervantes Institute organized on 18 May 2017 a dialogue about this novel and its author, as well as the opening of the photographic exhibition “García Márquez Portraits” in Utrecht. The event started with a welcoming speech by the Cervantes Institute Director, Isabel Lorda Vidal, followed by a literary intervention…

The Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property…

The Power of Culture, The Verve of Spirit By Mara Lemanis. Culture is the crucible that forges our visceral identity. When the UK ratified The Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Properties last year, it confirmed the importance of sustaining the legacy, the identity of all cultures, especially at a time of armed conflict. Without this protection the patrimony of indigenous groups in many countries could witness the kind of disintegration that has taken place among native Indian populations all across America. The relegation of Indian tribes to reservations ordered by the U.S. government in the late 19th century…

The MH17 Disaster Demands a Return to a Rules-Based International System

On the picture, Scott Martin. By Scott Martin and Wayne Jordash. On 17 July 2014, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with a total of 298 people on board from 17 countries when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine, crashing at a site in the Donetsk oblast, killing everyone onboard. This tragedy, well-known to the diplomatic community and people around the world, exacerbated an already tense diplomatic tete-a-tete between the Russian Federation and the Western world, with the West contending that separatists illegally conspired with Russia to occupy Ukraine through reliance on its…

Vatican official calls for global ‘permanent and generous’ funding for migrants

An undersecretary for the Vatican’s new Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development suggests governments split funds 50-50 between migrants and local poor in areas where they are arriving. He spoke in Berlin at the tenth Global Forum for Migration and Development. By Joshua J. Mcelwee, Vatican Insider. An undersecretary for the new Vatican office devoted to issues facing migrants and refugees has called on global governments to create a “permanent and generous funding facility” for the areas of the world receiving the largest numbers of migrants. Jesuit Fr. Michael Czerny, one of two undersecretaries for the Migrants and Refugees Section…

Lady X and the Power of Destiny – A Musical Drama

                            A work based on the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Spain has been fortunate for British artist, author and composer Dario Poli, known by some of his contemporaries as the “Renaissance man.” For it was here that he found the inspiration to originate and produce one of his finest musical achievements “Lady X and The Power of Destiny” in a creative collaboration with Lloyd Hulme of Puerto Banus. The musical drama, originally composed as a celebration of England’s favourite princess, based on the late Diana Princess…

XVI Edition of the Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management

Call for Applications for the XVI Edition of the Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management – Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy) – 2018   Applications shall be submitted online at www.humanrights.santannapisa.it Applications for admission by Non EU citizens shall be sent no later than September 4, 2017 / Applications for admission by EU citizens shall be sent no later than September 19, 2017 Description: The Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management is designed to provide students from different cultures and backgrounds with a deep understanding of the linkages between human rights and conflict management theory and practice. The…

Africa-Europe: Similarities and Differences in Security

                            By Anis Bajrektarevic and Giuliano Luongo. NOVA Publishers ( https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=62974 )   “For the past few centuries, Africa lived fear but dreamt a hope of Europeans …From WWI to www.” In this one short statement is the essence of the 6th book on geopolitics of prof. Anis Bajrektarevic: ‘Europe and Africa’ just released by the US publisher NOVA. This time professor is co-signing book with his junior researcher from Italy, Guliano Luongo, who is a Director of Africanistic studies at the Rome-based Institute for Geopolitics (IsAG)….

The Hague Roundtable on Climate & Security

On the picture, Roundtable hosted by the Embassy of Australia. April 2017. The Roundtables are an ongoing initiative started in 2015 – created and organized by Matt Luna of the Institute for Environmental Security. The overall goal is to get different countries and stakeholders to share information and strategies (including initiating new strategies) on addressing climate risks to natural resource availability, food security, migration, disaster response, and stability of fragile states. The Roundtables are also an opportunity for local dialogue with a global reach to support international climate and security initiatives such as the Planetary Security Conference and the UN…

Traslados

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 on the family. Diplomat Magazine decided to publish this powerful companion book designed for diplomats and their families, in its original language. Chapter one Por Silvia  Korenblum. Las familias en tránsito son aquellas que migran de ciudad o de país, por un período de tiempo determinado. En la antigüedad, la migración era una epopeya: los pueblos nómadas llegaban de un lugar a otro midiendo cada paso en la distancia caminada, sintiendo el cambio de un…

The Return of Good Policies for Bad Reasons, Populism and Industrial Policy

By Amanda Janoo. “Throughout the most of human evolution both progress as well as its horizontal transmission was extremely slow, occasional and tedious a process. Well into the classic period of Alexander the Macedonian and his glorious Alexandrian library, the speed of our knowledge transfers – however moderate, analogue and conservative – was still always surpassing snaillike cycles of our breakthroughs. When our sporadic breakthroughs finally turned to be faster than the velocity of their infrequent transmissions – that very event marked a point of our departure. Simply, our civilizations started to significantly differentiate from each other in their respective…

Georgian royalty on diplomacy

On the picture HRH Prince Davit Bagration Mukhranbatoni – Picture by Royal House of Georgia. By Baron Henri Estramant. Diplomat Magazine had the pleasure of interviewing HRH Prince Davit Bragationi Mukhran Batoni of Georgia, dynastic heir of the world’s oldest Christian dynasty. The Bragationi dynasty is currently of much topicality in Georgia after the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II, suggested once more for the country to adopt a monarchical form of state.  Diplomat Magazine: Your Royal Highness, you are the Head of Georgia’s Royal House, and as such recently the government of your homeland supported the bestowal of “The…

Formation of the government of North Rhine-Westphalia

State Premier, H.E. Armin Laschet. Picture by Olaf Kosinsky, wikiberatung.de, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0 By Jan Eustachi. On 14 May 2017 the population of the fourth largest but most populous and economically strongest German state, North Rhine-Westphalia, voted for a government change. Armin Laschet (Christian Democrats, CDU) has become successor to Hannelore Kraft (Social Democrats, SPD) in the capacity of state premier. The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has formed a coalition with the Liberal Party (FDP). The government seat is located at Düsseldorf, the state capital. On 30 June, Laschet formed his cabinet. The Liberals were given 3 and the Christian Democrats 9 out of 12 ministerial…

Regional Security Architectures: Comparing Asia and Europe

Insights from Professor Anis Bajrektarevic. Trans-Pacific View author Mercy Kuo regularly engages subject-matter experts, policy practitioners, and strategic thinkers across the globe for their diverse insights into U.S. Asia policy. This conversation with Dr. Anis Bajrektarevic  –  chairperson and professor in international law and global political studies, Vienna, Austria and editor of the New York-based scientific journal Geopolitics, History, and International Relations – is the 98th in “The Trans-Pacific View Insight Series.” Q1:   Compare and contract regional security architectures in Asia and Europe. While all other major theaters have had pan-continental settings in place already for many decades, such as the Organization of…