March 19, 2019

  • Georgia and the Netherlands

    George Sharvashidze, talks about cooperation between Georgia and the Netherlands

  • From the past to the future

    By H.E. Ms. Mirsada Čolaković, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It seems as if it was only yesterday when I was a young diplomat in the mid 1990’s representing my newly independent country to the Benelux. This is where my first ties and personal connections with the Netherlands began. Today, I have the privilege to serve my country as Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, as well as Permanent Representative to the international organizations located in The Hague.   The Netherlands, 27 years ago, was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic…

  • What is it so special about Armenia?

    By H.E. Mr Tigran Balayan, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This question was formulated by an Ambassador, accredited to Armenia, after the victory of non-violent revolution in Armenia in 2018. And since, many are trying to answer this question, I would offer you my version of the answer. Armenia: a landlocked country of a big nation, a unique corner of creativity and bright minds, an island of hospitality and warm smiles. While speaking about Armenia one can use many characteristics, objective and subjective ones, but most won’t argue that the very special thing…

  • Afghanistan, a fragile undertaking in a post-conflict peacebuilding

    By H.E. Dr. M. Homayoon AziziAmbassador of Afghanistan in The Netherlands. Permanent representative of Afghanistan to OPCW Decades after it became a high-profile topic for the national and international dialogue agenda, post-conflict peacebuilding remains a fragile undertaking with mixed results. While there is little doubt that peacebuilding will continue to require international attention, the lessons of the last decades do not add up to a successful record. Peacebuilding is a Multi-Dimensional Enterprise with Several Pillars: While various actors define these pillars differently, there is consensus that peacebuilding has political, social, economic, security and legal dimensions, each of which requires attention. Distinguishing…

  • We have to overcome the crisis of multilateralism

    H.E.Dr. Heinrich Kreft, Ambassador of Germany to Luxembourg and President of the Diplomatic Council. Go voting and vote for a pro-European party!

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Prosecutor concludes a visit to Bangladesh

Mar 13, 2019

Statement of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court at the conclusion of its visit to Bangladesh (6-11 March 2019) The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court concluded its first visit to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in the context of the on-going preliminary examination concerning the alleged deportation of the Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh. The purpose of this visit was to engage with relevant stakeholders, explain the preliminary examination process, and travel to the refugee camps with a view to informing the Office’s ongoing assessment. On behalf of the Prosecutor, Mrs Fatou Bensouda,…

Russia and Syria criticize OPCW report on the alleged chemical attack in Douma, 2018

Mar 12, 2019

By Guido Lanfranchi. At a joint press conference held in The Hague, Russian and Syrian representatives at the OPCW criticized the organization’s recently published report on the alleged chemical attacks of April 7th, 2018 in Douma, Syria. Nevertheless – Russian Ambassador H.E. Mr. Alexander Shulgin said – Russia will not give up its quest to clarify what happened in Douma one year ago. On March 1st, 2019, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) issued the report of its Fact Finding Mission (FFM) on the allegation of chemical weapons use in Douma, Syria, on April 7th, 2018. On…

Minister Kaag calls for new, adequate solutions in dealing with present-day conflicts

Mar 9, 2019

Minister Sigrid Kaag. By Guido Lanfranchi. On March 8th, 2019, the premises of the Supreme Court in The Hague hosted the event “Conflict Resolution in the Middle East”, co-organized by UPEACE Centre The Hague and SIB-Leiden. The event’s keynote speech was delivered by Ms. Sigrid Kaag, Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development, who analyzed the emerging global challenges and stressed the need for suitable solutions. The challenges in nowadays world are abundant and daunting, and addressing them will not be easy. Yet, we can address them, and we should not spare any effort in trying do to so. This…

Ambassador Alireza Jahangiri Iran Ceremony of Merit

Mar 9, 2019

By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague, Netherlands – 5th March 2019.  Diplomat Magazine and Diplomatic Card organized a Ceremony of Merit for the outgoing Ambassador of Iran, H.E. Dr Alireza Jahangiri, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Netherlands. Diplomat Magazine being the first diplomatic magazine of its kind in the Netherlands, presented a Certificate of Merit and an award to H.E. Dr. Alireza Jahangiri, Ambassador of The Islamic Republic of Iran. The certificate of Merit and Public Diplomacy Award were presented in recognition for the outstanding contributions that Ambassador Alireza Jahangiri has made in solidifying Iran’s bilateral ties with the Netherlands,…

Speaker Nancy Pelosi on EU tour

Mar 8, 2019

Nancy Pelosi, went on a multi-and bilateral visit to Brussels that took her to meet with NATO, Belgian and EU dignitaries.

Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Visits OPCW

Mar 7, 2019

implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), with a focus on OPCW activities in Syria and the effort to investigate and identify perpetrators of chemical weapon attacks.

Kuwait’s Vibrant and Thriving Contemporary Art Scene

Mar 7, 2019

Opening of the art Kuwait exhibition by H.E. Mr. Abdul Rahman Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of Kuwait with Mrs. Jamilah Al-Otaibi and Mr. Mark Zellenrath together with many honorable guests. By Sheila Turabaz. A national day reception serves as the perfect occasion to showcase a country’s culture in all its glory. The Kuwaiti embassy is no exception in this regard. On the 21st of February, the embassy celebrated its National Day and Liberation Day as well as 55 years of diplomatic relations between the State of Kuwait and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, or as they refer to it as “55 years…

Switzerland Contributes CHF 150,000 to OPCW Team to Identify Perpetrators of Chemical Weapons Use

Mar 6, 2019

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 6 March 2019 — The Government of the Swiss Confederation is contributing CHF 150,000 toward the formation and operation of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) team to identify the perpetrators of the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic pursuant to the decision on addressing the threat from chemical weapons use adopted by the Conference of the States Parties at its Fourth Special Session. The donation was formalised recently through an agreement signed by OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs represented by…

Romanian-European Cultural Diplomacy

Mar 6, 2019

Brândușa Predescu addressed a strong pro-European Romanian Presidency of European Council.

A new Persian language global network for Iranians at home and across the world

Mar 5, 2019

By Guido Lanfranchi. The United States Agency for Global Media is launching VOA 365, a 24×7 Persian language global network to better reach out to Iranians all over the world. As the tensions between the United States and Iran remain high, the U.S. Agency for Global Media is set to launch a new initiative, VOA 365, a 24×7 Persian language global network aimed at providing better information to Iranians living in their country as well as abroad. “Given the dynamic political situation, it’s more important than ever that Iranian citizens get the facts about U.S. positions, responsible analysis and discussion…

Diplomatic Pouch

Samen leven in een Samenleving – Living together in a Community

Mubarak Mosque on the Oostduinlaan in The Hague was opened in 1955 and is the oldest mosque in The Netherlands. It belongs to the Ahmadi-Muslims or Ahmadiyya.

Water Board election debate

The Water Board elections will be held in the Netherlands on 20 March 2019. If you are over 18 and have a valid residence permit for the Netherlands you will most likely be eligible to cast your vote. To find out what’s at stake and who to vote for, join the Water Board election debate on Friday 15 March from 17.30 to 19.30 at IHE Delft. The debate and introduction will be in English and is open to the public, the doors are open at 17.15. Venue: IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Westvest 7, Delft. Preliminary programme 17.30-18.15 Introduction…

Transcending Borders

ARt exhibition at the Mexican Embassy Movimiento,art collective of eight Mexican artists, founded and led by the Mexican painter Emilio Sanchez Diaz.

Would Venezuela be a `Latin Syria’?

US aid’ or `Russian aid’ to Venezuela becomes totally highly politicized.

Having exhausted all possible alternatives

Brexit cost, the promised advantages proved illusionary, while the predicted problems proved very real.

Pakistan- The best kept tourism secret in the world

By Ambassador Jauhar Saleem, Head of Mission of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the Federal Republic of Germany The tourism sector is considered as one of the largest economic sectors in the world. It is also regarded as the most important economic activity in many developed economies of the world due to the opportunities it offers in creating employment and augmenting the foreign exchange earnings of the country. Pakistan is home to some of the world’s oldest civilizations, i.e. Mehergarh, Gandhara and Indus valley (Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa). It is also endowed with potentially rich tourism attractions, which stretch from…

Davos 2019 World Economic Forum – Globalisation 4.0

By Corneliu Pivariu. The annual edition of the World Economic Forum took place – at Davos – between 22nd-25th of January, 2019, a global event which we follow closely every year. This year’s meeting has brought to Switzerland more than 3,000 personalities of the political, economic and financial, and media fields and other or, summing up, the planet’s plutocracy and all the circles connected to it. The fact that around 60% of the participants come from five countries only is interesting, too, a situation we noticed, with similar percentages, during other important international conferences we attended over the years. As…

Discover the wonders of Malaysia

By H.E. Datin Sarah Albakri Devadason, Head of Mission of Malaysia to Germany. Tourism has become an important sector for Malaysia’s national growth and economic development. In 2017, tourism revenue contributed 14.9 percent to Malaysia’s economy. The direct contribution of the tourism industry to the nation’s GDP recorded 6.1 percent with a value of €18.3 billion. Despite the vast distance between Malaysia and Germany, tourist arrivals have been encouraging with 128,000 German tourist visiting Malaysia in 2018. Malaysia has 14 states and each offers a unique experience of its culture, nature, varied delicious cuisines and its friendly people and their hospitality. It is…

Zarif’s sudden resignation: The beginning of the militarization of the Iranian diplomacy?

By akhtyar Aljaf. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed his resignation, a quiet diplomat and a seasoned politician, one of the soft faces of Iran’s foreign policy, for what is known as a political wisdom who can able to bring Iran an acceptable nuclear agreement. It was enough when the dean of diplomacy of the 20th century Kissinger given him a copy of his book dedicated with “To my enemy who deserves respect”. Zarif political independence gave him a margin for political maneuvering, which was rarely had his predecessors from the former Iranian foreign ministers. But the mentality of…

China’s Pearl River Delta growing together: Greater Bay Area with first-ever joint ITB presence

China’s emerging metropolitan region around the Pearl River Delta continues to merge: the two special administrative regions Hong Kong and Macao together with nine municipalities of Chinas most populated Province Guangdong jointly form the “Greater Bay Area”. The consolidation of the three regions to one large economic hub is part of the infrastructure milestones the Chinese government is pursuing in conjunction with the Road and Belt initiative. As this cooperation also encompasses the tourism sector, the three partners are looking forward to their first-ever joint presence at ITB Berlin from March 6 to 10 (Hall 26A, Stand 119). Cities united by infrastructural mega projects A core…

Thinking Forward Radical in our Time

A statement by Joumana El Zein Khoury, Director of the Prince Claus Fund. Greetings from the Netherlands. It is midwinter here, so our part of the earth is aimed away from the sun, which means we have long, dark nights. The darkness I worry about, though, isn’t a matter of seasons and it’s not limited to the Northern Hemisphere. In talking with you, with our partners from all over the world, I hear similar messages: a sense that the world is getting darker. People everywhere are facing challenges: worries about a backlash where we thought there was progress in achieving social justice; the…

Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture

Тhe Bulgarian city of Plovdiv was named “European Capital of Culture 2019” inheriting the title from Leewaurden-Friesland, the European Capital of Culture 2018. 

The end of the democracy dream is very close. We’ve already taken the first steps into it

By Paul săndulescu. PLUTOCRACY – Noun 1.    Government by the wealthy. 2.    A controlling class of the wealthy. (Wiktionary) PLUTOCRACY – A plutocracy or plutarchy is a society that is ruled or controlled by people of great wealth or income. (Wikipedia) PLUTOCRAT – Noun Someone who rules by virtue of his or her wealth. (Wiktionary) ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE – Noun 1. The branch of computer science dealing with the reproduction or mimicking of human-level intelligence, self-awareness, knowledge, conscience, thought in computer programs. 2. The essential quality of a machine which thinks in a manner similar to or on the same general…

Ancient Tools Rescue Lost Cultures

By Mara Lemanis. Tools imperative to civilizations from time immemorial—mallets, chisels, tracers, gouges—are becoming the beacons for a new vision in age-old cultures. The ancient cities of Aleppo, Homs, Bosra, Palmyra–all UNESCO world heritage sites–lie in ruins, razed, their monuments, tombs, citadels ravaged. But refugees in the desert town of Mafraq, Jordan are brandishing chisels and hammers against the devastation. At Mafraq, Jordan a conservation stonemasonry program began in the fall of 2017.  In a workshop funded by the World Monuments Fund and the Petra National Trust of Jordan, a small cadre of women and men, young and old, bend…

Iran’s foreign policy

By Corneliu Pivariu.   On the background of the developments in the Middle East during the last years, the beginning of 2019 was marked as well by the 40 years anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran which led to the Shah’s overthrowing and the establishment of the Khomeini’s Islamic regime with all the consequences and implications such a development supposed, including in what foreign policy was concerned. The most important shift in foreign policy was exiting from the American sphere of influence and the gradual building up of its own foreign policy the way it was and is still…

South Sudan-India: Diplomatic Relations and Economic Partnership Potentials

Indian unofficial diplomatic relations during Sudan civil wars.