New edition Here's Holland
On Monday, 8 April, 2013, the Hague Conference on Private International Law will celebrate its 120th Anniversary with an event: The Hague Conference at 120: Today and the Future, which will take place in the Academy Building on the grounds of the Peace Palace in The Hague.
Development organisations and the government need to do more to demarcate their roles. On Thursday Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, discussed this with civil society organisations meeting in The Hague in the framework of the annual ambassadors’ conference.
‘For the Netherlands, Worldwide’ is the title of the annual conference which brings together Dutch ambassadors and consuls general in The Hague for a programme addressing current international themes and policy questions. There are many challenges, so an ambitious approach is called for. ‘The Netherlands must provide excellent service, both when it comes to promoting trade and performing consular tasks,’ said foreign minister Frans Timmermans.
‘The International Criminal Court plays an essential role in preventing crimes, protecting people and bringing perpetrators to justice. It has achieved a great deal, but there is still much to do.’ Foreign minister Frans Timmermans delivered this message in the Knights’ Hall in The Hague at a ceremony to mark the ICC’s 10th anniversary, which was attended by Her Majesty the Queen and the President of Senegal.
The new Dutch government was today sworn in by Her Majesty the Queen. The members of the government responsible for foreign policy are Frans Timmermans (Minister of Foreign Affairs) and Lilianne Ploumen (Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation). Mr Timmermans, 51, was Minister for European Affairs from 2007 to 2010. Ms Ploumen, 50, worked for various development organisations before serving as chair of the PvdA (Labour Party).