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21 Appointment by Secretary-General of the UN of Sigrid Kaag as Special Coordinator of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission

United Nations Secretary-General, in consultation with Director general of the OPCW, appoints Sigrid Kaag of the Netherlands as Special Coordinator of the OPCW-United Nations Joint Mission

22 Side event on the Nuclear Security Summit

On 7 October 2013, the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN organized a First Committee side event entitled “Nuclear Terrorism: An Assessment of the Threat and the Means to Reduce It” under the chairmanship of Karel van Oosterom, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the UN.

23 Minister Timmermans opens first ministerial meeting on LGBT rights at the UN

Today, in the margins of the UN General Assembly, foreign minister Frans Timmermans opened a ministerial meeting on equal rights for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT). This is the first time that discussions on the position of LGBTs are being held at this level within the UN. Participants included the foreign ministers of Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, Norway and the US, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and senior officials from France, Japan and New Zealand.

24 Minister Ploumen calls for international action against child marriage

During the UN General Assembly, development minister Lilianne Ploumen announced international action against child marriage. With her Canadian and Ghanaian counterparts, Ms Ploumen has launched an initiative with this goal, which was greeted with enthusiasm at the UN summit.

26 The Netherlands provides €1.5 million for eliminating chemical weapons in Syria

Foreign minister Frans Timmermans has told the House of Representatives that the Netherlands will provide €1.5 million towards the elimination of chemical weapon stockpiles in Syria.

27 Global summit on nuclear security in The Hague

The Nuclear Security Summit being hosted by the Netherlands in March 2014 will be held in the World Forum in The Hague, Minister of Foreign Affairs Uri Rosenthal announced today. Over 50 heads of state and government and representatives of international organisations are expected to attend the event, which will be chaired by the Dutch Prime Minister.

28 Ban Ki-moon opens ministerial conference on peaceful settlement of disputes

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is today opening the ministerial conference on the peaceful settlement of disputes that is being held as part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Peace Palace in The Hague. The peaceful settlement of disputes is one of the pillars of the United Nations.

29 Peace Palace centennial celebrations

The Hague has today been celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Peace Palace. On 28 August 1913 the Peace Palace opened its doors to organisations committed to creating a better and more just world.

30 Peace Palace celebrates 100 years as symbol of peace and justice

Next week sees the kick-off of international celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Peace Palace in The Hague. Seen throughout the world as a symbol of peace and justice, the historic building is home to the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Hague Academy of International Law and the Carnegie Foundation.