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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Foreign minister Frans Timmermans looks forward to a new Malian government that will energetically tackle the country’s problems. ‘Only now can the real work begin,’ said the minister. ‘The peace talks with groups in the north need to get going, the people expect socioeconomic progress, and corruption must be fought to enhance confidence in government.’
His Majesty the King announces with deep regret that His Royal Highness Prince Johan Friso Bernhard Christiaan David, Prins van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg passed away this morning at Palace Huis ten Bosch in the Hague at age 44.