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The United Nations is an international organization, founded in 1945. It was established to promote a set of global values: peace and security, self-determination of peoples, social progress and development, and human dignity. It was set up to serve as a centre for harmonizing the actions of its Member States in the promotion of these values. The Organization currently has 192 Member States. It acts mainly through its six principal organs.

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The official announcement of the date of the Palestinian accession to the ICC, in the form of a letter from Ban, was posted on a U.N. website. (Photo: Reuters)

Palestine in the International Criminal Court: impact and consequences!

The year 2014 ended with a cliff-hanger for the Israeli-Palestinian question. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signed the Rome Statute on New Year’s eve, a day after a UN resolution mandating Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank failed to pass at the Security Council. As a result, on 6 January 2015, the UN secretary-general confirmed by an official note that Palestine will accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court on April 1, 2015. In this blog I will explain the meaning of the Palestinian accession, the procedure of preliminary examination by the International Criminal Court and possible consequences for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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Special collections

  • Peace movement

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      J23 -28-012-thumb

    • Meulen, P. van der, en A.J. Montijn (red.), De menschheid en de alcohol: een maatschappelijk vraagstuk, veelzijdig belicht door gezaghebbende Nederlanders, Zwolle, Nederlandse Groot-Loge der Internationale Orde van Goede Tempelieren, 1928.
      Meulen, P. van der, en A.J. Montijn (red.), De menschheid en de alcohol: een maatschappelijk vraagstuk, veelzijdig belicht door gezaghebbende Nederlanders, Zwolle, Nederlandse Groot-Loge der Internationale Orde van Goede Tempelieren, 1928.

      Meulen, P. van der, en A.J. Montijn (red.), De menschheid en de alcohol: een maatschappelijk vraagstuk, veelzijdig belicht door gezaghebbende Nederlanders, Zwolle, Nederlandse Groot-Loge der Internationale Orde van Goede Tempelieren, 1928.

    • Graaf zu Dohna-Schlodien, De tweede "Möwe"-Tocht, Amsterdam, W. ten Have, 1917.
      Graaf zu Dohna-Schlodien, De tweede "Möwe"-Tocht, Amsterdam, W. ten Have, 1917.

      Graaf zu Dohna-Schlodien, De tweede "Möwe"-Tocht, Amsterdam, W. ten Have, 1917.

    The Peace Palace Library holds a unique collection on the peace movement from the period 1899- 1940. More about this collection »
  • Postcards

    • Postcard Peace Palace 1989
      Postcard Peace Palace 1989

      Peace Palace 1989

    • Postcard Peace Palace 1923
      Postcard Peace Palace 1923

      Peace Palace 1923

    • Postcard Peace Palace 1961
      Postcard Peace Palace 1961

      Peace Palace 1961

    Over the past century numerous postcards depicting the Peace Palace have been sent home. More about this collection ».