United Nations

  • Interview Sigrid Kaag

    December 9, 2016

    This month, we have the honor of interviewing Ms. Sigrid Kaag, a top Dutch diplomat who currently serves as a United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL). Last month, the Dutch Carnegie Foundation awarded Sigrid Kaag the Carnegie Wateler Peace Prize. Before the ceremony took place, we took the opportunity to interview Ms. Kaag to discuss her work at the UN, in particular, the succesful UN-OPCW joint mission Ms. Kaag led to eliminate the chemical weapons programme in Syria. We also discussed the role of international law in her daily work at the UN. Here’s what she had to say.

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  • Sigrid Kaag awarded Peace Prize

    December 6, 2016

    Ms. Sigrid Kaag, top diplomat who successfully led the OPCW-UN joint mission on the elimination of Syrian chemical weapons, received the Carnegie Wateler Peace Prize on 16 November 2016. The Carnegie Foundation, which owns and manages the Peace Palace, has awarded this peace prize to Ms. Kaag for her successful efforts in accomplishing sensitive and dangerous missions in the Middle-East.

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    António Guterres Nominated New UN Secretary-General

    October 6, 2016

    Antonio Guterres

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  • Vacancy: Secretary-General of the United Nations

    September 8, 2016

    Coming autumn the United Nations will choose a successor of mr. Ban Ki-Moon, who served the organization as Secretary-General since January 1st , 2007. In the past few months no less than twelve people (six women and six men) applied for the job, including former Prime Ministers, Secretary of States and executives of several international organizations. At this moment (Sept 8th 2016) already two candidates withdrew from the procedure. This blog will analyze this particular procedure and its legal basis. It is not meant as an endorsement for any of the candidates.

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  • Kofi Annan Visits the Peace Palace

    September 7, 2016

    Kofi Annan, the founding chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation and former UN Secretary-General (1997-2006), paid a short visit to The Netherlands last week and also visited the Peace Palace. The Carnegie Foundation was honored to welcome him on 30 August. Mr. Erik de Baedts, the General- Director of the Carnegie Foundation, received Mr. Annan at the Peace Palace to talk about the work of the Foundations. Dutch television program ‘EénVandaag’ (OneToday) made use of the beautiful location to have an exclusive interview with Kofi Annan. Annan talked in the interview about the challenges of the refugee crisis in Europe and the United States Presidential Elections.

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  • Ending violence against women

    Ending Violence against Women

    June 23, 2016

    Violence against women occurs throughout the world. Despite great strides made by the international women’s rights movement over many years, women and girls around the world are still married as children or trafficked into forced labor and sex slavery. They are refused access to education and political participation, and some are trapped in conflicts where rape is perpetrated as a weapon of war. Not to mention sexual violence against women and girls, massive rape and sexual assaults in India, Germany and Brazil. In this blog I will address the UNiTE campaign, goals and the most prominent global norms and standards concerning the ending of violence against women.

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  • Interview Professor August Reinisch

    June 3, 2016

    One month ago, the Austrian Embassy in The Netherlands in collaboration with the Peace Palace Library hosted a book launch in honor of Austrian Professor Dr. August Reinisch and his latest publication titled ‘The Conventions on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies: a Commentary published by Oxford University Press. Professor August Reinisch is currently Austria’s candidate for the International Law Commission and given the fact that the subject seems more relevant than ever, we kindly asked professor Reinisch for an interview on the topic of his latest book and his passion for international law.

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  • International Court of Justice turns 70, solemn sitting 20 april 2016

    International Court of Justice 70th Anniversary!

    April 21, 2016

    On 20th April 2016, the International Court of Justice celebrated its seventieth anniversary with a solemn commemorative sitting at the Peace Palace, The Hague. King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands attended the official ceremony. Speeches were given by Judge Ronny Abraham, the President of the ICJ, Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Antonio Gumende, Vice-President of the United Nations General Assembly.

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  • UPEACE Lecture Report: ‘The Candidature of the Netherlands for Membership of the Security Council 2017-2018’.

    February 29, 2016

    On Wednesday February 3, 2016, UPEACE Centre The Hague, in cooperation with the Peace Palace Library, organized a lecture on the Dutch candidature for membership of the United Nations Security Council. This Peace Palace Library report will give an overview of the lecture with the main focus on the keynote speaker: former Dutch diplomat Mr. Herman Schaper. Mr. Schaper’s idea of the lecture was to discuss the Dutch campaign for membership of the UN Security Council based on his own experiences of the campaign in the past years. In addition, he also explained to his audience the work process that has been going on at the United Nations in New York to achieve this goal of the Dutch government.

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  • Boutros Boutros-Ghali (1922-2016)

    February 17, 2016

    We mourn the loss of Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, and member of the Curatorium of The Hague Academy of International Law since 1982. He served the Curatorium as its President from 2002 until his death on February 16th, 2016.
    Boutros Boutros-Ghali (1922-2016)

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