Cameroonian Embassy Takes Part in The Hague International Day 2012

Hague International Festival-NicaiseThe Cameroonian Embassy in the Hague, The Netherlands has actively taken part in the 2012 The Hague International Day. On Sunday, September 23, 2012 for the fifth year in a row, the Hague City Council gave what it refers to as “a look behind the scenes of the

International City of Peace and Justice”. It should be noted that the city of the Hague is refered to as the “International City of Peace and Justice” being the seat of the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court as well as other renown international organizations and embassies.

During these events, a host of International organisations as well as various embassies opened their doors (rented stands) for an opportunity to explain to the public what they do and in the case of the embassies, talk about the potentials of their various countriess as well as give out printed materials explaining Tourism, business, environmental and cultural opportunities. It was in plain terms an International Market where various organisations and embassies presented themselves to the public.

The Cameroonian Embassy in the Hague was present in full force headed by the Head of Mission, Her Excellency (Ambassador) Mrs Odette Melono. The Embassy manned a stand full of printed materials about the exceedingly rich potentials of Cameroon and when ever possible explained and answered questions about Cameroon from interested participant.

Cameroonian Embassy was one of the only two African Embassies participating at the event and one of just a few embassies overall. The other African embassy was the Kenyan Embassy.

The event was officially opened by the Deputy Mayor of the Hague, Mrs. Marjolein de Jong. It should be noted that there are 131 international organisations in The Hague, employing around 18,000 people dedicated to the cause of world peace. The Peace Palace in The Hague, with the International Court of Justice and Permanent Court of Arbitration, is the icon of international law.

The Hague also hosts the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the International Criminal Court (ICC), Eurojust and Europol, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and many other large and small international organisations.

The main program activities of the day were the International Market and the United Nations programme which took place in the World Forum. This was broken down as follows:

1) Open Doors international organisations from
11:00 – 17:00 attended by Different organisations
2) International Market from 13:00 – 17:00 at the World Forum.
3) UN side event 13:30 – 16:00 World Forum

Guided tours of International Organizations and Embassies were also organized. An important factor of the 2012 International Day in the Hague was to also establish what was refered to as “The Hague Bridge project”. The goal was to bring together local residents and expats in order to better acquaint them with the international city so that they can develop a better understanding of what the international city of The Hague stands for.

Cameroonian Embassy’s participation achieved more than the desired effects. Many who visited the Embassy stand went away more informed about Cameroon. The
staff was in high spirits and happy to portray Cameroon for the regional economic leader she is.

The Cameroonian Embassy, was also proud to represent Africa alongside the kenyan Embassy.

Below is a list of some of the organisations and embassies that took part at the event:

– Eurojust

– European Patent Office (EPO)

– Europol

– Europe House: European Commission Representation in the Netherlands

and the European Parliament Information Office

– International Criminal Court (ICC)

– International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)

– Organisation for the Prohibition of Criminal Weapons (OPCW)

– Peace Palace housing the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the Permanent

Court of Arbitration (PCA) and the Carnegie Foundation.

Embassies of:

– Cameroon

– Croatia

– Czech Republic

– Estonia

– Kenya

– Residence of the Swedish Ambassador

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