Monthly Archives: November 2015

Denmark the Leading force in UN for Human Rights

In the combat against the Violation of Human Rights, Denmark has been playing–constantly an instrumental role for furthering the Concept of Human Rights in the U.N and in the World, by raising the issues and requiring the World to comply with the Universal values of the Human Rights.

Initiated by the Government of Denmark ‘the Resolution against torture’ was unanimously adopted by 193 member States in the U.N General Assembly in November,6  2015.

The Danish resolution against torture was unanimously adopted by 193 member states in the UN General Assembly, By the MFA of Denmark

Promotion and protection of human rights: UN General Assembly November 2015

The International Service for Human Rights congratulates and thanks Denmark for its important leadership on this General Assembly resolution

Convention Against Torture Initiative CTI


Royal Netherlands Navy in Operation Atalanta-1

 The Royal Netherlands Warship Accomplished its mission in the Operation Atalanta

Dutch warship, HNLMS Groningen Nov.2015The Royal Netherlands Warship, HNLMS Groningen Friday 27 November ©EUNAVFOR

Since 2008, as  a vital part of EU Naval Force, the Royal Netherlands Navy has been greatly engaged in Operation Atalanta.  

In August 2015, for the first time, the Royal Dutch Navy deployed one of its golden Ace ‘Patrol Vessel HNLMS Groningen’ to EU Naval Force for the ongoing Counter-piracy ‘the Operation Atalanta’. 

In its leading position, the Royal Warship HNLMS Groningen was engaged in: Patrolling the regional water for  maintaining Security and giving protection to ‘ Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN’. And in  the Joint Training and Exercise with the regional Maritime Forces.

On November 27. the Royal Netherlands Warship accomplished its three months period mission and was awarded the Medal of Operation Atalanta.

In the Atalanta Medal Parade ceremony  ‘Commander Hansen’ the Commanding Officer expressed his gratitude to his crew and stated: “This Medal is a sign of the European Union’s appreciation of your good work and achievements.”  ©EUNAVFOR


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Hungary and its Leadership in NATO

On his official visit to Budapest, NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg met with  Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, President János Áder, Defence Minister, Minister of National Economy and several other high level officials.

NATO Secretary General expressed NATO’s gratitude to Hungary for its enduring contributions to the Alliance’s  Defence and Security.

Hungary has announced to host one of the Headquarters which will connect NATO and National Forces. It will also contribute to NATO Enhanced Planning and Training.

 The Secretary General also  attended a wreath-laying ceremony at Heroes’ Square in Budapest.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán

19 November 2015  ©NATO

NATO Secretary General was awarded ‘KCMG’ by the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom presented NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael ad St. George (KCMG)

The award was a recognition for the outstanding achievements of NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen during his term at the office between 2009-2014.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond with NATO Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen Nov. 2015Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Rt Hon Philip Hammond with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in the official award ceremony. 17 Nov. 2015  ©UK Foreign Office

The Foreign Secretary Rt Hon Philip Hammond presented the Honorary KCMG award from the UK Foreign office to former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and elaborated:  

“The 2014 Wales Summit took place at a time of significant geopolitical challenge. Under Mr Rasmussen’s leadership the Alliance set out an ambitious response, whilst maintaining unity throughout. The achievements of the Wales Summit included a new rapid reaction capability to respond to any threat, as well as an unprecedented agreement by Heads of Government to halt the decline in defence investment. His efforts included the modernisation of NATO to ensure an Alliance fit for purpose to counter 21st century threats, including in Cyber and Hybrid Warfare.   Ahead of the Warsaw Summit in July next year, the UK will continue to play a leading role to ensure implementation of Wales Summit commitments, including strengthening collective Defence. With a budget of £34 billion, the UK is the largest European contributor to NATO. Earlier this year, this government announced its commitment to meet the NATO guideline of spending 2% of GDP on Defence for the rest of the decade.” ©UK Foreign Office

The NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, on the occasion of the award ceremony, expressed:  

“I am deeply honoured to be appointed as an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael ad St. George (KCMG). This award will further strengthen my ties to the British people. Let me take this opportunity to thank the UK for its invaluable contribution to the promotion of Freedom and Peace in the World. The United Kingdom is a staunch NATO ally and a bedrock of the Transatlantic Security Cooperation between Europe and the United States.  I would like to extend a special thanks to the British service men and women in gratitude for their tireless efforts to make the world a safer and better place to live.” ©UK Foreign Office

It is important to note that since the establishment of NATO in April 1949, the United Kingdome has been the most crucial leading partner along with the U.S. in  the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. And as of today is the largest European contributor to the NATO.


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Sweden and its Leadership in NATO

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg meets with the Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan LofvenSecretary General Stoltenberg during his meeting with Prime Minister Loefven. 9.November 2015 ©NATO          

In his first official visit to Sweden, NATO Secretary General met with Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, high Official members of the Parliamentary Committees on Defense and Foreign Affairs of Sweden to discuss the Security of Nordic States and the crucial role that Sweden has been playing and expected to extend in the years to come.

Secretary General expressed NATO gratitude to Sweden– for its continuous contribution to NATO’s Operations and Exercises in the various parts of the world including: Afghanistan, Kosovo and in NATO Response Force by highlighting:  “ Sweden is one of NATO’s most active Partners.” 

On the changing world and the emerging news challenges NATO Secretary General emphasized:

“To respond effectively we all have to adapt,” 

and continued  “Our focus is Collective Defense, but also Crisis Management and Cooperative Security.”

“It makes sense to deepen our cooperation further. Not just among Nordic Allies and partners, but also with our Baltic Allies.” ©NATO        

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The tragedy in Paris

The United States and Europe stand with every readiness to support la France

Statement by President François Hollande, Paris 13 November 2015  ©The Embassy of France in USA 

Joint statement of the EU Heads of State or Government and the leaders of the EU Institutions on the terrorist attacks in Paris  ©The Office of Prime Minister of Norway

“I am deeply shocked by the horrific terrorist attacks across Paris tonight. My thoughts are with the families of the victims, with all those affected, and with the people of France. We stand strong and united in the fight against terrorism. Terrorism will never defeat democracy.” Statement by   NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg 13. Nov 2015 ©NATO Press Office

“We stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance that the government and people of France need– to respond.”  assured President Obama 13. Nov 2015 ©The White House

“The European Union is deeply shocked and in mourning after the terrorist attacks in Paris. It is an attack against us all. We will face this threat together with all necessary means and ruthless determination. France is a great and strong nation. Its values of liberty, equality and fraternity inspired and inspire the European Union. Today we stand united with the French people and the Government of France. This shameful act of terrorism will only achieve the opposite of its purpose, which was to divide, frighten, and sow hatred. Joint statement of the EU Heads of State/Government ©Press office of European Council


Denmark the top European States for Business

Based on the latest survey released by the World Bank– Denmark ranks the first European Top Country for Business in 2015

 “Creating a good and efficient business environment for both foreign and Danish companies is a key priority of the  Danish government, and I am pleased to see that our continuous efforts show results and Denmark is again acknowledged as best in Europe for doing business.”

“It is the second year in a row that Denmark takes a step up in the World Bank’s Doing Business ranking and I hope that more foreign investors will consider growing their business in the world’s third best country for business.” Statement Minister Kristian Jensen for Foreign Affairs.

The Government of Denmark sees its success for:

  • Having more Innovative Methods
  • Establishing more Positive Environment for Investments and new Businesses
  • Maximizing the Non-Bureaucratic Regulation
  • And by providing more attractive ,and timely, online support for both Danish and Foreign Companies or new Ideas

Denmark an Ideal country for creating new Business and Investment, read the World Bank Report


The Veterans Day in the United States

                                In Honour of Freedom Defenders

U.S. Army Special Forces. Nov. 2014A U.S. Army Soldier from the Special Forces. November 2014©U.S. Army/Sgt. Ken Scar

In remembrance of the great sacrifices that the U.S Armed-Forces has made thorough out  of the history from the First World War until recently in Kosovo and Afghanistan, every year in the United States, November 11 is the Commemoration Day for honouring the Veterans.

Presidential Proclamation on Veterans Day,  2015


The U.S and Europe Stronger as Ever  

NATO’s Maritime Forces in Trident Juncture. November 5 2015©NATO



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Transatlantic Relation-5

A strong  EU-U.S. partnership is crucial to building a more Democratic, Secure, and prosperous World.

Together, the European Union and the United States, with the population of over 827.2 millions represent:   

  • The account for almost half of global GDP
  • And provide more than three-quarters of official development assistance Worldwide.

The Transatlantic Partnership has prospered for more than six decades, constructed on a solid foundation of common values, including a commitment to the rule of law, the democratic process, free enterprise, respect for human rights, and alleviating poverty. These shared values, combined with the deeply interdependent and interconnected Transatlantic economy and the trust and confidence built up over more than half a century of collaboration, make the EU and the U.S. natural partners for tackling global challenges.  ©Delegation of the European Union to the USA

 Continue to read:  Europe and the U.S Partners of choice in the complex World, by Delegation of European Union to the United States November 2015