About The Hague

…what an ideally strategic city to hold a meeting to pray for the peace of Jerusalem: The Hague, centrally located in Europe, is called the international capital of Peace and Justice, which is, after New York, the 2nd city of the United Nations. Here tens of thousands of people are working every day to build a more peaceful and just world. In hundreds of international organisations, companies and knowledge centres. Also in the Peace Palace, the international symbol for peace and justice for over a century.

Flags of the Netherlands and the European Union

Flags of the Netherlands and the European Union

The Hague is an influential city and has a great impact on the world. Students intending to pursue a career in peace issues, international law and security are well aware that The Hague is ‘the place to be’. There are 11 international schools in this city that offers so many international career opportunities. Both the private and public sectors are amply represented in this city.

The city regularly features in the world news because international legal cases are tried in the many courts and tribunals, such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. Also a great deal of work is done here on international security. By the OPCW, for example, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which won the Nobel Peace Prize. And in The Hague Security Delta, the biggest security cluster in Europe, particularly in the field of cyber security.

The city is home to 161 organisations (with more than 21,000 employees) that are engaged in international legislation. For example:

  • The Permanent Court of Law of Arbitration (PCA)
  • The International Court of Justice (ICJ)
  • The International Criminal Court (ICC)
  • European Space Agency (ESA/ESTEC)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • European Parliament (EP) Information Office in the Netherlands
  • Europol   
  • Eurojust
  • European Patent Office (EPO)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

and many more.

Furthermore, it has more than 40 international non-governmental organizations, of which more than half is active in the field of peace and justice. One of these is foundation ICTIP (International Conference for Truth, Justice and Peace), that currently organizes the Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast The Hague on June 25-26, 2019.

“Without justice no peace, without peace no justice. In The Hague, this formula is reality rather than an abstract concept. Here, world leaders, diplomats, activists and other representatives of the world population meet to work on a better, more secure world for tomorrow” – Bert Koenders, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs in the previous Cabinet (2017).

 

Peace Palace, The Hague

Peace Palace, The Hague

Entrance hall Peace Palace

Entrance hall Peace Palace

Peace Palace
On the JPB The Hague programme you will find a visit to The Peace Palace, located in the centre of The Hague, that was opened in 1913 in the presence of Dutch Queen Wilhelmina, owned by the Carnegie Foundation, who in its official publication claims the venue to be “The temple for world peace”. With its two courtrooms and an extensive legal library, this was the first building in The Hague, where people work daily to promote global peace.

And today, it is still the premier place where nations from all over the world gather to resolve their conflicts in court – so they do not have to be settled on the battlefield. This is where the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration are housed. This Court is the most important one in the world, with respect to all cases and decisions regarding boundaries of Nations.

In 2013 the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon held a speech in honour of the 100th anniversary of the Peace Palace. In his speech he used the words of the Prophet Isaiah, be it slightly modified: “Judges, lawyers, students and nations will come to The Hague to receive international justice”. He thus claimed the promises for Jerusalem for The Hague instead. Another of his statements reads: “The Hague is recognised globally as the home of international justice”

“The Hague is the present and future legal capital of the world” – are words about this city, from Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former UN Secretary-General.

Dear friend, there has been an international outcry over the clashes at the border with the Gaza Strip. Palestinian leaders have said they would file charges against Israel in The Hague, the world’s only permanent war crimes court. The Hague is said to be a part of the battle field, where the fight for Jerusalem will be escalated. Therefore, in closing our introduction about The Hague, we wish to stand behind the following words of Knesset member, Deputy Minister in Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Michael Oren (former Israeli Ambassador to the US), from his speech at the JPB 2018 meeting in Jerusalem:

“The battle for Jerusalem continues, it’s not ending, as a matter of fact, we are just at the beginning of this battle. What happened on June 7th, 1967: it was not the end of something. It was maybe the beginning of the end of something. But that battle for Jerusalem it continues. And the battle for Jerusalem is the battle for Israel. And in this battle for Jerusalem every single one of you are every bit of soldier as those wonderful Israeli soldiers who reunited on June 7th 1967… Dear fellow soldiers, fellow fighters, fellow troops, you can influence public opinion, you can influence decisions in your country in this great historical millennium battle…”.

We welcome you to join us at the JPB The Hague 2019 for a present and future changing time of prayer for the peace of Jerusalem!