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01. Welcome to The Hague

City of Peace and Justice

In The Hague, tens of thousands of people are working every day to build a more peaceful and just world. People come to The Hague from all over the world to work together on solutions to global problems. With the Peace Palace at the centre of it all, The Hague is truly the international city of peace and justice.

The Hague 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. But The Hague is more than courts, tribunals and palaces. The special status of the city draws many government leaders, knowledge institutions, non-profit organisations, businesses and students. Here, they work together, share their knowledge and develop new ideas. And here in The Hague, political leaders and diplomats come together to discuss and resolve international disputes and head off armed conflict.

The Hague is then also a logical choice for international conferences. In 2014, 53 international leaders visited the city during the biggest conference ever held in the Netherlands, the Nuclear Security Summit. And in 2018, the biggest international conference for young people, One Young World, will be held in The Hague. Delegates will grapple with such international issues as justice, peace and the environment.

In The Hague, where the pursuit of justice plays such a prominent role, a logical extension of that engagement is the city’s active engagement on international security issues as well. One such example is the OPCW, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which was awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. And The Hague is the hub of the largest security cluster in Europe: The Hague Security Delta. In some 400 different organisations, more than 13,000 people work together here to increase security around the globe, with a particular focus on ‘cyber security’.

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