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Ambassador's Message

Ambassador Sabine NölkeI am deeply honoured to have been appointed as Canada’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and as Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), as well as to represent Canada’s interests before the international courts and legal institutions based in The Hague.

It is a privilege, as well, to be working with an experienced and expert team of Canadian and Dutch colleagues, who together cover political and economic affairs; trade and investment; science and technology; defense; police cooperation; and border security.

The Canada-Netherlands relationship -- 75 years strong -- is steeped in a hard-fought shared history, common values of democracy and human rights, and an endless stream of people to people exchanges in pursuit of education, exploration and mutual prosperity.  We stand side by side with our Dutch friends on a broad spectrum of global issues, from child and early forced marriage to nuclear security, from counter terrorism and cyber threats to freer trade between Canada and Europe.  The Netherlands is our fifth-largest trading partner – second largest in the European Union – and our second-largest investor in Canada.  Over one million Canadians trace their roots back to the Netherlands, and thousands of Canadians have made the Netherlands their home.  Our challenge going forward is to capitalise on all that we have in common in new and exciting ways. 

Canada's relations with the Kingdom of the Netherlands include our friends and hemispheric neighbours, the constituent countries of Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten.  Our ties with the Dutch Caribbean are strong and growing in the areas of security, prosperity and governance.

At the OPCW, we work with the organization on a broad variety of challenges, ranging from the destruction of existing stockpiles of chemical weapons and preventing their use in conflicts such as that in Syria, to strengthening the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention by states around the globe and shaping a vision for the future of the Organization.

Finally, my team and I are committed to promoting accountability for serious crimes, the pacific settlement of disputes and the rule of law, through the work of the many international legal institutions that call The Hague home.

Your thoughts, ideas and feedback are always welcome.  As a firm believer in “direct diplomacy”, I look forward to meeting and engaging with you at events around this beautiful country and to hearing from you on Facebook and Twitter!

Ms. Sabine Nölke
Ambassador of Canada to the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Permanent Representative of Canada to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons


Sabine Nölke (BA, MA, LLB, University of Western Ontario; LLM, London School of Economics and Political Science) has spent most of her career in the Legal Affairs Bureau, including as counsel in the Legal Operations Division, as deputy director of the United Nations, Criminal and Treaty Law Division and as director of the United Nations, Human Rights and Economic Law Division. She served abroad, at the High Commission of Canada in London and with the Canadian delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in Vienna. Prior to her appointment to the Netherlands, she was Director-General of the Non-Proliferation and Security Threat Reduction Bureau. Ms. Nölke is married to Christopher D. Ram and has one daughter, Eilidh.



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