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Multilateral and International Institutions in The Hague

The Hague is synonymous with international legal institutions. In 1899 a meeting in the city led to the creation of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. That court has been joined by the International Court of Justice, The Hague Conference, the International Criminal Court, and ad hoc tribunals for Yugoslavia, Rwanda and Lebanon, as well as the policing institution Europol and European justice institution Eurojust. Canada supports these institutions to strengthen peaceful methods of conflict resolution, to bolster international efforts to end impunity, to promote respect for human rights and good governance, and to promote multilateral efforts to combat crime.

There is also Hague-based multilateral disarmament function. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is mandated to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).  This convention bans the development, use, stockpiling and transfer of chemical weapons.  It also monitors production of chemicals and their trade.  

Canada has shown significant financial, human and intellectual leadership in building international stability, peaceful cooperation, and rule of law. Our bilateral partnerships with The Netherlands, as host country, also help to build up and sustain these institutions. 

On a more individual note, more than 200 Canadians work in various capacities at the international organizations hosted in The Hague.



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