What international organisations do for the world

In The Hague, the international city of peace and justice, over 19,500 people at some 200 organisations work to create a better world. Their efforts can be felt around the globe. On the island of Sipadan for example, where the International Court of Justice managed to prevent war between Indonesia and Malaysia, enabling the island’s population to live in peace and many tourists to enjoy its underwater treasures. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Liberia, countries whose war criminals have been tried by the International Criminal Court. And in Albania, which thanks to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has destroyed its entire stockpile of chemical weapons. Yet many remain unaware of the work done in The Hague to give people all over the world a better future.

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Thomas Lubanga, a former rebel leader from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was indicted and tried by the International Criminal Court for enlisting and conscripting children and using them to participate actively in hostilities in his own country. He was found guilty of the charges in 2012.

Chemical weapons

Thanks to the efforts of the OPCW in The Hague, 65 states began working to destroy their chemical weapons in 1997. In 2007 Albania became the first country in the world to destroy its entire stockpile.

Lubanga during trial
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