On 24 and 25 March 2014, 58 world leaders were in The Hague to attend the nuclear summit that took place in the World Forum convention centre. The Hague is a well-organised, hospitable and safe convention destination, and showed that it was well able to host 58 world leaders, 3,000 journalists, and 5,000 delegation members.
Fighting nuclear terrorism
In 2009, President Obama stated that nuclear terrorism is one of the biggest threats for international security. Since then, three NSS conventions took place. The first one was in Washington in 2010, the second in Seoul in 2012, and the third one in The Hague. The main topics on this year’s agenda included the results of the last few years, and plans for the future.
President Obama of the United States of America was among the world leaders.
Upon his arrival he said warmly “I love Holland.”
The biggest summit ever held in Holland
The NSS, during which international agreement was sought regarding nuclear materials and nuclear terrorism, was the biggest summit ever held in Holland. Delegations stayed in 55 hotels within a 60-kilometer-radius of The Hague. The hotels had a total capacity of 8,000 beds. On the first night of the summit, the world leaders were invited to the royal palace in The Hague, Huis ten Bosch, were they dined with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima.
Forerunner in combating nuclear terrorism
Holland was chosen as the summit’s destination at the request of President Obama. Holland is a forerunner in the prevention of nuclear terrorism, as the port of Rotterdam and the international Amsterdam Airport Schiphol hub, which annually handle the transit of millions of people and goods, increase the risk of smuggling nuclear materials. In addition, the leading nuclear companies located in Holland require sound security.
Champion of peace, justice, and safety
Within Holland, the choice for The Hague was an obvious one. The city is internationally known as a city of peace, justice, and safety. The Hague was not just the centre of the world during the NSS, but also while the G7 meet here. The hosting of the NSS summit once again demonstrated that the World Forum convention centre is extremely suitable for conventions of this calibre, at which safety and security are of the utmost importance.
Guided tour of Rijksmuseum
Prior to the NSS, a part of the American delegation visited Amsterdam. President Obama enjoyed a guided tour of the Rijksmuseum. Together with Holland’s Prime Minister Rutte and Mayor of Amsterdam Van der Laan he viewed masterpieces of the Rijksmuseum’s art collection, including the world-famous Night Watch by Dutch master Rembrandt.
The summit ended in the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag where Prime Minister Rutte and President Obama gave a concluding speech. President Obama praised the Dutch for the flawless organization of the summit and their hospitality.