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HagueTalks: Celebrating Peace through Justice – 75 years ICJ

18 April, 2021 @ 4:00 pm 5:00 pm

Sustainable peace can only be achieved through justice. For the past 75 years, the rulings of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), with its seat in the Peace Palace in The Hague, have facilitated the peaceful settlement of international disputes. Sunday 18 April 2021 marks the 75th anniversary of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The world is a safer and more prosperous place thanks to international cooperation. As music connects people, countries, generations and cultures, music is also one of the best ways to spread this message! This event also marks the end point of a one-year long musical journey called #UnitedMusic75. The aim of this one-year challenge was to show solidarity and highlight the convening power of music for a common cause: Peace through Justice. 

Settle in for a spectacular performance of the Hymne of the Nations by The Hague Residency Orchestra and harpist Lavinia Meijer from the The Hague SDG House Museon, and be inspired by the personal stories of Simon Gronowski and Amer Shanati.  

Join us during this musical event and let’s unite through music!


  • Stef Blok, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Jan van Zanen, Mayor of The Hague
  • Simon Gronowski is a Belgian holocaust survivor, lawyer and Jazz pianist. He escaped the Nazis as a child and went on to write and speak widely about his experiences. In April 2020, during a Corona-lockdown, he began brightening lives by playing jazz tunes from his apartment window.
  • Amer Shanati is a citizen of the Netherlands, born in Syria from Palestinian roots, who calls The Hague home. Founder and teacher of Hague Orchestra for Peace.

This event is co-organised by The Hague Project Peace and Justicethe Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Municipality of The Hague, together with the UN Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) and UNRIC’s Benelux & EU Desk and the Museon (SDG House The Hague). The dissemination of the event is also supported by UN Youth Impact of Leiden university  and the United Nations association for the Netherlands (NVVN).