JICA and GPAJ Members engage in lively dialogue with Sasakawa USA Emerging Experts Delegation (SEED)on the importance of instilling democratic values and pursuing SDG Goals in Japanese and US Diplomacy. (06/12/2019)

The following summary record of remarks made by the participants of the meeting was prepared by the GPAJ staff and attributed only to the speakers whose names are identified.

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IOM Chief Giorgi Gigauri in Bangladesh calls for Continued Support of Japanese Government and People for Resolution of Rohingya Crisis (29/11/2019)

At a seminar held at the University of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo, IOM Representative reiterated the conditions that Rohingya refugees demand to be met prior to return to Myanmar: (1) safety and security; (2) pathway to citizenship, and (3) enjoyment of basic rights, including education, work, and religious worship.

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Ariel Français, former UN official, finds continued expansion of radical Islam in Africa and throughout the world in spite of UN peace operations. (24/11/2019)

Following the presentation of French Ambassador Laurent PIC on the role of France in UN peace operations made at the Tokyo Peacebuilding Forum 2019, the author of Radical Islam and New Imperial Order views radical Islam and the terrorism associated with it as the dark side of the Western world and warns France and the UN about the risk of becoming stuck in a dead-end conflict in Mali.

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Trilateral Seminar on UN System] 14 Japanese scholars and experts participated in the Asian regional seminar on UN system held in Seoul from November 7-9. (09/11/2019)

Thirteen Japanese scholars participated in the trilateral annual meeting of UN academic associations of China, Japan and Korea held in Seoul. They are shown in the photo: From left to right: TAMAI , Masataka(玉井雅隆)FUJII, Hiroshige(藤井広重)HADANO, Takamitsu(秦野貴光)KARUBE, Keiko (軽部恵子)KUKITA, Jun(久木田純)TAKAHASHI, Kazuo(高橋一生)SHOJI , Mariko(庄司真理子)HASEGAWA, Sukehiro(長谷川祐弘)KIHARA-HUNT, Ai(キハラハント愛)KATSUMA,Yasushi(勝間靖)KULNAZAROVA, Aigul(クルナザロバ・アイグル) KUSHIMA, Shinichi(九島伸一)and INOMATA, Tadanori(猪又忠徳).

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Thematic Session 3 on UN Reform discussed Reform Ideas presented by Three Experts (02/11/2019)

The moderator of the thematic session on the “Possibility for Constitutional Reform of the United Nations Charter,” Professor Takahiro SHINYO, Former Ambassador to the United Nations and Germany explained that the session was convened to examine the possibility for a fundamental reform of the UN. He then introduced the two presenters, Dr. S.M. SHAREI, Executive Director of the Center for United Nations Constitutional Research, Brussels, and Professor ZHANG Guihong, Director, Center for UN Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai. The moderator informed the participants that Dr. Vesselin POPOVSKI, Professor and Vice Dean, Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University, Haryana, India and Professor Sukehiro HASEGAWA, Executive Director for Academic Exchange, UN Association of Japan will comment on the presentations. Ms. Amishi AGRAWAL, University of Tokyo, acted as a rapporteur.

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[Tokyo Peacebuilding Forum 2019] Professor Takahiro SHINYO calls for establishing a missing link between peacekeeping and peacebuilding (02/11/2019)

Following the presentations by German Ambassador Lina Lepel on peacebuilding and French Ambassador Laurent PIC on peacekeeping operations, Professor SHINYO mentioned the need to establish the missing link between peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations and noted the importance of peacemaking during the cycle of conflict prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding.

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[Tokyo Peacebuilding Forum 2019] Ambassador Laurent PIC says France is a strong supporter of the UN and the second-largest supplier of troops of the five permanent members of the Security Council. (02/11/2019)

Ambassador of France to Japan, H.E. Mr. Laurent PIC said that French contributions to UN peacekeeping operations (PKOs) reflects France`s strong commitment to the peaceful resolution of conflicts. The Department of Peace Operations headed by a senior French official, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, was carrying out vital peacekeeping activities. With threats to peace in the world proliferating and crises growing increasingly complex, France provided the UN with several hundred troops that were deployed on the ground in several peacekeeping operations.

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[Tokyo Peacebuilding Forum 2019] Former UN Under-Secretary-General Yasushi Akashi acknowledge with great respect the German and French contributions in the area of peacebuilding and peacekeeping (02/11/2019)

Click here for a summary of his comments made at the plenary session of the Tokyo Peacebuilding Forum 2019 held at the JICA Global Plaza Conference Hall.

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[Tokyo Peacebuilding Forum 2019] ACUNS Executive Director Math Noortmann declares that peace is no longer the mere absence of violence. (02/11/2019)

In his video message to the participants of the Tokyo Peacebuilding Forum 2019, Prof. Math Noortmann said that peace is no longer the mere absence of violence. Peace and peacebuilding are increasing connected to other global governance issues such as climate change, migration, poverty, transnational crimes.

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Tokyo Peacebuilding Forum Opens with More than 50 Scholars and Experts participating from Japan, China, India, France, Germany, Italy and other European Countries and the United States. (02/11/2019)

Mr. Masakuni TANIMOTO opened the Tokyo Peacebuilding Forum 2019. He then asked the participants to join him in paying tribute to Madame Sadako OGATA who had passed away. He then showed two video messages received from Nobel Peace Prize Winner President Jose Ramos-Horta and Mr. Domenec DeVessa of Spain, member of the European Parliament.

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[Tokyo Peacebuilding Forum 2019] Thematic Session 3. S.M. Share, Zhang Guihong and Vesselin Popovski will speak on the need to review UN Charter and reconstitute the UN principal organs. (27/10/2019)

In the Thematic Session 3, under the chairmanship of Ambassador Takahiro SHINYO, Dr. Shahr-Yar Mahmoud Sharei, Executive Director of the Center for UN Constitutional Research (CUNCR) will discuss the San Francisco Promise and Article 109 for the UN Charter view, while Professor Zhang Guihong, Director of Center for UN Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai will call for replacement of the Trusteeship Council by the Human Rights Council and Professor Vesselin Popovski of Jindal University in India will propose upgrading of the Peacebuilding Commission.

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Professor Wang Min, a distinguished Chinese scholar on Japanese culture has agreed to participate in the thematic session on “Culture of Peace” at the forthcoming Tokyo Peacebuilding Forum 2019. She is a close friend of late Prime Minister Zhou Enlai`s relatives.

Professor Min WANG is teaching at Hosei University Center for International Japan-Studies.

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[Japan Commission on Global Governance] USG Atul Khare calls for Japan to strengthen triangular partnership with the United Nations and African countries for their capacity building and extend medical support to UN peace operations declaring that the United Nations saves the lives of anyone suffering from armed conflicts. (16/10/2019)

 

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