Twenty seven UN staff and professionals from Japan and five other countries engaged in peace, humanitarian and development assistance enhanced their communication and leadership competencies in multidisciplinary peace operations.
From right to left: Major General (Retd.) Robert Gordon, Former Force Commander, UNMEE, Mari Yamashita, Director and Deputy Head of Peacebuilding Support Office, UN Headquarters, Jack Cristofides, Director, Africa 2 Division of the Office of Operations in UNDPKO, Lt. General (Retd.) Jasbir Lidder Former Force Commander and Deputy SRSG, UNMEE, Sukehiro Hasegawa, Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timoor-Leste, Hideaki Shinoda, Professor, Graduate School, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Yuji Uesugi, Professor, Waseda University, Kenro Oshidari, Former WFP Regional Director for Asia, Kiyoshi Matsukawa, Political Affairs Officer, Policy and Mediation Division UN Department of Political Affairs, Shigeki Komatsubara, TICAD Programme Adviser, Regional Bureau for Africa, UNDP New York
Megumi Yoshii, Special Assistant to the Principal Deputy SRSG, UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), along with Ayako Kagawa, Geographic Information Officer, Department of Field Support (UNDFS), Hiroyuki Saito, Head of Outreach Unit, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and Ms. Aki Notake, Logistics Officer, United Nations Support Office for AMISOM speak about their career development. They are overseen by Major General (Retd.) Robert Gordon, Former Force Commander of UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), Lt. General (Retd.) Jasbir Lidder, Former Force Commander and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (Political) of UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), and Jack Christofides, Director of Africa 2 Division of the Office of Operations, UNDPKO
Takashi Kamishiro, ICRC delegate and former UN reintegration officer in Sudan asked how important the issue of gender in the process of the recruitment of the UN peacekeeping personnel by giving his impression that the UN was looking mainly for female candidates. He was assured the gender balanced personnel in the peacekeeping was important, but it was not the only determinant factor for the recruitment. The professional experience and enthusiasm to work in the mission will weigh, and in the end, female candidates will gain the posts.
Shinobu Yamaguchi, Deputy Director, Global Issues Cooperation Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in left photo and Rabie Al Jawashi, Program Manager, Free Fields Foundaion “3F” Lybia in right photo
Hiroyuki Saito, Communication and Public Relations Outreach Officer, UNMISS, and in right photo HPC staff representing the Government of the “South Republic” in right photo
In left photo, Keiko Izushi, of WFP Kabul Donor Relations Head, and in group photo from left to right: Roberta Tomaz Bonfim, ICRC Protection Officer, Megumi Yoshii, Special Assistant to DSRSG UNOCI, Hisham Nassar Palestine Representative, Yoko Fujimura, IOM Head of Programmes, Former SRSG Hasegawa, Ikumi Ogiwari, ICRC Protection Delegate, Shukuko Koyama, ILO Disaster and Employment Specialist, Kenya Konno, FAO Programme Officer and Atsushi Nashimoto, UNSMIL Programme Officer