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East Asian Scholars and Practitioners` meeting with Heads of UN and International Organizations in Geneva (16-17/07/2018)

East Asian scholars and practitioners’ meeting
with heads of UN and International Organizations


Theme: Human Rights, Migration and Peacebuilding


Organized by
Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS)
Tokyo Liaison Office


With support from
The United Nations Office in Geneva
UN High Commissioner for Refugees
International Organization for Migration
International Committee of the Red Cross
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights


Geneva: 16-17 July 2018


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 This consultation meetings of East Asian scholars and practitioners of UN Peace Operations and senior leaders of UN organizations mandated with the protection of human rights and migrants headquartered in Geneva. The participants from China, Japan and Republic of Korea will assemble in Geneva on Sunday, 15 July, for consultation meetings to be held on 16 and 17 July at the Palais des Nations, the Palais Wilson and the Maison de la Paix in Geneva. It is organized by the ACUNS and the Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan and hosted by the UN Office in Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. The theme of the consultation meeting is “human rights, migration and peacebuilding in the turbulent age.”

 Chinese, Japanese and Korean scholars and professionals are invited to join in two-day consultation meetings on Human Rights, Migration and Peacebuilding in Geneva. If you are interested in participating, please contact ACUNS Tokyo Deputy Director, Associate Professor Ai Kihara-Hunt. Her e-mail address is kiharahunt[*]yahoo.com (Please change [*] to @ when sending an email).


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15 July (Sunday) Arrival of participants in Geneva


Day 1: 16 July (Monday)
VENUE: UN Office in Geneva, Palais des Nations

8-14, Avenue de La Paix
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

9:00 Assemble at the entrance of UNOG

9:30 Guided tour or just a visit to the Human Rights Chamber if the guided tour is not available

10:30 Meeting with Director-General Michael Moller

Role of the UN Office in Geneva, three clusters of UN and International Organizations in Human Rights, Humanitarian Affairs, Trade and Disarmament

  • Discussants: China, Japan, South Korea (5 minutes each)

11:30 UNHCR: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
UN High Commissioner Filippo Grandi

Contemporary issues faced by UNHCR – Implications for East Asian countries (Keynote speech 20 minutes)

  • Discussants: China, Japan, Korea
  • Questions and Answers

13:00 Lunch

14:30 IOM: International Organization for Migration
Director General William Swing

Inclusive and Innovative Partnership Possible – Implications for East Asian countries (Keynote speech 20 minutes)

  • Multilevel partnership – Global, Regional, National and Local Challenges
  • Inclusive partnership – Civil society, private sector
  • Innovative partnership – Ethical recruitment, integration
  • Discussants: China, Japan, Korea
  • Questions and Answers

16:00 ICRC: International Committee of the Red Cross
President Peter Maurer

Syria: Implications of the breaches of humanitarian law – What can or should East Asian countries do? (Keynote speech 20 minutes)

  • Discussants: China, Japan, Korea
  • Questions and Answers

18:30-20:00 Reception (TBD)



Day 2: 17 July (Tuesday)
VENUE: Palais Wilson


9:30 Assemble at the Palais Wilson

10:30 Meeting with the High Commissioner for Human Rights Mr. Zeid Raad al-Hussein

Retreat in human rights all over the world – Implications for East Asians countries? (Keynote speech 20 minutes)

  • Discussants: China, Japan, Korea

11:30 Briefing Session on Universal Periodic Review

  • Briefing on China, Japan and Korea

12:30 Lunch and move to the Maison de la Paix

14:30 Academic session on Sustainable Development Goal 16

VENUE: Maison de la Paix, Chemin Eugene-Rigot 2, CH-1211 Geneva 21

TOPICS: Contemporary Peacebuilding Issues, or Any prospect for providing access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Moderated by:

  • Achim Wennmann, Executive Coordinator, Geneva Peacebuilding Platform

Presentations by:

  • Keith Karuse, Professor and Director, Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
  • Oliver Justersonke, Head of Research Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
  • Professor Delidji Eric Degila, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
  • Discussants: China, Japan, Korea

15:00 End of the consultation meetings

Day 3: Wednesday, 18 July
Depart Geneva



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Secretariat
ACUNS Tokyo Office
  • Sukehiro Hasegawa Director sh[@]acuns.tokyo
  • Kihara-Hunt Ai Deputy Director kiharahunt[@]yahoo.com
UN and International Organizations Offices in Tokyo
  • Mio Sato IOM Representative in Tokyo


Cooperating Organizations
UN Office in Geneva
  • David A Chikvaidze Chef de Cabinet UN Office in Geneva
  • Harriet Donkor, Guillaume Simard-Morissette and Ingrid MOCANU



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