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Sukehiro HASEGAWA “United Nations Peacebuilding – What is needed to build a world without conflicts?” NOW ON SALE (23/03/2018)

 The author who has stood on the front line of UN peace operations reflects the path travelled by Boutros-Ghali with his Agenda for Peace, Kofi Annan In Larger Freedom, Ban Ki-moon`s HIPPO panel and António Guterres` Conflict Prevention, and identifies what makes decisive difference in conflict resolution and prevention.

East Asian Forum on UN Peace Operations @UNU (20/04/2018)

 The Academic Council on the United System (ACUNS) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) will hold the East Asian Forum on UN Peace Operations entitled New Directions and New Approaches in UN Peace Operations: The Primacy of Politics and Protection of Civilians at the Elisabeth Rose Conference Hall, 5th floor, the UN University on 20th April 2018. If you are interested in participating in this forum, please contact Associate Professor Kihara-Hunt, kiharahunt[@]yahoo.com by email (Please change [@] to @ when sending an email). Please click here for detail.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres introduced his report on “Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace” (05/03/2018)

 Guterres found it necessary to sustain peace efforts not only once conflict had broken out but also long beforehand, through the prevention of conflict and addressing its root causes.

Former Japanese Ambassador explains the humanitarian and peacebuilding challenges in South Sudan from his field perspective (28/01/2018)

 Professors Mitsugi Endo of Tokyo University and Daisaku Higashi of Sophia University as well as Mr. Takaki Imai, Representative of Japan Volunteers Center, commented on the causes of conflicts and the prospect for overcoming the challenges.

Japan Earth Charter Committee meets in Tokyo (27/01/2018)

 Former Minister of Environment Wakako Hironaka moderates a discussion on how to promote the Earth Charter in Japan.

Former Japanese Ambassador to South Sudan will provide his perspective from the field on Japan’s peacebuilding contribution to South Sudan (28/01/2018)

 Former Ambassador to South Sudan and currently Deputy Director-General for African Masahiko KIYA will make presentation on “Japan’s Support for Peacebuilding in South Sudan: A Perspective from the Ground” on 28 January 2018 at Tokyo University Komaba Campus.

Repositioning of the UN Development System (22/01/2018)

 SG Guterres advocates a more ambitious pathway to bring about necessary changes in the UN System instead of an evolutionary approach which inkers around the edges, and calls for strengthened ECOSOC and accountability.

Visit to International Peace Cooperation Activities Training Unit (IPCAT) (19/01/2018)

 A group of 25 Japanese and International Program Associates for Global Human Resource Development for Peacebuilding and Development visited IPCAT in Komakado on the footstep of Mount Fuji.

Peacebuilding challenges discussed by international and Japanese program associates (18/01/2018)

 Twenty five participants attend the course for global resource development for peacebuilding and development commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and held by the Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center at the Olympic Youth Memorial Center in Tokyo.

National Federation of UNESCO Association of Japan (NFUAJ) holds its first meeting of the Council in Tokyo (13/01/2018)

 Professor Yuji Suzuki, Director-General of the Federation and Ms. Chiharu Kawakami, Director for Administration, presided over the meeting attended by more than 200 delegates from all over Japan. (Photo: ING進学教室)

In his address to the Security Council on December 20, 2017, António Guterres reiterated prevention and development must be at the center of all efforts to tackle complex threats to peace (05/01/2018)

 Sixty Member States recognized the need to address complex contemporary challenges but differed on the priority among measures to achieve international peace and security.

Happy New Year 2018

 It was a clear morning weather when the first day of the New Year arrived in the central part of Germany where my daughter and her family live. We wish you a happy new year 2018.

Japan suggests the Security Council reform along with UN Reform proposals presented by Secretary-General António Guterres (20/12/2017)

 Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho urged that complex contemporary challenges to international peace and security should be dealt with in a holistic and methodological manner to better address the situation on the ground and presented four ideas which included reform of the UN Security Council.

President of International Crisis Group Jean-Marie Guéhenno shares his views on the changing nature of conflict in conversation with Sebastian von Einsiedel, Director of the UNU Centre for Policy Research. (14/12/2017)

 Former Under-Secretary-General for UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno finds conflicts multilayers and “never dying” reflecting the erosion of international norms and a widening political divide.

Visit of UN Secretary-General António Guterres (14/12/2017)

 U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and spoke to students at Sophia University about the increasing relevance of the human security concept in dealing with vexing challenges particularly the nuclear threat, mass movement of people, climate change, and increased inequality.

Japan supports UN management reform proposed by Secretary-General António Guterres but insists on strict budgetary discipline (04/12/2017)

 Japanese Ambassador Toshiya Hoshino suggested the need to create a consensus to build up a solid basis upon which the Secretary-General can bring forward detailed UN reform proposals in May 2018.

Kitamura School Children meet at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Mihashi (03/12/2017)

 Six former students of Professor Takao Kitamura held a reunion and heard Mr. Mihashi`s life story including his executive business trips abroad for famous Isetan Department Store. Click here for a Japanese text.

Global Peacebuilding Association Panel One discusses the changing UN peace operation policies (02/12/2017)

 Higashi identified challenges caused by POC, Hisamura presented field perspective, Takazawa theorized the crossroads between Protection of Civilians (POC) mandates and R2P, and Tsuyada explained MOFA`s assistance in capacity building of peacekeeping personnel, while Miwa revealed the dilemma in mandate formulation and implementation.

Professor Mizuno receives the highest rating by the graduate students of Tokyo University (02/12/2017)

 Graduate students who participated in the annual meeting of the Global Peacebuilding of Japan found the presentation made by Professor Takayuki Mizuno of Kanda University of International Relations best in terms of its content and clarity of presentation.

Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan: First Annual Meeting, Tokyo University Komaba Campus (02/12/2017)

“Peacebuilding: Roles of International Community and Japan”
(2017/12/02 10:00-18:00 @Collaboration Room 4, Building 18 Floor 4, Komaba Campus, the University of Tokyo)

Professor Kihara-Hunt Ai of Tokyo University and four graduate students of Tokyo University review the transitional justice processes of Timor-Leste (29/11/2017)

 Graduate students from Afghanistan, Australia, Japan and Nepal assess the purposes and significance of CAVR, Serious Crimes Process, Commission of Experts, Truth and Friendship Commission and Commission of Inquiry with former Special Representative of the Secretary-General Sukehiro Hasegawa for Timor-Leste. This report is filed by Ms. Hanna Miura.

Hosei University Students hold a reunion at Professor Hasegawa’s residence (26/11/2017)

 Chizuru Mori, Hayato Takeuchi, Yuta Nakamoto, Masashi Kano, Yumi Shinoda and Norimasa Noguchi reported on their professional works, lessons learned and future aspirations. They were joined by Nagashima-kun, Takemasa-kun and Ito-san for dinner.

Japan’s 25th Anniversary of the Enactment of International Peace Cooperation Law congratulated by Ambassadors of Cambodia, Mozambique, Timor-Leste, Haiti and South Sudan as well as former SRSGs Akashi and Hasegawa. (20/11/2017)

 In a Video Message, Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General Sukehiro Hasegawa Explains How Japan Engineering Group of the Japanese Defense Forces contributed to infrastructure rehabilitation in Timor-Leste.

Celebration of Life: In memory of Former Executive Coordinator Ad de Raad (18/11/2017)

 Mr. Ad de Raad, a modest, charismatic and caring leader, introduced profound changes within the UN system enhancing the relevance of volunteerism to peace and development worldwide.

‘Rwanda: to what extent has reconciliation and peacebuilding be achieved?’ (14/11/2017)

 Graduate Program on Human Security of the University of Tokyo and Global Peace Association of Japan (GPAJ) held a seminar on the extent of reconciliation achieved in Rwanda with Dr. Kazuyuki Sasaki of Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences.

JAUNS President Takahiro Shinyo chairs ACUNS session at the trilateral meeting of academic communities of China, Japan and Korea on UN System (12/11/2017)

 Participants discussed measures to enhance the collaborative relationship between ACUNS and East Asian countries including the possibility of the ACUNS Liaison Office to facilitate the participation of East Asian scholars and practitioners in ACUNS` Annual Meetings.

UN and UNV Recruitment policy and procedure explained by New York and Bonn Human Resources Officers for engagement in UN peace and development operations (05/11/2017)

 Anthony Duncker, Deputy Director of the Field Personnel Division (FPD) UN Headquarters New York and Naoual Driouich, Chief of Human Resources Section of UN Volunteers (UNV) Boon made detailed explanations to about 40 Japanese who are interested in joining the UN system.

Professor Ai Kihara-Hunt: “Militarization of the UN Police is undermining its very strength of proximity with the community” (04/11/2017)

 At the conference of the Japan Association for Human Security Studies held in Kyoto, Japan, ACUNS Tokyo Liaison Office Deputy Director, Prof. Ai Kihara-Hunt of the University of Tokyo, presented her findings on the militarization of UN Police personnel and the rise of Protection of Civilians mandates in UN peace operations.

Secretary-General António Guterres` report on restructuring of the United Nations peace and security pillar submitted to the General Assembly (22/10/2017)

 The SG proposes to make the peace and security pillar more coherent, nimble and effective through a “whole-of-pillar” approach by aligning the peace and security pillar more closely with the development and human rights pillars.

UNITAR holds a seminar on “Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Conflict: Which Future for G5 Sahel?” in Geneva (20/10/2017)

 Ken Inoue, one of UNITAR Advisory Board members, reports on UNITAR`s pre-deployment training program for military personnel and formed police units assigned to UN Peacekeeping operations.

Security Council adopted on 20/09/2017 resolution affirming the primary of politics as the hallmark of the UN’s approach to peace. (20/10/2017)

 Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono voted for the resolution as it would be a powerful engine to advance the UN reform efforts and explained the importance of capacity building of UN peacekeepers.

Former UN Under-Secretary-General Yasushi Akashi will open the first Annual Meeting of the Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan at Tokyo University Komaba Campus on 2 December 2017 (16/10/2017)

 Ambassador Yoshifumi Okamura, Representative of the Government of Japan for the International Peace and Stability, will deliver the keynote speech on “New Challenges for Peace Operations in Africa”.

UNU Women’s Association reviews the changing nature of UN Peace Operations (10/10/2017)

 Well planned and organized seminar is attended by 30-40 participants who asked about the changing roles of Japan in UN peace operations.

Ágio Pereira appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Maritime Boundary Negotiation (04/10/2017)

 Minister Pereira`s appointment signifies PM Alkatiri and CNRT Leader Xanana Gusmao`s willingness to make a prudent approach in addressing Timor-Leste needs: peace, stability and accountable governance.

Mari Alkatiri becomes again the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste (01/10/2017)

 Hasegawa expresses his hope that Prime Minister Alkatiri can succeed in not only governing the country peacefully but also transforming it into a self-reliant country without corruption.

Nature and level of DPRK military threat to Japan explained and debated at GPAJ seminar (30/09/2017)

 Former Admiral and Professor of the National Defense Academy Takashi Genda explained the DPRK relies mostly in the development of nuclear and missile weapons for achieving the parity with the United States, its ultimate enemy, based on the Mutual Assurance for Destruction (MAD).

Seoul Meridian 180 Meeting Examines the Peacekeeping as a Response to Human Security Threats held at Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea (28/09/2017)

 Hasegawa presents Kibeho tragedy or massacre as an unintended consequence of the protection of civilians in theory and practice.

Peace mission leadership competencies discussed at the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers (IAPTC) meeting held on November 13 in Cairo, Egypt. (27/09/2017)

 Japanese Government Officials and Professor Hasegawa participate in the conference along with 250 specialists in PKO training from all over the world.

UN mission leadership competencies explained at the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers (IAPTC) meeting held on November 13 in Cairo, Egypt. (27/09/2017)

 Hasegawa explained UN mission leader needs to be “a right person at a right time” to help national and community leaders change their mindsets and building peace. (Photo: CCCPA)

International Conference on Women, Peace and Security in the 21st Century aimed at providing an East Asian perspective (22-23/09/2017)

 Prof. Ai Kihara-Hunt of Tokyo University elaborated on the legal development related to sexual violence during the conflict and recommended on how to better prevent further SEA by UN personnel.


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