The 27th anniversary of the tragic ambush in Kampong Thom is being commemorated in midst of one of the largest planetary disasters in the last century, the COVID-19 pandemic. This extraordinary situation brings former UN Volunteer Electoral Supervisors, who on 8 April remembered the tragic killing of Atsuhito Nakata and his fellow interpreter Lek Sophiep, back to the very meaning of what took their lives, and gave them, back then, a renewed sense of optimism: at the heart of their UN engagement, what gave them the strength to continue in the face of adversity, the spirit of international cooperation, and going beyond self-interest.
Chair of the Japan Commission for Global Governance, Professor Sukehiro HASEGAWA submitted its summary report, entitled “the role of Japan in enhancing global governance in addressing global issues and crises” which contained the recommendations made by six sub-committees concerning UN Reform, Environment, Disarmament, Parliamentary Diplomacy, Innovative Resources Mobilization, and Rule of Law.
While new coronavirus is spreading fast throughout the world, I hope all of the former Hasegawa seminar students are fine and safe. Here is a picture of a retreat held five years ago near Lake Kawaguchi. Please let me know how you are living in this difficult time. sh(@)shasegawa.com
The Independent Commission created by the Myanmar government presented its report on January 20 indicating that Myanmar security forces committed serious human rights violations or disproportionate use of force during the internal armed conflict in August-September 2017 in northern Rakhine State which led to mass displacement of Rohingya Muslims but that they did not commit genocide against the ethnic minority.
Lisa REEFKE, Senior Political Affairs Officer, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) made a presentation at a seminar participated by 15 scholars and practitioners at JICA Ichigaya Global Plaza in Tokyo.
Senior Vice Rector Taikan OKI and Advisor of Alexandria Library Professor Kazuo TAKAHASHI chaired the last session of the Committee on Environment held at the No.5 Conference Room of the Diet Members` First Building on January 16, 2020.
Here is a consolidated summary report of the Tokyo Peacebuilding Forum with photos of the participants from not only Japan but also China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Kosovo Lebanon, the United States and other countries. Please click here for a consolidated report with photos of the participants.
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.
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.
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.
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）.
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.