0-2. Event Reports
Assistant Secretary-General Babacar Cisse explains the United Nations African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID)`s Transition from Peacekeeping to Peace Building in Darfur (08/03/2021)
Ambassador Tadamichi Yamamoto, former Special Representative of the Secretary-General; Ilidio Ximenes da Cost, Timorese Ambassador of Timor-Leste to Japan; Yasuhiro Ueki, Professor of Sophia University and Former UN Spokesperson; Takaaki Mizuno, Lecturer at Tokyo University and Hosei University; Keiichi Tanabe, Associate Professor, Department of International Studies, School of Humanities and Culture, Tokai University; Mayumi Yamada, Assistant Professor, College of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University; Naoko Kumagai, Vice President of GPAJ and Associate Professor of Aoyama Gakuin University join the debate on the transition process. Please click here for full report.
ASG Babacar Cisse for UNMID will make a briefing on the plan of transition from peacekeeping to peacebuilding on Tuesday, March 2, at 10:00 am Japan time (27/02/2021)
Please see the attached program of the briefing session and send an email message to the organizer: Ms. Arbenita Sopaj (arbenitasopaj[@]gmail.com) by Monday, March 1, 2021.
Four GPAJ students made presentations of their research findings on political and security situations in Africa: “Fragility of Peace Agreement in South Sudan,” and “Transition of the dynamics of the armed groups in Sahel region.” They also discussed “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” (27/02/2021)
Former Foreign Minister of Serbia and President of the UN General Assembly Vuk Jeremić on Serbia, Kosovo and the United Nations (25/03/2021)
If you are interested in participating in this event, please send your name and email address to Aleksandra Babovic at aleksandrababovic[@]gmail.com by March 22, 2021.
Online Seminar on “Present at the Closing: A Personal Insight into The Last Days of the Soviet Union” will be held with Mr. David Chikvaidze as the keynote speaker and former Ambassador of Japan to the UN Tsuneo Nshida, Chair of ACUNS Lise Howard and Dr. Vesselin Popovski, Executive Director of the Centre for the Study of United Nations at the Jindal Global University in India as the panel discussants. Those interested in participating in this seminar are invited to register with Professor Ai Kihara-Hunt (aikiharahunt[@]g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp). (02/02/2021)
Online Book Review No. 3: Hybrid State Building Caught Between Liberalism and Local Centered Approach by Professors Hiromi FUJISHIGE and Yuji UESUGI (24/02/2021)
Mr. Kimihito OKUBO, Founder of One Young World Japan Committee explains the significance of the One Young World Summit, which will be held in May 2022 in Tokyo, to be joined by 3,000 young leaders represented by 190 countries. Reported by Fujiko Amano. (05/12/2020)
On December 5, 2020, GPAJ held a seminar with Mr. Kimihito Okubo, the Principal and Founder of One Young World Japan Committee (his bio included at the end of this document). The idea of One Young World (OYW) was raised at the World Economic Forum in 2009 and it was founded in 2010. OYW, particularly through its Summit [which is referred to as “Young Davos” and which is also facilitated by “counsellors” like renowned politicians, activists, chief executive officers etc.] aspires to develop global youth leadership for future through jointly addressing and solving global problems and issues.
The Primacy of Politics in UN Peace Operations” by Prof. Sukehiro Hasegawa (09/12/2020)
Professor Takahiro SHINYO`s Graduate Course for UN and Foreign Affairs Kwansei Gakuin University will hold an open ZOOM seminar on Wednesday, 9 December 2020 15:10-16:40 Japan Time with Professor S. Hasegawa as a lecture. Please click here for details and contact Ms. Elizabeth Gamarra (egamarra15[@]yahoo.com) if you are interested in participating in the seminar.
UN Role in Afghanistan critically examined by Ambassadors Ghafoorzai and Yamamoto in an Online Seminar hosted by GPAJ on October 31. (15/11/2020)
Senior Afghan Government Official, Youssof Ghafoorzai, was joined by former UN Special Representative Tadamichi Yamamoto in examining the role of UN in Afghanistan. Ambassador Ghafoorzai also explained the significance of peace talks between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban group that has taken place in Doha, Qatar on Sept. 12. 2020.
[Tokyo Peacebuilding Forum 2020] Ambassador Toshiya HOSHINO, Former Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations will be the keynote speaker this year. (14/11/2020)
Please click here for the program. If you are interested in joining, please contact Mr. Masakuni Tanimoto (tanimoto[@]tenaz.jp).
GPAJ held the Seminar on “Power vs. Authority: The UN Role in Baghdad in 2003” by Ms. Carolina Larriera on 24 October. (03/11/2020)
Please click here for the report of the seminar.
ACUNS Tokyo will host Online Seminar on International Leadership on Saturday 7 November 2020, 15:00-18:00 (Japan Time) (07/10/2020)
This online seminar will be joined by Lise Morjé Howard, President of ACUNS and Professor of Government at Georgetown University and Prof. Kate Gilmore, former UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights. If you are interested in this event, please find the program below and fill in the registration form here.
“International Day of Peace” was held in temples, churches, and parks throughout Japan on September 21st from 12:00a.m., and in Tokyo, Princess Akiko took part in Zojyoji Temple (21/09/2020)
In Tokyo, Princess Akiko struck the peace bell at the ceremony held at Zojoji Temple. After the bell-beating ceremony, Sukehiro Hasegawa, chairman of the Japan Committee for International Peace Day, explained the purpose of the event. Then, Sen Genshitsu, president of the United Nations Association of Japan and the head of Urasenke, and Yoshiko Higashikuni, Chairman of the World Federation Culture and Education Promotion Council, gave a speech, and Yuriko Koike, the Governor of Tokyo Metropolitan Government, gave a congratulatory address. Actress Mikako Yoshida then read a message from Fabrizio Hochschild, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General for the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. Please clickhere. (Reporter: Yuuki Watanabe)
“Turkey under the Erdogan regime” By Akio Miyajima, Japanese Ambassador to Turkey (12/09/2020)
Akio Miyajima, Japanese Ambassador to Turkey explained Turkey as a “rising power” with “volatility” and “resilience” in the turbulent Middle East region and beyond from various aspects including its diplomacy, military, domestic affairs, and economy. He emphasized that Turkey, a nation of 83 million people with tremendous potential holds the key to regional stability and global peacebuilding as the influence and commitment of the United States wanes and declines.
The 45th GPAJ Online Seminar “Turkey under the Erdoğan administration” (12/09/2020)
Those who wish to participate, please pre-register at ”tanimoto[@]gpaj.org” by Monday, September 7. We’ll send you a return Zoom account.
Kosovo Diplomats explain the Impact of the UN Intervention on Contemporary Kosovo (29/07/2020)
Moderated by Ms. Arbenita SOPAJ of GPAJ, Ambassador Leon Malazogu based in Japan and his colleagues Ambassador Hajdin Abazi in Australia, Ambassador Qendrim Gashi in France and Ms. Merdiana Leci, Department for Bilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spoke about the contemporary Kosovo. Please click here for the full report of the seminar.