2017 (Journal)

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U.N. chief warns Trump that others will fill leadership role if U.S. disengages from the world (20/06/2017)

 António Guterres, the secretary general of the United Nations, said that an American retreat from the world posed great risks on many issues, including climate change, international conflicts and the refugee crisis.

ACUNS 2017 held for the first time in Asia (15-17/06/2017)

 At the ACUNS annual meeting held in Seoul, nearly 20 Japanese scholars and experts of UN peace operation joined 250 other participants from all over the world and discussed how to revitalize the United Nations in human rights, peace and development.

Asia expected to Increase its Voice and Representation in ACUNS (15/06/2017)

 Hasegawa calls for Asian participants to voice more actively their views and opinions at ACUNS meetings and contribute more to dialogue and mutual understandings across academics and practitioners of the world.

Rwanda’s Achievements and Challenges explained by Ambassador (31/05/2017)

 Ambassador Ventia Sebundandi lists home grown solutions that have contributed to rapid recovery and growth since the genocide of 1994 and responds to critical questions about governance.

Tokyo University Human Security Program Seminar on Rwanda (24/05/2017)

 Ambassador Venitia Sebudandi will speak about the achievements made by Rwanda and challenges the country faces at Tokyo University Komaba Campus on 31 May 2017.

Professor Ryokichi Hirono, President of the Partnership for Democratic Governance, moderates a Discussion session on the Governance System in Private and Public Sectors. (20/05/2017)

 The 14th spring conference of the Japan Evaluation Society holds a thematic session to examine major issues and prospects of the governance systems in private and public sectors.

Tokyo University students learn about the Kibeho massacre in Rwanda (10/05/2017)

 Simulation exercise shows stalemate and deaths of thousand IDPs resulting from insistence on “human security” by UN agencies and “national security” by the Government.

[NEWSLETTER] Letter from Geneva (05/05/2017)

 UN Geneva Chief of Staff David Chikvaidze recalls the difficulty encountered in Georgia’s gaining its membership in the United Nations as the dramatic events of 1991-92 in Tbilisi had left a bad impression in key capitals.

Kick-off symposium of the Campus Asia new program was jointly organized by Waseda University, Peking University and Korea University (04/05/2017)

 In his keynote speech, Professor Hasegawa explained the changing nature of conflicts and stresses the importance of conflict prevention and resolution.

First Life Story Narrative Group met at the Residence of UNO Takayuki (30/04/2017)

 UNO explains how the Japan Electron Optics Laboratory Company (JEOL 日本電子) emerged as a major developer and manufacturer of electron microscopes and other scientific instruments, industrial equipment and medical equipment.

Concept of Communitarian Autonomous Peacebuilding Presented in Cairo (20/04/2017)

 GPAJ President Hasegawa presented his concept of a communitarian autonomous peace at the meeting of CCCPA International Advisory Board held in Cairo, Egypt, on April 10, 2017.

UN Secretary-General: Member States should be more responsible for preventing conflict (18/04/2017)

 UN Secretary-General António Guterres stressed in his policy speech in January 2017 to the Security Council that primary duty lies with member states for preventing conflict and sustaining peace.

African Leadership’s Responsibility Stressed at the International Advisory Board Meeting (10/04/2017)

 African leaders recognize and stress the importance of African ownership and accountability of their peace and national building efforts.

Growing New Threats to Peace in Africa Identified by CCCPA (10/04/2017)

 At the meeting of CCCPA International Advisory Board, Director Ashraf Swelam identified newly “internationalized” conflicts and transboundary threats emerging in Africa and expressed his appreciation of support provided by Japan.

CCCPA International Advisory Board Meets in Cairo (10/04/2017)

 Japan`s support is much appreciated for Africa to develop and own its path to peace, security and stability.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry explains Egypt’s Contribution to Sustaining Peace, Security and Stability (10/04/2017)

 Hamdi Loza delivers the Foreign Minister`s speech at the 2nd Meeting of the International Advisory Board of The Cairo Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA).

[NEWSLETTER] Letter from Cairo, Egypt (09/04/2017)

  Hasegawa: More than 43 people killed in bombings in Coptic churches in the Nile Delta towns of Tanta and Alexandria, Egypt, showing that humanity has not learned from its historical insight. Please click here for his full reflection.

US Attack on Syrian Air Base (08/04/2017)

 Professor Yasuhiro Ueki explains the legal issues surrounding the US attack on the Sheyrat Air Base with 59 cruise missiles.

The Economist: Could Donald Trump’s Attack on the UN destabilize the world? (25/03/2017)

 Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN, is trying to reassure everyone in the UN that all the statements from the Trump camp are “just noise,” but Trump has now proposed in its budget to cut America’s contributions to the UN and its own foreign-aid agency by $10.1bn, or 28% from its previous budget. According to the budget proposal, US contributions to UN Peacekeeping operations will be cut from 28 to 25 percent of the UN peacekeeping budget.

20 best and brightest students wanted for JCK Youth Forum in August/September in Guangzhou, China (23/03/2017)

 JCK Youth Forum Secretariat Chief Tenu Yokose and her team starts the recruitment process for participants whose travel expense will be paid by UN Association of Japan.

Professor Daisaku Higashi published a book on human Security and peacebuilding (20/03/2017)

 Japanese book entitled “Ningen no Anzen-Hosho to Heiwa Kochiku” (Human Security and Peacebuilding” contains essays contributed by twelve scholars, diplomats and practitioners including former Ambassador to the United Nations Kenzo Oshima, Sukehiro Hasegawa, former UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General in East Timor and others. Sadako Ogata, former JICA president and UNHCR wrote the preface. Memorial symposium will be held at Sophia University on April 22, 2017. Click here for detailed information.

Professor Higashi’s seminar students met with former President Gusmao and former Prime Minister Alkatiri in Timor-Leste (17/03/2017)

 Daisaku Higashi, an associate professor at Sophia University, explains in NHK TV news about how the Timorese political leaders reconciled and achieved peace.

Akiko Yuge sings in Tokyo (12/03/2017)

 Former UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director of Management, Akiko Yuge sings jazz songs in English, Portuguese and Spanish, in addition to teaching at Hosei University as Professor in its Department of Global Politics.

PM Shinzo Abe decides to withdraw Japan’s SDF engineering troops from South Sudan by end May (11/03/2017)

 Abe`s special assistant, Shibayama, visited Suva and obtained President Salva Kiir and SRSG David Shearer`s understanding of the Japanese decision.

Japanese Students Prepare for Model UN New York Conference (10/03/2017)

 Ten students from Japanese universities met at Aoyama Gakuin University and made their policy presentations for critical review.

New Book on Criminal Accountability of UN Police Personnel (09/03/2017)

 Tokyo University Associate Professor Kihara-Hunt Ai examines the effectiveness of the UN’s accountability mechanisms and arrangements with reference to criminal behaviour by United Nations Police personnel.

Tony Blair: Against Populism, the Center Must Hold (03/03/2017)

 In his opinion article contributed to the New York Times on 3 March, former British Prime Minister Blair finds the Trump revolution is partly economic, but mainly cultural, and suggests that the center needs to develop a new policy agenda that shows people they will get support to help them through the change happening around them.

Gorbachev: “It All Looks as if the World Is Preparing for War” (24/02/2017)

 Thakur points out the risk of falling victim to the Thucydides Trap, while Hasegawa warns the continued defiance of Kantian imperative and freedom will lead to armed conflict.

Trump is from Mars, Guterres is from Venus (23/02/2017)

 Thakur believes Guterres is ready to stand up to Trump.

Former students of Professor Takao Kitamura cherish his legacy (19/02/2017)

 At a reunion dinner organized by Mr. Takayuki Uno, nine former students expressed their appreciation of Professor Kitamura`s inspirational approach in education.

Thakur: Australia needs to wake up, grow up (15/02/2017)

 Former Senior Vice Rector of the UN Univerity and UN Assistant Secretary-General, Professor Ramesh Thakur of the Australian National University advises “Not just Japan, but others too will have to conduct a more self-reliant diplomacy to cope with the ‘America First` administration.”

Kant’s “Perpetual Peace” presented to peacebuilding associates (02/02/2017)

 Professor Hasegawa shared with the participants of training course commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Immanuel Kant`s understanding of the nature of human beings and the prospect for building “perpetual peace” among nation states.

UN Secretary-General`s message on international terrorists and refugees (31/01/2017)

 UN Secretary-General António Guterres expresses his concern about the decisions that are undermining the integrity of the international refugee protection regime around the world.

GPA members debate the fate of the United Nations in the Trump Era (28/01/2017)

 At its first meeting in 2017, the Global Peacebuilding Association members presented their views on the existential threat posed by the Trump Presidency to the United Nations and the UN peace operation in South Sudan.

Hasegawa: National Ownership and Integration Key for Successful Peacebuilding (19/01/2017)

 President of the Global Peacebuilding Association, Sukehiro Hasegawa, explained the importance attached by the United Nations Security Council to long-term institution-building, national ownership and accountability as critical to peacebuilding in Africa.

Former SRSG Hasegawa advocates more integration and insists on clearer delineation of the outcome of assistance. (13/01/2017)

 In an interview conducted by UNIC Tokyo Director Kaoru Nemoto on 13 January, Hasegawa shared lessons he had learned from his engagement in UN peace operations and development assistance.

How to fix failed states (07/01/2016)

 The Economist calls on Donald Trump not to abandon Afghanistan.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ appeal for peace (01/01/2017)

 Antonio Guterres calls on all to join him in committing to peace, today and every day and strive for as a human family – dignity and hope, progress and prosperity.

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