2017 (Journal)

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Japanese delegates prepare for their participation in the JCK Symposium and Model UN session to be held in Beijing in early September (3-5/08/2017)

 20 Japanese participants held three day intensive preparatory workshop at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo.

“What is the Right Thing to do after Genocide?” (05/08/2017)

 At the UN Forum network conference held in Tokyo, Professor Hasegawa, President of the Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan, explained the significance of progress made and challenges faced by Rwanda after the Genocide of 1994. Please click here for the summary of his presentation.

Former President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono explains how the truth and friendship commission successfully achieved post-conflict reconciliation between Indonesia and Timor-Leste (31/07/2017)

 Hasegawa considers the East Asian countries can learn from the successful reconciliation process carried out by the two countries which had fought for twenty-four years.

Hasegawa meets with former Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri and former President José Ramos-Horta of Timor-Leste at the conference organized by the Club of Madrid in Dili, Timor-Leste (31/07/2017)

 As Fretilin received the largest votes, Secretary-General Mari Alkatiri expressed Fretilin’s readiness to form a coalition Government with CNRT and other parties.

María Elena Agüero, Secretary General of the Club de Madrid opens the round table conference on the: Prospects for Democracy in Asia & Oceania in Dili, Timor-Leste (30/07/2017)

 President of Timor-Leste Francisco Guterres Lú Olo joined by former Timorese President José Ramos-Horta extends his welcome remarks to the participants that included Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, former President of Indonesia, Jennifer Mary Shipley, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jigmi Yoser Thinley, former Prime Minister of Bhutan, and Madhav K. Nepal, former Prime Minister of Nepal.

Fretilin Chairman Francisco ‘Lu’Olo’ Guterres, the President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, meets Professor Sukehiro Hasegawa in Dili, Timor-Leste (29/07/2017)

 At the reception hosted by the President of Timor-Leste, Hasegawa expressed his confidence that newly elected President ‘Lu’Olo’ Guterres would not only consolidate peace and security but also move forward with economic and social progress.

Special Security Council session convened by China to focus on enhancing African capacities in the areas of peace and security (19/07/2017)

 Secretary-General António Guterres stressed shared African Union, United Nations interest in keeping conflict from escalating.

Japan pledges $1 billion in aid for children (18/07/2017)

 Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met with UN Secretary-General António Guterres and announced Japan’s support to the United Nations in mainstreaming the Sustainable Development Goals.

Japan’s Future International Peace Cooperation debated by a Panel of Experts (28/06/2017)

 Panelists discussed the issues and challenges facing Japan, ascertained Japan’s comparative advantage, and recommended what Japan should do in future international peace cooperation.

25th memorial symposium opened by former UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General Yasushi Akashi (28/06/2017)

Mr. Akashi suggested the Japanese people should think seriously of what Japan can and should do to build a more peaceful international society based on law and justice.

Japan’s International Peace Cooperation is at the Crossroads (28/06/2017)

 Akio Miyajima, Director-General of the Cabinet Office in charge of International Peace Cooperation Activities calls for the Continuation of Japan’s Contributions to UN Peace Operations.

New UN Peacekeeping Chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix commends Japan’s supports of UN peacekeeping operations, while Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promises Japan’s further contribution. (28/06/2017)

 Peacekeeping must strengthen civilian capacities for protection, as effective protection requires a whole-of-mission effort. To that end, developing comprehensive strategies that incorporate all mission personnel and the capacities of UN humanitarian and development actors is essential, as is close cooperation and support to regional organizations. Improving the role of civilian personnel in strengthening the capacities of host governments and supporting communities with the development of community-based protection plans are other important areas requiring further efforts.

Further supports of UN peace operations pledged by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (28/06/2017)

 In a message to the event commemorating 25th anniversary of the enactment of the peacekeeping cooperation law, the Japanese Prime Minister promised more active contributions to UN peace cooperation.

Class reunion in memory of Professor Takao Kitamura’s 90th anniversary (25/06/2017)

 Former students of Professor Kitamura met at his residence and talked about what they had learned from him and the world to which he had sent his students more than 50 years ago.

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.

What Should Japan Do after Withdrawing Its Self-Defense Forces from South Sudan? (20/06/2017)

 Professor Daisaku Higashi of Sophia University in Tokyo proposed Japan to continue supporting peacebuilding activities for South Sudan at the World Federation Parliament Committee of the Diet of Japan.

First meeting of the ACUNS Tokyo Forum held at UN University (19/06/2017)

 Experts and practitioners exchanged their views and suggestions on how to revitalize the UN system.

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.

Professor Margaret Karns interviews ACUNS Tokyo Chief for ACUNS Podcast (16/06/2017)

 Hasegawa emphasizes the importance of including Asian representatives in the organization of ACUNS. A co-operation between Japan, China, and Korea would help East Asian members in supporting, not just attending, ACUNS events.

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.

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