2017 (Journal)

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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.

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.

President of the Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan congratulates Noeleen Heyzer for her appointment to UN Mediation Board (23/09/2017)

 UN Secretary-General: The Board represents the “surge in diplomacy for peace” and is expected to allow the United Nations to work more effectively with regional organizations, non-governmental groups and others involved in preventive diplomacy around the world.

Trump endorses SG Guterres’ proposal for UN reform (18/09/2017)

 Trump commended the Secretary General for trying to focus more on people and less on bureaucracy in order to regain the trust of the people around the world.

Restructuring of the United Nations Peace and Security Pillar (11/09/2017)

 António Guterres’ proposes to establish a combined Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, and a single department named the Department of Peace Operations to be responsible for both peacekeeping and special political missions.

Autumn Festivals in Japan (10/09/2017)

 People are carrying omikoshis portable shrines on their shoulders and kids playing musical instruments to celebrate the arrival of autumn Tokyo and full moon.

Heads of UN Associations of China, Japan and Korea meet in Beijing (28/08/2017)

 Ambassador Lu Shumin, President of UN Association of China welcomed Dr. Genshitsu Sen, President and Vice President Akashi Yasushi of UN Association of Japan as well as Vice President Ambassador Ho-Jin Lee of UN Association of the Republic of Korea and Ambassador Park Soo Gil, President of the World Federation of UN Associations.

USG Khare: Central Challenge in Peacebuilding is to foster respect for “Rule of Law” among leaders and people of post-conflict countries (23/08/2017)

 United Nations Under-Secretary-General Atul Khare emphasised that the United Nations should find mechanism acceptable to countries in conflict as the UN can neither replace governments of countries in conflict nor impose peace on them.

Japanese students prepare for their participation in JCK Model UN and Symposium sessions to be held in Beijing, China, from 29 August to 3 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.


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