2014 (Journal)

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International Visitors at Historical Sites in Kyoto (12th-14th December 2014)

 Chinese, Korean and other visitors from abroad visited the historical sites in Kyoto before and after the Asian Seminar.

UN academic councils of Japan, China and Korea hold its annual seminar at Doshisha University in Kyoto (12th-14th December 2014)

 The 14th East Asian Seminar on the UN System was opened by Professor Keiko Oizumi of the Japan Association for UN Studies (JAUNS), Ambassador Chen Jian, President of the China Academic Net for UN Studies (CANUNS) and former Foreign Minister Han Sung Joo, Chairman of the Korea Academic Council on the UN System (KACUNS) on 13 December 2014 at Doshisha University in Kyoto.

UNU Rector David Malone Speaks about the United Nations Security Council and East Asia (12th December 2014)

 The Rector of the UN University, David Malone, addressed the issues surrounding the United Nations and East Asia before the former practitioners and scholars from Japan, China and South Korea who gathered in Kyoto on December 12 for their annual seminar on the UN system.

Hasegawa: “What does Japan want to achieve with the United Nations?” (20th November 2014)

 On 20 November 2014, JICA held an international symposium which looked at Japan`s ODA from historical, political-economic and comparative perspectives. Professor Hasegawa called for conceptualizing Japanese aid in a global governance perspective.

Korean dancers perform at the Seoul PKO Conference (13th November 2014)

 At the Seoul PKO Conference held on 13 November 2014, Korean dancers performed with their fans in a superb manner.

Professor Hasegawa speaks at the Seoul International Conference on Peacekeeping Operations (13th November 2014)

 The 2014 PKO International Conference was held at Sookmyung Women`s University Centennial Memorial Hall on 13 November 2014. At the conference organize by the Korea Peacekeeping Operations Center, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Korea AcaSedemic Council on the United Nations System, Professor Sukehiro Hasegawa spoke about the implications of financial, troop and civilian contributions made by Japan to UN peacekeeping operations since Japan became the member of the United Nations in 1956.

Professor Hasegawa Speaks to International Students at Doshisha University in Kyoto (7th November 2014)

 Professor Sukehiro Hasegawa delivered a lecture to international students from Afghanistan, Indonesia, Mongolia and other Asian countries on heritage of peace doctrines at Doshisha University in Kyoto. Students belonged to a seminar class administered by Professor Eiji Oyamada.

Japanese students visit Timor-Leste and enjoy home stay in this summer

 HaLuz, a student NGO in Japan (former LoRoSHIP) visited Timor-Leste for three weeks from 25 August to 13 September 2014 and enjoyed homestays in Timorese houses. (Shotaro Fujita, Hosei University)

Professor Hasegawa Chairs SML Panel on Peace Mission Leadership in Cairo, Egypt

 Professor Sukehiro Hasegawa chaired a panel discussion on the senior mission leadership held on 22 October in Cairo, Egypt. Funded by the Government of Japan, the 9th AU Senior Mission Leadership (SML) course was organized by the African Union and hosted by the Cairo Regional Centre for Training on Conflict Resolution & Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA). As a mentor, Professor Hasegawa also delivered lectures on peace mission leadership, perspective of a SRCC, integrated mission planning and peacebuilding mission during his stay in Cairo for five days.

UNU Library Talk on the UN Security Council’s role as a Global Legislator (10th October 2014)

 The Fourth Library Talk was opened by UNU’s Library Chief Mayako Matsui and chaired by Professor Sukehiro Hasegawa. Dr. Vesselin Popovski then outlined some key shifts that have taken place in the legislative, executive and judiciary roles of the UN Security Council since the end of the Cold War which are taken up in the new volume “The Security Council as Global Legislator”, edited by himself and Trudy Fraser (Routledge, 2014). (Emmi Okada, UNU Junior Fellow)

[NOTICE] Role of the UN Security Council as a Global Legislator

 The United Nations University will hold a library talk on 10 October to discuss a newly published book, “Security Council as Global Legislator”, edited by Vesselin Popovski and Trudy Fraser (Routledge, 2014). The book will be introduced by Dr. Vesselin Popovski and commented by UNU Rector, Dr. David Malone. The meeting will be chaired by Professor Sukehiro Hasegawa.

Welcome back Ambassador Hanada

 Mr. Yoshitaka Hanada (花田 吉隆) has just returned to Japan having completed his assignment as Japanese Ambassador to Timor-Leste for nearly three years from October 2011 to August 2014. He held a conversation with Professor Sukehiro Hasegawa, former Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste (May 2004~September 2006). Ambassador Hanada discussed economic progress and other improvements made in Timor-Leste as well as challenges faced by the country.

Xian East Asia Youth Forum September 2014

 Twenty best and brightest Japanese students joined their counterparts from China and Republic of Korea in Xian, China, from 15 to 19 September and held a symposium and model United Nations meetings. It is sponsored jointly by the UN Associations of Japan, China and Republic of Korea and follows the fourth forum held in Sapporo last year. The students recognized the importance of universal values and principles and demonstrated their originality and commitment to promoting harmony and partnership in East Asia.

UNA Presidents of Japan, China and Republic of Korea Meet in Xian, China, September 2014

 On 16 September 2014, the Presidents of the United Nations Association of Japan, China and Republic of Korea met in Xian, Shaanxi Province in China, along with the representatives of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA). They held candid exchanges of their views on the topics of “the Thoughts of Lao Tzu and the Harmony & Prosperity of East Asia”, “Buddhism Exchanges in East Asia during the Tang Dynasty” and “Prospects of Peace Building Operations and Humanitarian Challenges Ahead”.

Khalid Malik Explains 2014 Human Development Report Theme

 2014 Human Development Report was launched on 24 July 2014 at the UN University in Tokyo following opening remarks by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and JICA President Akihiko Tanaka. Mr. Khalid Malik, Director of the Human Development Report Office introduced 2014 Human Development Report and pointed out the need to reduce vulnerabilities and to build resilience throghout the world.

Hasegawa Presents Draft Chapter on Japan and the United Nations

 An authors’ workshop was held in Sapporo, Hokkaido on 22 and 23 July in preparation for publication of a book, “Japan and the Developing World: Sixty Years of Japan’s Foreign Aid and the Post 2015 Agenda.” At this workshop organized by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Professor Sukehiro Hasegawa presented his draft chapter on “Japan and the United Nations: Its Past, Present and Future.”

JCK Youth Forum Orientation Seminar Sponsored by the UN Association of Japan

 From 18 to 20 July, an orientation seminar was held at the Tokyo Olympic Memorial Center in Tokyo for 20 students who are participating in the Xi`a tripartite youth seminar in mid-September. The students received briefings and lectures from Mr. Yasushi Akashi, vice-president of the UN association of Japan, Ambassador Kenzo Oshima, member of the Japan nuclear regulatory commission, Dr. Kazuhiko Takemoto, Director of the UNU institute for advanced study of sustainability, Professor Katsuhiko Mori of the International Christian University as well as Professor Tatsuro Kunugi and Ms. Kim Kumi of the UN association of Japan. The seminar was directed by Professor Sukehiro Hasegawa and Mr. Sho Tsuyuki.

José Ramos-Horta Delivers Sergio de Mello Lecture

 On 15 May 2014, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate José Manuel Ramos-Horta who is currently the United Nations’ Special Representative in Guinea-Bissau delivered a lecture at the invitation of the Sergio Viera de Mello Foundation in Geneva.

Alain Dick Former Chef de Cabinet Receives Gakushuuin Women`s College Students

 Former Chef de Cabinet of the Office of the United Nations at Geneva received Gakushuin Women`s College Professors Nakajima and Sakurai along with four students at his villa in France on 3 May 2014.

Gakushuin Women`s College Professors and Students Visit UN and Other International Organizations in Geneva

 From 29 April to 5 May 2014, two professors and four students of the Gakushuin Women`s College visited the UN Office in Geneva and other international organizations and received a series of briefings from their officials and retired former international civil servants. The group consisted of Professors Takafumi Nakajima and Daizo Sakurai along with Miss Nozomi Matsuo, Mariko Migita, Fumika Tahara and Saya Yamaguchi.

Professor Hasegawa Speaks to ASEAN Peace and Reconciliation Institute Symposium in Manila

 At the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Professor Hasegawa, accompanied by Hirotaka Kawakami, participated in the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) symposium on peace and reconciliation processes and initiatives, held in Manila on April 7 and 8, 2014. The participants were Ambassadors/Permanent Representatives to ASEAN and senior diplomats from each member country, and renowned scholars and practitioners were invited as guest speakers. The symposium coincided with the recently concluded Bangsamoro agreement between the Philippines government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and accordingly the key figures in the peace process also joined to present their perspectives and learned lessons. Professor Hasegawa made a presentation on rules-based and situational leadership approaches to inter-state dispute management and resolution, by sharing his experience and reflection to serve Timor-Leste as Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (SRSG). After his presentations, he received several questions regarding the efficacy of resorting to international law in resettling territorial issues. (Hirotaka Kawakami, Program Associate, Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center)

Timorese Finance Minister Visits Japan Forum on International Relations

 On 14 March, Timorese Finance Minister Emilia Pires visited the secretariat of the Japan Forum on International Relations and met with Mr. Kaoru Ishikawa, Senior Executive Director. Mr. Ishikawa informed the Minister about the role played by Japan Forum in fostering exchange of views on current international issues, while Minister Pires explained about the g7+ group of fragile countries aimed at self-reliance and cooperation.

Timor-Leste Finance Minister Emilia Pires Speaks About Post-2015 MDGs

 On 14 March 2014, Timor-Leste Finance Minister Emilia Pires, who was member the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, explained how the new development goals were established with inclusion of the need for good governance and effective institutions as well as stable and peaceful societies as 10th and 11th goals of new MDGs. In her conversation with Rector David Malone of the UN University, she also provided detailed accounts of peace and state building challenges faced by Timor-Leste and other conflict prone countries. She emphasized the need to hold genuine partnership between host and donor countries by asking that the donor and partner countries talk “nothing about us, without us.”

Minister Agio Pereira Explains Second Maubere-Miracle

 Minister Agio Pereira of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Timor-Leste provided an article that explains the administrative pre-decentralisation structure which will signal “the beginning of the second maubere miracle” for the people of the country. The article may be accessed through the following website.


UN University Holds Library Talk

 On 3 March, the UN University Library held its first library talk on the book, Primordial Leadership: Peacebuilding and National Ownership written by Professor Sukehiro Hasegawa. Ambassador Isilio da Silva of Timor-Leste pointed out the significance of five key attributes of leadership that contributed to successful peacebuilding in Timor-Leste. The Ambassador was followed by several other discussants that included Mr. Ken Inoue, former Director for Governance Support, UNMIT, Mr. Takakazu Ito, Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Field Support (DFS), New York, Katsumi Ishizuka, Professor, Kyoei University, Professor Miko Maekawa of Osaka University, Ms. Seiko Toyama, International Peace Cooperation Headquarters, Cabinet Office and Mr. Satoru Miyazawa, UNHCR.

Toyama and Yoshida Speak About Sudan and Human Secuirty (1 March 2014)

 On 1 March 2014, Ms. Seiko Toyama of the International Peace Cooperation Headquarters of the Cabinet Office and Mr. Shogo Yoshida, Candidate for Tokyo University Graduate School made their presentations. Ms. Toyama mentioned UN peacekeeping missions in Africa, particularly in UNMISS in South Sudan. She also explained the role played by the Japan Self-Defense Forces personnel. Mr. Yoshida presented his bachelor thesis on the possibility for the concept of human security being reflected within the framework of existing UN peacekeeping activities, using Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and the peacekeeping operations in Timor-Leste. Moreover, he adverted to his draft of research proposal for the master’s course.

Primordial Leadership Book Launched at UN Headquarters in Geneva (17 January 2014)

 On 17 January 2014, a book launch was organized at the Palais des Nations in Geneva to mark the publication of Professor Hasegawa’s book, « Primordial Leadership – Peacebuilding and National Ownership in Timor-Leste ». The book launch convened a wide audience from various parts of the UN system and diplomats from Missions to the UN from the region. (Hillel Loew)


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