2017 (Journal)

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IOM’s Special Council Session elects Portugal’s Antonio Vitorino over Trump nominee as new IOM Director General. (29/06/2018)

 As IOM’s current Director General, William Lacy Swing, steps down after completing the second of two five-year terms, the Special Council`s decisive rejection of the American candidate, Ken Isaacs, in the first round of voting, signaled a growing number of nations are no longer prepared to indefinitely defer to the power of the United States when human rights and values are assaulted by the current US Administration.

Japan suggests the Security Council reform along with UN Reform proposals presented by Secretary-General António Guterres (20/12/2017)

 Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho urged that complex contemporary challenges to international peace and security should be dealt with in a holistic and methodological manner to better address the situation on the ground and presented four ideas which included reform of the UN Security Council.

President of International Crisis Group Jean-Marie Guéhenno shares his views on the changing nature of conflict in conversation with Sebastian von Einsiedel, Director of the UNU Centre for Policy Research. (14/12/2017)

 Former Under-Secretary-General for UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno finds conflicts multilayers and “never dying” reflecting the erosion of international norms and a widening political divide.

Visit of UN Secretary-General António Guterres (14/12/2017)

 U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and spoke to students at Sophia University about the increasing relevance of the human security concept in dealing with vexing challenges particularly the nuclear threat, mass movement of people, climate change, and increased inequality.

Japan supports UN management reform proposed by Secretary-General António Guterres but insists on strict budgetary discipline (04/12/2017)

 Japanese Ambassador Toshiya Hoshino suggested the need to create a consensus to build up a solid basis upon which the Secretary-General can bring forward detailed UN reform proposals in May 2018.

Kitamura School Children meet at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Mihashi (03/12/2017)

 Six former students of Professor Takao Kitamura held a reunion and heard Mr. Mihashi`s life story including his executive business trips abroad for famous Isetan Department Store. Click here for a Japanese text.

Professor Kihara-Hunt Ai of Tokyo University and four graduate students of Tokyo University review the transitional justice processes of Timor-Leste (29/11/2017)

 Graduate students from Afghanistan, Australia, Japan and Nepal assess the purposes and significance of CAVR, Serious Crimes Process, Commission of Experts, Truth and Friendship Commission and Commission of Inquiry with former Special Representative of the Secretary-General Sukehiro Hasegawa for Timor-Leste. This report is filed by Ms. Hanna Miura.

Japan’s 25th Anniversary of the Enactment of International Peace Cooperation Law congratulated by Ambassadors of Cambodia, Mozambique, Timor-Leste, Haiti and South Sudan as well as former SRSGs Akashi and Hasegawa. (20/11/2017)

 In a Video Message, Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General Sukehiro Hasegawa Explains How Japan Engineering Group of the Japanese Defense Forces contributed to infrastructure rehabilitation in Timor-Leste.

Celebration of Life: In memory of Former Executive Coordinator Ad de Raad (18/11/2017)

 Mr. Ad de Raad, a modest, charismatic and caring leader, introduced profound changes within the UN system enhancing the relevance of volunteerism to peace and development worldwide.

JAUNS President Takahiro Shinyo chairs ACUNS session at the trilateral meeting of academic communities of China, Japan and Korea on UN System (12/11/2017)

 Participants discussed measures to enhance the collaborative relationship between ACUNS and East Asian countries including the possibility of the ACUNS Liaison Office to facilitate the participation of East Asian scholars and practitioners in ACUNS` Annual Meetings.

UN and UNV Recruitment policy and procedure explained by New York and Bonn Human Resources Officers for engagement in UN peace and development operations (05/11/2017)

 Anthony Duncker, Deputy Director of the Field Personnel Division (FPD) UN Headquarters New York and Naoual Driouich, Chief of Human Resources Section of UN Volunteers (UNV) Boon made detailed explanations to about 40 Japanese who are interested in joining the UN system.

Professor Ai Kihara-Hunt: “Militarization of the UN Police is undermining its very strength of proximity with the community” (04/11/2017)

 At the conference of the Japan Association for Human Security Studies held in Kyoto, Japan, ACUNS Tokyo Liaison Office Deputy Director, Prof. Ai Kihara-Hunt of the University of Tokyo, presented her findings on the militarization of UN Police personnel and the rise of Protection of Civilians mandates in UN peace operations.

Secretary-General António Guterres` report on restructuring of the United Nations peace and security pillar submitted to the General Assembly (22/10/2017)

 The SG proposes to make the peace and security pillar more coherent, nimble and effective through a “whole-of-pillar” approach by aligning the peace and security pillar more closely with the development and human rights pillars.

UNITAR holds a seminar on “Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Conflict: Which Future for G5 Sahel?” in Geneva (20/10/2017)

 Ken Inoue, one of UNITAR Advisory Board members, reports on UNITAR`s pre-deployment training program for military personnel and formed police units assigned to UN Peacekeeping operations.

Security Council adopted on 20/09/2017 resolution affirming the primary of politics as the hallmark of the UN’s approach to peace. (20/10/2017)

 Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono voted for the resolution as it would be a powerful engine to advance the UN reform efforts and explained the importance of capacity building of UN peacekeepers.

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.


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