UN Role in Afghanistan critically examined by Ambassadors Ghafoorzai and Yamamoto in an Online Seminar hosted by GPAJ on October 31. (15/11/2020)

Senior Afghan Government Official, Youssof Ghafoorzai, was joined by former UN Special Representative Tadamichi Yamamoto in examining the role of UN in Afghanistan. Ambassador Ghafoorzai also explained the significance of peace talks between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban group that has taken place in Doha, Qatar on Sept. 12. 2020.

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Japanese political leaders adopt proposals for multilateral approach to addressing new coronavirus, climate change, nuclear armament expansion and other global threats and challenges (12/10/2020)

The Parliamentary Committee of the Japanese Diet for World Federalist Movement mandated the Japan Commission on Global Governance (JCGG) to address global issues and crises such as security, disarmament, global environment, public health, development and poverty eradication, human rights and the rule of law and make recommendations regarding the role Japan should play in global governance in the post-COVID-19 era. Please click here for the report of the Commission and the debate that took place in the Parliamentary Committee.

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Zhang Guihong:Future International Cooperation should pay More Attention to Human Security, Dignity, Equality and Freedom (23/09/2020)

In his article just published by China Daily on September 23, Director of the Research Center for United Nations and International Organizations of Fudan University, Professor Zhang Guihong, who is member of the Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan, recognizes the UN has a unique advantage in promoting universal values as well as global norms and ethics. Please click here for his full article.

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“International Day of Peace” was held in temples, churches, and parks throughout Japan on September 21st from 12:00a.m., and in Tokyo, Princess Akiko took part in Zojyoji Temple (21/09/2020)

In Tokyo, Princess Akiko struck the peace bell at the ceremony held at Zojoji Temple. After the bell-beating ceremony, Sukehiro Hasegawa, chairman of the Japan Committee for International Peace Day, explained the purpose of the event. Then, Sen Genshitsu, president of the United Nations Association of Japan and the head of Urasenke, and Yoshiko Higashikuni, Chairman of the World Federation Culture and Education Promotion Council, gave a speech, and Yuriko Koike, the Governor of Tokyo Metropolitan Government, gave a congratulatory address. Actress Mikako Yoshida then read a message from Fabrizio Hochschild, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General for the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. Please clickhere. (Reporter: Yuuki Watanabe)

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Farewell Lunch for Former Vice President Mio Sato (20/09/2020)

GPAJ Vice President Mio Sato will be appointed as IOM Office Director in Pakistan next month, and her successor, GPAJ Vice President Kumagai, organized a farewell lunch. It was most enjoyable to have eight members get together at the restaurant for the first time in a long time and talk to each other directly. Yumiko Kaneko, a UNDP staff in the Philippines and a GPAJ member, joined us. From right: Ken Inoue, Vice President of GPAJ, Mio Sato, Director of IOM, Takaaki Mizuno, Professor of Kanda University of International Studies, Keiichi Tanabe, Professor of Tokai University, Yumiko Kaneko, UNDP staff, Sukehiro Hasegawa, GPAJ President, and Naoko Kumagai, Vice President and Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University.

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“Turkey under the Erdogan regime” By Akio Miyajima, Japanese Ambassador to Turkey (12/09/2020)

Akio Miyajima, Japanese Ambassador to Turkey explained Turkey as a “rising power” with “volatility” and “resilience” in the turbulent Middle East region and beyond from various aspects including its diplomacy, military, domestic affairs, and economy. He emphasized that Turkey, a nation of 83 million people with tremendous potential holds the key to regional stability and global peacebuilding as the influence and commitment of the United States wanes and declines.

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