Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan makes public its Statement on the Pandemic of New Coronavirus (COVID-19) (25/06/2020)

2020-06-25

The spread and unprecedented impact of the new coronavirus has revealed a wide range of vulnerabilities that human society should overcome as a human community. We are concerned that this pandemic poses a threat to the peace and security of humankind, and in order to overcome it, we need to aim at restoring multilateralism and building new global governance for conflict and disaster prevention.

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In a post-Coronavirus World, Time to Consider a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly and a World Federation

2020-06-19

As countries around the globe struggle to combat the new coronavirus pandemic, there is an urgent need for nation states to work together in handling this issue. Over 70 years ago, Albert Einstein and others developed the concept of a world federation as a remedy for dealing with such problems. In the midst of our fight against the evil of the new coronavirus, we have an opportunity to look to the future and deepen discussions toward forming a UN Parliamentary Assembly, then after that a world parliament and ultimately a world federation. Such a structure will transcend the Westphalian system of government to foster unity and cooperation between countries.

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s view on COVID-19 and the role of WHO (25/05/2020)

2020-05-25

(日本語) 安倍総理大臣は、新型コロナウイルスへの対応をめぐり、米中関係の対立が深まっているなか、日本は、WHOの総会において、公平で独立した包括的な検証を行うべきであるという決議案をEUや豪州等と協力をして提出をし、米国や中国も合意したと述べた。そして、日本は自由、民主主義、基本的人権、法の支配といった普遍的な価値を共有する国々と手を携えながら、国際社会での重要な役割、責任を果たしていく意向を示した。(記者会見に関しては、首相官邸のウエッブサイトを参照して下さい。)

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[UN Official Stephen Kinloch-Pichat] Remembering UN Volunteer Atsuhito NAKATA in midst of the COVID-19 crisis by (10/04/2020)

2020-04-10

The 27th anniversary of the tragic ambush in Kampong Thom is being commemorated in midst of one of the largest planetary disasters in the last century, the COVID-19 pandemic. This extraordinary situation brings former UN Volunteer Electoral Supervisors, who on 8 April remembered the tragic killing of Atsuhito Nakata and his fellow interpreter Lek Sophiep, back to the very meaning of what took their lives, and gave them, back then, a renewed sense of optimism: at the heart of their UN engagement, what gave them the strength to continue in the face of adversity, the spirit of international cooperation, and going beyond self-interest.

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