ACUNS Annual Meeting 2024: Art and Culture of Peace In Diversified and Divided World (15/06/24)

ACUNS Annual Meeting 2024

United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan

FRI-C7 Roundtable

2:00 – 3:15 pm, Friday, 21 June 2024

The Constitution of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) states that “since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.” The United Nations expressed its understanding of peace in its resolution 53/243 of 1999, Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace, that “peace not only is the absence of conflict but also requires a positive, dynamic, participatory process where dialogue is encouraged, and conflicts are solved in a spirit of mutual understanding and cooperation,” and recognized that the end of the Cold War had widened possibilities for strengthening a culture of peace.

This working group session will allow the participants to present their understanding of the relationship between culture and peace as the world is again divided by opposing groups with diversified cultures and ideologies. The group will examine, in particular, the core values and principles of

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The Third Way to Reform the Security Council: Creation of a Quasi-permanent Council Member (08/06/2024)

In “Japan in Their Own Words (JITOW)” published in the June 4, 2024 issue of the official magazine of the Japan-English Language Exchange Association, SHINYO Takahiro, Special Advisor to the President of Kwansei Gakuin University and former Ambassador to the UN, explains that many UN member states believe that Security Council reform is necessary to strengthen the UN’s conflict resolution capabilities and proposed a “quasi-permanent member” with a longer term of office than the existing non-permanent members (two-year term). The creation of “quasi-permanent members” (long-term members of the Council), whose terms of office are four to eight years long and who can be reelected consecutively. The number of permanent members with privileges should not be increased further, and their veto power should be abolished or limited. For more information, click here. (08/06/2024)

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Conversation between YAMAMOTO and AFIC-Japan President HASEGAWA (31/05,2024)

Ambassador Tadamichi Yamamoto, who has been involved in peacebuilding from the standpoint of Japan and the United Nations, stated that the basic principle of Japan’s foreign policy is “national interest,” but beyond the pursuit of Japan’s national interest, “building international order” is now an inevitable task.
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Mitsuo Ohashi, president of the World Federalist Movement of Japan, stated at the 75th anniversary general meeting of the Japanese Parliamentary Committee for World Federation that 80 years have passed since the end of World War II and that we are currently in the greatest crisis since the war ended. (23/05,2024)

Mitsuo Ohashi, president of the World Federalist Movement of Japan, stated at the 75th anniversary general meeting of the Japanese Parliamentary Committee for World Federation that 80 years have passed since the end of World War II and that we are currently in the greatest crisis since the war ended. For more information, please see the full text of the article. (23/05,2024)

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Seiji Maehara, a member of the House of Representatives, stated that diplomacy is not about maintaining the status quo or focusing on reality, but rather, in the words of Masataka Kosaka, “putting ideal wings on real politics.(2024,23/05)

I was a student of Masataka Kosaka when I was in college, so I have a realism-based way of thinking, and I was involved in diplomacy from that perspective when I was Minister of Foreign Affairs. However, I am sure you know that diplomacy cannot be improved by simply maintaining the status quo or focusing on reality. To borrow a phrase from Mr. Kosaka, “Diplomacy is about attaching the wings of ideals to the politics of reality.” I would like to work together with all of you to achieve this firmly.(2024,23/05)

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Opening Remarks by ETO Seishiro, Senior Member of the House of Representatives, Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, and Chairman of the Japanese Parliamentary Committee for World Federalism(23/5,2024)

In his opening remarks at the 75th Anniversary General Meeting, Mr. Seishiro Eto, Chairman of the Japanese Parliamentary Committee for the World Federation, stated that he would like to propose to the Prime Minister’s Office after incorporating the discussions at the meeting and putting them in writing. (23/5,2024)

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Fumio Kishida, the 101st Prime Minister of Japan, delivered a congratulatory address at the 75th Anniversary General Meeting of the Japanese Parliamentary Committee for World Federation. (23/05,2024)

Fumio Kishida, the 101st Prime Minister of Japan, delivered a congratulatory address at the 75th Anniversary General Meeting for Japanese Parliamentary Committee for World Federation. For more information, please see the full text of the article(23/05,2024)

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A Turning Point for UN Security Council Reform(4/5/2024)

As the intergovernmental negotiating team is exploring options for UN Security Council reform in New York, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Permanent Representative to the UN, spoke at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo on April 18. In response to a question from Professor Sukehiro Hasegawa, she stated that the US is interested in and actively exploring the possibility of expanding the membership of the UN Security Council, including the permanent membership of Japan, Germany, and India, along with major African and Latin American countries. However, it remains to be seen whether this proposal will be adopted by a two-thirds majority of the General Assembly members and ratified in accordance with the constitutional procedures of two-thirds of the member states of the United Nations, including all five current members of the Security Council. The Japanese government is called upon to exercise strong visionary leadership.

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At the end of the consultation meeting with members of the National Diet of Japan, Vice Chancellor of the O.P. Jindal Global University of India Raj Kumar presented the University robe to Mr. Seishiro ETO, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee of the National Diet of Japan for World Federalism, Mr. Mitsuo OHASHI, Chairman of the Japan Society for World Federalism and Mr. Hisayuki FUJII, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Liberal Democratic Party. (23/4/2024)

At the end of the consultation meeting with members of the National Diet of Japan, Vice Chancellor of the O.P. Jindal Global University of India Raj Kumar presented the University robe to Mr. Seishiro ETO, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee of the National Diet of Japan for World Federalism, Mr. Mitsuo OHASHI, Chairman of the Japan Society for World Federalism and Mr. Hisayuki FUJII, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Liberal Democratic Party. (23/4/2024)

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Minister Masahito Moriyama expresses his willingness to promote dialogue and cooperation between Japan and India in the areas of education and science and technology.(23/4/2024)

Minister Masahito Moriyama will promote dialogue and cooperation with India in both education and science and technology. India is one of the most important countries in the Global South and the Government of Japan is keen to strengthen relations with India. We also believe that Japan should learn from India, especially since India is advanced in science and technology.

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