Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Japan's Election as a Member of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

October 4, 2002

  1. At the election for membership of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations on October 3 at the 57th Session of the U.N. General Assembly, Japan was re-elected as a member of ECOSOC. As a result, Japan will serve as a member of the Council for another three-year period from the beginning of 2003 to the end of 2005, which will make 8 consecutive terms since 1982.
        We think that the result of the election demonstrates that Japan's contribution to the economic and social field in the international community has been appreciated in the U.N.

  2. Japan, recognizing that the issue of economic and social development is closely related to world peace and that the U.N. role in this field has been gaining further importance, has presented its candidature again in the recent election for membership of ECOSOC, with an intention of continuing its contribution to U.N. activities through ECOSOC, one of the principal U.N. organs.

  3. It is necessary for the international community to further tackle actively the issues of nation building and development of developing countries, such as those of poverty and growth, and improvement of social infrastructure, while striking a good balance between environment and development. Japan would like to continue exercising leadership, in concert with the U.N. and other member states.

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