Japan's Permanent Representative Chairs Meeting of U.N. Security Council Working Group and Japan Contributes to Security Council Trust Fund

March 14, 2006

  1. On Friday, March 10 (March 9, N.Y. time), Japan chaired the first meeting of the Informal Working Group on Documentation and Other Procedural Questions of the United Nations Security Council since Ambassador Kenzo Oshima, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, assumed its chair at the end of January 2006. (Ambassador Oshima now chairs three Security Council subsidiary bodies: the PKO Working Group, the UN Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1636 (2005) concerning those suspected of the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister, and the above mentioned Informal Working Group.) Improving the working methods of the Security Council and increasing the transparency, inclusiveness and legitimacy of its work through the activities of the Group is expected to help the Council gain support and understanding from all of the Member States for its decisions and enhance its effectiveness. Japan intends to make proactive contributions to these ends.
  2. One such contribution was the decision of Japan on Tuesday March 7, to provide 110,000 US dollars to the Trust Fund for Updating the Repertoire of the Practice of the Security Council to support the publication of the Repertoire, a compilation of the practices of the Security Council. The establishment of the Trust Fund was the Secretary-General's initiative to eliminate the backlog in its publication. The Fund was established in 2000 after the UN General Assembly endorsed the Secretary-General's proposal.
  3. Japan believes that publishing this compilation of the practices of the Council is significant in that it will contribute to improving the transparency and operational development of the Security Council. The Japanese Government hopes that its contribution will promote the publication of the Repertoire.
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