Statement by Mr. Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the Appointment of Mr. Kiyotaka Akasaka as Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information of the United Nations
February 9, 2007
- The Government of Japan welcomes the fact that on February 9 (Fri) (US Eastern time), UN Secreatry-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Mr. Kiyotaka Akasaka as UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information (Chief of the Department of Public Information).
- In order for the UN to be reformed into an organization that responds to the modern international community, it is necessary to strengthen constructive coordination with the civilian society, and the task of the DPI is therefore becoming increasingly important. The Government of Japan hopes that Mr. Akasaka will make use of his experience and endeavor toward expanding activities of the DPI.
- We would also like to pay tribute to the proactive contribution made in the field of disarmament by Mr. Nobuaki Tanaka, Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs, whose resignation was announced simultaneously.
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