Meeting and Dinner between Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and Miss Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
July 3, 2012
On Tuesday, July 3, Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a meeting and dinner with Miss Helen Clark, Administrator of the UNDP, on the occasion of the World Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction in Tohoku. An outline of the meeting and dinner is as follows.
- At the beginning, Minister Gemba said that based on the outcomes of the World Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction in Tohoku, Japan will engage in building resilient societies with human security as its guiding principle. In response, Miss Clark said that international aid organizations are becoming aware of the importance of supporting the creation of resilient societies, and the UNDP hopes to work with Japan to enhance efforts in the area of disaster reduction.
- Long-term challenges in the international community
(1) Minister Gemba and Miss Clark praised the results of the Rio+20 toward achieving sustainable development, and exchanged views on the relationship between the results of Rio+20 and a post-2015 development framework.
(2) Minister Gemba said that he wants to issue a clear message at the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan on Sunday, July 8, indicating that the international community is committed to supporting Afghanistan. Miss Clark replied that she supports that, along with saying that she is observing the role played by the Tokyo Conference attentively. Miss Clark also praised the leadership Japan is exercising in support for Afghanistan in the development sector, and said the UNDP wants to continue to cooperate with Japan.
(3) Minister Gemba said he wants to cooperate with the UNDP in supporting Myanmar, particularly in the support of minor ethnic groups.
- In addition, Minister Gemba and Miss Clark exchanged views on increasing the number of Japanese senior officials at the UNDP.
- (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)