Launching of Outreach Campaign “Together for the UN”

January 6, 2009

  1. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan, in cooperation with organization related to the United Nations (UN), launches a two-year outreach campaign entitled “Together for the UN” from this January to deepen the public understanding on various activities of the UN as well as the relationship between Japan and the UN.
  2. Japan serves as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2009-2010 and will be further engaged in and take greater responsibility for the issues related to international peace and security. In 2009, discussions for an agreement on a new framework under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will move into full swing. The year 2010 marks the tenth anniversary of the UN Millennium Declaration, on which the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were based, and also the fifth anniversary of the 2005 World Summit, where the direction of UN reform was decided including the establishment of the Peacebuilding Commission and the Human Rights Council, and the recognition of the importance to promote human security. That year will also be an important milestone for discussions on further measures towards MDGs and UN Reform based on the progress report to be presented by the UN Secretary-General in 2010. Additionally, in October 2010 (the International Year of Biodiversity designated by the UN), the 10th meeting of Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD-COP 10) will be held in Nagoya.
  3. Taking this occasion, the MOFA and other UN-related organizations organize and publicize various events during the campaign period. Specifically, a website for this campaign is launched to post UN-related events organized by cooperating organizations, so that more people interested in the UN can participate in the events and foster active interactions among them. The coming events include a symposium by the Tokyo Foundation on Japan and UN Security Council be held on January 13, the visit of a UN recruiting mission to Japan planned in late February and a meeting of the Public Forum on the UN Reform organized by MOFA and NGO planned in March. In addition, UN-related lectures and seminars across Japan are to be supported through MOFA’s lecture and seminar support programs and other measures.
  4. Through this outreach campaign, it is hoped that a diverse range of Japanese people will enhance their understanding on and their support for the roles Japan and the UN could play in addressing the global challenges as well as on the desirable modalities of UN reform. With such understanding and support as a basis, the Government of Japan would like to further enhance its contributions to achieving a peaceful and prosperous world through the UN.

[Annex 1]  Cooperating Organizations (as of January 6, 2009)

      • United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
      • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
      • International Labour Organization (ILO)
      • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
      • United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
      • United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI)
      • United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)
      • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
      • United Nations Environment Programme International Environmental Technology Centre (UNEP/IETC)
      • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
      • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)
      • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) / Japan Association for UNHCR
      • United Nations Information Center in Tokyo (UNIC Tokyo)
      • United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) / Japan Committee for UNICEF
      • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
      • United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR)
      • United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
      • United Nations Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (UNSIAP)
      • United Nations University (UNU) (to be confirmed)
      • United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
      • United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) / Japan Association for WFP
      • World Health Organization (WHO) Centre for Health Development (Kobe)
      • World Bank
      • United Nations Association of Japan
      • Global Compact Japan Network
      • Aichi-Nagoya COP10 CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity) Promotion Committee
      • NGO Network on UN Reform
      • Japan Association for United Nations Studies
      • United Nations Studies Project, The Tokyo Foundation
      • United Nations Forum
      • Japan Model United Nations Society
      • Japan Committee on Global Classrooms (High-School Model United Nations)

[Annex 2]  “Together for the UN” Website (in Japanese)