UN Secretariat’s Recruiting Mission to Visit Japan

February 17, 2009

  1. The United Nations Secretariat’s Recruitment Mission led by Ms. Catherine Pollard, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Management, will visit Japan from February 22 (Sun) to March 7 (Sat).  The members of the Mission include UN officials in charge of human resources management, field assistance, and peacekeeping operations.
  2. During her stay in Japan from February 25 (Wed) to March 1(Sun), Ms. Pollard will have meetings with Mr. Shintaro Ito, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs; Mr. Toshihisa Takata, Secretary-General of the International Peace Cooperation Headquarters of the Cabinet Office; Mr. Kenzo Oshima, Senior Vice President of the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA); and officials from the Ministry of Defense.  Ms. Pollard will also visit Hiroshima and exchange views with staff members of the Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center.  On February 26, she will deliver a keynote lecture at the UN University Headquarters meeting on the subject “Serving the United Nations for a Better World.”
  3. The Mission will conduct interviews from March 2 (Mon) to 6 (Fri) with applicants who have passed screenings of their applications.  In addition, the Mission will hold a career guidance session “Employment at the United Nations” on February 28 (Sat) at Ritsumeikan University and also a briefing session “Advice on Careers at the United Nations: A Review of 2009 UN Recruitment Mission to Japan” on March 6 (Fri) at Waseda University.
  4. It is expected that this Mission will provide an opportunity for more Japanese people to play an active role in the UN.