Agriculture, Fisheries and Forest
Japanese Government's request to the United Nations regarding Paul Watson, former President of Sea Shepard's participation in an event held at the UN headquarters
July 24, 2015
- The Government of Japan conveyed the following concerns to the Office of the President of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly with respect to the participation in an event held at the UN headquarters in New York on June 29th by Paul Watson, former President of Sea Shepard.
- (1) It is problematic that Paul Watson, former President of Sea Shepherd, against whom the ICPO has issued a red notice, spoke via video link at the event.
- (2) There are false statements on the Parley for the Oceans website and the Facebook page of Paul Watson, which claim that the event was organized by the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly and attended by the President of UN General Assembly.
- (3) These are inconsistent with the UN guidelines and therefore the dignity and credibility of the UN have been impaired.
- In light of the aforementioned points, the Government of Japan requested that the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly take effective measures to prevent Sea Shepherd and Parley for the Ocean from being permitted to use UN premises to advocate their activities, including such measures as conducting more strict scrutiny of applications or requesting applicants to submit a letter of commitment swearing not to impair the dignity and credibility of the UN.
- In regard to the request by the Government of Japan, the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly replied as follows. It is extremely regrettable that such incident took place. There are too many events for the Office to follow. It is very important that a member country points out these incidents from the view point of preventing such incidents. The Office will make every effort not to allow these incidents to happen in the future. Following the discussion, the spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly issued a statement.