Japan's Contribution to UN Peacekeeping Operations (PKO)

Summit Meeting on UN Peacekeeping Operations (PKO)

September 29, 2014

On September 26, a summit meeting on the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (PKO) “Strengthening International Peace Operations” was held at the UN Headquarters in New York. An overview and evaluation of the meeting is as follows:

1. Overview

(1) A summit meeting on the UN Peacekeeping Operation (PKO) “Strengthening International Peace Operations” was held at the UN Headquarters in New York with more than 30 participants including leaders and ministers.

(2) At the meeting, active discussions, such as the suggestion of new contribution plans by groups of major financial countries and troop contributing countries, were held for the purpose of supporting the UN PKO, which is becoming more and more important for the maintenance of peace and security in the international community while on the other hand facing many challenges.

2. Summary of speech by Prime Minister Abe(Japanese(PDF)English(PDF)

Regarding the UN PKO as a highly important activity for peace and security of the world, the Government of Japan, a co-host nation, supported the strategic review by Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the UN. At the same time, based on its policy of “Proactive Contribution to Peace,” the Government of Japan expressed its specific contribution plans such as 1) proactive participation in the UN PKO, 2) support of capacity building in a wide range of fields including civilian experts and women, and 3) support of rapid deployment in Africa.

3. Evaluation

(1) In this meeting, new contribution plans were announced by Japan, the United States, Rwanda, Pakistan and Bangladesh, co-host nations of the meeting, as well as by other countries contributing to the UN PKO. A joint statement was released as an outcome document.

(2) Since each country expressed new positive political messages to the UN PKO activities, it is expected that the meeting will be of support from the member states to the strategic review of the UN PKO by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

(3) As a co-host nation, Japan showed its solid presence through Prime Minister Abe’s participation and announcement of specific contribution plans. The Government of Japan plans to make further contributions to the UN PKO on the basis of the policy of Proactive Contribution to Peace.


(1) Participants from co-host nations (excluding Prime Minister Abe)
Mr. Joe Biden, Vice-President of the United States of America, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the UN, Mr. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, Ms. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, and Mr. Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

(2) Other participating countries (minister level participants other than the Prime Minister of Ethiopia)
Ethiopia, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Uruguay, Indonesia, Serbia, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Nepal, Croatia, Latvia, Ireland, and Egypt.

(3)Joint Statement他のサイトへ