Japan and the United Nations

November 12, 2019
Cabinet Office
Cabinet Secretariat
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Defense


Japan has dispatched staff personnel since April 2019 to the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) Headquarters. Two staff officers are implementing their assignments.
The MFO is an international organization which carries out peacekeeping activities in the Sinai Peninsula since 1982 in place of the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (PKO) on the basis of the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty (1979) and its Protocol (1981). The MFO has contributed to peace and stability in the Middle East, a foundation of peace and prosperity for Japan, through facilitating ceasefire monitoring and promoting confidence building between Egypt and Israel.
The dispatch of staff personnel to MFO is of help to the peace and stability in the Middle East through peacekeeping activities between Egypt and Israel. In addition to the dispatch of personnel to the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan, it is regarded as the concrete example of Japan’s “proactive contribution to peace.”
Regarding the importance of continued dispatch, the Cabinet meeting on 12 November decided to extend its period with the revision of the Implementation Plan for the International Peace Cooperation Assignments in Sinai Peninsula to.
The contents pertaining to the revision and the status of implementation will be reported to the Diet on the same day, in accordance with the International Peace Corporation Law Article 7 (i) and (iii).

2.Major Points of Revision

Period of the dispatch upon the Implementation Plan

  • Current: until 30 November 2019
  • After Revision: until 30 November 2020 (extension of 1 year)

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