Japan and the United Nations

Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida’s Attendance at the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

September 29, 2014

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida visited New York from Sunday, September 21 to Friday, September 26 to attend the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
  • Minister Kishida attended 13 multilateral meetings, including the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the High-Level Meeting on the Human Rights Situation in DPRK, and the G4 Ministerial Meeting on UN Security Council Reform, as well as the CTBT Ministerial Meeting, at which he served as Chair.
  • Minister Kishida also held meetings etc. with foreign ministers of seven countries (Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom, Thailand, the Republic of Korea, China and Iraq).
  • Minister Kishida met with the foreign ministers of approximately 25 countries during his stay and strengthened relationships of mutual trust with them.

1. Outline of outcomes of key events etc.

(1) Bilateral meetings etc.

 Minister Kishida held foreign ministers' meetings etc. with Italy, the U.S., the U.K., Thailand, the Republic of Korea, China and Iraq, and in addition to exchanging views on bilateral relations etc. in each meeting, he also discussed responses to the Ebola virus disease, the situation in the Middle East, the situation in Ukraine and other issues with each of the foreign ministers, along with explaining Japan's position regarding the situations in other regions and global challenges, and discussing cooperation in the international arena.

(2) Security Council Reform

 Minister Kishida attended the G4 Ministerial Meeting on UN Security Council Reform. The G4 (Japan, India, Germany and Brazil) foreign ministers agreed to strengthen their lobbying of other member states, including African countries, in order to achieve a concrete outcome in view of the 70th anniversary of the UN next year.

(3) G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting

 Minister Kishida attended the G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting held on September 25 and carried out frank exchanges of views on pressing issues in international affairs. At the start of the meeting Minister Kishida explained the situation in Asia followed by discussions among the ministers on this topic, along with discussions on Ebola and peace in the Middle East. In addition, G7 Foreign Ministers' Statements were issued on ISIL, Ukraine and Ebola, respectively.

(4) Nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation

 Minister Kishida chaired the Seventh CTBT Ministerial Meeting, and gave opening remarks. In addition to appealing for the CTBT to be ratified by the Annex 2 States whose ratification is requisite for the CTBT to enter into force, he announced that the CTBT Group of Eminent Persons (GEM) meeting will be held in Hiroshima next year, the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings. At the CTBT Ministerial Meeting, in addition to announcements by representatives of each of the CTBT Ministerial countries, addresses were also given by the UN Secretary-General and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Executive Secretary, as well as by representatives of countries yet to ratify the Treaty, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and a Joint Ministerial Statement was issued.  Additionally, at on the United Nations General Assembly Informal Ministerial Plenary Meeting to commemorate the International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, along with deepening the international community’s awareness regarding the elimination of nuclear weapons, a statement by Minister Kishida declared the Government of Japan's intention to continue to lead the international community in the field of nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation in the run-up to the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings the next year.

(5) Women

 Minister Kishida attended the Fifth Equal Futures High-Level Meeting and "Call to Action on protection from Gender Based Violence in Emergencies", and he announced the outcomes of the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo (WAW! Tokyo 2014) held in Tokyo recently concerning the empowerment of womens economic opportunities, and the protection of women during emergencies such as conflicts and natural disasters, which was highly appreciated by the participating countries.

(6) Human rights

 Minister Kishida attended the High-Level Conference on Human Rights Issues in the DPRK, and in light of the international community's heightened interest in North Korea's human rights issues, including the abductions issue, which has arisen from a series of international efforts such as the report written by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK (COI) and the Human Rights Council Resolution adopted in March this year, he once again highlighted the importance of resolving the abductions issue quickly, and presented Japan's position of working proactively while cooperating with the international community, including by making the utmost effort to follow-up the COI's report and the resolution. Additionally, Minister Kishida called for support to ensure that the Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in the DPRK scheduled to be co-sponsored by Japan and the EU would secure broad support at this UN General Assembly.

(7) Middle East diplomacy

 Minister Kishida attended the Ministerial Meeting on Syria with the Syrian National Coalition, and emphasized the importance of the international communities' efforts to encounter the ISIL threat, of finding a political solution to the Syria problem and of supporting moderate opposition groups by each countryin manners they find possible, and he announced new aid totaling approximately 5.5 million US dollars for Syria and its neighbor Lebanon.  At the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) on Assistance for the Palestinians, Minister Kishida announced the Government of Japan's intention to newly provide approximately 20 million US dollars of aid as ongoing support toward reversing the recent deterioration in the situation in Gaza, along with explaining Japan's initiatives such as the Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD), the Corridor for Peace and Prosperity concept and efforts to build trust between Israel and Palestine.  Additionally, at the Deauville Partnership Foreign Ministers Meeting, Minister Kishida explained the importance of continuing to implement support for the stabilization of Arab nations that have been affected by the Arab Spring.

(8) Counter-terrorism measures

 Minister Kishida attended the Fifth Ministerial Plenary, the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), and explained Japan's initiatives for responding to the ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) and other extremist groups as well as Foreign Terrorist Fighters, additional support of approximately 25.5 million US dollars for assisting internally displaced people and refugees suffering from the ISIL and other extremist groups, and an additional program for assisting Nigeria to build the capacity of the criminal justice system, along with pledging the Government of Japan's cooperation in combatting the Foreign Terrorist Fighter phenomenon and endorsement of the activities of the GCTF.

(9) Global Health

 Minister Kishida attended Delivering on Universal Health Coverage: Why the Time is Now, and appealed for cooperated action by global leaders to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Minister Kishida also mentioned the spread of the Ebola virus disease in West Africa, which is steadily deteriorating and is partially attributable to the fragility of Primary Health Care (PHC), and said that Japan will continue to make the contributions necessary to overcome this public health crisis, including additional emergency humanitarian relief, the dispatch of Japanese experts through the WHO Mission, and the provision of an effective candidate drug developed by Japanese pharmaceutical companies under certain conditions.

(10) Climate change

 Minister Kishida attended the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) Foreign Minister Segment, and stated that the new international framework on climate change to be adopted at COP21 in Paris next year should be fair and effective and applicable to all Parties, and the Government of Japan will make the utmost effort to the successful adoption of theframework.