Japan and the United Nations

September 21, 2023
G4 ministers at the photo session
G4 ministers at the meeting

Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting New York, U.S. for attending the United Nations General Assembly, attended the Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the G4 countries (Japan, Brazil, Germany and India) on United Nations Security Council Reform on September 21, from 12:15 to 13:10 (local time) for 55 minutes. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. Recognizing the increasing importance of strengthening of the functions of the United Nations (UN), including Security Council reform, in order to restore confidence in the UN, which was damaged by Russia's aggression against Ukraine, Minister Kamikawa, together with her counterparts from Brazil, Germany, and India, shared their perceptions of current situation regarding Security Council reform and discussed future directions of work.
  2. Minister Kamikawa called for striving for concrete actions towards the realization of Security Council reform, utilizing fora such as the Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) and looking ahead to the Summit of the Future in 2024 and the 80th Anniversary of the United Nations in 2025 as opportunities to build momentum for reform.
  3. They concurred to work closely with the President of the General Assembly for concrete discussion in the IGN and to cooperate with relevant countries including Africa and the United States to achieve concrete progress as soon as possible toward the realization of Security Council reform.

[Reference 1] Participants

  • Japan: Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Brazil: Mr. Mauro VIEIRA, Minister of Foreign Affairs (Chair)
  • Germany: Ms. Annalena BAERBOCK, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • India: Mr. Sanjay VERMA, Vice Minister / Secretary

[Reference 2] G4 Ministerial Joint Press Statement (PDF)Open a New Window

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