Japan and the United Nations

September 22, 2022
A commemorative photo of the G4 Foreign Ministers facing straight at a camera
The G4 Foreign Ministers who have a seat at a table and a talk

Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, attended the Ministerial Meeting of the G4 countries (Japan, Brazil, Germany and India) on UN Security Council Reform held in NY on September 22, from 16:45 to 17:30 (local time). The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. Being aware that the foundations of the international order, in which the United Nations have been playing a central role, are wavering due to Russia's aggression against Ukraine and other challenges, Minister Hayashi, together with the Foreign Ministers of Brazil, Germany, and India, shared recognition of the current situation of UN Security Council reform and discussed future directions of cooperation.
  2. With a view to realizing the vision and principles of the UN Charter and restoring confidence in the UN, and bearing in mind that many countries have mixed expectations and dissatisfaction toward the Security Council, Minister Hayashi suggested that the Security Council reform be put in the context of strengthening the functions of the entire UN, including efforts to strengthen the role of the General Assembly and Secretary-General, to increase momentum for the reform. The G4 Foreign Ministers agreed to continue their discussions on this point.
  3. To achieve the Security Council reform, the G4 Foreign Ministers agreed to cooperate closely with President of the General Assembly to launch text-based negotiations in the Intergovernmental Negotiations, to cooperate with relevant countries including Africa and the United States, and to seek for concrete progress to realize the reform as early as possible.
  4. Participants
  • Japan : Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Brazil : Mr. Carlos Alberto Franco FRANÇA, Foreign Minister
  • Germany : Ms. Annalena BAERBOCK, Foreign Minister
  • India : Dr. Subrahmanyam JAISHANKAR, Minister for External Affairs (Chair)


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