Japan and the United Nations
Meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Abe and United Nations Secretary-General Guterres
June 28, 2019
On June 28, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, met with H. E. Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, who was visiting Japan on the occasion of G20 Osaka Summit. The overview of the meeting is as follows:
- Prime Minister Abe stated that Japan will continue its concrete efforts in order to resolve global issues, such as the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through the G20 Osaka Summit and TICAD7. Secretary-General Guterres expressed his appreciation to the matter and stressed the importance of tackling the climate change issue. Prime Minister Abe also expressed his willingness to provide maximum support to the measures taken by Secretary-General Guterres toward UN reform and peacebuilding. Secretary-General Guterres expressed his gratitude.
- The two sides discussed regional issues, such as the situation in North Korea. Prime Minister Abe asked for the continued understanding and cooperation toward the early resolution of the abductions issue, and Secretary-General Guterres expressed his support.
- The two sides also had an exchange of views on Iran and shared the view that easing of tensions is necessary.