Japan and the United Nations
Prime Minister Abe Meets with United Nations Secretary-General Guterres
On August 28th, commencing around 11:25 a.m. for approximately 10 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan had a meeting with H.E. Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations who is visiting Japan to participate in TICAD7. The overview of the meeting was as follows:
- At the outset, Prime Minister Abe welcomed Secretary-General Guterres’s second visit to Japan after his participation in G20 Osaka Summit.
- Prime Minister Abe mentioned that Japan and the United Nations have been promoting the TICAD process together as co-organizers since it started 26 years ago. Prime Minister Abe stated to Secretary-General Guterres that in TICAD7 he would focus on business to promote further growth in Africa, and further stated that health including UHC, environment and disaster, risk reduction and climate change would also be discussed with the view to carrying over the discussions to the SDG Summit in September.
- Prime Minister Abe stated that, while supporting Africa’s own initiatives towards the realization of peace and stability which is the significant theme of TICAD7, Japan would offer utmost support to Secretary-General Guterres’s efforts focusing on “Sustaining peace”. The two sides confirmed tocontinue to work together in this regard.
- Secretary-General Guterres expressed his appreciation for Japan's contribution to Africa. In addition, the two sides exchanged their views on issues related to climate change, taking into account the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 to be held in September.
- The two sides also exchanged views regarding the North Korea situation and agreed on the importance of the full implementation of the UNSC resolutions. Prime Minister Abe also asked for continuous understanding and cooperation toward the early resolution of the abductions issue, and Secretary-General Guterres expressed his support.