Japan and the United Nations
Prime Minister Abe Meets with United Nations Secretary-General Guterres
On September 24, commencing at around 6 p.m. (local time) for approximately twenty-five minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, on his visit to New York, held a meeting with H. E. Mr. António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations. The overview of the meeting was as follows. Mr. Toshimitsu Motegi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Shinjiro Koizumi, Minister of the Environment, and Mr. Akihiro Nishimura, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, were also present at the meeting.
- At the outset, Prime Minister Abe welcomed the reunion with Secretary-General Guterres following their previous meetings on the occasions of G7 Summit and TICAD7 in August. Prime Minister Abe then stated that, based on the consensus reached at the SDG Summit, Japan will make utmost efforts in implementing SDGs both at home and abroad. Prime Minister also congratulated Secretary-General Guterres for the successful conclusion of the UN Climate Action Summit and stated that Japan will play its role and fulfill its responsibility under the Paris Agreement.
Recognizing that next year marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, both sides reaffirmed the importance of the reform of the United Nations including the Security Council.
- Both sides exchanged views on North Korea and reaffirmed the importance of full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions. Prime Minister Abe again sought understanding and cooperation on the early resolution of the abductions issue, and gained the support of Secretary-General Guterres.
- Both sides also exchanged views on the current situation in the Middle East region. Prime Minister Abe stated that Japan will continue to make diplomatic efforts to ease the tensions.