Japan and the United Nations
Foreign Minister Motegi Attends the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
September 28, 2019
- From September 22 to 27, MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, visited New York to attend the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
- Minister Motegi attended multilateral meetings on a wide range of issues including UN Security Council reform, development, and disarmament and non-proliferation, in which he demonstrated Japan’s leadership and expressed its position regarding challenges faced by the international community.
- In addition, Minister Motegi held warm bilateral meetings, and established relationships of trust with his counterparts. In these meetings, he exchanged candid views regarding the international situation, including North Korea and the Middle East.
1 Proactively presenting the Japanese positions and contributions regarding international issues(listed in chronological order)
(1) Reception for Japanese Staff of the UN Secretariat and Other UN Organizations (September 24 (New York time; same hereinafter))Minister Motegi offered encouragement to and exchanged views with around 70 Japanese staff of the United Nations (UN) agencies, including the UN Secretariat, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
(2) G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (September 24)The G7 Foreign Ministers held free and lively discussions regarding issues currently facing the international community and regional situations, from the perspective of the G7’s continued coordination in the significantly changing international situation. In particular, the situation in Iran was discussed extensively as one of the pressing issues. The G7 countries expressed concern over the exacerbation of the situation, including attacks on the oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. In the face of the vast changes in the international situation, the Foreign Ministers confirmed the unity and continued solidarity of the G7 countries that share fundamental values.
(4) Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (September 25)In his statement, Minister Motegi presented Japan’s initiatives for the facilitation of the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), and expressed hope and commitment for the steady advancement of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation efforts. Other participating countries also noted the importance of facilitating the entry into force of the CTBT. As a consensus of the countries attending the conference, the Final Declaration was adopted, which urges states whose ratification is necessary for the entry into force of the CTBT, especially North Korea, to sign and ratify, along with calling for the facilitation of the entry into force and universalization of the CTBT, as well as strengthening the CTBT verification regime.
(5) Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the G4 Countries on UN Security Council Reform (September 25)The G4 Foreign Ministers reviewed the situation surrounding the UN Security Council reform. To achieve an early reform of the Security Council, they shared the willingness to work for improving the Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) process and continue their engagement with other like-minded countries. They also decided to accelerate coordination and consideration for their future efforts.
(Note: The G4 is a group comprised of four countries [Japan, Brazil, Germany, and India] aiming to reform the UN Security Council.)