Japan and the United Nations
Prime Minister Abe Holds Telephone Talk with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
On December 26, commencing at 10:10 a.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a telephone talk with H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations. The overview of the talk is as follows.
1. Prime Minister Abe expressed respect for the efforts and contributions of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon over the past 10 years toward the resolution of various issues faced by the international community, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, and explained that Japan intends to continue initiatives to support sustainable development and address climate change and the North Korea issue. Furthermore, Prime Minister Abe stated that Japan looks forward to Secretary-General Ban’s future endeavors.
2. In response, Secretary-General Ban expressed deep gratitude for the cooperation of Prime Minister Abe and Japan during his tenure. Secretary-General Ban spoke of his high regard for Prime Minister Abe’s leadership as the G7 chair, as well as in relation to the conclusion of the Paris Agreement, implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and addressing the North Korea issue, and expressed his hope for continued cooperation with his successor H.E. Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General-designate of the United Nations.