Cooperation with International Organizations (UNESCO,UNU)

Courtesy Call by the Director-General of the UNESCO

October 18, 2018
Japanese

  • (Photo 1) Photograph of the Prime Minister receiving a courtesy call from the Director-General of UNESCO
    Photograph of the Prime Minister receiving a courtesy call
    from the Director-General of UNESCO
  • (Photo 2) Photograph of the Prime Minister receiving a courtesy call from the Director-General of UNESCO
    Photograph of the Prime Minister receiving a courtesy call
    from the Director-General of UNESCO

On October 18, commencing at 10:30 a.m. (5:30 p.m. Japan time) for approximately 20 minutes, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe received a courtesy call by H.E. Ms. Audrey AZOULAY, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), at la Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris (the Japan Cultural Institute in Paris). A summary of the meeting is as follows.

  1. Ms. Azoulay stated that Japan and UNESCO have a strong and long-term relationship, expressing that UNESCO has been contributing to peace through education, science and culture, and UNESCO has much to share with Japan.
    Ms. Azoulay also mentioned that she wishs to further deepen the existing strategic relation between Japan and UNESCO.
  2. In response, Prime Minister Abe mentioned that Japan placed importance on the role UNESCO plays in education, science and culture, and has long been proactively contributing to the organization. Prime Minister Abe highly appreciated that Ms. Azoulay has been advancing UNESCO's various reforms, and expressed his wish to continue to cooperate with her. Prime Minister Abe also welcomed that an updated action plan for a comprehensive review of the Memory of the World (MoW) Programme was adopted recently by the Executive Board, stressing that he will cooperate with UNESCO to firmly move forward the ongoing reform of UNESCO toward the goal of its de-politicization.
  3. Ms. Azoulay stated that she wishs to cooperate further with Japan on areas including the UNESCO's strategic transformation, gender equality, Education for Sustainable Development, the initiative on the ethics of artificial intelligence (AI), the "Revive the Spirit of Mosul" initiative and disaster prevention. In response, Prime Minister Abe expressed that Japan would cooperate with UNESCO's efforts.