Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on Dr. David M. Malone’s Assumption of Office as the United Nations University Rector
- The Government of Japan welcomes Dr. David M. Malone, who has begun his term today as the new Rector of the United Nations University (UNU), located in Tokyo.
- The UNU, the only United Nations organ whose headquarters are based in Tokyo, acts as a think tank for the United Nations System and conducts research that contributes to resolving pressing global issues. With the growing expectations of the international community in recent years, the research activities of the UNU now encompass issues concerning peace and security such as peacebuilding and peacekeeping, development and poverty reduction, as well as environment and sustainability. The Government of Japan highly recognizes the post-graduate degree programmes launched in 2010, in particular, and hopes that Dr. Malone will bring further development to the University.
- As the host country of the UNU, Japan intends to deepen its relations with the UNU and to extend further contribution to its activities.
Based in Tokyo, the United Nations University (UNU) is a global research and teaching organization with 15 affiliated institutions and programs in 13 countries worldwide. The University focuses on global issues particularly important for the UN member states. In 2010, the UNU launched the post-graduate degree programmes.
Born in 1954, Dr. Malone, a Canadian citizen, received DPhil from Oxford University. His career achievements include: Canada’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations; Director of the Policy, International Organizations and Global Issues Bureaus within Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAIT); and Canada’s High Commissioner to India, and non-resident Ambassador to Nepal and Bhutan. Since 2008 and prior to his appointment as the new Rector of the UNU he was the President of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
- (* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original in Japanese.)