Meeting between Foreign Minister Kishida and H.E. Miss Helen Clark, Administrator of the UNDP

August 29, 2015

  1. On August 29, commencing at 01:10 p.m. for approximately 60 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a meeting over lunch with H.E. Miss Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), who is visiting Japan to attend the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo: WAW! 2015. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

    1. Minister Kishida welcomed Administrator Clark’s visit to Japan, which follows her visit in March this year to attend the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, and expressed gratitude for her contribution to WAW! 2015. Minister Kishida said that this year is a milestone year in which the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be adopted, and that he hopes to strengthen partnership with the UNDP on common important challenges such as women’s empowerment, climate change, disaster risk reduction and health. Minister Kishida also expressed his intention to cooperate with the UNDP for the success of the next Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) as co-organizers, which will be held in Kenya next year. Minister Kishida said he hopes to cooperate further on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and increasing Japanese personnel of the UNDP.

    2. In response, Administrator Clark said the exchanges of views at WAW! 2015 were extremely fruitful, and she hopes to work closely with Japan on tackling common important challenges such as climate change, coordinating humanitarian aid and development assistance, responding to the Ebola outbreak, the TICAD process, women’s empowerment and Nepal’s reconstruction, and intends to make further efforts to increase and promote Japanese personnel.

    3. Minister Kishida and Administrator Clark shared the view that going forward they will further strengthen coordination in order to resolve global issues.