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Appointment of the Representative of the Government of Japan to the World Humanitarian Summit

May 20, 2016

1. The Government of Japan decided at a Cabinet Meeting on May 20 to appoint Mr. Yasuo Fukuda, former Prime Minister of Japan, as its representative to attend the World Humanitarian Summit being held in Istanbul in the Republic of Turkey during May 23-24.

2. The World Humanitarian Summit will be held for the first time in response to a call by Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, to address the severe humanitarian situations caused by conflicts, natural disasters, and other events. Various stakeholders, including representatives from governments, international organizations, NGOs, the private sector, and academic institutions, will attend, and it is expected that the Summit will present a plan with specific actions to realize more efficient and effective humanitarian assistance.

3. At the World Humanitarian Summit, Japan will promote increasingly effective assistance through strengthening collaboration between humanitarian assistance and development cooperation, based on the experiences and strengths of Japan, as well as Japan’s contributions to the fields of responses to natural disasters and disaster risk reduction. In addition, Japan, as G7 Presidency, will work on to create synergy between the two summits and contribute to enhancing the political momentum of the international society toward improving the humanitarian situations.

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