Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme to Visit Japan
1. From August 9 to 10, Mr. Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will visit Japan. (Administrator Steiner serves concurrently as the Chair of the United Nations Development Group and is effectively the third in charge at the United Nations behind the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General. Japan is the first donor country that Administrator Steiner will visit during his first overseas trip following his inauguration in June.)
2. During his stay, Administrator Steiner is scheduled to hold an exchange of views with high-level governmental officials and others regarding global challenges such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the promotion of human security approach, and development in Africa.
3. UNDP has worked together actively with Japan on development agenda that Japan places importance on and leads, such as the promotion of human security approach, disaster risk reduction, gender equality, climate change, and the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD). Building on the outcomes of the United Nations High-Level Political Forum held on July 17, 2017, Administrator Steiner’s visit to Japan is expected to further strengthen the coordination and cooperation between Japan and UNDP.
Reference 1: UNDP Administrator Steiner
Administrator Steiner previously served as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP; 2006-2016), Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (2009-2011), Director General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN; 2001-2006), and Secretary General of the World Commission on Dams (1998-2001). He was appointed to his current position in July 2017.
Reference 2: UNDP (United Nations Development Programme)
UNDP is the largest development organization within the United Nations system. UNDP has a global network with a high level of expert knowledge and a wealth of experience, and also played a leading role in the formulation of the SDGs. UNDP is an important partner for Japan in the promotion of the development agenda, including as the co-organizer of TICAD. Japan is working together with UNDP to resolve global challenges such as gender equality, supporting measures against climate change, and promoting human security.