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Courtesy call on Foreign Minister Kamikawa by Ms. Kirsi Madi, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women

May 17, 2024
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On May 17, commencing at 13:00 for approximately 35 minutes, Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, received a courtesy call from Ms. Kirsi Madi, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women. A summary of the conversation is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Kamikawa welcomed Deputy Executive Director Madi's visit to Japan and introduced Japan's efforts in WPS, including its support for Ukraine through UN Women and its emphasis on supporting disaster risk reduction and women’s empowerment based on the WPS perspective in various parts of the world.
  2. Minister Kamikawa then emphasized that UN Women is an important partner of Japan in the promotion of WPS, and introduced her own efforts and experiences in various capacities, and expressed her desire to take WPS efforts to a higher level by strengthening the network with various organizations and stakeholders around the world, including UN Women.
  3. Minister Kamikawa and Deputy Executive Director Madi engaged in a lively exchange of views on Japan's efforts to promote women's participation and various issues in the international community, and both parties concurred to further promote efforts toward gender equality, including the promotion of WPS, in the future.
(Reference) United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS)

In 2000, for the first time in its history, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted "Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Resolution 1325," which clearly stated that international peace, conflict prevention, and conflict resolution require the equal participation of women, protection from sexual violence in conflict, and gender equality. To implement this and subsequent resolutions, Japan formulated the first national action plan in 2015, followed by the second one in 2019, and the third one in 2023.

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