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Meeting between Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Miss Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

June 1, 2013

 On June 1, commencing at 2:00 p.m. for around 15 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a meeting with Miss Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), who is visiting Japan to attend the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) being held in Yokohama. The overview of the meeting is as follows:

1. At the start of the meeting, Minister Kishida expressed gratitude for the contributions of the UNDP to TICAD V as a co-organizer. He stated that he would like to continue to work with the UNDP on development in Africa and global issues. In response, Administrator Clark said that the UNDP’s strategic relationship with Japan is a special one, and stated that she wanted to advance cooperation on important issues such as the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the establishment of post-2015 development agenda, disaster risk reduction, and climate change.

2. Minister Kishida said that he wanted to promote human security with the UNDP. He also remarked that in addition to the post-2015 development agenda, he also wanted to cooperate on the promotion of disaster risk reduction, including through the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to be held in Sendai City in 2015. Furthermore, he requested that the UNDP increase the number of Japanese nationals it employs, including in senior positions.

3. Administrator Clark commended the initiatives of Japan for human security and said that she wanted to work to facilitate further the understanding and promotion of the principle. She also expressed gratitude for the initiatives of Japan toward the achievement of the MDGs and the desire to advance discussion with Japan on post-2015 development agenda, post-Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), and climate change. In addition, she highly praised the large role that the contributions of Japan to the UNDP, and said that she wanted to undertake efforts to increase the number of Japanese nationals working in the organization.