Zhang Guihong:Future International Cooperation should pay More Attention to Human Security, Dignity, Equality and Freedom (23/09/2020)

In his article just published by China Daily on September 23, Director of the Research Center for United Nations and International Organizations of Fudan University, Professor Zhang Guihong, who is member of the Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan, recognizes the UN has a unique advantage in promoting universal values as well as global norms and ethics. Please click here for his full article.

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Farewell Lunch for Former Vice President Mio Sato (20/09/2020)

GPAJ Vice President Mio Sato will be appointed as IOM Office Director in Pakistan next month, and her successor, GPAJ Vice President Kumagai, organized a farewell lunch. It was most enjoyable to have eight members get together at the restaurant for the first time in a long time and talk to each other directly. Yumiko Kaneko, a UNDP staff in the Philippines and a GPAJ member, joined us. From right: Ken Inoue, Vice President of GPAJ, Mio Sato, Director of IOM, Takaaki Mizuno, Professor of Kanda University of International Studies, Keiichi Tanabe, Professor of Tokai University, Yumiko Kaneko, UNDP staff, Sukehiro Hasegawa, GPAJ President, and Naoko Kumagai, Vice President and Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University.

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Former President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate José Ramos-Horta calls for Japan, China and South Korea to forge partnership along with India to stabilize Asia and help other Asian countries reduce poverty and clean up their environment and provide positive leadership in the United Nations and the Global Community (05/09/2020)

President José Ramos-Horta was followed by former Under-Secretary-General Ameerah Haq who emphasized the importance of preserving the rule-based international order. They are joined by former SRSG to Afghanistan Tadamichi YAMAMOTO and Ambassador Yasuyoshi KOMIZO to IAEA in Vienna, Nippon University Lecturer Yuichi KUBOTA, JICA Peacebuilding Chief Koji SAKANE, Professor Takaaki MIZUNO, GPAJ Vice President Ken INOUE and Elizabeth GAMARRA, Rotary Fellow at ICU, Tokyo. Please click here for a video coverage.

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David Chikvaidze on the Past, Present and Future of Multilateralism (04/08/2020)

Chef de Cabinet to the Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva David A. Chikvaidze asserts that we are on the verge of blundering into something far more devastating than the world has experienced before for a variety of reasons, not least among them, rapidly deteriorated relations among the most heavily armed and powerful States through the deliberate dismantling of disarmament commitments, a climate crisis wreaking havoc around the world, intrastate and regional armed conflicts threatening millions, dire poverty in large parts of the world, refugee flows at record levels, rampant inequality both between and within countries, escalating disputes over trade, sky-high debt, threats to the rule of law, attacks on the media and civil society resulting in mistrust among peoples, countries, communities and societies. Add to these, Chikvaidze points out that the ‘game-changing’ COVID-19 pandemic and what the world has before it, is a stage set for planetary calamity. In this fast-changing environment, new diplomatic policies and practices based on the principles of solidarity and inclusiveness are urgently needed, bringing together all relevant actors, from civil society, think tanks, academia to regional development banks. The collective response has an uneven record, with tensions often undermining the effectiveness of multilateral decision-making processes. But the world needs to be optimistic and hopeful. He advises that we should pull back from the precipice in time. Modern multilateralism is the only way to do this. Please click here for the full text of his paper published by Cadmus, Volume 4, Issue 2-Paln 2 – June 2020.

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Online Conversations with Former President and Nobel Prize Laureate, José Ramos-Horta and Former Under-Secretary-General and UNMIT Head, Ameerah Haq on Saturday, 5th of September from 10:00 -12:00 Tokyo Time. (05/09/2020)

The conversation topic will center on “Global Governance in the Post-Corona Era: The Role of the United Nations, the United States and East Asian Countries.” This seminar will be conducted in English. Please click here to learn more about the program details. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP with your name and updated email address to Ms. Elizabeth Gamarra via egamarra15[@]yahoo.com. You will receive the official Zoom link prior to the event.

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First online book review will be held on Spirit of Peacebuilding on 22nd August.(22/08/2020)

Mr. Koji SAKANE, JICA Senior Director for Peacebuilding Office, Professor Takaaki MIZUNO and Professor Katsumi ISHIZUKA will make general comments while GPAJ Vice President Professor KUMAGAI, Ambassador Motoo NOGUCHI、Mr. Ken INOUE, Professor AI KIHARA-HUNT and Ms. Arbenita SOPAJ will analyze reconciliation and transitional justice issues.

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Ambassador Leon MALAZOGU of the Republic of Kosovo to Japan will speak on the impact of the UN intervention in contemporary Kosovo at an online ZOOM conference on Wednesday, 29 July 2020 from 16:00 to 17:30.

Ambassador MALAZOGU will also discuss the implication of the advisory opinion of 22 July 2010 of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) entitled “Accordance with international law of the unilateral declaration of independence in respect of Kosovo” and its relevant orders. For details, please click here.

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