Panelists discussed the issues and challenges facing Japan, ascertained Japan’s comparative advantage, and recommended what Japan should do in future international peace cooperation.
Mr. Akashi suggested the Japanese people should think seriously of what Japan can and should do to build a more peaceful international society based on law and justice.
Akio Miyajima, Director-General of the Cabinet Office in charge of International Peace Cooperation Activities calls for the Continuation of Japan’s Contributions to UN Peace Operations.
Peacekeeping must strengthen civilian capacities for protection, as effective protection requires a whole-of-mission effort. To that end, developing comprehensive strategies that incorporate all mission personnel and the capacities of UN humanitarian and development actors is essential, as is close cooperation and support to regional organizations. Improving the role of civilian personnel in strengthening the capacities of host governments and supporting communities with the development of community-based protection plans are other important areas requiring further efforts.
In a message to the event commemorating 25th anniversary of the enactment of the peacekeeping cooperation law, the Japanese Prime Minister promised more active contributions to UN peace cooperation.
António Guterres, the secretary general of the United Nations, said that an American retreat from the world posed great risks on many issues, including climate change, international conflicts and the refugee crisis.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres stressed in his policy speech in January 2017 to the Security Council that primary duty lies with member states for preventing conflict and sustaining peace.
Professor Yasuhiro Ueki explains the legal issues surrounding the US attack on the Sheyrat Air Base with 59 cruise missiles.
Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN, is trying to reassure everyone in the UN that all the statements from the Trump camp are “just noise,” but Trump has now proposed in its budget to cut America’s contributions to the UN and its own foreign-aid agency by $10.1bn, or 28% from its previous budget. According to the budget proposal, US contributions to UN Peacekeeping operations will be cut from 28 to 25 percent of the UN peacekeeping budget.
Abe`s special assistant, Shibayama, visited Suva and obtained President Salva Kiir and SRSG David Shearer`s understanding of the Japanese decision.