The Tokyo Peacebuilding Forum 2019 will be held at JICA Ichigaya Building on November 2, 2019.
This is the second meeting of the Tokyo Peacebuilding Forum following its inauguration in 2018. It is organized by the Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan (GPAJ) in cooperation with the ACUNS Tokyo Liaison Office.
The purpose of the Tokyo Peacebuilding Forum is to enable the members of GPAJ and interested scholars and practitioners of UN peace operations to engage in dialogue concerning the relevance of theories, concepts, policies and practices. This year, the overall theme of the meeting is “Peacebuilding and Global Governance in a Turbulent Age.” The participants will have opportunities to present and comment on papers that are relevant to peacebuilding and global governance. The meeting will consist of a plenary session in the morning and several group discussion sessions in the afternoon. The subject matters for discussion are indicated in the program outline below. If there is a need for additional group discussions, it is possible to add one more discussion session in the afternoon as meetings rooms have been secured.
The Tokyo Peacebuilding Forum is open to participation by interested persons from not only Japan but other countries in order to enable free exchange of divergent views. For this purpose, the plenary session in the morning and two of the group discussion sessions in the afternoon will be held in English. Summary records of the proceeding will be kept by the secretariat and posted on the website of the Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan (http://www.gpaj.org/) and the ACUNS Tokyo Liaison Office (http://www.acuns.tokyo/).
You are welcome to participate in the Tokyo Peacebuilding Forum. Please note that the participants are expected to meet themselves the costs of their travel and accommodation as GPAJ has no funds to make available for this purpose. If you are interested in participating in the meeting, please send your message to secretariat[@]gpaj.org. Your message will be sent to the organizers/moderators of respective sessions.
9:30-10:00 Opening session
- Sukehiro HASEGAWA, President, Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan
- Video Message from Special Adviser and former President José Ramos-Horta
10:00-10:30 Plenary session
“The Role of the United Nations in Peacebuilding and Global Governance: German Perspective”
- H.E. Ms. Ina LEPEL, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
- Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany (TBC)
Open discussion (11:10-12:00)
Mr. Yasushi AKASHI, Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Special Adviser of the GPAJ (TBC)
Professor Takahiro SHINYO, Former Ambassador to Germany and Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations (TBC)
Mr. Domenec De Vesa, Member European Parliament from Spain (TBC)
10:50 – 11:00 Short break
11:00 – 12:00 Q & A: Discussion with the participants
13:00-15:00 Thematic Sessions 1
(1) Thematic session 1-1 (Language: Japanese日本語）
“Peacebuilding and Media”
Coordinator: Takaaki MIZUNO 水野孝昭教授
(2) Thematic session 1-2 （Language Japanese and English 日英語）
“Peacebuilding and Global Governance: Theory and Practice”
Coordinator: Naoko KUMAGAI 熊谷奈緒子
(3) Thematic session 1-3 (Language: English)
“Possibility for Constitutional Reform of the United Nations Charter”
Coordinator: SH Sharei
15:00-15:30 Coffee Break
15:30-17:30 Thematic Sessions 2
(1) Thematic session 2-1 (Language: Japanese 言語 日本語）
“UN System`s Public Policy and Governance for Peace Building Activities”
Coordinator: Setsuko YAMAZAKI 山崎節子
(2) Thematic session 2-2 (Language: English)
“The Role of Emerging Powers in UN Peacebuilding: Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century”
Organizer: Herman Salton
(3) Thematic session 2-3 (Langue: Japanese 言語 日本語)
“Culture of Peace”
Coordinator: Masaaki TANIMOTO 谷本真邦
(The order of the thematic sessions may be changed according to the need for adjustments.)
17:30-18:15 Plenary session: Reports from thematic sessions
18:15-18:30 Closing session
José Manuel Ramos-Horta
Nobel Peace Prize laureate. President of Timor-Leste from 20 May 2007 to 20 May 2012. Previously he was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2002 to 2006 and Prime Minister from 2006 to 2007. Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) 2013-2014 and Chair of the High-Level Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO) in 2014-2015.Appointed Special Adviser of the Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan in 2019.
Ambassador Ina Lepel
2017-2019 Director General for Asia and the Pacific, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin2015-2017 Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan2012-2015 Deputy Director-General for Global Issues (UN Security Council, Crisis Prevention, Humanitarian Assistance, Counterterrorism), Federal Foreign Office, Berlin2009-2012 Head of UN Policy Division, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin2006-2009 Deputy Head of Mission, German Embassy in Islamabad2002-2006 Deputy Head of UN Affairs Section in the Foreign Affairs Department of the Federal Chancellor’s Office, Berlin2000-2002 Officer in the Spokesman’s Office, German Federal Foreign Office, Berlin1998-2000 Political Officer, Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN, New York1995-1998 Deputy Head of Mission, German Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia