Mr. Shigeki Takizaki, Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan made an informative presentation on territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Both island and maritime claims are made by several states including the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of China (Taiwan), Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Their disputes concern in particular both the Spratly and the Paracel islands. The interests of different nations include securing fishing areas around the archipelagos; the potential exploitation of crude oil and natural gas under the waters of various parts of the South China Sea.
Chairman of the High Level Independent Panel on UN Peace Operations, former President José Ramos-Horta was welcomed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on 19 June 2015.
At a working lunch hosted by Mr. Satsuki Eda, Supreme Adviser of DPJ and former Minister of Justice, Chair of UN Panel on Peace Operations José Ramos-Horta explained the outcome of its consultations and reviews of UN peace operations.
Ambassador Oshima in his one-hour presentation to the participants of a peacebuilding seminar held at Hosei University on May 30, 2015 appraised some important achievements made in the ‘Outcome Document’ of September 2005, on the occasion of the summit meeting commemorating the UN 50th anniversary. They included the establishment of Peace-building Commission (PBC), the Human Rights Council (UNHRC), and the formal launching of new concepts such as ‘Responsibility to Protect’ and ‘Human Security’. (Click here for the rest.)
Zhang Guihong is a senior research professor of the Institute of International Studies at Fudan University, a leading center of research on China’s emerging role on the world stage. The Institute contains a number of research centers covering the various regions of the world, as well as the Centre for Chinese Foreign Policy Studies. Click here his PowerPoint slides on China’s participation and contributions to UN peace operations.
At a symposium organized by ACUNS and held in the Library Hall of the UN Office in Geneva on 15 June 2015, Chinese Ambassador WU Hailong, Korean Ambassador CHOI Seokyoung and Japanese Ambassador Misako Kaji presented overviews of their countries’ contributions to UN peace operations.
Thakur pointed out the tension that existed between ground and global realities of power, on the one hand, and local and international justice, on the other. These two essentially normative concepts are connected to peace.
South Korean exerts including Professor Intaek Hyun, former Minister of Unification, ROK, Professor Kyu-duk Hong, KACUNS President, and Professor Heung-Soon Park of Sun Moon University explained about the human rights situation in North Korea to the participants of an ACUNS panel meeting that took place in the capital city of global justice, The Hague, on 12 June 2015.
A pre-launch discussion, organized by Richard Ponzio, Head of the Global Governance Program, The Hague Institute for Global Justice and Project Director, Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance, took place at the Hague Institute of Global Justice on 11 June 2015. Five experts examined the findings and recommendations of the Commission. Click here more about the pre-launch meeting.