Mr. Fabrizio Hochschild, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the United Nations acknowledged the contributions Japan has made to the UN in the aftermath of World War II, signalling a fresh start for its foreign policy and international image, under the slogan of “peace-loving nation”.

 

Following the remarks of Mr. ETO, a video message on the role of the UN in addressing the pandemic, climate change and other global challenges featured Mr. Fabrizio Hochschild, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. He started with an acknowledgement of the contributions Japan has made to the UN in the aftermath of World War II, which was the signal of a fresh start for its foreign policy and international image, under the slogan of “peace-loving nation”. He stated, “Japan joined the UN 64 years ago and stands as an active UN member state in support of peace and security. Japan’s contributions to peacekeeping operations amounted to almost a billions dollars, third after the U.S and China.” According to Mr. Hochschild, amid the current COVID-19 crisis, the priority should be providing increased support and access to basic services – healthcare, safe water, sanitation and education to those hardest affected. This included tackling inequalities and rebuilding a more inclusive economy. Other priorities are environment protection amid the climate change, ensuring greater respect for human rights, settling conflicts, reducing poverty and eliminating corruption. Mr. Hochschild also mentioned that Japan’s engagement also included its key role in advancing new ideas such as the concept of human security. Thus, distinguished Japanese officials to the UNHCR such as Sadako Ogata, former High Commissioner for Refugees, and Yasushi Akashi and Sukehiro Hasegawa, former Special Representatives of the Secretary General of the UN for Cambodia and Timor-Leste have made tremendous contributions to the United Nations. Mr. Hochschild concluded his message by stating that the UN was ready to continue its global role for peace, security and prosperity of the international community.

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