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2014-12-11(Thu) 14:40-17:00 International Symposium: "Why Is Reform of the UN Security Council Not Moving Forward? Present and Future Prospects"

The OSIPP 20th Anniversary Lecture Series
(The 68th OSIPP Policy Forum)

International Symposium:
“Why Is Reform of the UN Security Council Not Moving Forward?
Present and Future Prospects”

 

Date&Time : December 11, 2014 (Thursday), 14:40-17:00 (Doors Open at 14:00)

Venue : Sigma Hall of the Engineering Science Building, Osaka University (Toyonaka Campus)

Language: English and Japanese (simultaneous translation available)

 The United Nations will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2015. The following year will mark the 60th anniversary of Japan becoming a member of the organization. Although there was much active debate over the reform of the UN Security Council (UNSC) when Kofi Annan was Secretary General a decade ago, that kind of momentum seems to have faded in the 2010s.
 It can be heard even within the UN that the composition of the UNSC does not reflect contemporary world politics and is not coping sufficiently with many current issues. In the meantime, Japan is believed to be eager to become a permanent UNSC member. However, even in Japan, there does not seem to be an active discussion on this reform among the general public, despite its significance.
 This symposium aims to scrutinize the current state of the UNSC reform debate, which is an important foreign policy issue in Japan. It is hoped that this symposium will help deepen the understanding of the UNSC reform debate among the general public as well as academia.

 

Keynote Speakers:

Rector David D. Malone (Rector of the United Nations University, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations)

Professor Richard Gowan (Professor, Associate Director of Center on International Cooperation, New York University)

 

Panelists (including the above professors):

Mr. Yutaka Arima (Director of United Nations Policy Division of Foreign Policy Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan)

Professor Kiyotaka Kawabata (Professor of Fukuoka Jo Gakuin University, former Political Affairs Officer in charge of the UNSC at the United Nations)

Professor Toshiya Hoshino (Vice-president of Osaka University, Professor of OSIPP, former Minister-Counselor in charge of political affairs at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN)

 

Chair: Professor Takeuchi Toshitaka (OSIPP)

 

 

About the Speakers

Rector David D. Malone (Rector of the United Nations University, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations)

Dr. David M. Malone joined the United Nations University on 1 March 2013 as its sixth Rector. In that role, he holds the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. After he obtained a DPhil in International Relations from Oxford University, he served as Canada’s Representative both to the UN and international organizations, including to the UN Economic and Social Council and as Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Canada to the UN. In the recent past he worked as President of Canada’s International Development Research Centre, a funding agency that supports policy-relevant research in the developing world (2008–2013).

 

Professor Richard Gowan (Professor, Associate Director of Center on International Cooperation, New York University)

Professor Richard Gowan is Associate Director at the New York University Center on International Cooperation. He is also a Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Before joining New York University in 2005, he served at the UN Secretariat and the UK Department for International Development and worked as Europe Programme Officer at the Foreign Policy Centre in London. His main focus is on reform of the UNSC, peacekeeping, multilateral security arrangements.

 

Mr. Yutaka Arima (Director of United Nations Policy Division of Foreign Policy Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan)

Mr. Yutaka Arima is the Director of the United Nations Policy Division of the Foreign Policy Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, a position held since November 2013. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991, and has served in the North American Affairs Bureau, International Cooperation Bureau, Foreign Policy Bureau in the head office of the Ministry, and also worked in the Embassy of Japan in the United States of America, and the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations.

 

Professor Kiyotaka Kawabata (Professor of Fukuoka Jo Gakuin University, former Political Affairs Officer in charge of UNSC)

Professor Kiyotaka Kawabata joined Fukuoka Jo Gakuin University in 2013. After he obtained a MA in Political Science from Columbia University, he worked as a journalist at Jiji Press, Japan and then joined to the UN Secretariat as a Political Affairs Officer from 1988. He also served as a member of the Secretariat for the Special Working Group on Security Council reform (1994-1995). His most recent book is “Why could we not stop the Iraqi Crisis: 600 days of UN-Centered Diplomacy” (2007), Iwanami Shoten Publishers (written in Japanese).

 

Professor Toshiya Hoshino (Vice-president of Osaka University, Professor of OSIPP, former Minister-Counselor in charge of political affairs at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN)

Professor Toshiya Hoshino at OSIPP has been the Vice-President of Osaka University since 2014. He also served as Dean of OSIPP from April 2011-March 2014. From August 2006 to August 2008, he served as Minister-Counselor in charge of political affairs at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations (UN). He obtained his Ph.D. in International Public Policy from Osaka University. His previous positions include Senior Research Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs and Special Assistant (Political Affairs) at the Embassy of Japan to the United States.

 

Professor Takeuchi Toshitaka (OSIPP, Osaka University)

Professor Takeuchi Toshitaka is a Professor at OSIPP, a position held since 2007. He obtained his MA in Political Science from the University of Washington and also a MA in East Asia Studies from Stanford University. He was Legal adviser (Special Assistant) at the Delegation of Japan to the Conference on Disarmament (Geneva, Switzerland) from 1995 to 1997 and took part in negotiations on the Comprehensive (Nuclear) Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

 

 

What is The OSIPP 20th Anniversary Lecture Series?

   This year the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), Osaka University, celebrates its 20th anniversary. OSIPP is dedicated to addressing the contemporary public policy issues faced by Japan and the international society by synthesizing legal, political and economic learning as well as practical knowledge. Our mission is to train public policy professionals with a pronounced sense of real world issues as well as an aptitude for systematic analysis and evaluation so that they may pursue careers on the global stage. We are therefore holding a series of commemorative events from December 2013 to March 2015 to celebrate "the 20th Anniversary of Establishment". This symposium will be held as "The OSIPP 20th Anniversary Lecture Series, the 10th Lecture".

This symposium is also a part of the achievement of the Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B: No. 2 3 3 3 0 0 5 4), “UN Security Council Reform: Multi-lateral Perspectives from History, Politics, Voting Power and Effectiveness”, as funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. The team leader is Professor Takeuchi Toshitaka at OSIPP.

 

Inquiries to this symposium:

Professor Takeuchi Toshitaka, Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), Osaka University (takeuchi◎osipp.osaka-u.ac.jp) 

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(2014/11/19)


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