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

2014-12-11 (Thu) 2:40 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The OSIPP 20th Anniversary Lecture Series

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.

Language: English and Japanese (simultaneous translation will be available)

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):

  • Yutaka ARIMA, Director of United Nations Policy Division of Foreign Policy Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  • Kiyotaka KAWABATA, Professor, Fukuoka Jo Gakuin University, former Political Affairs Officer in charge of the UNSC at the United Nations
  • Toshiya HOSHINO, Vice-president of Osaka University; Professor, OSIPP; former Minister-Counselor in charge of political affairs at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN

Chair: Professor Takeuchi Toshitaka (OSIPP)

Brief bios of 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).

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.

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.

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).

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.

Toshitaka TAKEUCHI, Professor, 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).

Date: 2014-12-11 (Thu) 2:40 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sponsored: Osaka School of International Public Policy
Venue: Sigma Hall, International Building, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Toyonaka Campus, Osaka University
Registration: Not necessary.
URL: http://www.osipp.osaka-u.ac.jp/ja/event/2014/11/2014121114401700.html
Contact: TAKEUCHI Toshitaka Laboratory, OSSIP; Email:takeuchi[at]osipp.osaka-u.ac.jp When using this address, please replace [at] with @.

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