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Addressing Crises and Promoting Peace Around the World: The Evolution of Japan's Approach

Chatham House, London


Izumi Nakamitsu, Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations; Assistant Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Chair: John Nilsson-Wright, Head, Asia Programme, Chatham House


Tackling conflicts and sustaining peace today requires multi-dimensional efforts. The speaker will argue that despite Japan's efforts to make a ‘proactive contribution to peace’ through overseas development assistance, its direct engagement in peacekeeping has lagged behind civilian efforts. However, Prime Minister Abe’s intention to situate Japan ‘at the center of the global stage’ presents opportunities for a broader engagement with peacekeeping. More exposure to, and an in-depth understanding of, the complex realities on the ground by decision-makers, academia and the media, will help Japan to rise to the next level of more active engagement in its broader international efforts to sustain peace.

This event is funded by the Nippon Foundation and held in partnership with them and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.