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Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Toshimitsu Motegi

Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan

As conflicts continue around the world, it is imperative that the international community continuously supports people in conflict-affected areas in building peace, working on reconstruction, and advancing along the path of development. Such support requires civilian experts with great expertise and capacities in a wide range of areas including the rule of law and protection of human rights.Since its launch in 2007, this program has been producing personnel who supports the efforts of peacebuilding and development, through coursework in Japan and overseas assignment as a UN Volunteer. A lot of competent graduates are playing indispensable roles in the forefront of the international cooperation. For instance, a female graduate is engaged in the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence in the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and another female graduate is working to support displaced persons in Syria as a staff member of the UNHCR.I ardently hope that the participants in this program will exercise a strong leadership towards resolution of global challenges, while working together with local people with a sense of caring to consider what is important for peacebuilding and development, embodying the spirit of “Proactive Contribution to Peace.”

Ministry of Foreign Affairs