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Adoption of Resolution of the House of Councilors for World Federation

Left: Mr. Satsuki Eda, advisor to the Parliamentary Group for World Federation of Japan, former President of the House of Councilors. Right: Mr. Takahiro Yokomichi, Chairman of the Parliamentary Group for World Federation of Japan, former President of the House of Representatives.

Submitted by the World Federalist Movement of Japan

On its 60th anniversary, in 2005, the United Nations, adopted the House of Representatives resolution, endorsing a ‘search for a roadmap to World Federation.’ This year is the 60th anniversary of Japan’s membership at the United Nations, and it is marked by the adoption of the House of Councilors resolution!

In Japan, we have the Parliamentary Group for World Federation which works in conjunction with the World Federalist Movement Organization. The Parliamentary group was established in 1949 with the renowned politician Mr. Yukio Ozaki at the core of things. Today, it has approximately 100 members of the National Diet as Senators and members of the House of Councilors. These members include former Prime Ministers, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Chairmen of the National Diet etc.

The occasion calls for the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs to work towards developing the ‘International Criminal Court’ in order to implement ‘International Solidarity Levy’, Campaign of a United Nations Assembly’ and ‘Reform the United Nations,’ etc.

Resolution as follows:

Japan in the UN : 60th Anniversary
Resolution to Pledge Further Contribution to International Peace building

May 25, 2016
The plenary session of the House of Councilors

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Japan’s membership in the United Nations

Despite Japan’s and the world’s dearest wish to establish international peace, there are still conflicts and terrorist acts, including the November 2015 Paris attacks continue to exist in the world. Further, innumerable worldwide problems, such as development and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and missiles technology, refugees and poverty issues, increasing number of disasters resulting from global warming, and epidemics of infectious disease, must be solved at transnational level.

Facing such reality of the international society, the House of Councilors express our deepest respect for the United Nations for its wisdom and effort having built and maintained international peace over many years since its establishment. We declare that our country would continue to take the initiative and set examples for pursuing peace and cooperation among humankind.

Based on the principle of everlasting peace declared in the Constitution of Japan, the government should make utmost efforts to ensure peace in the future, by reinforcing the reform of international organizations, promoting the expansion of international law as well as disarmament diplomacy including total abolition of nuclear weapons, and pursuing to establish human security and the quest for roadmap to realization of the World Federation.

It was resolved that.

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WFM-IGP Annual Report 2014-2015

“The historic advancements in the post-cold war, post-apartheid period, in that brief decade of leadership best exemplified by world leaders like Nelson Mandela – these historic advances in democracy, justice, human rights, & the rule of law are under severe attack.”
 – William R. Pace, Executive Director

In 2014 and 2015, the momentum of the human rights movement – to which the World Federalist Movement - Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP) has been integral – came under attack, along with the human rights institutions that correspond with the movement and its advocates.

To reflect the fight against these forces, the theme of WFM-IGP’s 2014/15 Annual Report is “Building Capacities for Protection, Prevention and Peace,” and emphasizes the organization’s refusal to look backwards. WFM-IGP views civil society – the human rights activists, local and regional organization leaders, academics, legal practitioners, journalists and more, and of which our membership and partners are comprised – as an engine for protection, prevention and peace in the context of the world’s gravest crimes.

This publication highlights WFM-IGP’s work and achievements, made possible by our supporters, members and partners.

Join us and learn about WFM-IGP’s programs in operation around the world, and the positive impact they have within these three critical areas in an effort to make the lives of millions more secure and maintain peace.

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WFM-NGO Discussion on UN2020 - 4 May 2017

 

 

On May 4th, 2017, WFM-IGP held a meeting with nearly two dozen civil society representatives regarding the upcoming 75th anniversary of the United Nations. The informal gathering intended to establish the best course of action to take in 2020. The UN celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1995, in the wake of the Cold War. States, civil society and other key stakeholders came together to imagine what the UN would look like in a post-Cold War global climate, and proposed significant projects and agendas for peace, development, security. Ultimately, little came from both the 50th and the subsequent 70th anniversary, despite these expectations.

The UN and global political agendas of recent years, including the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement, and the Responsibility to Protect, call for a push from civil society in 2020. The question now is to determine what kind of action should be undertaken for the anniversary. Different propositions and approaches were raised during WFM’s meeting, such as the need for the coordination of as many civil society stakeholders as possible, inclusive discussions with UN officials and government representatives, emphasis on prevention, the need for reform, and ultimately—whether or not the anniversary is the right opportunity to raise these questions.

WFM, through the voices of Executive Director William Pace and WFM-Canada’s Executive Director Fergus Watt, introduced their approach and preparatory work to participants: the challenges faced by civil society, some possible strategies for coordination, overviews of recent meetings held with Ambassadors and UN officials. Through the fruitful discussions, it was agreed upon that it is not too early to start preparing now but may be too premature to start putting concrete proposals on the table just yet.

These opening remarks were followed by fruitful discussions and active participation from the wide variety of civil society representatives in the room. It was first recalled that a number of agenda points are up for review between now and 2020. For instance, the end of the 4-year cycle for reviewing progress on SDGs, the High Level Political Forum review, the review of the General Assembly; 2020 is the next Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review to be negotiated. The upcoming American Congressional (2018) and Presidential (2020) might also reshape the outcome and the stakes of this UN anniversary - and may even have further implications for the international community beyond that.

The issue of whether or not to push reforms was undoubtedly the core of the discussion. The reforms brought up included the Security Council reform (regarding the veto and P5), the General Assembly reform, and the process on the ban of nuclear weapons, among other. Several participants also mentioned taking a different approach by celebrating achievements of the UN, not only focusing on the challenges it faces.

In short, the meeting was the catalyst for what will hopefully be active and inclusive discussions on the future of the UN at its 75th anniversary. Participants across the board agreed that it is above all important to engage and coordinate a united civil society that will be prepared to tackle the UN2020. In this context, additional consultations will be held in July and September.

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