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UN Day 2007

The United Nations, Africa, and Me

United Nations Day (UN Day) is celebrated annually worldwide on 24 October to commemorate the founding of the United Nations in October 1945.

2007 marks the midway point for achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals, but sub-Saharan Africa is not yet on track to achieve any of them. This is also the year before the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development, TICAD IV, and the Japan-hosted G8 Summit, at which African development is expected to be a prominent topic. It is fitting, therefore, that the focus of this year's UN Day events at UN House in Tokyo is on Africa.

As in past years, there will be a seminar in U Thant International Conference Hall featuring topical keynote speeches and panel discussions.

New this year will be a variety of activities for both children and adults in the front courtyard. UN agencies in Japan will organize an outdoor "experience zone" to present demonstrations of the UN's fieldwork, including tents such as those used in refugee camps and other relief-work tools. This will offer an opportunity for the public to see how the UN agencies "deliver as one" (440 KB PDF) by utilizing their respective specialties. These demonstrations can be viewed free of charge throughout the afternoon.

We invite you to take this opportunity to visit UN House and learn more about humanitarian fieldwork and the past, present, and future of the UN and Africa.

Seminar Programme

U Thant International Conference Hall · UN House, 3F

13:00 Opening Messages from Prof. Konrad Osterwalder, Rector, UNU, and Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations
13:20 Keynote Speech by Per Engebak, Regional Director (Eastern and Southern Africa Region), UNICEF
13:50 Keynote Speech by Marjon Kamara, Africa Bureau Director, UNHCR
14:20 Q&A Session
14:40 Break
14:50 Panel Discussion on Safe Motherhood
(Organized by UNFPA)

Kiyoko Ikegami, Director, UNFPA Tokyo Office

  • Misako Konno, Goodwill Ambassador, UNDP
  • Susan Mercado, Team Leader, Urbanization and Health Equity, WHO Centre for Health Development, Kobe
  • Shinichi Hasegawa, Director, ILO Office in Japan
  • Chieko Nohno, Member, House of Councillors, Liberal Democratic Party, Former Minister of Justice and Vice Minister of Health
  • Dan Rohrmann, Director, UNICEF Tokyo Office for Japan and the Republic of Korea
  • Tomoko Saotome, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
16:20 Break
16:30 A Tripartite Panel Discussion on Achieving the MDGs in Africa (Organized by UNDP)

Shun-ichi Murata, Director, UNDP Tokyo

  • Saburo Takizawa, Representative, UNHCR
  • Kunihiko Chris Hirabayashi, Sr. Programme & Planning Specialist, UNICEF
  • Minoru Matsuzaki, Manager, CSR Department, Olympus Corporation
  • Ryoichi Udagawa, Executive Director, Seikatsu no Ki (Tree Of Life Co.)
  • Yoko Ishida, Vice President, TICAD Civil Society Forum
  • Tatsuo Hayashi, Board Chair, Hottokenai Sekai no Mazushisa
18:00 Reception (2F Reception Room)

Other Activities

UN Gallery (1F, 2F)

UN Fieldwork Experience Zone

Kid's Play Zone


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