Senior Management Group
Yukio Takasu, Under-Secretary-General for Management
On 25 April 2012, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Mr. Yukio Takasu of Japan as Under-Secretary-General for Management.
Mr. Takasu has a long and distinguished career in his country’s government, the United Nations, and as an academic. Mr. Takasu has held several senior diplomatic positions with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, including Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, and senior functions with the United Nations, including Assistant Secretary-General, Controller of the United Nations. Most recently, Mr. Takasu has been serving as the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Human Security.
As a diplomat, Mr. Takasu worked to advance the notion of human security in the United Nations and amongst all countries. While serving as Director-General for Japan’s Department of Multilateral Cooperation in 2000, he launched the International Commission for Human Security and in 2005 was appointed Ambassador in charge of human security. In 2006, as a Special Envoy for United Nations reform, he initiated the formation of the informal Friends of Human Security group. These efforts, combined with those of other Member States, culminated in the formal meeting of the General Assembly plenary on human security in May 2010. In December 2010 the Secretary-General appointed Mr. Takasu as his Special Adviser on Human Security.
Mr. Takasu also possesses significant background in the area of United Nations reform, budget and oversight. Early in his career as a diplomat, he sat on the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) while posted to the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations from 1981-88. While serving as Assistant Secretary-General, Controller of the Organisation, from 1993-97, he was instrumental in introducing the new Peacekeeping budgetary procedure and Support Account. He later served as a special envoy of his government for United Nations reform.
Mr. Takasu’s career has included diplomatic stints in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Vienna and Washington, DC. He has held academic positions at Harvard University, the University of Tokyo and the Graduate University for Policy Studies in Japan. He attended university in Japan and the United Kingdom and holds degrees from the University of Tokyo and the University of Oxford.