H.E. Mr. Motegi Toshimitsu

Statement Summary

MOTEGI TOSHIMITSU, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, said the crucial role of the United Nations to unite the international community has never been more necessary, and Member States cannot be complacent with the status quo. Serious steps must be taken to reform the Organization for the post‑COVID‑19 era. For a stronger United Nations, Security Council reform cannot wait any longer. Member States with the capacity and willingness to take on major responsibilities should hold seats on an expanded Council for it to be revived as an effective and representative organ. Japan is fully prepared to fulfil such responsibilities as a permanent member of the Security Council and contribute to ensuring peace and stability in the world, he said, calling on all Member States to launch text-based negotiations. This year also marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Recalling that the United Nations was founded to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, Japan spares no effort to achieve this goal into the future.