NAKAMITSU  Izumi High Representative for Disarmament Affairs


High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu assumed her position as Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs on 1 May 2017.  Prior to taking on this post, Ms. Nakamitsu served as Assistant Administrator of the Crisis Response Unit at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 2014.

16 March 2015, Tokyo

Remarks at United Nations University Symposium on the 70th anniversary of the United Nations

Konbanwa. Good evening.

Thank you, Prime Minister [Shinzo] Abe, for honouring us with your presence here today. It means a lot to the United Nations when the Prime Minister is visiting the United Nations University. And it is again another expression of such strong support of the Japanese Government for the United Nations.

Kokuren wa nihon to no paatonaashippu wo totemo taisetsu ni shiteimasu. The United Nations deeply appreciates and values our partnership with Japan.

We are “tomodachi”. We are friends.

16 March 2015, Tokyo

Remarks to Global Compact Network Japan

I am delighted to be with you today.

This is now the fifth time we have met.

I greatly appreciate your dedication to advancing the Global Compact’s principles.

Promoting sustainable and equitable business is central to our goals of creating a better world for all.

Earlier this week, I was at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Local Network Japan has close understanding of this important topic.

15 March 2015, Sendai

Remarks to the press following field visits in Sendai

Konnichiwa. [Hello.]

It is a great pleasure and honor for me to visit the Minami-Gamo community and meet community leaders and students and citizens here.

I’d like to thank them for their warm welcome and hospitality to receive us and show how they have been overcoming this tragedy.

Four years ago, I visited Minami High School [in Fukushima] and met many students at that time. I was very much inspired by their strong will to overcome and spirit and courage.

15 March 2015, Sendai

Remarks at Tohoku University symposium: "Lessons Learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake"

I deeply appreciate this opportunity to address such a dynamic gathering.

I hope you do not mind if I try to speak a little Japanese:

Minasama ni oaidekite kouei desu. [“It is a pleasure to be meeting you.”] Thank you very much.

Tohoku University is a valuable member of the United Nations Academic Impact, an initiative which I launched a few years ago.

14 March 2015, Sendai

Opening remarks at press conference at Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Kon-nichiwa. Good afternoon.

Minasan to kokode oaidekite totemo ureshii desu. I am so happy to be here with all of you.

We meet just days after the fourth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. The United Nations stands with all the affected people.

Kokuren ha nihon wo ouen shiteimasu. The United Nations supports Japan.

I came to Tohoku in 2011 after the triple disaster hit. I was really inspired by the resilient people of this region. I plan to visit the affected communities again tomorrow.

14 March 2015, Sendai

Remarks at UN High-Level Event: Uniting Nations, People and Action for Resilience

I am honoured to open this important meeting bringing together all of you.

We are here to declare our support for disaster risk reduction.

As I said in my remarks earlier this morning, as also repeated by Achim Steiner, sustainability starts in Sendai.

This is just a starting point in this very important [series of] continuing milestones this year.

Today is the real beginning of a year of pivotal global conferences.

All of you are involved, and I thank you for all your commitment to working together with the United Nations.

13 March 2015, Sendai

Remarks at opening of Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Ohayo gozaimasu. Good morning.

On behalf of the United Nations, I am honoured to welcome all partners to Sendai. I thank the Government of Japan for hosting this important Conference and the citizens of Sendai for their warm hospitality.

I am particularly honored by the presence of Their Majesties and their strong support for this important issue, disaster risk reduction, and I thank Your Majesties.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Japan has made immense contributions to the United Nations and our world.

02 June 2013, Yokohama

Remarks at TICAD V on "Peace and Stability"

Peace and development are mutually reinforcing.

This was the message I took to Africa’s Great Lakes region last week with the President of the World Bank, Dr. Jim Yong Kim. It was the first-ever joint visit by a UN Secretary-General and World Bank President. We were joined by my Special Representative, Mary Robinson.

We went to support the Peace, Security and Cooperation framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo [DRC] and the Great Lakes region.