Statement H.E. Ambassador Toshiya Hoshino, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, at the First Regular Session of the Executive Board of UN-Women

Thank you, Madam President,
To begin with, Japan would like to join others in expressing its warm welcome to you and the other bureau members on your election.
I assure you that Japan will continue to support you, as a constant member of the Board since the inception of UN-Women.
I also welcome the comprehensive and insightful remarks and briefing on HIV/AIDS response, just made by Executive Director Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
Your guidance and leadership is of utmost importance not only for UN-Women itself, but also for the collective effort of the UN for leaving no women and girls behind.
(UN Development System Reform and Strategic Plan)
Madam President,
Last year, we saw the adoption of the new Strategic Plan.  This comprehensive guidance for UN-Women also encompasses the high expectations of Member States for its work.
This is also the first Strategic Plan since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda.
I believe that its implementation should contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.
In particular, I underscore the importance of implementing and adapting the Plan in the context of the UN development system reform.
We believe that it is fundamental that the UN development system, including UN Women, ensures stronger system-wide coordination and partnership; that also contributes to the advancement of the “Peace-humanitarian-development nexus”.
For example, ending gender-based violence involves UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA and UN Women.
In this regard, the “common chapter” of the Plan serves as a good base, and ensuring “delivery as One UN” is key.
We expect UN Women to take an active role in creating complementary and mutually-reinforcing partnerships, rather than competing with other stakeholders, to bring tangible outcomes in a more effective and coordinated manner.

(Women in Conflict and LEAP)
Madam President,
Around the world, 130 million people are currently in need of humanitarian assistance, and over three-quarters of them are women and children.  Conflict and displacement affect women and girls from the outset, and in a different manner from men and boys.
Against this backdrop, a fundamental shift of UN-Women’s work is taking place with an increasing need in peace, security and humanitarian areas.
To respond to the urgent needs of women and girls in conflict settings, I would like to highlight the importance of supporting UN-Women’s Leadership, Empowerment, Access and Protection in Crisis Response (LEAP) program.
LEAP seeks to ensure that women and girls affected by crisis 1) lead, 2) participate in, 3) are empowered by, and 4) benefit from response and recovery efforts.
As an active contributor to this program, Japan has been investing in this model politically and financially.
Our financial effort amounts to 13 million USD in 2016 and 2017, followed by additional 5.75 million USD in 2018.
This action is also in line with the “human security” approach, which the Secretary-General is emphasizing and Japan has been advocating for.
Moreover, LEAP can be an effective measure to implement Women, Peace and Security agenda.
In this context, Japan will co-host with UN Women a high-level event on LEAP on March 12th during CSW to showcase best practices and success stories of women’s resilience.
I hope that Member States and other stakeholders will join us to demonstrate your support for this important program.

To conclude, Madam President, Japan will take a leading role in championing women’s agenda this year,  and is looking forward to working with UN Women, Member States and other stakeholders.
Thank you.