Opening and Closing Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Toshiya Hoshino, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, at the High-level Event: Human Security at 25

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Opening Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Toshiya Hoshino
Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations

Mr. Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme
Ambassador Yukio Satoh, Councilor of the Japan Institute of International Affairs
 
Excellencies,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,
 
It is my great honour to preside as the Master of Ceremonies for this momentous high-level event.
 
Allow me to begin by extending my appreciation on behalf of the co-sponsors – the Permanent Missions of Norway, South Africa and Thailand – to Mr. Steiner and Ambassador Satoh for your participation in today’s event.
 
I also wish to thank you, Ms. Baiocchi, UN Resident Coordinator in Cameroon, and Mr. Torres, Executive Director of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, for coming all the way here.
 
It is not an overestimation to assert that the discourse on and application of human security has been profoundly transformative.
 
Twenty-five years after its inauguration by the UNDP Human Development Report, we see how human security’s focus on the protection and empowerment of people in addition to ensuring security of a state, region and international society has expanded our understanding of the risks and threats to the survival, livelihood and dignity of our people.
 
We witness how its call for comprehensive, context-specific and preventive strategies has altered how governments, the United Nations system and civil society respond to complex and interconnected challenges.
 
We detect its principles of human security infused throughout major global agendas including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the sustaining peace agenda, among others.
 
It has made a lasting and positive imprint on our work and on our journey to the United Nations of today.
 
However, this evolution has not completed.
 
Especially at this time of global challenges and uncertainties, we recognize the relevance and importance of human security as more critical now than two decades ago.
 
In this regard, today’s event offers an important moment for reflection to capture the lessons from the application of human security.


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Closing Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Toshiya Hoshino
Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations
 
Thank you, Mr. Conceição and esteemed panellists for your engaging and compelling presentations.  Thank you for your active participations from the floor as well.
 
It has been a very rich discussion and we remind ourselves its genesis and relevance of human security, and we renewed our commitment to the advancement of human security.  Therefore, it has been very useful.  
 
We also remind ourselves, at the UN context, General Assembly resolution 66/290 of 2012, can be another guiding starting point, which will have a lens well-suited to supporting our collective action on contemporary challenges that exact enormous human, economic, social and environmental costs.
 
Talking about the practical part of this human security, we have to pay attentions to the cost of projects.  In that regards, a key part of these efforts is scaling up the UN Trust Fund for Human Security as a vital mechanism for translating ambitious and multifaceted agendas into concrete action on the ground.
 
Building upon its unique wealth of experience from 20 years of supporting integrated, comprehensive, localized and preventive programming by the United Nations system in partnership with others, the Fund is poised for its next phase.
 
To this end, I invite all Member States to join the Secretary-General as partners in charting its future.
 
Excellencies,
 
With our collaborative efforts through the application of human security, we can greatly contribute to realizing a future where people everywhere can thrive and prosper and governments achieve the SDGs. 
 
As the Presidency of G20, Japan would like to prepare for meetings based on today’s discussions, so as to highlight empowerment of people through health and education based on human security.
 
I would like to take this opportunity to withdraw your attention that Japan also assumed the Presidency of the Leading Group on Innovative Financing for Development this year. As H.E. Ambassador Sato previously mentioned about financing for human security, we believe the UNTFHS is a key part of efforts to achieve human security, but on top of that, to fill the enormous funding gap, innovative financing mechanisms, including international solidarity tax, are needed and we will lead such a discussion.
 
Lastly, please welcome to a reception tonight at 6.00pm in the Express Bar, UNHQ.  I hope all of you can join me.
 
I thank you for your active participation.