Nov 21, 2015

Japan gains observer status ahead of return to UNSC

Japanese representatives began attending U.N. Security Council meetings Friday, the first day of Japan’s observer status eligibility six weeks ahead of its record 11th term as a non-permanent member. Deputy Ambassador Yoshifumi Okamura was among those who sat in on the day’s addresses by ...

Japanese envoy presses for UNSC entry

Jun 3, 2015

Japanese envoy presses for UNSC entry


Japanese Ambassador to the U.N. Motohide Yoshikawa has underscored the need for Japan to be a permanent member of the Security Council, saying it was “logical” as a key financial contributor. As Japan and other countries debate revamping the global organization’s most powerful body, ...

Feb 9, 2015

Next U.N. secretary general


With Ban Ki-moon's second term as U.N. secretary general ending Dec. 31, 2016, there are said to be at least three candidates to replace the South Korean. And former Prime Ministers Helen Clark of New Zealand and Kevin Rudd of Australia are believed to ...

Dec 19, 2014

U.N. General Assembly calls for North Korea to be referred to ICC

The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday condemned North Korea’s rights record and called for Pyongyang to be referred to the International Criminal Court to face charges of crimes against humanity. The nonbinding resolution was adopted by a vote of 116 to 20 with 52 ...