Statement by H.E. Ambassador YAMAZAKI Kazuyuki, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, at the United Nations Security Council Briefing, Agenda item “Cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations (EU)”

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March 12, 2024

I would like to begin by welcoming High Representative Borrell to the Security Council, and I thank him for his comprehensive and insightful briefing on the cooperation between the United Nations and the European Union.

The UN is at the core of multilateralism. However, the UN by itself cannot take on all international challenges alone. Cooperation with partners is essential. Regional organizations play an indispensable and complementary role in enabling the Security Council to fulfil its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.

In this context, Japan values cooperation between the European Union and the United Nations, even more so as the world has arrived at a critical juncture in history.

We appreciate that the EU has consistently demonstrated leadership in its action, thereby garnering vital international attention and support for tackling current global challenges.

Japan and the European Union, as strategic partners, have reaffirmed our commitment to sustain a free and open international order based on the rule of law, with the UN Charter at its center.

Our cooperation in security was elevated last year, when Japan and the EU decided to start a Strategic Dialogue for addressing unprecedented challenges to international peace and security.

Japan and the EU have been actively contributing to the world together in a variety of fields. For instance, through our joint projects, Japan and the European Union are mobilizing strategic investments in quality infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific and Africa, which will serve as the foundation of steady development of the regions, benefiting all.

We commend the EU’s steadfast support for Ukraine. In the face of the flagrant violation of the UN Charter by a permanent member of the Security Council, Japan and the EU stand firm together to protect the fundamental principles of international relations through upholding the Charter.

In this inter-connected world we have no other option than to continue to coordinate and cooperate closer than ever.

The UN, where all the Member States gather, is the best place to discuss issues of mutual concern for the EU, Japan, and the entire international community.

Since the inception of the EU in 1993, we have worked tirelessly together on various global peace and security issues.

We look forward to continuing our joint efforts at the UN for another 30 years and more.

I thank you.


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