November 19, 2020
Kyoto University of the Arts Uryuyama Gakuen Campus Shunjuza
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, the Kyoto University of the Arts invited UNU Rector Malone, Under Secretary-General of the United Nations, Former Under-Secretary-General Yasushi Akashi, Former Ambassadors to the United Nations Takahiro Shinyo and Toshiya Hoshino, and Former Special Representative of the United Nations Sukehiro Hasegawa. The conference was held at the Shun-Jyu-Za International Conference Hall on November 19, 2020.
Following the opening remarks by President Kazuo Oike of Kyoto University of Arts, the participants viewed a video message sent by Mr. Fabrizio Hochschild, UN Under-Secretary-General for the 75th Anniversary of the United Nation. Dr. David Malone and Mr. Yasushi Akashi then ascertained the role of the United Nations and Japan in addressing global issues such as COVID-19, climate change, poverty eradication and disaster prevention. They emphasized the importance of arts and science in maintaining international peace and prosperity.
A panel discussion was then held to ascertain under the chairmanship of Ambassador Shinyo on how theUnited Nations functions under the rapidly changing world situation, and how to sustain the universal values reflected in the Charter of the United Nations. The panelists discussed in depth the concept of human security and significance of the role played by culture and art in achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs).