Message from His Excellency Mr Seiichi KONDO,
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary,
Former Permanent Delegate of Japan to UNESCO (2006-2008)
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21 September 2006
Welcome to the Website of the Permanent Delegation of Japan to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
I was appointed Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Japan to UNESCO and arrived in Paris on September 20, 2006.
Let's look back on the origins of UNESCO. The Organization was created after World War II, when many countries, trying to reconstruct a devastated world and aware of men's responsibility in triggering wars, decided to unite to restore peace in the world and prevent the outbreak of another world war. This will is embodied in the famous sentence of the Preamble of the UNESCO constitution.
"Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed."
60 years have passed since World War II: has this ideal been attained? If not, why? Should there be something to do, what could it be? Whose responsibility is it to strive towards this ideal?
It is with all these questions in mind that I am taking up my post as Permanent Delegate of Japan to UNESCO and my wish is to share my ideas and views with you.
In this regard, I wish to form my own opinion on UNESCO's actions and give you an insight about the various meetings, seminars and symposia held in UNESCO, as it is often difficult to
understand the technical content of these discussions complicated by political aspects.
Through this site, my aim is to clarify the above-mentioned discussions as well as Japan's policies with a view to providing "food for thought" on the role of the Government of Japan and Japanese NGOs in enhancing UNESCO's mission. In addition, I would like to extend some assistance to the young Japanese people interested in joining the UNESCO Secretariat.
Beyond the constraint of my function, my aim is to think and express my opinions freely and, by doing so, try to stimulate the curiosity of the readers of this website.
The Delegation and I will pursue our efforts to make you enjoy this website.
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