Message from His Excellency Mr Teiichi Sato,

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary,

Former Permanent Delegate of Japan to UNESCO (2003-2006)

Ambassador Sato with Koichiro MatsuuraAmbassador Sato (left) with Mr Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO
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(April 2004)


"Welcome to the Website of the Permanent Delegation of Japan to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


While the process of globalization continues to accelerate, we are confronted with numerous problems on a worldwide scale. Since the end of the cold war, conflicts rooted in historical or ethnic rivalry have not ceased to arise.


UNESCO was created to contribute to peace and security by enhancing mutual understanding and cooperation among nations and peoples through education, science, culture, communication and information. In these difficult times, the role of UNESCO is taking on increasing importance. Indeed the famous line from the preamble of its Constitution: "Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed" has never been more relevant.


In 1951, the increase in the number of UNESCO clubs and associations in Japan prompted my Government to join UNESCO, 5 years before we joined the United Nations . A Permanent Delegate has been assigned to this Organisation ever since.


Through its participation in the General Conference, the Executive Board, and in the various intergovernmental meetings and other events of UNESCO, the Delegation works to reflect Japan's views and interests in the activities and management of the Organization. At the same time, we act as conduit to place Japan's knowledge and experience in the relevant fields at the service of UNESCO and, through it, the international community.


Japan has taken a leading role in promoting the financial and administrative reform of the Organization. It also plays an active part, together with other Member States, in the major UNESCO programmes: education for all, education for sustainable development, promotion of cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue, and water sciences, among others. Japan is also happy to support various Funds-in-Trust projects, including those designed to assist is the reconstruction of Afghanistan and Iraq.


Through this site, we will keep you informed of these and other activities that we carry out as a Member State of UNESCO.


I hope you will find our site useful and worth a repeated visit. "


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