25 October 2006, U Thant Hall, UN House, Tokyo, JapanUN Day 2006 Events in Japan
“Japan at 50 in the UN”
United Nations Day (UN Day) is an anniversary to commemorate the date 61 years ago, 24 October 1945, when the United Nations Charter came into effect. UN Day has been celebrated annually since 1947 throughout the world through variety of events.
This year is significant in that it marks the 50th year since Japan joined the UN. To celebrate, 22 UN-related organizations in Japan are collaborating to hold variety of events and to reaffirm our commitment to fostering the mission of the UN and the aspirations for peace of its “Peoples and Member States”. Ted Turner, founder of the US-based CNN television network and contributor of some 1 billion dollars to the UN through the UN Foundation that he established in 1997, will participate in the symposium. Also taking part in the discussions will be Hisashi Owada, former UN Ambassador and current judge on the International Court of Justice; Dr. Nafis Sadik, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General; and Dr. Hans van Ginkel, UNU Rector and UN Under Secretary General.
The main event will be an international symposium commemorating “Japan at 50 in the UN”, which will take place from 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM on 25 October at the UN House (UNU Centre building) in Shibuya, Tokyo, the main venue of the UN Day celebrations in Japan. Workshops will also be held for persons seeking to further their understanding of the UN system or those interested in working in a UN organization.
Other commemorative events are planned for regions where offices of UN agencies are based outside of Tokyo: in Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kobe, Osaka, Nagoya , Toyama and Yokohama. These events will be held at various times from October through December.