Former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori at the Prime Minister's Official Residence.
At the United Nations Millennium Summit last year in September the Prime Minister expressed his support for the establishment of a Commission on Human Security, and also emphasized the importance of "human security" in his policy speech delivered in the Republic of South Africa on the occasion of his visit to Africa in January this year.
Given impetus by those comments, the inaugural meeting of the Commission on Human Security is to be held in New York in June, jointly chaired by Mrs. Ogata and Professor Amartya Sen, a Nobel Laureate for Economics and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge.
Mrs. Ogata conveyed Prime Minister Mori her appreciation for his support in the establishment of the Commission on Human Security and briefed him on the current status of preparation for the inaugural meeting, and the outlook for future activities.
The Prime Minister stated that, "The Government of Japan remains committed to maintaining "human security" as one of the pillars of Japan's diplomacy, and intends to fully support the activities of the Commission on Human Security."