Statement by H.E. Mr. Mitsuru Kitano, Permanent Representative, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan at the 17th Session of the General Conference of UNIDO

Madame President,
I would like to begin by congratulating you on your election as President of the seventeenth session of the General Conference of UNIDO. I am sure that this session will be successful under your able leadership.
Madame President,
Japan congratulates Director General, Li Yong on his reappointment for a second term.
We have witnessed a remarkable number of tangible outcomes during DG Li Yong’s first term. The concept of ISID was incorporated in Goal 9 of the 2030 Agenda. UNIDO was assigned a leading role for African development in the implementation of IDDAIII. Growing expectations from the international community continue to be reflected in a significant volume of voluntary contributions.
We look forward to seeing further positive developments of the Organization under DG Li Yong’s strong leadership. We express our continuous and unwavering support for his second term.
Madame President,
DG Li Yong’s annual visits to Japan have strengthened our ties. UNIDO is a key partner in the promotion of SDGs, which is now firmly mainstreamed in Japan’s diplomatic policy. We are pleased to note that UNIDO is an organization which brings about tangible results in the promotion of SDGs. DG Li Yong’s constructive dialogues with Japanese private companies have also bolstered UNIDO’s role as a platform for partnership with the Japanese private sector.
In this connection, we greatly appreciate that the Japan-UNIDO cooperation was highlighted in the 4th Donor Meeting this morning. We are a long-standing supporter of the Organization. In the past five years, the Government of Japan funded a total of over 52 million USD, making us the largest governmental contributor to TC programmes and projects. Two projects showcased at the Donor Meeting exemplify our areas of focus: promotion of “clean energy”, “human security” and “humanitarian-development nexus”.
UNIDO continues to be an important partner in Japan’s development assistance for Africa. TICAD has made remarkable contributions to African development for over twenty years. Last year, TICADVI was held in Africa for the first time. We commend Director General Li Young’s contributions to the success of the conference. We look forward to further active cooperation with UNIDO for the forthcoming TICAD VII in 2019.
Madame President,
Turning to DG Li Yong’s second term, allow me to touch upon our observations for the further development of the Organization.
First, a sound organizational basis is needed to meet an increasing demand for the Organization’s services. Japan reiterates that Member States should bear the responsibility to pay their assessed contributions in a timely manner. Recruitment should be conducted in a well-balanced manner in gender, region, financial contribution of Member States, as well as both internally and externally. Needless to say, the departure of Member States is an issue we should monitor closely. The Secretariat is encouraged to continue its efforts to stop the trend of withdrawal, and to win back former Member States.
Second, under the limited resources, well thought-out strategies are indispensable. We appreciate the Secretariat’s efforts to update the medium-term programme framework (MTPF) for the period 2018-2021. The country partnership programme (PCP) framework is another focus of our attention. Careful examination of the lessons learned from the pilot projects will contribute to further elaboration of the framework. We look forward to continued and enhanced dialogues with the Secretariat.
Madame President,
I would like to conclude by assuring that Japan continues to render its constructive partnership to the Organization. Once again we reaffirm our fullest support to DG Li Yong in his second term.
Thank you very much for your kind attention.