Determined to reform the UN, Abe says 'Time to produce concrete results'

Determined to reform the UN, Abe says 'Time to produce concrete results'

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday expressed his firm intention to lead United Nations reforms, aiming to secure a permanent Security Council seat.

In a speech he gave at United Nations University in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward, Abe designated this year and next year as “years for taking concrete actions.”

Stressing Japan’s stance based on its policy of “proactive contribution to peace,” Abe said the country would actively contribute to solving a variety of issues in the international community in co-operation with the Unite Nations.

The speech was given at the university’s symposium to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations.

Bearing in mind that Japan will become a nonpermanent member of the U.N. Security Council for two years from 2016, Abe said, “We are resolved to lead discussions both within the U.N. and beyond, regarding any and all issues, in any and every aspect.”

Regarding U.N. reform, Abe said, “It is no longer time to discuss. Now it is time for us to produce concrete results.”

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