UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Régner on first official visit to Japan

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Asa Régner will be on her first official visit as UN Women Deputy Executive Director to Tokyo, Japan, from 13 to 15 June. The visit is intended to continue building an already strong partnership with Japan towards achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment, both at home and abroad. 

The increasing support and financial contributions to UN Women from the Government and the people of Japan has enabled UN Women to deliver catalytic results on many fronts. Women’s empowerment and participation, as well as building the capacity of national institutions and the humanitarian community to undertake gender-responsive humanitarian action, are priorities that UN Women shares with the Government of Japan. 

During her visit, Ms. Régner will meet with several Japanese senior government officials, including Minister for Gender Equality, Ms. Seiko Noda,  Commissioner for Japan Sports Agency, Mr. Daichi Suzuki,  Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Manabu Horii, Director-General for Foreign Policy Bureau, MoFA, Mr. Satoshi Suzuki, and Director-General for Global Issues Cooperation Division, Mr. Hideo Suzuki, in addition to members of the Parliamentary League and the Japanese finance industry.

Highlights

14 June

Ms. Régner’s second day in Japan began with a meeting with senior executives of Japanese financial institutions. UN Women hosted a seminar, which featured five distinguished speakers from Government Pension Investment Fund, Japan, Dai-ichi life Insurance Co., Nomura Asset Management, the Group of Regional Bank Presidents responsible for empowerment of women, and the Japanese representative in charge of Japan’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) action plan. Attended by representatives from leading financial institutions, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the seminar highlighted the common goals and shared values of various stakeholders towards achieving the SDGs.

Opening statement made by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Régner at the Ring the Bell follow up event in Tokyo, Japan on 14 June 2018. Photo: UN Women
UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Régner makes the opening statement at the Ring the Bell follow-up event in Tokyo, Japan on 14 June 2018. Photo: UN Women

Ms. Régner also met with the Mayor of Bunkyo City, Mr. Hironobu Narisawa, Minister of Gender Equality, Ms. Seiko Noda, and the Commissioner for Japan Sports Agency, Mr. Daichi Suzuki, who welcomed UN Women’s engagement in promoting gender equality through sport. Her day concluded with discussions with the members of UN Women Japanese National Committee about new fundraising initiatives.

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Regner gifts a HeForShe pin to the Commissioner of Japan Sports Agency, Mr. Daichi Suzuki, and seeks his support to promote gender equality in sport. Photo: UN Women
UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Régner gifts a HeForShe pin to the Commissioner of Japan Sports Agency, Mr. Daichi Suzuki, and seeks his support to promote gender equality in sport. Photo: UN Women
Deputy Executive Director Asa Régner  thanks Mayor of Bunkyo-City, Mr. Hironobu Narisawa, for his support to UN Women's Japan Liaison Office and for being a vocal leader and an advocate for HeForShe in Japan. Photo: UN Women
Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Asa Régner thanks Mayor of Bunkyo-City, Mr. Hironobu Narisawa, for his support to UN Women's Japan Liaison Office and for being an advocate for HeForShe in Japan. Photo: UN Women

13 June

Deputy Executive Director Asa Regner speaks with Parliamentary Secretary of Foreign Affairs Manabu Horii in Tokyo, Japan on 13 June 2018. Photo: UN Women
Deputy Executive Director Asa Régner speaks with Parliamentary Secretary of Foreign Affairs Manabu Horii in Tokyo, Japan on 13 June 2018. Photo: UN Women

On her first day in Japan, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Régner had a series of meetings with Foreign Ministry Officials of Japan where she received warm welcome and sincere appreciation, for the work UN Women is delivering at home and abroad.

Deputy Executive Director Asa Régner with Director-General for Global Issues Cooperation Division of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hideo Suzuki and Director of UN Women Japan Liaison Office Kae Ishikawa in Tokyo, Japan on 13 June 2018. Photo: UN Women
Deputy Executive Director Asa Régner with Director-General for Global Issues Cooperation Division of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hideo Suzuki and Director of UN Women Japan Liaison Office Kae Ishikawa in Tokyo, Japan on 13 June 2018. Photo: UN Women

During a meeting with Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Manabu Horii, Director-General for Foreign Policy Bureau Satoshi Suzuki, Director-General for Global Issues Cooperation Division Hideo Suzuki, and Director-General for African Affairs Department Takeshi Osuga, Ms Régner applauded Japanese leadership and commitment to achieve gender equality and to promote the empowerment of women at home and abroad, and reaffirmed UN Women’s cooperation and partnership in working towards the same goal with Japan

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