Tokyo Conference 2023 on March 24

February 25, 2023

Date: Friday, March 24, 2023, 12:30-18:50
Venue: Magnolia Hall, Tokyo Prince Hotel, 2F (3-3-1 Shiba-Koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Theme: Overcoming Division and Conflict around the World
Supporting Companies: Hitachi, Ltd., Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Bank of Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., Nomura Holdings, Inc., Mitsui Fudosan Co.
Interpretation: Simultaneous Japanese-English interpretation
Registration Deadline: Monday, March 13



General Moderator: Nishimura Yuho (International Director, The Genron NPO)

12:30-12:45pm Opening

           Kudo Yasushi (President, The Genron NPO)
           Kawaguchi Yoriko (Former Foreign Minister of Japan)

12:45-2:00pm  Keynote speeches

        The Rt Hon William Hague (Former Foreign Secretary, UK)
        Mary Robinson (the 7th President of Ireland, Chair of The Elders)
        Dr S. Jaishankar (Minister of External Affairs of India)
        Ignasius Jonan (Former Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Former Minister of Transportation, Indonesia)

2:00-3:00pm Panel discussion: "2023 and beyond: Our responsibilities to the future of the world"

3:15-4:45pm Session 1: One year of war in Ukraine - Can world peace be restored?

A year has passed since war broke out in Ukraine, and there is still no end in sight. The war has deepened divisions throughout the world, and has caused countries to increasingly consider security as a factor in all areas of governance. The problem remains that no effective opposition has been raised against Russia, a major power that has violated the territoriality and sovereignty of another country, and continues to violate the United Nations Charter and international law. Can the UN Charter be harnessed to end the war in Ukraine and restore world peace, and what can be done to accomplish this?

Panelists: ten thinktank leaders

5:00-6:30 pm Session 2: Role of democracies on restoration of democratic governance and multilateral cooperation ?

In In this session, attendees will discuss the issues democratic countries face as conflict deepens around the world, and will review solutions to those issues. Two main issues will be considered. First is what efforts should be made by democracies to prevent further global division, and second is the question of rebuilding democracy itself. A public opinion poll was conducted last year by Genron and other organizations in 55 democracies around the world. It illustrated that people in such countries are losing trust in political parties, parliaments, governments, and other democratic structures, and the usefulness of democracy in stabilizing people's lives and resolving problems is being questioned. Here we will look at what issues should be addressed as democracies around the globe are being tested.

Panelists: ten thinktank leaders

6:30-6:50pm Presentation of the proposal to the G7 Chair (Japanese government) and Speech from Kishida Fumio (Prime Minister of Japan)


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