September 10, 2018
María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, the president-elect of the United Nations General Assembly, right, with JICA President Shinichi Kitaoka
JICA President Shinichi Kitaoka held talks with María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, the president-elect of the United Nations General Assembly, at JICA Headquarters in Tokyo on Aug. 30.
They discussed various reforms at the U.N. to promote sustainable development. They agreed that to achieve the SDGs, not only traditional donors but also emerging countries will play an important role and that it is vital to share common norm that incorporates environmental and social considerations as well as a debt-sustainability perspective. At the same time, they affirmed the importance of the U.N. in maintaining multilateralism. Moreover, regarding protracted and worsening refugee issues, they affirmed the effectiveness of the support for refugee self-reliance JICA has engaged in, including vocational training and assistance to host communities, and Ms. Espinosa expressed her expectation that JICA will continue to play an important role in this field.
JICA will continue working in tandem with the U.N. to solve global issues and achieve the SDGs.