Kiyotaka Akasaka (Trinity 1972) is distinguished Japanese career diplomat, and has worked many years in leadership positions at the UN, the OECD and other international organizations, and the Japanese Foreign Ministry. Kiyotaka Akasaka has kindly agreed to join us for a zoom discussion on the topic “Has the UN been doing a good job for the war in Ukraine and other global challenges?”. Kyotaka may also include climate changes, since in December 1997, he was one of the top negotiators at the Kyoto Conference on Climate Change.
- 6pm Tokyo time, Thursday 13 April 2023 start
- 10:00am London Time, Thursday 13 April 2023
- 6:15pm -7:00pm Kiyotaka Akasaka “Has the UN been doing a good job for the war in Ukraine and other global challenges?”
- 7:00pm – discussions
Kiyotaka Akasaka 赤阪清隆 (Trinity 1972)
Mr. Kiyotaka Akasaka (Trinity 1972) is President of the Nippon Communications Foundation (Nippon.com). He held the position of United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information for five years from 2007 to 2012. He was in charge of the UN Department of Public Information. In December 1997, Kiyotaka was one of the top negotiators at the Kyoto Conference on Climate Change.
Before joining the UN, Mr. Akasaka held the position of Deputy Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in charge of development, environment, and sustainable development. Mr. Akasaka was also Japan’s Ambassador to the UN in 2000 and 2001.
After retiring from the UN in 2012, he held the position of the President of the Foreign Press Center of Japan, a non-profit foundation for assistance to foreign journalists in Japan till 2020. He became President of the Nippon Communications Foundation in 2022.
He is the author of several books relating to the UN and other global affairs.
He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in law from Kyoto University in 1971. 1972 he matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a Bachelor and a Master of Arts in economics.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 9 February 2007 announced the appointment of Kiyotaka Akasaka of Japan as Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information (Kiyotaka Akasaka’s profile on the UNIC website on the occasion of his appointment):
- 国際機関で見た 「世界のエリート」の正体 (中公新書ラクレ) 赤阪清隆 (著)
- The GATT and the Uruguay Round Negotiations (in Japanese)
- The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (in English)
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