Japan has assumed presidency of UNSC for March

In a significant development, Japan has taken over the presidency of the United Nations Security Council for the month of March. Ambassador Yamazaki Kazuyuki, Japan’s representative to the UN, outlined key priorities during Japan’s tenure, emphasizing nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation, and peace-building efforts aimed at core conflict prevention.

Addressing concerns about the ongoing situation in Gaza, Ambassador Kazuyuki announced plans for a Security Council session scheduled for March 7, focusing on the Middle East. This session presents an opportunity for the Security Council to engage in discussions pertinent to the issues surrounding Gaza.

Responding to queries regarding Israel’s compliance with International Court of Justice (ICJ) resolutions, Ambassador Kazuyuki refrained from providing specific legal assessments, citing Japan’s lack of on-the-ground presence. However, he reiterated the importance of upholding international humanitarian law while acknowledging Israel’s right to defend its people.

Expressing the vital role of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Ambassador Kazuyuki voiced hopes for the swift restoration of trust in the agency.

Meanwhile, the situation in Gaza remains dire, with Israel’s military offensive since October 7, 2023, resulting in significant casualties and widespread destruction. The blockade imposed by Israel has exacerbated humanitarian crises, leaving Gaza’s population grappling with shortages of essentials like food, clean water, and medicine.

According to the UN, the Israeli offensive has led to the internal displacement of 85% of Gaza’s population, with approximately 60% of the enclave’s infrastructure damaged or destroyed.

Amid mounting international pressure, Israel faces accusations of genocide at the International Court of Justice, with an interim ruling in January mandating measures to halt genocidal acts and ensure humanitarian assistance reaches civilians in Gaza.

Japan’s assumption of the UN Security Council presidency underscores the international community’s commitment to addressing critical global challenges, including conflict resolution and nuclear disarmament, while seeking diplomatic solutions to ongoing crises like the situation in Gaza.– Web Desk