UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed UN staff in Tokyo at a town hall meeting at UNU Headquarters today. Mr. Ban is visiting Japan to meet with Prime Minister Kan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Okada, and other senior officials and to attend ceremonies on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Japan.
At the town hall meeting, moderated by UNU Rector Konrad Osterwalder, Mr. Ban said that the core theme of his visit was peace and disarmament. He hoped to send a strong message, he said, through his presence. On Friday, August 6, Mr. Ban will become the first secretary-general to attend the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony.
Before taking questions from the audience, Mr. Ban also spoke of the creation of a new agency for women and gender equality. UN Women will unite those entities and programmes now working on these issues.