September 16, 2019
 In MONUSCO - Peacekeeping Efforts in the DRC

Country: Japan
Delegate Name: Alexander Vogel

Japan is dedicated to the United Nations Charter and resolutions brought about by the efforts of all member nations in the effort to preserve and maintain peace. As a member of the United Nations Security Council for the duration of this conference, Japan recognizes the great responsibility it has in addressing the issues set before the Security Council. Developing a solution for the displaced citizens, terrorism fears and human rights violations observed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a major priority for the country of Japan. Consistently and most especially since the terror attacks on United States soil in 2001, Japan has been dedicated to the eradication of terrorism across the globe. To site a document on Japanese foreign policy published in 2015- “It is necessary for each and every person to cooperate to prevent terrorism, recognizing it as a challenge to civil life … [Japan’s] stance that terrorism cannot be justified nor tolerated in its any reasons …”. And to quote the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in a publication from 2020- “While advocating the perspective for building bridges in Asia and protecting the socially vulnerable, Japan will contribute to improving the human rights situation around the world”. Japan is dedicated to cooperating with the member nations present in this endeavor to solve the issues brought before us today, but remains an ardent supporter of national sovereignty and preserving the dignity of any nations involved in these conflicts. In light of the known violations of human rights occurring in both the civilian life in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as those occurring in the shadows of the government, Japan will continue to dedicate itself to the people affected by these infringements, as both an act of compassion as well as a recognition of responsibility that all members nations present hold, as outlined in the United Nations Charter, something we are all subject to, as it would do us well to remember as we continue to proceed in the coming hours and days.
To further strengthen the position Japan observes in this issue, Japan would like to firmly encourage a resolution that focuses most on the protection of the inhabitants of the Democratic Republic of the Congo as well as surrounding areas of conflict, rather than something borne of vengeance or misplaced duty. It is the duty of all member states present today to serve and protect the people we find in our care, even if that requires turning away from grudges long-held. We have gathered here to bring peace, not destroy our chance at it.
As well, Japan would go so far as to demand an examination of the efficacy of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the mission that has lead the United Nations Security Council to convene several times in recent years, not just to make sure the mission is remaining up-to-date with all diplomacy knowledge available at the time, but also ongoing renovations to the very structure of the mission, in light of the many criticisms of its use and efficacy that have been brought to the Council again and again in recent memory. If this mission has become obsolete, it is time for the esteemed delegates of the Council that I see before me to evaluate where these resources can be best reestablished.

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