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Shared prosperity and well-being for all by 2030 is the target the international community has set itself in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted on September 25, 2015 at the UN Summit in New York. This joint media project with DEVNET Japan Foundation highlights sustainability - in the fields of development, environment and food and nutrition. DEVNET was founded by Roberto Savio in 1985 as an international Association with headquarters in Rome.
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Sechs Mekong-Länder beleben die regionale Drogenstrategie neu

Von J. Nastranis

NEW YORK (IDN) – Das Mekong-Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) zur Drogenkontrolle, ein Rahmen der Strafverfolgung, Strafrecht, alternative Entwicklung und Gesundheitsverantwortung in sechs Ländern in Ost- und Südostasien umfasst, ist auch weiterhin von entscheidender Bedeutung und das mehr als 25 Jahre nach seiner Unterzeichnung.

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Seis países del Mekong refuerzan la estrategia regional antidrogas

Por J Nastranis

NUEVA YORK (IDN) - El Memorando de entendimiento del Mekong (MOU, por sus siglas en inglés) sobre el control de drogas, un marco que incorpora respuestas en materia de la aplicación de la ley, la justicia penal, el desarrollo alternativo y la salud en seis países de Asia oriental y sudoriental, sigue siendo de fundamental importancia más de veinticinco años después de su firma.

A pesar de los notables esfuerzos, los seis países del MOU (Camboya, China, Laos, Myanmar, Tailandia y Vietnam) que constituyen la subregión del Gran Mekong siguen enfrentando desafíos para detener el flujo de drogas ilícitas y precursores químicos dentro, hacia y desde la zona.

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The Heart of the Japanese

 Viewpoint by Katsuei Hirasawa*

TOKYO (IDN) – When public opinion surveys are carried out in Japan and China, about 90 percent of the Japanese answer that they dislike China and about 80 percent of the Chinese answer that they dislike Japan. These are indescribably sad numbers, but probably have their roots in historical recognition. However, when they visit Japan, Chinese people are very surprised by the extreme kindness of the Japanese. SPANISH | GERMAN | HINDI | JAPANESE

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Sustainable Infrastructure Development is Crucial

By Masami Nakakubo*

This advertorial is part of IDN’s media project jointly with Global Cooperation Council and DEVNET Japan.

TOKYO - At the time when the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake struck Japan in 1995, I was in charge as a government official. The earthquake left a situation in which vital infrastructure such as roads, railways, electricity, water, gas and communication were unable to function properly.

As a citizen of Japan, an earthquake-prone country, I realised the importance of having many options for the supply of energy supply without having to rely on the existing energy supply infrastructure. As a result, JC Service Co., Ltd was established and has helped increase the efficiency of heat and water management for the private sector. Read in Japanese

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Building an Efficient Asian Network for Disaster Risk Reduction

Viewpoint by Toshiaki Kitazato*

TOKYO (IDN) - In the January 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, Kobe City – with its population of 1.5 million – was hit hardest by strong tremors. Nearly 6,500 people lost their lives

Eighteen years later, Japan suffered a great disaster yet again, followed by the massive tsunami caused by the earthquake in deep sea crusts in the Pacific Ocean on March 11, 2013. The East Japan Great Earthquake Disaster not only caused more than 20,000 death casualties but also destroyed the nuclear power plant buildings in Fukushima. SPANISH | GERMAN | HINDI | JAPANESE

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Six Mekong Countries Reinforce Regional Drug Strategy

Analysis by J Nastranis

NEW YORK (IDN) - The Mekong Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Drug Control, a framework that incorporates law enforcement, criminal justice, alternative development, and health responses in six countries in East and Southeast Asia continues to be of critical importance more than twenty-five years after it was signed.

Despite significant efforts, the six MOU countries – Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam – that constitute the Greater Mekong Sub-region continue to face challenges in stemming the flow of illicit drugs and precursor chemicals in, to and from the area. SPANISH | GERMAN | HINDI | JAPANESE

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Using Biomass to Reduce CO2 Emissions in Asia

By Prof. Hideo Samura*

This advertorial is part of IDN’s media project jointly with Global Cooperation Council and DEVNET Japan.

TOKYO - Asian countries, especially the ASEAN countries, launched the economic community at the end of 2015 and have been promoting various measures for sustainable growth. Those with increasing energy demand are endowed with a lot of biomass resources.

Each country is strongly interested in biomass energy in the interest of low-carbon and is strengthening research and development efforts. Although the United States and Europe are advancing the introduction of biomass energy in all of the fields of power generation, heat utilization and transport fuel, the ASEAN countries are lagging somewhat behind. READ IN JAPANESE

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Reminiszenzen an die Vereinten Nationen und Japans Asien-Strategie

Von Prof. Makoto Taniguchi *

TOKIO (IDN) – Als die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika die Vereinten Nationen in den 1980er Jahren als 'Unnütze Repräsentanz’ brandmarkten, benutzten junge Diplomaten, die als Regierungsvertreter für die Vereinten Nationen in New York abgestellt waren, den ironischen Ausdruck "Zombie"-Gruppe, um die Situation zu beschreiben, in der sie sich befanden.

Der Botschaftsrat der Sowjetunion, Sergej Lawrow, der unter seinen Kollegen wie ein Führer auftrat, war davon überzeugt, dass hinsichtlich dieser weltumfassenden Körperschaft etwas getan werden müsse, sonst würden er und andere zu Hause nicht respektiert werden. Daher inspirierte er die Gruppe, die schon dabei war, ihre Visionen zu verlieren, die Vereinten Nationen zu stärken.

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Reminiscencias de las Naciones Unidas y estrategia de Japón para Asia

 

Escrito por el profesor Makoto Taniguchi*

TOKIO (IDN) – Cuando Estados Unidos describía a las Naciones Unidas como una “presencia inútil” en la década de 1980, los jóvenes burócratas con cargos de ministros asesores, que fueron enviados como representantes gubernamentales ante la ONU en Nueva York, utilizaban un término despreciativo: un grupo “zombi”, para describir la situación en la que se encontraban.

El consejero soviético Sergey Lavrov, que era como un líder entre sus compañeros, estaba convencido de que se debía hacer algo con respecto al organismo mundial. De lo contrario, él y los demás no iban a ser respetados al regresar a casa. Así que él fue el inspirador del que empezaba a perder de vista la visión de fortalecer las Naciones Unidas.

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संयुक्त राष्ट्र और जापान की एशिया रणनीति के संस्मरण

प्रो. मकोटो तानिगुची*

टोक्यो (आईडीएन) – 1980 के दशक में जब संयुक्त राज्य अमेरिका संयुक्त राष्ट्र को एक ‘बेकार उपस्थिति’ के रूप में कोस रहा था तब मंत्री-सलाहकार पद के युवा नौकरशाह, जिन्हें संयुक्त राष्ट्र के लिए सरकार के प्रतिनिधियों के रूप में न्यू यॉर्क भेजा गया था, अपनी स्थिति को बयान करने के लिए एक विरोधात्मक शब्द का प्रयोग कर रहे थे – “ज़ोंबी” समूह।

सोवियत संघ के काउंसलर श्री सर्जेई लावरोव, जो अपने साथियों के बीच एक नेता की तरह थे, का विश्वास था कि विश्व संस्था के बारे में कुछ किया जाना आवश्यक है। अन्यथा उन्हें और अन्य लोगों को वापस अपने देश में सम्मान नहीं मिलेगा। इसलिए वह समूह को प्रेरणा दे रहे थे जो अन्यथा संयुक्त राष्ट्र को मज़बूत बनाने की सोच खोने लगा था।

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