Debates Videoconferences
from 09:30 to 11:00
This event is public
The United Nations Security Council Credits: Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The United Nations Security Council Credits: Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Is the UN Security Council still relevant? France and Japan's views on the future of multilateralism Webinaire

The war in Ukraine exemplified the limitations of the UN Security Council (UNSC), as this key institution was not able to efficiently act for the maintenance of international peace and security.

In another case, the UNSC has been unable to stop DPRK’s nuclear and ballistic program, a destabilizing factor in Asia. Time might have come to debate the relevance, operational capacity, and legitimacy of the UNSC. Japan, which has been elected in June 2022 as non-permanent member of the UNSC for the 12th time has been advocating for a reform of the instance. France is supporting this initiative.

Japanese and French experts and practitionners will debate on the future of multilateralism, and especially of the UN Security Council.


The webinar will be held on Zoom, in English.



Following a brief set of remarks by each speaker, the discussion will interactive and led by the Chair. Q/A from the audience will be included in the discussion.

Chair and discussion leader: Céline PAJON, Head of Japan Research, French Institute of International Relations (Ifri)

  • Yukio TAKASU, Japanese diplomat, former United Nations Under-Secretary-General (UNSG) for Management and Special Adviser on Human Security to the UNSG
  • Manuel LAFONT-RAPNOUIL, Director Policy Planning, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Akiko FUKUSHIMA, Senior Fellow, The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research
  • Guibourg DELAMOTTE, Senior Lecturer, French Institute of Oriental Studies (Inalco); Research Fellow at the French Research Institute on East Asia (IFRAE, CNRS)


Contact the organizers: 

For more information, please contact: pajon@ifri.org

Multilateralism United Nations France Japan