18 December 2016, Hiroshima, Japan - Japan joined the United Nations on this day 60 years ago.

Based in the city of Hiroshima in Japan and reflecting on this anniversary, the UNITAR Hiroshima Office collected photos of our colleagues, who enjoy and are proud of their work. We all feel that one of the most interesting aspects of working for the UN is being able to work alongside colleagues, as well as engage with participants, from such a variety of backgrounds. UNITAR hopes to continue spreading the message of peace from Hiroshima to the rest of the world through our programmes.


About the UNITAR Hiroshima Office

Since its founding in 2003, the UNITAR Hiroshima Office continues to deliver focused training on World Heritage, nuclear disarmament, and peace-building through human capacity development. We currently run eight training programmes: capacity development for Afghanistan, Iraq and South Sudan; anti-corruption; disaster risk reduction; and women’s leadership through sport; in addition to the World Heritage and nuclear disarmament programmes. Over the past 13 years, the UNITAR Hiroshima Office has received continuous support from Hiroshima Prefecture, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and other key partners.

Japan in the UN

Japan joined the UN as its 80th member in 1956, 11 years after the UN was founded. Given the nation’s history, Japan has been a leader in the UN on issues such as disarmament and non-proliferation, peace-building, and human security; for example, the first UN Conference on Disarmament Issues took place in Kyoto. Japan in also an international teacher and example for disaster risk reduction efforts and held the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai in 2015. As the second-largest donor to the UN, Japan contributes greatly to international aid and disaster relief efforts. Since joining, Japan has been a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 10 terms, beginning in 1958.

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Read more about Japan’s history and role in the UN through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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