Commission on Human Security to be Launched in June

Former U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata told Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori on Thursday that her Commission on Human Security will hold its first meeting in New York for three days from June 8.

The New York-based commission, formed in January, will hold four official meetings during its two-year term and compile a final report at the end of the period on ways to contain threats to human life such as poverty and AIDS.

The commission has around 10 members, including co-chairpersons Ogata and Nobel economic prize laureate Amartya Sen, and former Thai Foreign Minister Surin Pitsuwan.

Although independent of the United Nations, the commission will maintain close contact with the international organization.

Its activities will be funded chiefly by the U.N. Trust Fund for Human Security, which was established by Japan.