Distinguished Japanese Diplomat, Hisashi Owada, Appointed To United Nations Foundation Board of Directors

Washington, D.C.

January 4, 2001


Megan Rabbitt

Ambassador Hisashi Owada, among Japan’s most distinguished diplomats and leaders, was announced today as a new member of the United Nations Foundation Board of Directors.

Ambassador Owada currently serves as President of the Japan Institute of International Affairs, Advisor to Japan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and as a Senior Advisor to the President of the World Bank. From 1994 to 1998, Ambassador Owada served as Japan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, where he was deeply engaged in promoting new strategies for international development.

Ambassador Owada is among the world’s most knowledgeable and creative international diplomats. He brings to the Foundation a remarkable understanding of the United Nations and its work on behalf of peace and progress,” UNF President Timothy E. Wirth said. “The entire Board of Directors is delighted that Ambassador Owada has agreed to join us.”

Ambassador Owada has a distinguished career in foreign affairs and academia. He has played an instrumental role in the formulation of Japanese foreign policy for more than three decades, on issues ranging from reducing Cold War tensions to developing cooperative international agreements. In his diplomatic career, Ambassador Owada has served as Private Secretary to the Foreign Minister and then to the Prime Minister of Japan. He also has served as Director-General of the Treaties Bureau (Principal Legal Advisor), Deputy Minister and Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan. He served as Japan’s Permanent Representative to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development from 1988 to 1989.

In the academic world, Ambassador Owada has taught for 25 years at Tokyo University, as well as at Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School and New York University Law School.


The United Nations Foundation was created in 1998 with businessman and philanthropist R.E. Turner’s historic gift to support UN causes. The United Nations Foundation promotes a more peaceful, prosperous, and just world through the support of the United Nations and its Charter. Through its grantmaking and by building new and innovative public-private partnerships, the United Nations Foundation acts to meet the most pressing health, humanitarian, socioeconomic, and environmental challenges of the 21st century.