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Yukio Takasu

Mr. Yukio Takasu is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Management and the Special Adviser on Human Security to the United Nations Secretary-General. Previously, he served as the Controller at the United Nations.

From July 2007 to August 2010, Mr. Takasu was the Permanent Representative and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations in New York. Prior to that, from 2005, he served as his country’s Ambassador in charge of human security, science and technology cooperation. During this period, he also served as the Special Envoy for United Nations Reform and helped initiate the Friends of Human Security, an informal forum for Member States and UN organizations to discuss human security themes based on paragraph 143 of 2005 World Summit Outcome Document.
From December 2001 to September 2005, Mr. Takasu served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at the Permanent Mission of Japan to International Organizations in Vienna, including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBTO), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). During this period, he held the position of President of the IAEA General Conference and he chaired the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO.
In April 2000, Mr. Takasu assumed the post of Director-General for the Multilateral Cooperation Department in Tokyo. In this capacity, Mr. Takasu assisted in hosting the G8 Okinawa Summit and he was instrumental in promoting Japan’s initiative for human security and launching the Commission for Human Security.
Earlier at the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, he was responsible for Japan’s policy toward Western Europe as Director of Western Europe Division, 1989–92. Mr. Takasu was also in charge of formulating Japan’s contribution to international efforts during the Gulf crisis and took part in drafting UN Peacekeeping Cooperation Law. He joined Japan’s diplomatic service in 1969, subsequently serving in various overseas posts (London, Kuala Lumpur, New York, Jakarta, Vienna, and Washington, DC).
Mr. Takasu was educated at the University of Tokyo (Faculty of Law) and Oxford University (Merton College).