In 2021, Japan and the world continued to be severely affected by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In the middle of this unprecedented crisis, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has continued to work for the protection of Japanese nationals exposed to the crisis overseas. In addition, under the principle of “leave no one behind,” MOFA has been working on strengthening its support for ensuring equitable access to vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics including in developing countries, and bolstering preparedness and response for future pandemics with efforts to achieve universal health coverage (UHC). This Opening Special Feature reflects on the fight against COVID-19, which has entered its second year.

President Shri Ram Nath Kovind, in his letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping, conveyed ‘warm greetings, felicitations and good wishes’ to the Government and the people of China, and observed that the two sides have ‘made considerable progress especially in the last few years in enhancing our bilateral engagement in a number of areas, including political, economic and people-to-people ties.

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF PAKISTAN Islamabad, the 12th September, 1972 ACT NO IX OF 1972 An  Act  to give  effect in Pakistan to  the Vienna Convention   on Diplomatic    Relations,   1961,   and   the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations,  1963. WHEREAS  Pakistan  has  acceded  to  the  Vienna  Convention   on Diplomatic Relations, 1961, and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963; AND  WHEREAS  it is necessary to give effect in Pakistan  to  the said Vienna Conentions; It is hereby enacted as follows:- 1. Short title, extent and commencement.- (1) This may be  called the Diplomatic and Consular […]

  Done at Vienna on 18 April 1961. Entered into force on 24 April 1964. United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 500, p. 95. Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations Done at Vienna on 18 April 1961 The States Parties to the present Convention, Recalling that peoples of all nations from ancient times have recognized the status of diplomatic agents, Having in mind the purposes and principles of the Charter […]

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