2020 Spring Conferment of Decoration Ambassador Melanne Verveer
Embassy of Japan
April 29, 2020
2020 Spring Conferment of Decoration
Ambassador Melanne Verveer
On April 29, 2020 (Japan Time), the Government of Japan announced the foreign recipients of the 2020 Spring Imperial Decorations. Former U.S. Ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer is among this year’s foreign recipients, and in recognition of her contributions towards strengthening the relationship between Japan and the United States of America in women’s empowerment issues, she will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.
SUMMARY OF CONTRIBUTIONS
As Director of GIWPS, Former Ambassador Melanne Verveer contributed to launching the World Assembly of Women (WAW!), which is held by the Government of Japan, by providing strategic advice.
She participated in WAW! as a panelist and has made important presentations on topics like work-life management, peace and security, women and the economy, and other aspects of women’s empowerment.
Furthermore, in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and GIWPS, she contributed to research and policy recommendations on peacebuilding, disaster risk reduction, and women’s participation.
She served as the First U.S. Ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues from 2009 to 2013. As Ambassador, she played an important role in strengthening the Japan-U.S. relationship on international cooperation in the women’s empowerment area.
She also served as the Chief of Staff to First Lady Hillary R. Clinton and supported developing the Japan-U.S. relationship from the White House.
She has contributed to moving Japanese policy on women’s empowerment forward and to research in this policy area.
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