Ban Ki-moon hails Rev. Takeyasu Miyamoto as ‘tireless’ children’s advocate

Ban Ki-moon hails Rev. Takeyasu Miyamoto as ‘tireless’ children’s advocate

On the occasion of the ninetieth birthday of Reverend Takeyasu Miyamoto, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the long-time advocate for children as “a legendary humanitarian.”

In a message delivered today in Tokyo by Kul C. Gautam, Deputy Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Mr. Ban noted that Mr. Miyamoto has long championed grass-roots efforts to improve the lives of children everywhere through the Arigatou Foundation.

“His vision and commitment also led him to establish the Global Network of Religions for Children, a worldwide interfaith network dedicated to the well-being of children,” Mr. Ban noted.

Many of the faith-based organizations founded by Reverend Miyamoto work closely with several UN agencies, including UNICEF. “Every day, these collaborations help advance our shared mission to promote child rights, world peace and global understanding,” the Secretary-General said.

“Reverend Miyamoto is a tireless advocate for children and a legendary humanitarian.”