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Enhancing awareness of contemporary global issues and the role of the United Nations in addressing them.


The aim of the UNU Global Seminars is to enhance awareness about contemporary global issues and the role of the United Nations in addressing those issues. Students and young professionals are given the opportunity to interact with distinguished scholars and practitioners from Japan and abroad, and to explore a specific issue in depth through lectures and group discussions. Seven regional sessions (each of four- or five-days duration) will be held in Japan in 2008.

These sessions are open to university students, graduate students and young professionals residing in Japan. Lectures may be in Japanese or English, so participants are required to understand both languages. A participation fee covers accommodation, meals and seminar documentation. A limited number of fellowships are available for foreign students studying in Japan.

グローバル・セミナー・シリーズ

国連大学グローバル・セミナーは、現代社会が直面している 地球規模の問題と国際連合の取り組みについての意識を高める ことを目的に開催されています。学生や若い社会人の方々が、 国内外の著名な学者や実務家と、講演やグループ討論を通して 交流し、特定の問題について話し合うまたとない機会となります。 2008年は日本国内7 地域において、4日~5日間のセミナー 開催を予定しています。

セミナーは、国内に在住する、大学の学部生、大学院生、若い 社会人が対象となります。講義は日本語または英語で行われるため、 参加者は両言語での理解力が求められます。参加費には、宿泊費、 食事代、及びセミナー資料代が含まれます。尚、日本で学ぶ私費 留学生は、参加費用が一部免除されることがあります。


Shimane-Yamaguchi 島根・山口

Towards a New Paradigm for Education
新しい教育のビジョン

Date: 2008.08.07-10

Seminar participants will explore a variety of issues related to current educational issues and to explore the question of What is a desirable education? (what, and how we should learn?), in order to live with human dignity in today’s world.

現代世界で人間らしく生き抜くためには、主体的な学びが求められている。本セッションでは、教育をめぐる諸問題を理解し、教育はどうあるべきか、私たちはそれぞれどのように何を学ぶべきなのかについて話し合い、共に考えます。


Contact: shimane-yamaguchi08@hq.unu.edu

Documents:

Shimane-Yamaguchi Session Brochure (4.2 MB PDF)

Lectures & Presentations

Keynote Lectures

Human resources development for tomorrow: Teaching and learning
Dr. SHIRAKAWA Hideki
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Abstract | Full text

Culture, teaching and learning with specific references to Oceania
Prof. Konai H. THAMAN
Professor, School of Education, the University of the South Pacific
Abstract & full text


Session I: Social needs and education

Problems in ‘Transition from school to work’ in Japan
Prof. HONDA Yuki
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, the University of Tokyo
Abstract | Full text | Presentation

Training for the workplace: System changes in developing countries
Ms. Anne RICHMOND
Skills Development Specialist, ILO Sub-regional Office, Bangkok
Abstract (English, Japanese) | Presentation


Session II: Current issues and challenges in human capacity development

NGO advocacy and quality education for disadvantaged children in developing countries
Mr. ZHAO Zhonghua
Programme Director, Save the Children UK in China
Abstract (English, Japanese) | Full text | Presentation

Gender equality in education and empowerment of women
Ms. KITA Keiko
Senior Consultant, Global Link Management, Inc.
Abstract | Full text


Session III: Perspectives on education: past, present, and future

Knowledge, intellect, and education from a historical perspective
Prof. TAKEUCHI Yo
Professor, Faculty of Letters, Kansai University
Abstract | Full text

Social capital and its synergy with education
Prof. NISHIDE Yuko
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Economics and Management, Tohoku University
Abstract | Full text | Presentation


Group presentations

Hokkaido 北海道

Cultures and Languages in the Era of Globalization
グローバル時代の文化と言語

Date: 2008.08.17–20

Contact: gshokkaido@hq.unu.edu

Location: Hokkaido University of Education, Sapporo City 札幌市

An increasingly globalized world requires the re-examination of the concepts of the nation state, indigenous culture and language, and indeed the very notion of self-identity. This seminar will introduce the idea of dynamic multiculturalism and examine aspects of culture, language, and human rights as they shape, and are shaped by, an ever more interconnected world.

グローバル化する社会の中で、私たちは変容する国家、文化、言語のあり方を見直し、確固たる自分自身のアイデンティティを確立することが一層求められています。今セミナーでは、多文化主義の潮流を紹介した上で、文化、言語、人権に焦点をあて議論し、また、参加者自身が自分を内側から見つめる機会となるワークショップを行います。


Documents:

Brochure (976 KB PDF)

Keynote Lectures

Multiculturalism and Its Transformation: from Multicultural Cooperation to Multicultural Competition
Prof. Masami SEKINE
Professor, Faculty of Law, Keio University
Abstract (Japanese)

Educating Citizens in a Multicultural Democracy
Prof. Audrey OSLER
Professor, School of Education, University of Leeds, UK
Full text | Presentation


Lecture 1
On the International Diffusion and Multicultural Diversification of English
Prof. Nobuyuki HONNA
Professor, School of International Politics, Economics and Communication, Aoyama Gakuin University
Presentation (Japanese) | Abstract (English/Japanese)

Lecture 2
Ainu: Promotion of Language/Culture and Suppression of History
Prof. Osami OKUDA
Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Sapporo Gakuin University
Abstract (English/Japanese)


Lecture 3
Identity and Education of Koreans in Japan
Prof. Koomi SUNG
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nagoya City University
Presentation (Japanese) | Abstract (Japanese)

Lecture 4
Multicultural Education as Human Rights Education
Prof. Yasumasa HIRASAWA
Professor, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University
Outline (Japanese)


Lecture 5
Globalization of Human Rights in a Multicultural World: Universalism Versus Cultural Relativism Dr. Obijiofor AGINAM
Academic Programme Officer, Director of Studies on Policy and Institutional Frameworks, Peace and Governance Programme, United Nations University
Presentation | Abstract

Workshop
Workshop for Physical Culture
Prof. Kimiko SHINDO
Professor, Faculty of Education, Hokkaido University of Education
Abstract (Japanese)


Group Presentations

Shonan 湘南

In Search of Global Solidarity: Justice, Peace and Equality
地球的連帯を求めて ― 正義・平和・平等

Date: 2008.09.01–05

Contact: shonan2008@hq.unu.edu

The Millennium Declaration, adopted by the United Nations in 2000, identifies several basic values—freedom, equality, solidarity, tolerance, respect for nature and shared responsibility—as being indispensible for international relations in the 21st century.

Against this background, the 2008 seminar will take up the question of what we, as individuals and as members of civil society, can do to bring about the realization of these public values of justice, peace and equality. Eminent scholars from Japan and overseas will deliver a series of lectures on aspects of the issues involved and the seminar participants, through their group discussions, will seek to deepen their understanding of how the construction of global solidarity will be even more crucial for mankind in the decades to come.

国連が2000年に採択した『ミレニアム宣言』も、「いくつかの基本的価値が、21世紀における国際関係にとり不可欠」であるとし、「自由、平等、連帯、寛容、自然の尊重、責任の共有」を挙げています。したがって、このような価値を国際公共政策や国連活動と結び付けて論ずることは極めて重要で時宜にかなったことと思われます。

このような観点から、今回のセッションでは、グローバルなレヴェルで、正義、平和、平等などの公共的価値を実現していくためには、一人一人の人間や市民社会がどのようなことを考え、実践していけばいいのかを追究することにします。これらの諸価値をめぐって、それぞれの分野の卓越した論者による講義に基づき、セミナーの参加者がグループごとに議論し、理解を深め、地球的連帯を築き深化させる契機とすることが今回のセッションの目的です。


UNU Global Seminar Shonan Session participantsShonan Session participants (click photo for larger version in new window)


Documents:

Shonan Session Brochure

Kobe-Awaji 神戸・淡路

New Challenges for the UN: Strategy, Theories, and Perspectives from the Field
新たな段階に入る国連 — 戦略、理論、現場

Date: 2008.09.16–19

Contact: kic_jigyo2@kicc.jp

The peace and welfare of the Global Community will only be realized through the effective linkage of strategy, theory, and perspectives from the field. The goal of this year's Global Seminar Kobe-Awaji Session is to consider and discuss the new challenges for the UN with a strong emphasis on perspectives from the fields and the linking of strategy, theory, and the field.

国際社会の平和と福祉は、戦略と理論と現場からの視点が一体になってこそ、実現できるものです。今年の神戸・淡路セッションでは、現場が問いかけるもの、そして戦略・理論・現場のリンケージをどうはぐくむかに焦点をあて、国連の歩むべき姿について一緒に考えます。


Documents:

Brochure

Tohoku 東北

Human Potential and a Sustainable Future: How Education Can Contribute
地球をささえるヒューマンリソース ― いま教育にできること

Date: 2008.09.20–23

Location:
Public Lecture: Sendai International Center, Sendai City 仙台市
Seminar: Greenpia Iwanuma, Iwanuma City 岩沼市

Contact: gstohoku@hq.unu.edu

The UN’s declaration of the “Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014)” provides an important opportunity to think further about the needs of our current globalized world as well as local society in the twenty-first century. This seminar will focus on issues of capacity building in order to achieve sustainable development.

21世紀の国際社会ならびに地域社会の展望を考えるときに、国連が提起した「持続可能な開発のための教育の10年」は重要な指針となります。今セミナーでは、持続可能な社会を築くための人材育成について、国際機関から地域の小学校まで、さまざまな場所で教育に関わる多彩な講師を迎えて議論します。


Documents:

Brochure (3.4 MB PDF)

Public Keynote Lectures

Lecture 1
Action By All toward Sustainable Society: Our Role in Achieving Sustainable Development
Prof. Hiroyuki YOSHIKAWA
President, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)/ Executive Director, Japan Foundation for United Nations University
Presentation

Lecture 2
A Science for Global Sustainability
Prof. Kazuhiko TAKEUCHI
Vice-Rector, United Nations University/ Deputy Executive Director IR3S, The University of Tokyo
Presentation | Abstract (English/Japanese)


Public Special Lecture

Human Resources for ESD: A Global Perspective
Prof. Charles HOPKINS
Professor, York University, Canada Presentation

Session A

Lecture 1
How to Think Globally
Prof. Charles HOPKINS
Professor, York University, Canada
Presentation

Lecture 2
MDGs and Population as Development Agenda
Ms. Kiyoko IKEGAMI
Director, UNFPA Tokyo office
Presentation


Session B

Lecture 3
Sustainable Food and Agriculture for Local Communities and Local Living
Prof. Tomio YUKI
Folklore Researcher/ Docent, Miyagi University of Education
Presentation

Lecture 4
Living in the Local Area: A Social welfare Point of View
Ms. Harumi NAKAMURA
Director of Vocational Aid Center, Social Welfare Service Corporation Warashibe Home
Abstract (English/Japanese)


Session C

Lecture 1
Reconsidering ‘Intimacy’ and ‘Relationship’
Prof. Hitoshi KANNO
Professor, Social Studies Education, Miyagi University of Education
Handouts

Lecture 2
Linkage and Collaboration with Local & Global Expertise for Progressing ESD
Mr. Yukihiko OIKAWA
Vice Principal, Kesennuma Nakai Elementary School
Presentation | Abstract (English/Japanese)


Group Presentations

Kanazawa 金沢

Challenges to Sustainable Development: Working towards Poverty Reduction
持続可能な開発への挑戦-貧困の終焉

Date: 2008.11.21–24

Contact: unu-iasouik@ias.unu.edu

This seminar will look at various facets of sustainable development issues and international development policies. Day 1 will present a keynote speech about the findings of the United Nations Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and poverty reduction. On Day 2 participants will be encouraged to understand development initiatives and challenges in developing countries, and to think about the relations between sustainability and poverty reduction. Day 3 will look at development issues from global environment and economic perspectives as well as considering potential working solutions to achieve sustainable development from the perspectives of foreign aid and education for sustainable development.

このセミナーでは世界各地の開発の現状、開発問題の諸相、そしてその国際的な対策について、世界で活躍する講師陣が様々な観点から講義を行います。初日の公開講座では、環境保全と経済の分野の第一線で活躍するアナンタ・クマル・デュライアパ博士(国連環境計画)から、「国連ミレニアム生態系評価」に関した基調講演を頂きます。2日目のセッション1では発展途上国の開発について、現場の経験豊かな講師陣から発展途上国の実情を伺い、セッション2では貧困削減の視点から開発問題を考えます。また3日目のセッション3では地球環境と経済の視点から問題を考え、セッション4ではそれをどう具体化するのか、開発援助政策と持続可能な開発のための教育についてお話を伺います。同日には里山のフィールドトリップを通して、ローカルな環境とグローバルな社会の結びつきを勉強します。


Documents

Brochure (1.9 MB PDF)

Public Keynote Lectures

Linking Local Actions, Research and Policy Making in Hokuriku to Meet the Challenges of Sustainability
Anne McDonald
Director, United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies, Ishikawa/Kanazawa Operating Unit
Presentation

The findings of the UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and Poverty Reduction
Christian Prip
Adjunct Fellow, United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies
Abstract | Presentation


Session 1: Sustainable Development Challenges in Developing Countries

Case Studies from the Field, Development Assistance in Sub-Sahara Africa
Kimiaki Jin
Director, East Africa Division 2, Africa Department, JICA
Text

Addressing Poverty to Achieve Well-being: Reflecting from Indian Experience
Suneetha Subramanian
Postdoctorial Fellow, United Nation University-Insitute of Advanced Studies
Presentation


Session 2:Addressing Poverty Reduction and Sustainability

Media's Role in Raising Global Consciousness about Poverty
Fumiko Endo
Journalist, The Yomiuri Shimbun
Presentation

Poverty Reduction Approaches in the West and Japan
Osamu Aoki
Professor, Faculty of Education, Hokkaido University
Text


Session 3: Global Environment and Economic Development

Impact of Poverty to rural sustainability in Java and Japan
Hiroshi Tsujii
Professor, Department of Bioproduction Science, Ishikawa Prefectural University
Text | Presentation

What is Effective Assistance? Human Security Perspectives
Michiya Kumaoka
Trustee, Japan International Volunteer Center
Presentation

Capacity Building for Sustainable Society
Katsunori Suzuki
Professor, Frontier Science Organization, Kanazawa University
Presentation


Group Assignments
  1. Awareness, Motivation and Creativity towards Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
  2. Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
  3. Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
  4. 持続可能な発展に向けて
  5. 個人の意識改革―100年後の地球のために―

Okinawa 沖縄

Science and Technology: The Human Security Perspective
科学技術と人類の未来:人間の安全保障の視点から

Date: 2008.12.18–21

Contact: okinawa2008@hq.unu.edu

Today, we enjoy the benefits of science and technology more than ever before: our lives have become more convenient, easier and richer in so many ways. The rapid growth of information communication technologies, in particular, is a driving force for globalization, and has dramatically shaped the ways in which we interact and perceive the world. But advances in science and technology have not benefited the world’s population equitably. What is more, concurrent with these advances, we must confront a number of emerging global problems (such as climate change, poverty, HIV/AIDS, terrorism, and others) that have raised the awareness of human security: peoples’ aspiration to enjoy freedom from fear and want. In tackling today’s global problems and concerns, what role should science and technology play in the quest to achieve better lives for all of humankind?

現在私たちは、かつてないほどに科学技術の恩恵を享受する世界に暮らしています。日々の生活は様々な面において、より便利で豊かになってきました。また情報技術の急速な発達に伴いグローバル化が進む中で、私たち自身の国際社会との関わり方、感じ方も劇的に変化しています。しかし科学技術の発展は、世界中に等しく恩恵をもたらしているのでしょうか。科学技術の発展と並行して、気候変動、貧困、食糧危機、HIV/AIDS、テロリズムといった地球規模の問題が深刻化しています。これらの問題への懸念が高まる中、人々が恐怖と欠乏から真に自由になることが大切だという、「人間の安全保障」の大切さが唱えられるようになりました。地球規模の問題と人間の安全保障を考えていく上で、科学技術が人類のよりよい未来のために果たすことの出来る、そして果たすべき役割とは何でしょうか。


Documents

Brochure (2.7 MB PDF)

Public Keynote Lectures

Building a Society Based on Respect for Life
Keiko Nakamura
Director General, JT Biohistory Research Hall
Abstract (Japanese | English), Full text (JP)

Science and Technology for a Sustainable World
Govindan Parayil
Vice-Rector, United Nations University
Abstract (EN)


Session 1: Security and Science & Technology

Managing the Risk of the Misuse of Science and Technology
Katsuhisa Furukawa
Fellow, Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society, Japan Science and Technology Agency
Abstract (JP)

Session 2: Life and Medical Science

Contributions of Neuroscience to Understanding Human Behaviour
Gail Tripp
Human Developmental Neurobiology Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Promotion Corporation
Abstract (EN), Full text (EN)

Session 3: Development and Science & Technology

Technology and the South-North Divide: Critical Perspectives on Development in the Global South
Obijiofor Aginam
Academic Programme Officer, United Nations University
Presentation (EN)

Science and Technology for Human Development
Mizuho Yokoi
Programme Manager, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Tokyo Office
Outline (JP/EN), Presentation (JP)


Group Presentations

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