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  December 1998    

Lecture addresses plight of land mine victims
Dr. Astrid Nøklebye Heiberg delivered the 1998 Fridtjof Nansen Memorial Lecture on 4 November at UNU Headquarters.

The president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies discussed "The Humanitarian Challenge in a World of Conflict: The Plight of Land Mine Victims."

Her talk, which will be published in the UNU Public Lecture Series, was followed by comments by Japan Foreign Affairs Ministry official Hideaki Ueda and Yasuhiro Kitagawa, a representative of the Japan Campaign to Ban Landmines.

Dr. Astrid Nøklebye Heiberg
Dr. Heiberg is a psychiatrist by training and a Norwegian political figure since 1981, and has led the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies since 1997.

The lecture was followed by a reception attended by Her Majesty the Empress of Japan and Norway's Ambassador John Bjørnebye.

At a reception after the lecture, (from left) UNU Vice-Rector Ramesh Thakur, H.M. the Empress of Japan, Dr. Astrid Nøklebye Heiberg.
Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930) was a polar explorer, scientist, humanist and diplomat, and the lecture series that bears his name is intended to spread information about Norwegian research and other topics to selected audiences.

The Nansen lecture series is co-organized by the Norwegian Embassy, the UNU, the Japanese Red Cross Society and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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