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                               25 May 1999

UNU to hold Open House on 4 June
as part of World Environment Day ’99 activities

World Environment Day is celebrated each year on 5 June in more than 100 countries around the world to focus attention on environmental awareness and protection. “The theme for World Environment Day 1999, ‘Our Earth – Our Future – Just Save It!’, is an urgent appeal to each and every one of us to renew our pledge to cherish and respect the planet that sustains us,” declared United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. This year’s World Environment Day ceremonies will be held in Tokyo, and related events will take place all over the country. To help celebrate the occasion, the United Nations University (UNU), in cooperation with the Global Environment Information Centre (GEIC), will hold World Environment Day ’99, “Global Echo.”

One of the events of “Global Echo” is the first-ever United Nations University Open House, which will be held on Friday, 4 June 1999, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the UNU Headquarters in Tokyo and the 1st floor of the Institute of Advanced Studies. The purpose of these events is to introduce the University’s efforts in addressing vital global environmental issues, and to provide information on the UNU, other UN agencies in Japan, and UN-related activities in Tokyo and throughout Japan.

Other “Global Echo” events being held in conjunction with World Environment Day ’99 include live “environmental music” performances, a “bicycle expo,” and an NGO/NPO Global Bazaar and displays on Friday and Saturday, 4 and 5 June, and an environmental photo contest exhibition on Friday, 4 June – all on the UNU grounds.

Educational events will include an Environment Week Seminar Series at GEIC in Tokyo (daily from 6 p.m., Wed.–Sat., 2 through 5 June; reservations required) and a two-day Environmental Issues Leadership Training course at Shonan Village, Kanagawa Prefecture (Sat.–Sun., 12 and 13 June).

Media representatives are cordially invited to attend all events.

For more details about these World Environment Day ’99 events, see, or contact the UNU Public Affairs Section or GEIC (Tel. 03-3407-8107).

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