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                               18 June 1999

UNU to co-organize High-level Symposium on Development Cooperation

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the United Nations University (UNU) will co-organize an open International Symposium on Development at the UNU Headquarters on Thursday, 24 June 1999. Attending the symposium will be the high-level officials of several major international organizations and representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), donor countries, and overseas development assistance (ODA) recipient countries.

Under the theme “Development: With a Special Focus on Human Security,” participants will explore the modalities of cooperation among actors in the development process. Individual sessions will address practical and specific issues relating to poverty eradication, health care, and priorities in assistance in Africa.

The keynote speaker will be Mr. Keizo Takemi, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs. Among those scheduled to participate in the discussions are Mr. Stephen Lewis, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF; Dr. Shigeru Omi, Regional Director, WHO; Dr. Lincoln Chen, Executive Vice President, the Rockefeller Foundation; Dr. Richard Jolly, Special Adviser to the Administrator, UNDP; Mr. Paul Collier, Director of Development Research Group, the World Bank; and Mr. Micah Cheserem, Governor, Central Bank of Kenya.

The symposium, which is open to the public, will take place in the International Conference Hall at UNU Headquarters. It will start from 9.20 a.m. with opening remarks by H.E. Mr. Masahiko Koumura, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and end at about 5.30 p.m. Simultaneous English-Japanese interpretation will be provided.

A schedule and complete list of participants are available in Japanese on the homepage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at

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Media representatives who would like further information or who wish to attend the symposium may contact the UNU Public Affairs Section:
Tel: (03) 5467-1243, -1246     Fax: (03) 3406-7346.

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