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             27 April 2000


The United Nations University (UNU) is now accepting applications for the 16th UNU Global Seminar - Shonan Session, which will be held from 4 to 8 September 2000 at the Shonan Village in Hayama, Kanagawa-ken, Japan. The topic of this year's seminar will be "Challenges to the United Nations in the 21st Century."

The UNU Global Seminar is an annual programme designed to enhance international awareness among the student population in Japan through active interaction with scholars and experts working in the UNU's global networks. Undergraduate students (junior year and above), those in postgraduate courses in Japanese universities, and recent graduates are eligible to apply. Applicants must understand both English and Japanese languages. The participation fee of 40,000, which includes seminar materials, meals, and lodging at Shonan Village, may be waived for students from developing countries.

Application forms are available from the UNU Global Seminar Secretariat (telephone: 03-3499-2811; e-mail: Applications must be submitted to the Secretariat no later than 26 May 2000. Approximately 100 students will be selected from the applicants to participate.

Keynote lecturers will be Prof. James Sutterlin of Yale University (USA) and Prof. Shigeru Kohzai of Osaka Gakuin University (Japan). Other scheduled lecturers are Prof. Maki Nishiumi of Chuo University; Ms. Chikako Saito, Senior Public Information Officer of the UN High Commission for Refugees; Mr. Dominique Leguillier, Director of the Japan Office of Medecins Sans Frontieres; Mr. Sukehiro Hasegawa, Director of the Tokyo Office of UNDP; Mr. Shuzo Nakamura, Director of the Tokyo Office of the World Bank; Prof. Gen Kikkawa of Kobe University; and Dr. Albrecht Schnabel, UNU Academic Programme Officer.

Individual sessions will focus on Humanitarian Intervention, Partnership with Civil Society, Environment and Development, and Preventive Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution. A preliminary programme is attached.

The UNU Global Seminar - Shonan Session is jointly organized by the UNU, Kanagawa Foundation for Academic and Cultural Exchange, and Japan Foundation for the UNU. Aoyama Gakuin University, Chuo University, International Christian University, International University of Japan, Keio University, Tokai University, Tsuda College, University of Tokyo, and Waseda University are collaborating to plan and organize the seminar.

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