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8 March 2001
The sysmposium will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, 15 March, in the U Thant International Conference Hall at the UN House in Tokyo with an opening address by Yotaro Kobayashi, Chairman of NIRA, and welcoming remarks by A.H. Zakri, Director of UNU/IAS. Taichi Sakaiya, former Minister of Japan's Economic Planning Agency, will then deliver the first day's keynote lecture. The keynote speaker for day 2 of the symposium will be Yasushi Akashi, former Under Secretary-General of the United Nations.
This international symposium will feature four regular sessions:
Each of these sessions will include presentations by researchers and follow-up discussions by groups of expert panelists from Japan and abroad. A copy of the programme is attached for your reference.
The second day of the symposium will also feature a concurrent special session on "Developments in the Life Sciences and Law - The Draft Proposal Bio-Ethics Law."
Media representatives are cordially invited to attend. Simultaneous English-Japanese interpretation will be provided.
The UNU Public Affairs Section: Tel. (03) 5467-1243, -1246; Fax (03) 3406-7346