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         17 April 2001

The United Nations University (UNU) is now accepting applications for the 17th UNU Global Seminar - Shonan Session, which will be held from 3 to 7 September 2001 at Shonan Village in Hayama, Kanagawa-ken, Japan. The central theme of this seminar will be "Issues and Prospects of the Global Environment."

The UNU Global Seminar is an annual programme designed to enhance awareness about global issues among college students and young professionals in Japan by providing them an opportunity for active interaction with international scholars and experts. Undergraduate students (junior year and above), postgraduate students and recent graduates are invited to apply; approximately 100 applicants will be selected to participate in the Shonan Session. Participants must understand both English and Japanese languages. There is a participation fee of 40,000 Japanese yen, although this may be waived for non-Japanese students who are not receiving any scholarship. Application forms are available from the UNU (telephone: 03-3499-2811; e-mail: Applications must be submitted by 18 May 2001.

The UNU Global Seminar - Shonan Session will have four individual sessions: "Current Issues of the Global Environment," "Global Environment and International Relations," "Civil Society and Business" and "Challenges and Prospects." Scheduled lecturers include Prof. A.H. Zakri, Director, UNU Institute of Advanced Studies; Dr. Yasuko Kawashima, National Institute for Environmental Studies; Prof. Hiroshi Ohta, Aoyama Gakuin University; Mr. Kazuo Matsushita, Acting Vice President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies; Prof. Mitsutsune Yamaguchi, Keio University; Prof. Hisakazu Usui, Ferris University; and Prof. Motoyuki Suzuki, Vice-Rector, UNU.

Keynote speakers will be Prof. Edith Brown Weiss, Georgetown University, and Prof Takafumi Matsui, University of Tokyo.

The UNU Global Seminar - Shonan Session, which is jointly organized by the UNU, Kanagawa Foundation for Academic and Cultural Exchange, and Japan Foundation for the UNU, has been held annually since 1985. UNU Global Seminar sessions are also held each year in Kobe (since 1995), Okinawa (since 1999) and Shimane (since 2000).

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