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         24 April 2002

The United Nations University (UNU) is now accepting applications for the 3rd UNU Global Seminar - Shimane Session. The central theme of this seminar, to be held from 3 to 6 August 2002 at the University of Shimane, will be "Prevention and Resolution of Conflict." Participants will discuss the causes of social/ethnic/regional conflicts, mechanisms for reducing the level of tension in conflict situations, and strategies for avoiding escalation to violence.

The UNU Global Seminar is an annual programme designed to enhance awareness about global issues among university students and young professionals in Japan by providing 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 50 applicants will be selected to participate in the Shimane Session. Participants must understand both English and Japanese. The participation fee is 30,000, although this may be waived for foreign students studying in Japan who can demonstrate financial need. The UNU Global Seminar - Shimane Session will open at 2:00 PM on Saturday, 3 August, with keynote speeches by UNU Vice-Rector Prof. Ramesh Thakur and Teikyo University Prof. Watanabe Akio (President, Research Institute for Peace and Security). These keynote speeches are open to the public, with simultaneous Japanese-English interpretation provided. Media representatives are cordially invited to attend. A copy of the programme is attached.

There will be seven additional lectures by leading practitioners and academic experts under the themes of "Multiple Types of Conflict: Concepts and Definitions," "Systems and Procedures for Conflict Prevention and Resolution," "Japanese Perspectives," and "Outlook," as well as group discussions and a guidance session for those interested in seeking employment in international organizations.

Additional UNU Global Seminar information and application forms are available online ( or can be obtained by contacting UNU (telephone: 03-3499-2811; e-mail: Deadline for submission of applications is 24 May 2002.

The UNU Global Seminar - Shimane Session is jointly organized by UNU and the Foundation for North-East Asian Relations, with support from Hamada City, Shimane Prefecture, and the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. It is one of seven annual UNU Global Seminar sessions held throughout Japan.

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