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         24 February 2004

On Wednesday, 3 March, United Nations University (UNU), UNU Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) and the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF) will co-host a public consultation forum on the "Sustainability Toolkit" to be used by higher education institutions. The forum will be held from 13:30 to 15:30 in the Elizabeth Rose Conference Hall, 5th Floor of UN House in Tokyo.

The purpose of the toolkit is to provide high-quality and regionally relevant resources and tools to individuals around the world who are striving to make education for sustainability a central focus of higher education curricula, research, physical operations, student life and outreach to local, regional and global communities. The toolkit is envisioned to be dynamic and ever-evolving through ongoing global consultation that engages diverse cultures and institutions in providing good practices and intellectual and practical resources. See for more information on the project.

This project has been initiated by the Global Higher Education for Sustainability Partnership (GHESP), which includes the International Association of Universities (IAU), ULSF, the COPERNICUS-CAMPUS (a European university network) and UNESCO. ULSF is coordinating this project within the GHESP partnership. UNU Centre and UNU-IAS are promoting the project as special collaborators.

Brief introductory remarks by the representative from UNU will give an overview of the purpose of the toolkit project within the context of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014). Following the introduction, representatives of ULSF will present the toolkit structure and contents. Approximately one hour of discussions, including questions and answers, comments and participant contributions, will follow. Simultaneous Japanese-English interpretation will be provided.

Media representatives are cordially invited to attend. Those who wish to attend the forum are requested to register by Friday, 27 February, by fax or e-mail with name, organization, address, telephone/fax number, and e-mail address to Yuko Sato, Programme Associate, UNU-IAS (Tel: 03-5467-2323, Fax: 03-5467-2324, E-mail: Please note that the capacity of the venue is approximately 100 on the first-past-the-post basis.

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