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UN Day 2008

UN Day 2008

United Nations Day (UN Day) is observed annually worldwide on 24 October to commemorate the founding of the United Nations in October 1945. To celebrate UN Day 2008, the UN agencies in Japan presented a topical seminar as well as interactive events for children and adults at United Nations University Headquarters in Shibuya.

Climate change, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, is the defining challenge of our time. He has warned that damage from climate change has an impact on human life comparable to war. Thus, the issue of climate change is linked to the issue of human security. This year's UN Day Seminar, entitled "Climate Change: What We Can Do", was intended to help the public better understand the range of activities by which the UN is addressing the many problems of climate change.

Outdoor events included booths by UN agencies and others as well as exhibits and performances aimed at helping children and adults alike to better understand what climate change is about.

Visit our page on climate change:

UNU and Climate Change

Seminar Programme

UN Day Seminar· U Thant International Conference Hall, 3F

13:00 Opening Messages from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and opening remarks from UN University Rector Konrad Osterwalder
13:20 Keynote Speech by Tetsuji Ida, Senior Staff Writer, Kyodo News, Science News Desk
13:50 Keynote Speech Sachiko Yamamoto, ILO Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific
14:20 Break
14:30 Panel Discussion on "The UN and Climate Change"

Takejiro Sueyoshi, Special Advisor to the UNEP Finance Initiatives in the Asia Pacific

  • Johan Cels, Representative, UNHCR Representation in Japan
  • Jostacio M. Lapitan, Technical Officer, Urbanization and Emergency Preparedness (UEP), WHO Centre for Health Development
  • Shun-ichi Murata, Director, UNDP Tokyo
  • Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Vice Rector, United Nations University
  • with a video appearance by Edith Grace Ssempala, Acting Senior Vice President for External and United Nations Affairs, World Bank
The Panel Discussion is scheduled for 90 minutes.
17:00 Reception (2F Reception Room — doors open at 16:30)

Indoor Exhibits · in front of U Thant Hall

Outdoor Attractions · UNU Headquarters Building Courtyard

UN Agencies’ Exhibit Booths:

Other Booths:

Bring clothes (washed please!) and sporting goods that you no longer use for recycling. Any sporting goods are welcome. The collected goods — shoes, rackets, gloves, whatever you think might be helpful — will be distributed in refugee camps through JICA. The clothes will be reused as relief clothing to support displaced persons through UNHCR and NGOs,and also be recycled into energy resources and fiber.

Play Zone Events

By Oriental Land


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