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The United Nations University (UNU) and the Kobe International Association will organize jointly the Third Kobe Session of the UNU Global Seminar, on the theme of "Global Environment and Humanity," from 30 September to 3 October 1997 at the Hotel Pearl City Kobe, Port Island, Kobe City.

The UNU has been organizing an annual UNU Global Seminar in the Kanto area since 1985. The seminar focusing on a global issue is mainly targeted to undergraduate and graduate students in Japanese universities. From 1995, in commemoration of the United Nations' 50th and UNU's 20th anniversaries, a similar seminar series was initiated also in the Kansai area.

The UNU Global Seminar is designed to enhance international awareness among the student population in Japan through active interaction with scholars and experts working in UNU's global networks. Undergraduate students, in their junior year and above, and those in postgraduate courses in Japanese universities are eligible to apply. Applicants must understand both Japanese and English languages. Approximately 50 students selected from the applicants will participate in a four-day course.

In the Third Kobe Session, lecturers include Prof. J. A. van Ginkel, Rector of the Utrecht University (Rector-designate, the United Nations University), Mr. Takeshi Hara, Editorial Writer, the Mainichi Newspapers, Prof. Nazli Choucri, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mr. Shohei Yonemoto, Head, Life Science and Society Section, Mitsubishi Kasei Institute of Life Sciences, Prof. Carolyn Stephenson, Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Prof. Philippe Sands, Reader in International Law at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, Mr. Toshiaki Tanabe, Ambassador for Global Environmental Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Jusen Asuka, Assistant Professor, the Center for North-East Asian Studies, Tohoku University, and Mr. John Whitelaw, Director, UNEP International Environmental Technology Centre.

The participation fee (including accommodations and meals) is yen35,000 which may be waived for students from developing countries. Applications must be submitted to the UNU Global Seminar Secretariat no later than 30 June 1997. Application forms are available from the Secretariat.

For further information, please contact:
UNU Global Seminar "Kobe Session" Secretariat
Tel.: (078) 302-5200 (Ms. Ishida or Ms. Takeda)
Fax: (078) 302-6485 UNU Public Affairs Section
Tel.: (03) 5467-1243 or -1246
Fax: (03) 3406-7346

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