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The United Nations University (UNU) is accepting applications to the Shonan Session of the UNU Global Seminar ’98, which will be jointly organized with the Kanagawa Foundation for Academic and Cultural Exchange (K-FACE) from 7 to 11 September 1998, at the Shonan Village in Hayama, Kanagawa-ken, Japan.

The UNU Global Seminar is an annual UNU programme 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, junior year and above, and those in postgraduate courses in Japanese universities are eligible to apply. Applicants must understand both English and Japanese languages. Approximately 100 students selected from the applicants will participate in a five-day course staying in a seminar house with the lecturers.

The participation fee is ¥40,000, which may be waved for students from developing countries. Applications must be submitted to the UNU Global Seminar Secretariat no later than 10 June 1998. Application forms are available from the Secretariat (telephone: 03-3499-2811).

The year 1998 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations. This year’s seminar focuses on “The United Nations and Human Rights: Assessing the Past and Looking towards the Future.” The keynote lecturers will include Mr. Yasushi Akashi, former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Co-ordinator; Prof. David P. Forsythe, Department of Political Science, University of Nebraska; and Prof. Yozo Yokota, Department of Law, University of Tokyo.

Aoyama Gakuin University, Chuo University, International University of Japan, International Christian University, Keio University, Tokai University, University of Tokyo, Tsuda College and Waseda University are collaborating with the UNU in the planning and organization of the Shonan Session. A similar seminar series in the Kansai area was initiated in 1995. The fourth UNU Global Seminar “Kobe Session,” organized jointly with the Kobe International Association, is scheduled for late September 1998.

Topics of past seminars are: “International Organization” (1985); “The United Nations and International Peace” (1986); “Development and the United Nations” (1987); “The State and the Nation: Challenge to the United Nations” (1988); “Technological Development and Human Welfare” (1989); “Communications and International Relations” (1990); “Restructuring the World Order and the United Nations” (1991); “Globalizing Cultures and Perspectives” (1992); “Harmonizing Population and Development” (1993); “The United Nations: Toward the 21st Century” (1994); “The UN at 50: Building Peace” (1995); “Global Society in Transition and UN Reform” (1995, Kobe); “Globalism and Regionalism” (1996); “Our Planet and Human Security” (1996, Kobe); “Attitudes of Member States toward the United Nations” (1997); and “Global Environment and Humanity” (1997, Kobe).

The UNU Global Seminar “Shonan Session” is supported by the Japan Foundation for the UNU and sponsored by Japan Air Lines.

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