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         24 September 2002

The United Nations University (UNU) is now accepting applications for the 2nd UNU Global Seminar - Kanazawa Session. The central theme of this seminar, to be held from 23 to 26 November 2002 at the Ishikawa Youth Training Centre in Kanazawa, will be "Environment and Development - A 'Glocal' Approach." Participants will explore the sustainable use and conservation of our natural environment along two broad axes: the linkages between environmental sustainability and economic and social development on the one hand, and the effects that both global and local actions have with regard to the protection and use of the environment on the other.

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 Kanazawa Session. Participants must understand both English and Japanese. The participation fee is 30,000 yen, although this may be waived for foreign students studying in Japan who can demonstrate financial need.

The UNU Global Seminar - Kanazawa Session will open at 2:00 PM on Saturday, 23 November, with keynote speeches by UNU Rector Prof. Hans van Ginkel and Charmine Koda, environmental journalist and Senior Communications Officer of the UNU. These keynote speeches are open to the public; simultaneous Japanese-English interpretation will be provided. Media representatives are cordially invited to attend. (Click here for the programme - in PDF file)

There will be seven additional lectures by leading practitioners and academic experts under the themes of "Environment and Development," "Environment and Trade," "Glocal Actions," and "Environment and Culture," 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 the UNU Global Seminar Desk at the Ishikawa International Cooperation Research Centre in Kanazawa (telephone: 076-224-0044; fax: 076-224-0468; e-mail: The application deadline is 25 October 2002.

The UNU Global Seminar - Kanazawa Session is jointly organized by the United Nations University Centre, the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU/IAS) and the Ishikawa International Cooperation Research Centre (IICRC), with support from Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan. It is one of seven annual UNU Global Seminar sessions held annually throughout Japan.

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