The aim of the UNU Global Seminar series is to enhance awareness about contemporary global issues and the role of the United Nations in addressing those issues. Students and young professionals are given the opportunity to interact with distinguished scholars and practitioners from Japan and abroad, and to explore a specific issue in depth through lectures and group discussions.
The Shonan Session of the 2011 UNU Global Seminar Japan series will be held from 29 August to 2 September at Shonan Village Center in Hayama-machi, Kanagawa-ken. The deadline to apply is 27 May.
Because many global issues can only be tackled through a multi-dimensional framework, “multilateralism” — one of the foundational principles of the United Nations — is more important than ever. The theme of the Shonan Session, which is being organized by UNU and the Kanagawa International Foundation, is “Toward Global Multilateral Governance”. Participants will explore the essential principles of multilateralism and its role in the transition to an emerging new global order from three primary perspectives: multilateralism as a guiding principle of international organizations, challenges to multilateralism, and the future of multilateral approaches and institutions.
The seminar will open on 29 August with keynote lectures by Thomas G. Weiss (Professor, City University of New York) and Koïchiro Matsuura (Former Director-General of UNESCO). On subsequent days, seminar participants will attend lecture/discussion sessions on “International Organizations and Multilateralism in Japan’s Diplomacy”, “Multilateralism on Regional Organization and Economic Integration” and “Multilateral Approach to Global Issues” as well as a special session on “Case Studies of Local Efforts”.
The session is open to students enrolled in a Japanese university (undergraduate or graduate level) and young professionals residing in Japan. Participants must understand both English and Japanese, as lectures may be delivered in either language, without interpretation.
Approximately 100 applicants will be selected to participate. A participation fee of ¥40,000 will cover meals, accommodation and seminar documentation. Eligible foreign students may apply for a partial waiver of the fee.
For more information, including an application form, an online session programme and a downloadable PDF session brochure, see the UNU Global Seminar Japan – 2011 Shonan Session page on the UNU-ISP website.