The United Nations University Library (UNU Library) is located on the second floor of the UNU HQ in Tokyo. The Library is available to assist in the achievement of the overall objectives of UNU. Library materials and information resources are collected and made available primarily for members of the UNU community including staff members, fellows, researchers, visiting scholars, affiliate scholars, associate personnel, postgraduate students and members of the UN agencies at the UNU HQ building. The Library maintains open to the public policy.
Access to the UNU Library is granted. Borrowing privilege is also made available. However, you will be asked to present a proof of your employment or enrollment upon your library membership registration. Former employee or alumni status does not provide off site access to Library’s subscribed e-Resources.
The Library is open to the public and all the collections and information resources are accessible for consultation. Advance appointment by phone or email during the opening hours is recommended for specific materials or reference inquiries.
Faculties, staff and students from reciprocal collaboration institutions are provided with borrowing privileges upon presenting a UNU Library card from each of the university library listed below. UNU Library Online Public Access Catalogue is a tool to search and find the collected materials. Please consult the Library staff for specific information or requests for retrieval.
Reciprocal collaboration institutions as of April 2016:
* Students from institutions other than the above must contact your university libraries to arrange inter-library loan requests to the UNU Library.
The Library accepts all inquiries from the public. Assistance in identifying materials, information retrieval, and instruction in using electronic resources and databases on various subjects will be provided by the trained Library staff members on request.
Due to the state of emergency declared by the Japanese government, from January 8, 2021 the UNU Library premises will be closed to all users. Please visit the library homepage for updates on library services and operations during this closure period.
Loans are not available for external users. Library materials are for reference use in the Library only. Individual borrowing privileges are granted to the support members of the Japan Foundation for UNU. For individuals affiliated or enrolled at university libraries where cooperation agreements have been signed, please contact the respective library. Refer to the contact information.
Requests for inter-library loans may be accepted. Libraries need to send their requests either by fax or e-mail.
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On 26 April 2016, the UNU Library will host a book launch for Memories of Citizenship: A journey back into an ongoing play: The life and times of a besieged ‘Polis’ as told by the Uruguayan Experience (Memorias de Ciudadanía. Los Avatares de una Polis Golpeada. La Experiencia Uruguaya) by Amparo Menéndez-Carrión (Editorial Fin de Siglo, Montevideo, 2015). The announcement and registration page.
book “Green Growth: Ideology, political economy and the alternatives” by Gareth Dale, Manu V. Mathai and Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira (Zed Books, February 2016).
Syrian people and their heritage: beyond the headlines. Exhibition of photographs and a public forum. Announcement and registration, please visit the Japanese website.
Japan’s development assistance : foreign aid and the post-2015 agenda edited by Hiroshi Kato, John Page and Yasutami Shimomura (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) The summary of the Library Talk is provided by the Global Peacebuilding Academy.
Satoumi Capitalism (Satoumi Shihonron) by Kyosuke Inoue and NHK Satoumi Group (Kadokawa, 2015)
The UN Security Council in the 21st Century by Sebastian von Einsiedel, David M. Malone and Bruno Stagno Ugarte (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2015)
Challenges of Constructing Legitimacy in Peacebuilding: Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone, and East Timor by Dr Daisaku Higashi (Routledge, March 2015)
Dr. Higashi published an article about the Library Talk in the Journal by Global Peacebuilding Academy. Please refer to this link (external).
“God Sleeps in Rwanda: A Journey of Transformation” by Joseph Sebarenzi and Laura Ann Mullane (Atria Books, 2009), translated by Masako Yonekawa (Rikkyo University Press, 2015)
Diplomacy on Ice: Energy and the Environment in the Arctic and Antarctic by Rebecca Pincus and Saleem H. Ali (Yale University Press, 2015)
The Urato Islands by SATOYAMA Initiative, UNU-IAS and collaborators. Presentation of a video programme filmed in Urato Islands, Shiogama city in Miyagi Prefecture.
Profiting from alternative agriculture: what “SATOYAMA” means for Japan and beyond by Wataru Suzuki (Management Publishing, 2014)
Art, Culture and International Development: Humanizing social transformation by John Clammer (Routledge, 2015)
Governing the Use-of-Force in International Relations: The Post-9/11 US Challenge on International Law by Aiden Warren and Ingvild Bode (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
Manga The Earth Charter. The UNU Library together with the Association of Former International Civil Servants (AFICS) – Japan held the presentation of the booklet “Manga the Earth Charter” jointly published by Norio Yamanoi & the Earth Charter Committee of Asia Pacific and Japan.
“The Security Council as global legislator” edited by Vesselin Popovski and Trudy Fraser
The United Nations University (UNU) Library held the launch of the book published by the Routlege recently. The Security Council’s decisions are legally binding on all UN member-states, effectively complementing obligations under the conventional international law, agreed in treaties or customs between states. The Security Council therefore acts as a global ‘legislator’, in addition to a global ‘policeman’ (two roles clearly separated in domestic constitutionalism). There have been quantitative and qualitative shifts in the Council’s activity since the end of the Cold War: historically the Council addressed specific country situations, defining threats to the peace and adopting measures to mitigate or, ideally, eliminate these threats; more recently the Council, in parallel with country-specific situations, started discussions on issues of global concerns – terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, children in armed conflict, protection of civilians, piracy, climate change – and adopted thematic resolutions addressing global threats. To what extent do the thematic resolutions represent a legislative standard-setting contribution? Are the thematic resolutions useful for the maintenance of international peace and security? This book demonstrates how the Council can create an entirely new ‘hard’ law (non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and non-state actors; jurisdiction of international criminal tribunals), but also how the Council can address a variety of ‘soft’ security issues and build up important ‘soft’ power in the international constitutional system.
The Speaker: Dr. Vesselin Popovski, Editor of the book, Senior Academic Officer, UNU-IAS.
The Commentator: Dr. David Malone, Rector, UNU.
The Chair: Dr. Sukehiro Hasegawa, Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste.
The United Nations University (UNU) Library together with the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) held the launch of ‘Religion, War and Ethics: a sourcebook of textual traditions’ edited by Gregory M. Reichberg, & Henrik Syse (Cambridge University Press, 2014). The UNU partnered with PRIO at the conference “Conceptions of Peace and War in the Abrahamic Religions” (Rome, 2006) which resulted in a previous book, World Religions and Norms of War edited by Popovski, Reichberg & Turner (UNU Press 2009).
This sourcebook explores how the world’s leading religious traditions have approached the normative problems associated with war and armed conflict. The idea is that the use of armed force may be justifiable within determinable limits, in order to uphold fundamental human values, such as protection of one’s homeland from attack, defence of the innocent, or preservation of the rule of law. If “just war” designates the search for a middle ground between “no violence whatsoever” and “anything goes,” then it can be a useful term in discussion of the abundant literature which arose first in Hindu culture, then among the ancient Israelites and Chinese, to a certain extent among Buddhists and Sikhs, and finally with much explicit articulation by Christians and Muslims.
The talk included a presentation by some of the book’s contributors including: Gregory Reichberg (PRIO), Kaushik Roy (Jadavpur University), and Yuri Stoyanov (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London). The event commentators will be Vesselin Popovski (UNU), Kazuhiro Obayashi (Hitotsubashi University) and Yvonne Chiu (University of Hong Kong).
Dr. Madoka Futamura, Academic Programme Officer, UNU-IAS was the guest speaker of the second “Library Talk” who spoke about her latest book entitled “The politics of the death penalty in countries in transition” co-edited by Futamura and Nadia Bernaz published by Routledge in 2014.
The research subject is unique in focusing on countries in transition, either in the process of democratization or emerging out of armed conflicts, where people and society face big social and political changes. The death penalty issues and cases of Argentina, Cambodia, the Republic of Korea, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Iraq and the Northern African states are examined in the book. Those countries face various tasks, such as restoring and maintaining security, reforming institutions, achieving justice for past violence, and reconciliation, rebuilding infrastructure, and so on. And in such contexts, quite a few countries abolish the death penalty, face pressure to abolish it, or else resort to the death penalty in order to tackle those tasks, as the case of Iraq shows.
Two discussants namely Ms. Kazuko Ito, Attorney at Law & Secretary General, Human Rights Now and Prof. Yasue Mochizuki, Professor, School of Law and Politics, Kwansei Gakuin University joined Dr. Futamura to discuss further. The participants’ thought-provoking comments and questions made the discussion very lively.
Primordial Leadership: Peacebuilding and National Ownership in Timor-Leste by Sukehiro Hasegawa (United Nations University Press, 2013)
On 3 March 2014, the 1st Library Talk at the UNU Library in UNU Headquarters in Tokyo was held. In our very first Library Talk, we invited Dr. Sukehiro Hasegawa, former Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timo-Leste. Dr. Hasegawa introduced his new publication, Primordial Leadership: Peacebuilding and National Ownership in Timor-Leste, published by the UNU Press in September 2013, in which he presents his insightful account of his interactions with the Timorese national leaders during his term as Special Representative from July 2002 to September 2006.
In post-conflict Timor-Leste, primordial leadership proved to be the key to building sustainable peace. It facilitated national ownership and accountability, helping national leaders to successfully turn the security crises of 2006 and 2008 into opportunities for fostering respect for democratic governance. This change in mindset and the ensuing spirit of national unity—rather than the externally induced, exclusive efforts in building institutional frameworks for the rule of law and democratic governance—were instrumental in achieving peace and stability.
Speaker. Dr. Hasegawa, author of the book. Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste and Head of the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET), the United Nations Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL), and the United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) from May 2004 to September 2006. Currently, a professor of the Faculty of Law, Hosei University, Tokyo.
Commentator. H.E. Ambassador Isilio Coelho da Silva of Timor-Leste in Tokyo.
Moderator. Dr. Vesselin Popovski, Senior Academic Programme Officer in the Peace and Security section at the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS).
Submissions are now being accepted for the 32nd Eisaku Sato Essay Contest. This international contest is open to anyone who has an interest in both the United Nations University and the designated contest topic. There are no restrictions as to age, nationality, or profession.
The theme of the 2016 contest is:
“Considering the multiple and pressing challenges the United Nations faces today, what is the proper role of the Secretary-General as top international public servant? Discuss the required qualities and discipline of a Secretary-General in view of the practices and achievements of the successive Secretary-Generals.”
For details, please refer to the announcement page.