UNU Conversation Series

A public platform for influential experts to share personal insights on contemporary global affairs

Conversation Series Event

Discussing key issues with key players

The UNU Conversation Series provides a unique public platform for influential experts, world leaders and respected scholars and authors to share personal insights on contemporary global affairs, politics, and media. Held in Tokyo at UNU headquarters, the conversations are hosted and moderated by UNU Rector and UN Under-Secretary-General Tshilidzi Marwala. The events are free and open to the public, and offer a distinctly cordial atmosphere allowing the audience to engage with featured guests, ask questions and share their ideas, both during the conversations and at casual receptions that follow each event.

Key issues

Conversation Series topics span the full breadth of UNU’s work, touching on matters of critical importance to Japan and the world. Topics of discussion have included peace and security, international relations, migration, governance, sustainable development, climate change, employment, higher education and many others.

Key players

UNU has welcomed more than 100 notable speakers to the Conversation Series stage, including ambassadors, members of the Japanese government, United Nations leaders, distinguished academics, and public personalities from media and civil society.

Conversation Series Event
“Reimagining Higher Education for a Complex World”, a Conversation with Professor Adam Habib, Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London Photo: C. Christophersen / UNU

Upcoming and previous conversations

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UNU Generative AI Series | Generative AI and Diplomacy: What’s Beyond?

Join this webinar to explore how the rapid advancement of GenAI is transforming diplomatic processes and what this means for the future of global diplomacy and international relations

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The Peacebuilding Architecture Review: Building and Sustaining Peace in 2025 and Beyond

TOKYO: On 30 May 2024, UNU will host a conversation with Elizabeth Spehar, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support.

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One Hundred Years of the International Drug Prohibition Regime in Latin America

TOKYO: On 18 June 2024, UNU will host a conversation with Mónica Serrano, Professor of International Relations at El Colegio de México.

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Lessons from Japanese Education and Health Care

On 10 June 2024, UNU will host a conversation with Prof. Roger Goodman, Warden of St Antony’s College.

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Human Rights in Asia: Has Authoritarian Governance Undermined Progress?

On 9 May 2024, UNU will host a conversation with Elaine Pearson, Director of Human Rights Watch's Asia Division.

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Robotics and AI: The Future Today

On 10 May 2024, UNU will host a conversation with Prof. Giuseppe Loianno, Director of the Agile Robotics and Perception Lab at New York University.

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The Future of Education — Challenges and Opportunities for Integrating the SDGs and Global Citizenship into High School Education

TOKYO: On 22 April 2024, UNU will host a conversation with Malcolm McKenzie, Head of School at United World Colleges ISAK Japan.

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Global South, Global Peace: How to Achieve Sustainable Peace on a Global Scale

TOKYO: On 17 April 2024, UNU will host a conversation with Kiichi Fujiwara, Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo.

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Uniting Business for a Better World: How the Private Sector Will Help Advance the 2030 Agenda and Beyond

TOKYO: On 21 March 2024, UNU will host a conversation with Sanda Ojiambo, CEO and Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact.

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Navigating the Polycrisis — Challenges and Opportunities for Global Security and Cooperation

TOKYO: On 13 March 2024, UNU will host a conversation with Stefan Löfven, Chair of the SIPRI Governing Board and former Prime Minister of Sweden.

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Healthy Land: Why Combating Desertification is Crucial for Human Security

TOKYO: On 20 February, UNU will host a conversation with Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

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Climate Action: Can We Avoid Climate Tipping Points Through Global Cooperation?

TOKYO: On 15 December, UNU will host a conversation with Dr. Hoesung Lee, former Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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Peaceful Negotiation under International Law — Lessons from Timor-Leste’s Maritime Boundaries

TOKYO: On 18 December 2023, UNU will host a conversation with His Excellency Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, Prime Minister of Timor-Leste.

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The Role of Education for Sustainable Development in Transforming Education

TOKYO: On 19 December, UNU will host a conversation with Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education.

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Food Systems in Africa: The Role of Food Sovereignty in Promoting Sustainable Development

TOKYO: On 28 November, UNU will host a conversation with Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Niger.

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Global Crises and United Nations Response and Innovations: Lessons Learned, Challenges and Prospects

TOKYO: On 9 November, UNU will host a conversation with Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, former Chief of Staff to the President of Nigeria.

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Clean Water and Sanitation for All by 2030? What Needs to Be Done

TOKYO: On 6 November, UNU will host a conversation with Catarina de Albuquerque, CEO of Sanitation and Water for All.

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Japan's Foreign Policy in Turbulent Times

On 12 October, UNU will host a conversation with Kuniko Inoguchi, Member of the House of Councillors of Japan.

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A Dialogue with Lord Patten: Japan and Britain in a Changing Asia

On 16 October 2023, UNU and the University of Oxford Japan Office will co-host a special Conversation Series event with Lord Patten of Barnes.

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Artificial Intelligence and Society: On the Brink of Change

TOKYO: On 03 October 2023, UNU will host a conversation with Professor Benjamin Rosman from University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

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