The U Thant Distinguished Lecture Series

THE U THANT DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES is a forum through which eminent thinkers and world leaders speak on the role of the United Nations in addressing the challenges facing the world’s peoples and nations in the twenty-first century. The lecture series is co-organized by the United Nations University and the Science Council of Japan.

The UNU has a tradition of inviting world leaders and renowned individuals to Tokyo to explore the role of the United Nations in a rapidly changing world. The U Thant Distinguished Lecture Series builds upon this tradition by providing an opportunity for Nobel laureates and heads of state, current and former, to share their insights and experiences with scholars, policy makers, business leaders and the general public.

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U Thant Lecture Series - 21st Lecture

Enrique Peña Nieto

President of Mexico

2013•04•09    17:00 - 18:30

“U Thant Distinguished Lecture by President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico”

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U Thant Distinguished Lecture Series – 20th Lecture

José Ramos-Horta

Former President of Timor-Leste

2012•11•28    14:30 - 16:00

“José Ramos-Horta: Peace-Building and Sustainable Development in Timor-Leste and the Asian Region”


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U Thant Lecture Series - 14th Lecture

Martti Ahtisaari

Former President of the Republic of Finland


“Negotiating Peace in Africa, Asia and Europe”

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U Thant Lecture Series - 13th Lecture

Mohammad Khatami

Former President of Iran


“Dialogue Among Civilizations: A Necessity for Living in Peace and Non-Violence, Bridging the Development Gap among Nations, and Building a Global Citizenship”


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U Thant Lecture Series - 10th Lecture

Anand Panyarachun

Former Prime Minister of Thailand


“The Role of the United Nations Secretary-General: The Past as Prelude to the Future”

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U Thant Lecture Series - 8th Lecture

Tarja Halonen

11th President of Finland, Co-Chair Commissioner of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization


“Towards a Fair Globalization; A Finnish Perspective”

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U Thant Lecture Series - 6th Lecture

Jimmy Carter

39th President of the United States and Nobel Laureate (2002, Peace)


“Agriculture, Development and Human Rights in the Future of Africa”

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U Thant Lecture Series - 2nd Lecture

Thabo Mbeki

President of the Republic of South Africa


“The New African Initiative”