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jfUNU/UNU Junior Fellows Symposium 2010

Inaugural Ceremony and Symposium for the New UNU-ISP Postgraduate Programme


Date: September 3, 2010

Time: 13:30 - 18:00

Location: U Thant Hall, UNU Headquarters

Organizers: UNU, Japan Foundation for UNU

Language: English/Japanese

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Nearly 40 years have passed since publication of “The Limits to Growth”, the Club of Rome's book which warned of the future of humanity and the Earth. Now, efforts to achieve sustainability are underway in various fields.

The symposium will feature a keynote address by Prof. Dennis Meadows, co-author of “The Limits to Growth”, who introduced the idea of sustainability. The lecture will be followed by an open forum, providing an opportunity for the audience to consider the predictions of the book, the current situation of humanity and the Earth, and their future prospects.

The inaugural ceremony of the new UNU-ISP postgraduate programme, the “Master of Science in Sustainability, Development, and Peace”, will be held prior to the lecture.


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9:30 - 10:00

Registration for participants in Workshop

10:00 - 12:00 Theme: "Sustainability and Peace"

The workshop consists of three discussion sessions on International Law & Peace, Enviromental Protection, and Sustainability by respective 3 groups of participants.

12:00 - 13:00

Working lunch for the Open Forum

12:30 - 13:30

Registration for participants in the Open Lecture

Inaugural Ceremony for the New UNU-ISP Postgraduate Programme
13:30 - 14:30 Opening speech

Konrad Osterwalder, Rector of UNU

Congratulatory Address

Koïchiro MATSUURA, Former Director General of UNESCO
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology

Songs for Celebration

Singer: Motoko OGAWA (Mezzo-soprano), Solist of the Salzburg Cathedral and Salzburg Franchescana Church

Open Lecture
14:30 - 15:30 "Implications of Limits to Growth for Peace"

Prof. Dennis MEADOWS
President of the Interactive Learning / Professor Emeritus of the University of New Hampshire

Open Forum & QA Session
15:45 - 18:00 Implications of the "Limits to Growth" for Future of Humanity

Discussion Leaders:

Yoichi KAYA, Deputy President and Director of Environment Industry and Technology Organization
Kazuhiko TAKEUCHI, UNU Vice Rector and Director, UNU-ISP
Hisayoshi INA, Special Editorial Committee Member of The Nikkei Newspaper

18:00 - 20:00

Inauguration Reception