UNU Global Seminar

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    The aim of the UNU Global Seminars 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.

    These sessions are open to university students, graduate students and young professionals. Lectures will be given only in English, so participants are required to have a good working knowledge of English.

    38th UNU Global Seminar

    Energy Sustainability in the Anthropocene —  Transforming Lifestyles for Carbon Neutrality

    Saturday, 3 December 2022        13:00–17:00 JST

    Sunday, 4 December 2022           13:00–17:00 JST

    Saturday, 10 December 2022       10:30–17:00 JST

    (Consultation Time: Wednesday, 7 December 2022, 18:30-20:30 (JST))

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment reports have affirmed that global warming is caused by anthropogenic activities. Most of the energy that drives society is fossil fuels, which cause global warming. We need to rapidly transform the current social system. In the 38th Global Seminar we will discuss how to change lifestyles, focusing on living and work.

    The seminar enables participants to interact with leaders in diverse fields of expertise, raising awareness of the global challenges facing contemporary society.  Through step-by-step group work, participants will also develop the ability to respond to global issues that have multiple dimensions. Through discussions and preparing presentations using the World Café method (small-group, interchangeable dialogue), the seminar will expand the network of participating students from other universities and those who specialise in different fields.


    Day 1: Saturday, 3 December 2022, 13:00 – 17:00 (JST)

    Welcome address

    Keynote speech 1

    • Seita Emori (Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, University of Tokyo; Senior Principal Researcher, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan)

    Concept speech

    World Café and group forming

    Day 2: Sunday, 4 December 2022, 13:00 – 17:00 (JST)

    Keynote speech 2

    • Shobhakar Dhakal (Vice President for Academic Affairs, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT))

    Group Work Session

    Consultation day: Wednesday, 7 December 2022, 18:30-20:30 (JST)

    Instructors will be available online to answer questions related to the Group Work.

    Day 3: Saturday, 10 December 2022, 10:30-17:00 (JST)

    Group presentation

    Ceremony of certificate award

    Note: Programme and lecturers are subject to change.

    Flyer and Programme

    The flyer and programme for this course are available to download:

    History of the UNU Global Seminars

    The UNU Global Seminars began in Japan in the Kanto area in 1985 with the first Shonan Session, and in the Kansai area in 1995 with the Kobe Session. In Japan, additional UNU Global Seminars are held in Tohoku, Shimane-Yamaguchi, Hokkaido, Kobe-Awaji, Kanazawa, and Okinawa. The expansion of the UNU Global Seminars abroad began with the Seoul (South Korea) Session in 2003.


  • The seminar is open to university students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) residing in Japan, irrespective of their major. Young professionals who are interested in the theme of the seminar are also welcome, although those working in the subject area are not admissible.

    Participants are required to have a good command of English, as lectures will be delivered in English with no interpretation provided. The maximum number of participants is 100.

    The sessions will be held online on the following dates:

    3 December 2022 from 13:00 – 17:00 JST

    4 December 2022 from 13:00 – 17:00 JST

    10 December 2022 from 10:30 – 17:00 JST

    * Consultation day: 7 December 2022 from 18.30-20.30 JST

    Please note that participants are expected to join the online seminar, using a headset, at least 10 minutes before the start of each session. Participants are expected to remain online for the duration of the session. Further details will be sent to the selected participants directly.


    The participation fee of JPY 30,000 covers seminar documents and certificate issued from UNU-IAS.

  • The application deadline is 18 November 2022 (JST).*

    Please apply using the online registration form.

    *Applications may be closed before the deadline if the number of applications reaches the maximum.

    Notification of Selection

    Candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application in mid-November through email. The participation fee of JPY 30,000 must be deposited to the designated bank account by due date. Details will be sent to the selected participants directly.

  • UNU Global Seminar Secretariat

    Email: ias.pdt.event@unu.edu
    Office hours: Monday – Friday 9:30–17:30 JST (closed 13:00–14:00)

    For inquiries, please contact us through email.

  • Programme 38th Global Seminar

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    Flyer Global Seminar 38th

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