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 from all over the world. Lectures will be given only in English, so participants are required to have a good working knowledge of English. A participation fee covers seminar documentation and certificate issued from UNU-IAS.

    37th UNU Global Seminar

    Advancing Efforts on the SDGs in the Anthropocene
    8–11 March 2022 13:00–17:00 JST

    People across the world are experiencing the effects of climate change such as droughts, floods, heat waves, and rising sea levels. There is an urgent need for social change to accelerate the transition to sustainability and mitigate climate change impacts, protecting food sources, livelihoods, health, transportation, and cultural heritage. The UNU Global Seminar 2022 will examine the impacts of climate change with a focus on biodiversity, water, and education, and the action needed to get back on track to achieve the SDGs.

    Keynote speeches will be delivered by three prominent researchers in the respective fields. Participants will engage in discussion groups to formulate and share innovative solutions for climate change mitigation and implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    For more details, please refer to the brochure in the Related Files tab.

    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:

      • 8 March 2022 from 13:00 – 17:00 JST
      • 9 March 2022 from 13:00 – 17:00 JST
      • 10 March 2022 from 13:00 – 17:00 JST
      • 11 March 2022 from 13:00 – 17:00 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 JPY30,000 covers seminar documents and certificate issued from UNU-IAS.

  • The application deadline is 18 February 2022.
    Please apply using the online registration form.

    Notification of Selection

    Candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application by 28 February 2022 via email. The participation fee of 30,000 yen must be deposited to the designated bank account by 3 March 2022. Details will be sent to the selected participants directly.

  • UNU Global Seminar Secretariat

    Email: ias.pdt.event@unu.edu
    Tel: 03-5467-1212 Fax: 03-3499-2828
    Office hours: Monday – Friday 9:30–17:30 JST (closed 13:00–14:00)

    For inquiries, please contact us via email.

  • Flyer for 37th UNU Global Seminar ver.7.1

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