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IGES and UNU-IAS will Co-host ISAP2013, 24 June 2013

Fighting Wildlife Crime: Sharing Information Across Borders, 6 March 2013

UNU-IAS to Co-host Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference, 9 January 2013

IGES and UNU-IAS will co-host ISAP2012, 26 June 2012

UNU-IAS to Host a Special Seminar on Rio+20, 31 May 2012

UNCRD and UNU-IAS to Organize a Symposium on Sustainable Urban Development, 12 March 2012

International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) holds global conference in Nairobi, 6 March 2012

UNU-IAS to Host “Ecosystem Services and a Nature-Harmonious Society” Symposium, 16 January 2012

UNU-IAS Signs MOU with Harvard, 15 December 2011

UNU-IAS Hosts GIAHS Forum to Mark Launch of UN Decade of Biodiversity, 14 December 2011

UNU-IAS Launches New Postgraduate Degree Programme in Biodiversity, 4 October 2011

UNU-IAS, Hosei University and iuventum organize a seminar to celebrate International Youth Day, 29 July 2011

UNU to Host Great East Japan Earthquake Rebuilding Symposium: 5 August 2011, 26 July 2011

IGES and UNU-IAS Agree on Collaboration to Promote Research on the Sustainability Agenda of Asia and the Pacific, 22 July 2011

Africa Gears up for Inauguration of the Wildlife Enforcement Monitoring System (WEMS), 11 July 2011

UNU-IAS signs MOU with City of Yokohama, 26 April 2011

UNU-IAS Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa Relocates and makes a Fresh Start, 7 April 2010 

UNU to Hold Symposium on Evaluating University Performance, 10 March 2010

Seminar Will Focus on Role of Natural Resources Management for Sustainable Livelihoods and Peace, 22 April 2009 

Japanese Port Capital Investment Required for Successful Climate Change Adaption, March 2009

Experts Consider Need for New Rules to Govern World’s Fragile Polar Regions

Without Interlinkage, MDG on Environmental Sustainability Will Fall Short

Remarks by Prof. Zakri, UNU-IAS Director, on the Role of Scientific Advice in the Governance of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services


CBD Executive Secretary Dr. Djoghlaf visits Kanazawa, Ishikawa & Noto Peninsula

Nissan promotes Biodiversity Research at UNU-IAS

Without Interlinkage, Millennium Development Goal on Environmental Sustainability Will Fall Short

Experts Consider Need for New Rules to Govern World’s Fragile Polar Regions

Indigenous Knowledge Helping to Combat Climate Change - Forum

Network to promote sustainability in post-graduate education launched



See interview with Director Anne McDonald in the Japan Journal, on "Save our Satoyama", May 2009

Japanese Port Capital Investment Required for Successful Climate Change Adaption, March 2009

18 August 2008: Yomiuri Shimbun interview with Rui Ozaki
Igirisu-Rugaku no keken ikasu (with experience studying in England)
Rui Ozaki is based in the UNU-IAS Operating Unit in Kanazawa, working as Programme Assistant, after obtaining a master’s degree in international politics and European history at a university in England. Should you have any comments or queries, please contact Rui at ozaki@ias.unu.edu.

28 July 2008 to 1 August 2008: 5 day series in the Nikkei Shimbun Evening edition
Column: Ningen Hakken (Human discovery)
Satoyama wo Sekai ni (Satoyama to the World)

Part:     

1: 28 July 2008  2: 29 July 2008  3: 30 July 2008  4: 31 July 2008  5: 1 August 2008

This series of interviews outlines the Director of UNU-IAS Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa, Anne McDonald’s, background, life in Japan and activities in her field of work in local areas of Japan over the past 20 years. In the story, she tells of Japanese humanity, culture and the importance of balance between nature and human life which has been passed on by local people.

30 June  2008: Special to The Japan Times
Get biotechnology on the agenda for Africa
By Professor Calestous Juma, Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and visiting professor at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Study (UNU-IAS) in Yokohama. This article is based on his remarks at the G8 Dialogue organized by the United Nations University in Tokyo in May.

12 June 2008: Special to The Daily Yomiuri
Nutrition and Africa: Issues for the G8
By Prof. Per Pinstrup-Andersen, H.E. Babcock Professor at Cornell University, member of the Executive Committee of the UNU Food and Nutrition Program and World Food Prize Laureate. This article in part of United Nations University G8 -Think Pieces series.

9 June 2008: The Nikkei Weekly, Page 27 (Opinion page)
Africa recasts priorities ahead of G-8: Biotech to fight drought; connectivity to spur innovation; higher education to acquire skills
By Claudia ten Have, a South African researcher with the united Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies

29 May 2008: Special feature in the Daily Yomiuri
Net access for African universities would boost continent
By Professor Calestous Juma, Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and is a visiting professor at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Study (UNU-IAS) in Yokohama.
See also http://www.scidev.net/en/opinions/g8-should-support-high-speed-web-access-in-africa.html

28 May 2008: Special to The Japan Times
G8 summit, Doha agenda and the future of the WTO
By Gary P. Sampson, Chairman of International Economic Governance at United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies. This article is based on his remarks at the G8 Dialogue organized at United Nations University in Tokyo in May 2008.

29 May 2008: Occupational Health Safety
Developing Countries' Deficiencies Could Pose Biosafety Threats, UN Warns
The UNU-IAS assessment, titled Internationally Funded Training in Biosafety and Biotechnology – Is It Bridging the Biotech Divide?, was released at the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Bonn in May. According to the study of internationally funded training programs in biotechnology and biosafety, as many as 100 developing countries are unprepared to effectively manage and monitor the use of modern biotechnologies, leaving the world community open to serious biosafety threats.

28 May 2008: Thaindian.com
India not enforcing safety norms for GM crops: UN study
The report (Internationally Funded Training in Biosafety and Biotechnology) by the Yokohama-based United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) states that “there is no effective international system of biosafety at the moment” because of widespread training and management deficiencies in most countries of Africa, Central Asia, Oceania and the Caribbean. The study’s Melbourne-based lead author Sam Johnston told IANS from Bonn: “India still has a huge problem of biosafety enforcement. Many farmers are using genetically modified crops without government approval. The findings raise fundamental questions about “the extent to which capacity deficits are undermining the promise that advances in biotechnology would directly address the needs of the poor,” said UNU-IAS Director A.H. Zakri in a statement.

OneWorld.net
Countries ill-equipped to ensure global biosafety
A two-year UN study of internationally funded training programmes in biotechnology and biosafety warns that as many as 100 developing countries are unprepared to effectively manage and monitor the use of modern biotechnologies, leaving the world community open to serious biosafety threats. The report, from the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (Internationally Funded Training in Biosafety and Biotechnology), says training and management deficiencies in most countries of Africa, Central Asia, Oceania and the Caribbean, "are so pervasive and broad that there is no effective international system of biosafety at the moment."


News on UNU-IAS research and activities

Neglected Diseases and Philanthropy


'Precautionary principle' must be defined to avoid clashes over biotechnology under World Trade rules


Natural and Cultural Diversity

Harmonization of Modern Development and Traditional Cultures

Challenges in the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety


Research Universities in the 21st Century: Global Challenges and Local Implications


FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources and Farmers’ Rights

Making Access to Genetic Resources Possible: Experiences from India

The Human Ecosystem Model and Urban Environmental Challenges in ASEAN: Singapore Workshop





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