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UNU-IAS encourages rigorous and open intellectual exchange by providing faculty and fellows with a stimulating interdisciplinary and multicultural academic environment. The Institute hosts roundtable discussions, seminars, and lectures by in-house and visiting faculty members and visiting academics on a range of issues within the broad spectrum of UNU-IAS’ research programme. These events are open to the public.

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Workshops and Seminars

UNU-IAS holds roundtable seminars and other events in its office premises in Yokohama, Japan, allowing the exchange of perspectives and ideas amongst academics, scholars, and decision makers on various policy issues. UNU-IAS also participates and/or plays host to other significant academic events, including conferences and symposia. Faculty members participate extensively in key academic planning meetings, workshops, forums, meetings, and conferences at local, regional, and international levels within the Institute’s research areas.

G8 Dialogue Series

In its function as a think-tank for the UN-system fostering intellectual cooperation among scholars, scientists, and practitioners worldwide, the UNU has the capacity to offer innovative perspectives and fresh ideas on key agenda issues of the G8 Summit. Combining the in-house and external expertise of both Japanese and International scholars, the UNU must mobilize its intellectual resources in order to create a platform for dialogue on the G8. In doing so, the UNU has the potential to influence the output of the upcoming G8 Japan Summit in Hokkaido Toyako while raising public awareness and discussion on G8 issues.

U Thant Distinguished Lecture Series

The U Thant Distinguished Lecture Series, named after the former UN Secretary-General (1961-1971), is a forum through which eminent thinkers and world leaders may speak on the role of the United Nations in addressing the challenges facing the world's peoples and nations in the twenty-first century, sharing their insights and experiences. The lecture series is co-organized by the UNU Centre and UNU-IAS. The dedication of this lecture series to the former Secretary-General is a reflection of UNU’s efforts to encourage the exchange of ideas regarding the UN's role in addressing our shared global challenges.

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