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FY2014 United Nations Propagation and Enlightenment Symposium “An Approach Whereby Livelihood = Job = International Cooperation”


The gorgeous hagoita lining the stalls

© Tokyo Prefectural
Chapter of the United
Nations Association of Japan

Due to developments such as fewer Japanese studying at overseas universities and declining numbers of human resources who are willing to work abroad, recently it is often heard that the nation’s youth has become “inward looking”. However, in that there are many people active in a wide range of fields globally, there are clear indications of greater numbers of young Japanese who are also aiming to be active in the field of international cooperation.

We would really like such youngsters to attend a symposium entitled, “An Approach Whereby Livelihood = Job = International Cooperation”. It is to be held by the Tokyo Prefectural Chapter of the United Nations Association of Japan on January 31, 2015 (Saturday). This is an event where attendees will work together in thinking about the field of international cooperation, a career choice about which it can be difficult to obtain information. During the symposium’s first session, a panel discussion will be held featuring Mr. Tetsuo Kondoh, Director, UNDP Representation Office in Tokyo. He will be joined by Ms. Kaneko Nakayama of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Based on their own experiences, these panelists will discuss how to go about approaching international organizations and JICA, etc. They will also speak more generally about working in the field of international cooperation.

The symposium’s second session will feature “On The Way to School”. This is a documentary film that follows the lives of children who spend many hours traveling to and from school in areas of the world where there are no roads. From youngsters who encounter wild animals on the savannah of Kenya, to places that are largely uninhabited such as Patogonia, these children head for their schools while surrounded by dangers. What the film conveys is the childrens’ strong desire to gain education in order to develop their own futures. Furthermore, while reconfirming the importance of education in the realization of dreams, the film also entices viewers to consider what can be done to benefit such children. In addition to youngsters considering a career in international cooperation, we hope a broad range of people with an interest in the global status quo and international cooperation topics will also attend. At the conclusion of the symposium’s program of three and a half hours, we believe that everyone in attendance will have discovered something new to consider.

© 2013 - Winds – Ymagis – Herodiade © 2013 - Winds – Ymagis – Herodiade
© 2013 - Winds – Ymagis – Herodiade

© 2013 - Winds – Ymagis – Herodiade

FY2014 United Nations’ Propagation and Enlightenment Symposium
“An Approach Whereby Livelihood = Job = International Cooperation”

■Date/Time:January 31, 2015 (Saturday) (13:00-16:30)
■Venue: JICA Global Plaza Conference Hall (10-5 Ichigaya Honmuracho, Shinjuku-ku)
■Entry is free of charge
※Please refer to the following website for more information:
http://www.tokyo-icc.jp/kokuren/symposium.html (in Japanese only)