Africa Day Since the inaugural event in 2000, the series has sought to inform not just the TICAD and G8 processes but a broader general understanding of the problems and immense potential of the continent through a focus on specific topics of relevance including trade and investment, infrastructure development, and the digital divide.
Climate Change Climate change is not a lost cause, nor its outcome a foregone conclusion. Policies exist that effectively and efficiently mitigate climate change at a very reasonable cost — we need only to adopt them.
Global Economic Crisis The objective of the series is to bring clarity to some of the key issues at the center of the economic crisis, to explain what is at stake and what should be done to overcome the problems that we currently face.
Globalization "Globalization has been a one-way street, bringing few benefits to Africa...", noted former US President Jimmy Carter in the U Thant Distinguished Lecture that he delivered in 2003 at United Nations University in Tokyo. Is that still the case six years later and, if so, what can the international community do to rectify the inequity and help Africa lay the groundwork for attaining the UN Millennium Development Goals?
Lecture Series The open Lecture Series brings the most distinguished scholars of our time from multidisciplinary fields to share their insights and creative solutions to pressing global concerns.
Online Learning The UNU Media Studio produces video documentaries and interactive content for the Web. A small, creative and interdisciplinary team combines original design with new technology to build and share engaging content. http://mediastudio.unu.edu
Priority Africa These videos are in support of the peoples of Africa for growing their own capacity to achieve sustained economic, political, social justice and democratic development.
Satoyama Initiative http://satoyama-initiative.org/en/ Satoyama landscape, a traditional Japanese socio-ecological production system, is an example of multi-functional land use practiced in many parts of the world. Satoyama-like landscapes have sustained millions of people for thousands of years. Yet, with the various forces of modernization and urbanization, such systems are being undermined or abandoned, and many ecosystems degraded and the corresponding communities weakened. In recognition of the potential of satoyama-like land use systems to enhance human well-being and biodiversity, the Satoyama Initiative aims to promote the rebuilding of sustainable ties between humans and the natural environment through optimized use and management of land and natural resources.
U Thant Lecture Series The U Thant Distinguished Lecture Series is a forum through which eminent thinkers and world leaders speak on the role of the United Nations in addressing the challenges facing the world's peoples and nations in the twenty-first century. The lecture series is co-organized by the UNU Centre, the UNU Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) and the Science Council of Japan (SCJ).