Monthly Report No.54 (October 31, 2014)
Dear AC21 Members,
Thank you very much for your continued support of AC21 and its activities.
The following are updates and some recent news from AC21.
1. Sixth AC21 Student World Forum (SWF) 2015 to be hosted by University of Strasbourg and University of Freiburg
We are happy to announce that the Sixth Student World Forum (SWF) 2015 will be held from April 19 - 24, 2015 in Strasbourg, France and Freiburg, Germany. The main theme of the Sixth SWF will be “The European Experience in Local and Regional Democracy.” The 13th Steering Committee (STC) Meeting, to be hosted by the University of Freiburg, will be held on April 23 and 24, 2015 in Freiburg, Germany. Please mark your calendar with these important dates! The announcement of the SWF 2015 was already sent from the University of Strasbourg to AC21 Communicators of all member universities.
For more information, please visit the official SWF 2015 website at the link below. http://studentworldforum2015.unistra.fr
We hope that all member universities will be able to send their students in order to take full advantage of this great opportunity!
2. AC21 Special Project Fund (SPF) 2015
Applications for the AC21 Special Project Fund (SPF) 2015 will be accepted from November 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015. This fund is designed to promote the collaborative research and educational exchange between AC21 members. The guidelines for the AC21 SPF (revised edition, October 2014) were sent to the AC21 Communicators of all member universities on October 2, 2014. The application form can be found on the last three pages of the guidelines. You can also access the guidelines on the AC21 website at the following link: http://www.ac21.org/english/activities/special/
We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity!
3. “United Nations Day” at Nagoya University
As we informed you in the last monthly report, the AC21-sponsored “United Nations (UN) Day Event” was held at Nagoya University on October 21, 2014. As one of the members of United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), AC21 received a request to organize an event initiated mainly by students, from the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Japan, a point of contact for UNAI in Japan. The Graduate School of International Development (GSID) and the Women Leaders Program to Promote Well-being, Nagoya University, where AC21 General Secretariat is based, organized the event and AC21 sponsored it. The title of the event was “Achieving Well-being for All Beyond 2015.”
At the opening session, Dr. Michinari Hamaguchi (Nagoya University President), Mr. Junichi Hirata (Deputy Director, International Affairs Division, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) and Dr. Sanae Ito (Dean, Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University) delivered addresses, and Dr. Aya Okada (Professor, Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University) gave an introduction for the UN Day Event at Nagoya University.
A keynote lecture titled “Gender equality is your issue too!” was given by Ms. Kaoru Nemoto (Director, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Tokyo).
Two student sessions, “International Opinion Poll Session” and “Debate Session” followed. At the “International Opinion Poll Session”, 18 international students from 18 countries studying at Nagoya University responded to four yes/no questions related to gender issues, taking into account the conditions in their own countries. At the “Debate Session”, students debated the topic “Should we set quota for achieving gender equality?”
Panel Discussion was held on the topic of “Achieving Well-being for All beyond 2015” inviting four distinguished panelists. They were Ms. Mehr Khan (Former Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations), Ms. Junko Sazaki (Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Tokyo Office), Dr. Charles Boliko (Director, FAO Liaison Office in Japan), and Ms. Chikako Takase (Director, United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)). Dr. Aya Okada (Professor, Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University) acted as the moderator of the Panel Discussion. The panelists presented the latest trends in the situations concerning well-being across countries, current challenges, and their organizations’ activities to achieve well-being.
From the AC21 General Secretariat, Dr. Yoshihito Watanabe (Director, AC21 General Secretariat) delivered the closing address at the closing session, and Dr. Ayako Ido (AC21 Project Coordinator, AC21 General Secretariat) acted as main moderator of the UN Day Event. After the event, a cross-cultural performance show was organized by students. The participants enjoyed Japanese A Capella, traditional Thai and Cambodian dances, and traditional Indonesian music. The event was very successful with more than 200 participants!!
4. AC21 Newsletter
Volume 18 of the AC21 Newsletter is ready now and will arrive at your universities soon. We would appreciate it if you could distribute this Newsletter to the appropriate recipients to keep them informed of AC21 news and its activities. The Newsletter may also be viewed online at the link below.
If you would like to share some news or events with the other members through this monthly report, please send them to the AC21 General Secretariat at the following e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org).
AC21 General Secretariat