1999 (Fifth) Global Youth Exchange Program

February 26, 1999

  1. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will carry out the 1999 (Fifth) Global Youth Exchange Program from 9 March (Tuesday) to 19 March (Friday).

  2. The purpose of this Program, which stated in FY 1994, is to promote mutual understanding among young people of various countries and regions of the world. In this fifth fiscal year, 45 young people from 37 countries, including Japan, will visit Yakushima Island, and Kagoshima city, where they will have group discussion and exchanges with local people, and then take part in an open symposium in Tokyo, using English as a common language, under the theme "To protect the cultural and natural heritage of the world."

  3. In Kagoshima city there will be discussions with three lecturers on the themes of "What are natural and cultural heritage?", "The present situation and issures concerning the protection of natural and cultural heritage being undertaken in nations around the world" and "International cooperation toward protecting and preserving natural and cultural heritage." The open symposium will be held in the United Nations University on 18 March, with a keynote address by Dr. Takeshi Nakagawa, Professor, Department of Architecture, Waseda University, and Leader of the Japanese Government Team for Safeguarding Angkor (JSA). Mr. Noboru Noguchi, Director of the UNESCO Beijing Office and UNESCO Representative to China, Mongolia and North Korea, will moderate the symposium.

  4. Countries of the Participants:
    Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Honduras, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, New Zealand, Niger, Russia, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Uganda, Uruguay, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.

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