"Human Security and National Security":
International Symposium on Human Security, 2004 in Kyoto

Date: 14:30-17:30, Wednesday, July 7, 2004. (Doors open at 14:00)
Venue: The Kyoto International Conference Hall (Takaragaike, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto)
Sponsor: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Yomiuri Shimbun, Osaka

As globalization accelerates in the 21st century, increasing threats, such as the internationalization of internal conflicts, infectious diseases and disparities in world wealth, are not being sufficiently addressed through the traditional framework of state security. A response to this trend is the introduction of "Human Security," conceptualized by the Commission on Human Security in its final report, "Human Security Now."

In May 2003, "Human Security Now" was submitted to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan by Commission on Human Security co-chairs Sadako Ogata, former United Nations high commissioner for refugees, and Professor Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge University.

This report emphasizes the importance of Human Security in assisting nation-building through enhancing communities and protecting and empowering individuals. The Japanese Government is steadily promoting Human Security as a pillar of its diplomacy.

The symposium will include:
a) Opening remarks
b) A panel discussion (panelists subject to change):

         - Sadako Ogata, President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and former U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees
  - Shinichi Kitaoka, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations
  - Dumisani Shadrack Kumalo: Permanent Representative of the Republic of South Africa to the United Nations
  - Nafis Sadik: Former Executive Director of the U.N. Population Fund
  - Clemente Baena Soares: Former Secretary-General of the Organization of American States
  - (Moderator) Kaoru Ishikawa: director-general of Multilateral Cooperation Department of the Foreign Ministry

The symposium is free of charge. If you are interested in attending, please submit completely the following information by Thursday, July 1, to the Foreign Ministry's Human Security (HS) Secretariat by e-mail: (hs.symposium@mofa.go.jp); or fax (03)3580-7451. (Application by telephone or post will not be accepted.)

         - Address
  - Name
  - Telephone number
  - Fax number and/or E-mail address

Seating for public attendance is limited to 300. Attendees will be chosen by lottery. Only selected applicants will receive confirmation from the ministry's HS Secretariat.

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