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2008 UNU Global Seminar 10th Okinawa Session on “Science and Technology: The Human Security Perspective” October 21, 2008

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The United Nations University will organise a seminar in Okinawa on science and technology for human security. Applications are open now. Deadline is 30 October 2008

Details are below:

Science and Technology: The Human Security Perspective

Date: 2008.12.18–21

Contact: okinawa2008@hq.unu.edu

Brochure (2.7 MB PDF)
http://www.unu.edu/gs/files/2008/ok/OK08_brochure.pdf

Application Form (68 KB MS Word)
http://www.unu.edu/gs/files/2008/ok/OK08_Application.doc

Today, we enjoy the benefits of science and technology more than ever before: our lives have become more convenient, easier and richer in so many ways. The rapid growth of information communication technologies, in particular, is a driving force for globalization, and has dramatically shaped the ways in which we interact and perceive the world. But advances in science and technology have not benefited the world’s population equitably. What is more, concurrent with these advances, we must confront a number of emerging global problems (such as climate change, poverty, HIV/AIDS, terrorism, and others) that have raised the awareness of human security: peoples’ aspiration to enjoy freedom from fear and want. In tackling today’s global problems and concerns, what role should science and technology play in the quest to achieve better lives for all of humankind?

現在私たちは、かつてないほどに科学技術の恩恵を享受する世界に暮らしています。日々の生活は様々な面において、より便利で豊かになってきました。また情報技術の急速な発達に伴いグローバル化が進む中で、私たち自身の国際社会との関わり方、感じ方も劇的に変化しています。しかし科学技術の発展は、世界中に等しく恩恵をもたらしているのでしょうか。科学技術の発展と並行して、気候変動、貧困、食糧危機、HIV/AIDS、テロリズムといった地球規模の問題が深刻化しています。これらの問題への懸念が高まる中、人々が恐怖と欠乏から真に自由になることが大切だという、「人間の安全保障」の大切さが唱えられるようになりました。地球規模の問題と人間の安全保障を考えていく上で、科学技術が人類のよりよい未来のために果たすことの出来る、そして果たすべき役割とは何でしょうか。

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