Peace as a Global Language Conference Oct 27-28 Kyoto


Hi Blog. Here’s an announcement of a forum coming up next week. I’ll be speaking there on Japanese Immigration on Saturday. FYI. Debito in Tokyo


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Peace as a Global Language VI

Cultivating Leadership

October 27-28, 2007

Kyoto University of Foreign Studies,
Kyoto, Japan

A conference for educators, students, NGOs and anyone interested in
Peace and Global Issues in Education
English, Japanese and Bilingual Events!
Featuring a Model United Nations, plenary talks, lectures. workshops, poster sessions, NGO displays, a hunger banquet, a charity party, a children’s art display, a photo exhibition and much more.
Admission: Free

For more details, please visit our homepage at:
or send an e-mail to:

Cultivating Leadership
together with
Imagine Peace
both at
Kyoto University of Foreign Studies,
Kyoto, Japan

(1) Peace as a Global Language VI
A conference for educators, students, NGOs and anyone interested in Peace and Global Issues in Education – English, Japanese and Bilingual Events!
Join students, teachers, academics, activists and members of the local community to exchange ideas on how to make the world a better place. Participants can choose from up to six different workshops every hour, and attend several plenary talks by outstanding speakers.

Admission is to Peace As A Global Language conference is free, but you will have opportunities to donate to various charitable projects during the conference.
Admission to Imagine Peace event: 3,000 yen for delegates. Free for observers.

(2) Kyoto University of Foreign Studies 60th Anniversary Event
Imagine Peace
October 26 – October 28, 2007 at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies

“Imagine Peace” aims to make concrete contributions towards the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal Number 1: the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger.
Join us. Take action. Let’s take a step towards a world without poverty.


1. Action Plan Model United Nations Conference
Oct. 26: 6 pm-9 pm
Oct.27: 9 am-8 pm
Oct.28: 9 am-7 pm
Participants will represent one of the world’s countries on one of six committees. Before the conference, delegates will research their country’s poverty problems and policies, poverty issues in general, and actual plans to reduce poverty. Each conference committee will try to agree on one “Action Plan”, related to UN Millennium Development Goal Number 1, which the committee can actually carry out after the conference. Let’s make the world a better place step by step.
Participants: All ages and nationalities welcome.
Capacity: 192 people (number of the UN member states) *Registration is required in advance
Languages: English and Japanese
Registration Fee: 3000 yen for delegates only; free for observers

2. Hunger Banquet: Saturday October 27th, 2007
Time: 12:00-15:00
At Kyoto University of Foreign Studies (Cafeteria LIBRE)
Cost: 700 yen (payment onsite)
Capacity: 100 people (Apply in advance online at

The Hunger Banquet is an OXFAM/UNESCO concept. Participants will be placed in groups by lottery reflecting the inequalities in the food distribution situation in today’s world. Some will enjoy the food of the world’s richest people while others will eat the food of the poorest people. Our aim is to think deeply about poverty and hunger. We will share feelings and ideas in a discussion about reducing poverty and hunger.

3. Charity Party Oct.27 from 7 pm – Details will be announced later on the website.
4. Images of Peace Oct. 22- 28
An exhibition of drawings from Japanese children and from children from all around the world. The theme is “Let’s put our strength together. Let’s be one”.

5. Keynote Speakers
Betty Reardon
–founding Director of the Peace Education Center at Teachers College Columbia University and the International Institute on Peace Education
–an initiator of the Hague Appeal for Peace Global Campaign for Peace Education
–more than 40 years of experience in the international peace education movement and 25 years in the international movement for the human rights of women
–has served as a consultant to several UN agencies and has published widely in the field of peace and human rights education, gender and women’s issues
–nominated for the “1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize”

Kikuo Morimoto
Acting Director and founder of the Institute for Khmer Traditional Textiles
2004 laureate of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise “for breaking new ground in areas which advance human knowledge and well-being”
MOVED BY THE FAILURE OF CAMBODIA’S COUNTRYSIDE to recover from decades of war, silk expert Kikuo Morimoto left his job in Thailand in the 1990s to set up silk fabrication workshops in the hinterlands of Cambodia. His goal was to help impoverished villagers resurrect traditional silk production. His vision has grown, and he is now replanting trees needed to produce silk, reviving traditional weaving and providing profitable work to hundreds of people making heritage-class textiles. The next step is the establishment of a “silk village” as a model to help revitalise rural Cambodia.

Imagine Peace is organized by

And supported by:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Kids Earth Fund
Habitat for Humanity Japan
Kyoto International Cultural Asssociation, Inc.
The Consortium of Universities in Kyoto
United Nations Association Kyoto
Kyoto City

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