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2023/01/18 17:00:00 The National Model United Nations (NMUN)

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  • Posted byAngus McGregor
Ayane Maekawa (GS 3rd year)



I’ve participated in three MUN conferences, the first being the Kansai High School Model United Nations (KHSMUN) when I attended Kyoto Gaidai Nishi High School, and the other two being the Japan University English Model United Nations (JUEMUN) in 2021 and 2022. However, I participated in JUEMUN both times as an organizer and student leader, so this National Model United Nations conference (NMUN) was my first time participating as a delegate after becoming a university student.

The team from KUFS was assigned Iceland and my partner, Ryo Nakatsuji, and I joined the General Assembly meetings. Our committee focused mainly on "energy systems" and this was a good topic for us because Iceland uses 100% renewable energy. We presented our idea to bring the technology for renewable energy to developing countries and increase the world's use of renewable energy.

When the actual event began, it was completely different from the MUNs I had participated in before. I was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the participants who came to Japan from overseas. However, I was pulled along by their zeal, and we gradually became able to participate in the discussions. As a result, the committee could complete the resolution, and I was glad to hear the director of the GA say that it was one of the best resolutions he had ever seen.

This NMUN was a great experience for me, but there are many things I wish I had done better, so I would like to try again next year at the NMUN in Erfurt, Germany. I am happy to have had such a valuable experience.



Ryo Nakatsuji (GS 3rd year)

My first MUN experience was a GS MUN that I took in class as a freshman. It was held online due to the pandemic. I also joined JUEMUN and it was also held held online due to the pandemic. The first time I was able to participate in a traditional face-to-face MUN was at this year's JUEMUN, and I was an organizer and student leader.

During this NMUN held in Kobe with students from around the world, I attended in person as a delegate representing Iceland in the General Assembly. The two topics for consideration by the General Assembly were climate change and mental health care. My partner, Ayane Maekawa, and I participated in the discussions and debates related to climate change. Iceland generates 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources, and this policy was of great value as we negotiated and created solutions with other countries. As representatives of Iceland, we decided to support the spread of renewable energy technology to both developed and developing countries, and to work for increasing the use of renewable energy around the world.

Participating in the NMUN was very different from the other MUNs I had experienced. It was exciting for the ambassadors to create everything from scratch by themselves and make discoveries for policy during the discussions. In the process, we acutely realized our own lack of knowledge and discovered in our own ways what we could do to develop it as we discussed the issues with other delegates from around the world. It is our hope to again join NMUN in 2023 in Erfurt, Germany and will prepare and do our best to make the experience even better than before.

2023/01/18 16:50:00 The National Model United Nations (NMUN)

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  • Posted byAngus McGregor
The National Model United Nations (NMUN) was held from November 23rd-26th in the Portopia Hotel, Kobe. NMUN is one of the oldest and most prestigious intercollegiate MUN conferences and is held annually in New York City, Washington, D.C., and an international location. This year NMUN was hosted by Kobe City University of Foreign Studies and 

over 320 student delegates from 44 universities and 12 countries attended the conference. Four students and two faculty from Kyoto University of Foreign Studies participated, representing the country of Iceland in the General Assembly (GA) and Non-Nuclear Proliferation Committee (NPT). 

The Opening Ceremony included a video message from the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and a letter of greeting from Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. Following the ceremony students participated in a Peace Forum moderated by Tetsuo Kondo, United Nations Development Program, with presentations by Yumiko Horie, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns for Save the Children Japan; Hiroe Ono, Senior Deputy Director for Middle East and Europe, JICA; and Koji Yanai, Group Senior Executive Officer and Director of the Board, Fast Retailing Co., LTD.  

A special greeting was given by Professor Halyna Protsyk, Ukrainian Catholic University, who spoke about the ongoing situation in Ukraine, the displacement of people, and the constant threat of missiles and bombs. Setsuko Thurlow, a Hiroshima Atomic Bomb survivor and a representative of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons also sent a presentation entitled: Nuclear War or Non-Nuclear Peace? The need to make an educated choice.  

The four participating KUFS students divided into two committees and proceeded to represent Iceland during the speeches, discussions, negotiations, resolution drafting, and debates.  Ayane Maekawa (Global Studies) and Ryo Nakatsuji (Global Studies) joined the discussions in the General Assembly, while Eita Shimakura (British and American Studies) and Ken Torito (Global Studies) joined the Non-Nuclear Proliferation Treaty committee.  Professor Ian Gibson (British and American Studies) and Adjunct-professor Angus McGregor (Global Studies) served as faculty advisers.   

Following are the impressions of Ken Torito, Ayane Maekawa, and Ryo Nakatsuji from the Department of Global Studies:



Ken Torito (GS 3rd year)

I began participating in Model United Nations events in high school and continued in university. I have participated 6 times as a delegate and 2 times as a student leader, responsible for leading committee meetings. My impressions from this National Model United Nations were quite different from the previous MUNs. The level of the participants were outstanding and my own level of knowledge on the topic compared to them was quite different. I wasn’t able to surpass them, but knowing there was someone with greater knowledge gave me the courage to work harder to be able to participate at the same level.

I represented Iceland and together with my partner, Eita Shimakura, we joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation committee. I chose this committee because I am from Hiroshima and I had learned about the bombing of Hiroshima and the shocking results. Actually, the fact that many countries continue to have nuclear weapons is also shocking.

I wanted to make sure that as Iceland we could contribute our ideas to make great policy and to be able to either reduce the number of nuclear weapons, or eliminate all of them. My main goal for this was to educate the next generation on how to reduce casualties in case of nuclear disaster and I’m glad that I was able to write a policy statement that accepted by the other delegates.

I am glad that I was able to participate in this NMUN and because of it I was able to have fun and move closer towards my future goals. I will still continue participating in MUN activities for the rest of my student life, and I would be more than happy to participate in the next NMUN, which will be held in Erfurt, Germany in November, 2023.



2022/12/24 15:00:00 Movie Night at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies: Hollywood Engages Japan and the Environment

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  • Posted byDepartment of Global Studies
On January 10th, as part of the Department of Global Studies “Changemaker” guest speaker series, we welcome Ms. Aileen Mioko Smith to Kyoto University of Foreign Studies to preview and discuss the movie – Minamata (trailer).

Minamata features Johnny Depp as W. Eugene Smith and provides an introduction to many aspects of the Minamata disease tragedy. Ms. Smith will share her eyewitness account of what she saw in Minamata and what we can do as informed citizens about environmental issues today.

Schedule
17:00 – Morita Hall Doors open
17:30 – Interactive Discussion with Ms. Smith
18:30 – 20:30 – Minamata Film Viewing

*This event is free and open to the public (subject to space availability). Please invite your family and friends. Donations for Green Action are not required but gratefully accepted. Please contact Ms. Chiyo Fox (c_fox@kufs.ac.jp) if you have questions.
  • KUFS Minamata Event Flyer

2022/04/06 11:50:00 UNESCO Fundraiser for Refugees from Ukraine

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  • Posted byDepartment of Global Studies
Sixteen students and two faculty members from Kyoto University of Foreign Studies joined the Kyoto UNESCO Association's fundraising activity on April 4th to raise funds for the Romania UNESCO Association's efforts to assist those people fleeing the invasion of Ukraine into Romania. In just 90 minutes of fundraising in the Kyoto Station area, over 135,000 yen was collected for the Ukraine Emergency Fundraising Fund, which is providing accommodation, food, and daily necessities for refugees being settled in Romania.

Students from the Department of Global Studies (DGS), Department of British and American Studies (Eibei), the Chinese Department and French Department distributed information flyers and collected donations. The fundraising campaign is being sponsored by the Japan UNESCO Association and will continue until the end of May. For more information and how to donate online, please follow the link: https://www.unesco.or.jp/newsitem/12088/

Thanks to McGregor sensei of the DGS, Kato sensei of the General Education department, and all of the participating students from all departments on a job well done! Taking individual action to help solve a problem in society is what being a Changemaker is all about.


  • Kato sensei, McGregor sensei, and their students collecting donations near Kyoto Station
  • Fundraising on the Streets of Kyoto to support refugees of the war in Ukraine
  • KUFS Faculty and students along with UNESCO representatives on the day of the event

2022/03/24 15:00:00 Seminar “The United Nations and the World: And Inside Look“

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  • Posted byProf. Takaaki Miyaguchi
On 5 March, an online seminar titled “UN Seminar” was successfully organized as part of the orientation event that had been postponed several times.

The seminar started at 8 am and lasted until 1 pm. This half-day seminar was organized and co-hosted by Global Studies Syndicate based in New York City, which has extensive network and experience with the United Nations and other international organizations.

The main aim of this seminar was to share and discuss the important issues of the international society through the lens of top officials of various international organizations. The invited special speakers were: the former Chief of the Office of Internal Oversight Services at the United Nations; Senior Evaluation Officer at the Independent Evaluation Office of United Nations Development Programme; and the Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of Global Environment Facility. Altogether, the seminar has covered a very critical set of global themes that the international society has to address with urgency, i.e. peace and humanitarian affairs, environment and sustainability, and poverty alleviation and development.

During this live session, connecting New York City and Washington DC simultaneously, as many as 140 students joined eagerly listening to what these speakers had to say. And at the end of each speaker’s lecture, there was a very lively Q&A session where the students have cast many pertinent questions, e.g. the ones concerning the Ukraine crisis and what the international society can and should do.

All the speakers were very impressed with the interest and enthusiasm of Global Studies students and said that they felt hopeful to see such aspiring and talented youths in Japan.

Knowing the world and seeing it through multiple, different perspectives are the first steps toward becoming a changemaker, the motto of the Department of Global Studies. Similar events are being planned to further stimulate the Global Studies students within and outside the campus.

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