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”Sophia University United Nations Weeks October,2017” will be held from Oct 16 to 28 offering variety of events

First held in 2012, the event will take place for the 8th time with the various events and symposiums under the concept, “To consider our world and the future through the U.N activities”.
This year as a start, a film screening of "Born in Syria" a film regarding Syrian refugees will take place on 18th following the talk of Yukio Takasu, the U.N Under Secretary General for Management on 23rd. Also to become more familiar with SDGs: the UN sustainable development goals aimed to be achieved by 2030, an award ceremony for "Student Photo Contest Award", a special symposium featuring "Expectations of Japanese Companies: Embedding Respect for Human Rights in Mega Sporting Events" will be held and on the last day together with researchers and experts, the progress and the future tasks of SDGs will be discussed. Also during the UN Weeks there will be the display available to describe SDGs in details at the entrance hall of No.2 BLDG. We hope many of you will be able to attend.

【1】UNHCR Refugee Film Festival-School Partners Film Screening

シリアに生まれて/BORN IN SYRIA

This event is to give our thoughts to refugee problems through the film. "Born in Syria" a documentary film featuring courageous 7 refugee children from Syria will be screened this year.

■Date: Oct 18 Wed 5:45pm ~ 7:30pm (Door opens at 5:15pm)
■Venue: International Conference Hall No.2 BLDG Yotsuya Campus

Director:Hernan Zin/Denmark, Spain/ 2016/ 84min/ English and Japanese subtitles
Open to: Sophia students, faculty member, high school students and public (free entrance, pre-registration required)
Organized by: Sophia University with cooperation of UNHCR Representation in Japan, UNHCR

◆For registration  click here    ◆Flyer for the film screening  click here

【2】 UN Day award ceremony for SDGs Student Photo Contest

Judges for SDGs Student Photo Contest

This year more than 1000 entries were made from over 73 countries for the student photo contest while the winners' photos from last year were exhibited in UN Headquarters in New York. Foreign Minister Award will be awarded for this year’s winner and the guest judges will give critiques to individual photos expressing their views for SDGs.

■Date: Oct 24 5:00pm ~7:45pm (Doors open at 4:30pm)
■Venue Yotsuya Campus No.2 BLDG 17th Floor International Conference Hall

■ Program
〇Opening session "SDGs from students point of view"
 1) "What is SDGs?" Professor Yasuhiro Ueki of Faculty of Global Studies
 2) Students Presentation of their effort made for SDGs
   "SDGs and education" Student NGO Organization "Meguko"
   "SDGs and environment" Attending Sophia students of Kerala Study Tour
 3) Comments from representatives of UN programmes, agencies and others.

〇SDGs Student Photo Contest Award Ceremony
  Leslie Kee: Photographer
  Akira Ono: Photo and Multimedia Editor, The Asahi Shimbun
  Yuichi Kimura: Comedian, YOSHIMOTO CREATIVE AGENCY CO., LTD.
  Hiroaki Mizushima: Professor, Department of Journalism, Sophia University
  Mark Garten: Chief of the UN Photo Unit, Audio-Visual Services Section, United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI)

 Team judges for TOGETHER Award:
 Representatives from the International Labour Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UNIC Tokyo, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and United Nations University (UNU)

 Judge for Cocept Award: Getty Images Japan

SDGs Panel Discussion
  Guest speakers:
  Leslie Kee: Photographer
  Yuichi Kimura: Comedian, YOSHIMOTO CREATIVE AGENCY CO., LTD.
  Mark Garten: Chief of the UN Photo Unit, Audio-Visual Services Section, United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI)
  Coordinator:Kaoru Nemoto (Japan Director UNIC Tokyo)

■Open to Sophia students, faculty members, high school students and public (Free entrance, pre-registration required)
■Language: Japanese・English (simultaneous interpretation available)
■Organized by: Sophia University, UNIC
■Special Corporation: Getty Images Japan
■Supported by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Global Compact Network
■Cooperation: Nikon, SIGMA Corporation, Fast Retailing 
■Media Partner: Asahi Shimbun

◆For registration  click here    

Photo Exhibition of SDGs Student Photo Contest 2017

Date: Oct 31 to Nov 10 9:00am ~ 5:00pm
Place: Entrance Lobby 2nd BLDG Yotsuya Campus
At award ceremony photos will be exhibited at the elevator hall

【3】Symposium Expectations for Japanese Companies: Embedding Respect for Human Rights in Mega Sports Events"

Tokyo 2020 Games will be noted as the milestone for the progress of the SDGs. This symposium will discuss expectations and progress underway by Japanese companies ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Games especially in the area of human right issues.

■Date Oct 25 1:30pm ~4:00pm (Door Opens at 1:00pm)
■Venue Yotsuya Campus No.2 BLDG International Conference Hall
 Moderation Mr Yoshiteru Uramoto, Distinguished Professor, Center for Global Discovery, Sophia University

+Opening remark Mr Yoshiaki Terumichi, President, Sophia University

+ Keynote 1 "Initiatives for the Sustainable Tokyo 2020 Games – Sustainable Sourcing Code –"
 Mr Takeo Tanaka, Senior Director of Sustainability, The Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

+Keynote 2 "Ethical Sourcing is an Olympian Feat: How to Prevent Human Rights Harms at Mega-Sporting Events"
 Ms Kendyl Salcito, Executive Director, NomoGaia (NPO)

NomoGaia has generated field-based processes of "human rights due diligence" to ensure that companies’ human rights policies, practices, performance and project designs respect human rights. Ms Salcito will discuss why a sourcing code for a major sporting event is necessary and why it is so important for Japanese companies to use opportunities such as this to strengthen their supply chain management practices to make positive change at the source/ground level.

+Panel Discussion (alphabetical order)
 Ms Kanae Doi, Japan Director, Human Rights Watch
 Ms Chikako Miyata, Vice President, Corporate Brand & CSR, ANA HOLDINGS INC
 Prof Katsuhiko Mori, Dean, College of Liberal Arts, International Christian University
 Mr Daisuke Takahashi, Attorney at Law, Partner, Shinwa Sohgoh Law Offices/Vice Chair, CSR Project Team, Japan Federation of Bar Associations
 Mr Takeo Tanaka, Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
 Ms Miwa Yamada, Director, Law and Institutions Study Group, Institute of Developing Economies, IDE-JETRO
 Panel Moderation: Mr. Masataka Nagoshi, Manager, EY Japan Climate Change & Sustainability Services

■Open to: Sophia University students, faculty members and public (Free entrance, registration required)
■Language Japanese・English (Simultaneous translation available)
■Organized by: Sophia University, Global Compact Network Japan, EY Japan

◆For registration  click here    ◆Flyer for the Symposium click here

【4】SDGs Panel Exhibition "Partnership creates our world"

How much do you know about "UN Sustainable Development Goals: SDGs"? We created the panel display for your understanding.

■Date Oct 16 Mon~Oct 28 Sat 9:00am ~5:00pm
■Venue Yotsuya Campus No. 2 BLDG Entrance Lobby
■Open to Sophia University Students, faculty members, high school students and public (Free entrance, no registration needed)
■Language Japanese/English
■Organized by: Sophia University, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study for Sustainability, Global Environment Outreach Center

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