The Environment Research and Technology Development Fund (Ministry of the Environment, Japan)S-11/Beyond MDGs Japan Symposium – The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Transforming Japan and the World -

Event|2015/12/02 posted.

Thank you very much for your interest and participation. The speech and panel discussions are available on this web site as an archived video.

The UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York in September 2015 adopted “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. This new agenda, which will be the launch pad for action over the next 15 years, includes the challenges remaining from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs ) and will center the “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” that incorporate the rising global concerns since year 2000, as the main driving force for change. The SDGs consist of 17 goals and 169 targets (that show a more specific aim), which treat various issues such as poverty, food, health and wellbeing, education, gender, water, energy, cities and urbanization, sustainable production and consumption, conservation of biodiversity, rule of law, etc, and how they are to be implemented through realizing of the goals, in an comprehensive and integrated manor. In short, it is a grand international set of goals that promote shared prosperity and wellbeing and to conserve the earth system as a whole.
The challenge now is how would each country implement these goals, and how to monitor its progress. What is needed in effectively implementing such international goals by all nations, developed and developing?

The “Project on Sustainability Transformation beyond 2015” (S-11 project of the Environment Research and Technology Development Fund), over the past 3 years, has conducted comprehensive research on the whole concept of the SDGs and on how they should be implemented and reviewed, with various actors that need to be involved in the process, including government agencies, international organizations, the private sector and NGOs. This symposium in Tokyo will highlight and sum up the research outcomes of the POST2015 project, and discuss what transformations are needed to realize a sustainable society.

Date/time 15 January 2016, 13:00 ~ 18:00
Venue U Thant International Conference Hall (3F), United Nations University, Tokyo.
(5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925)
Entrance fee Free
Registration Registration has been closed.
Capacity 300 persons
Language Japanese / English (with simultaneous interpretation)
Organaizers Graduate School of Media and Governance, Faculty of Policy Management, Faculty of Envivonment and Information Studies, Keio University (S-11 project of the Environment Research and Technology Development Fund ) / UNU-Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability
Co-organizers Ministry of Environment Japan / Beyond MDGs Japan / SDSN Japan / Graduate School of Education, The University of Tokyo / Kyushu University Urban Research Center / Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Supprter United Nations Information Centre


Programme (Tentative)

MC: Yumiko Nozaki, Freelance announcer, lecturer at TV Asahi Announcer School

[Flyer PDF][Poster PDF]
12:30-13:00 Registration
13:00-13:10 Opening Remarks

  • Toshiaki Makabe, Vice-President, Keio University
  • Kazuhiko Takemoto, Director, UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) / Director, Secretariat of SDSN Japan
13:10-13:30 Remarks

  • Masaaki Kobayashi, Vice Minister for Global Environment Affairs, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
  • Atsuyuki Oike, Ambassador, Assistant Vice-Minister / Director-General for Global Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
13:30-14:10 Reports
What are the SDGs? A Road towards Sustainability
Norichika Kanie, Professor, Keio University / Senior Research Fellow, UNU-IAS / Project Leader of S-11
14:10-14:40 Keynote Speech:
Keizo Takemi, Member, House of Councillors
14:40-15:00 Break
15:00-16:30 Panel Discussion 1
What do we know about the SDGs?

Chair: Norichika Kanie

  • Yuto Kitamura, Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo
  • Shunsuke Managi, Professor, Kyushu University
  • Hideyuki Mori, President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
  • Kaori Kuroda, Executive Director, CSO Network, Japan
  • Shuzo Nishioka, Senior Research Advisor, IGES / Secretary General, LCS-RNet / LoCARNet
  • Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor, The New School


16:30-17:50 Panel Discussion 2
What should Japan do in implementing the SDGs?

Chair: Kazuhiko Takemoto

  • David Griggs, Professor, Monash University / Professor, Warwick University
  • Keiko Segawa, Director, International Strategy Division, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment of Japan
  • Masahiro Kawatei, Associate Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility Department, Corporate Public Relations Division, Hakuhodo Inc.
  • Masaki Inaba, Executive Director, Ugoku/Ugokasu (GCAP Japan)
  • Tomohiro Tasaki, Head, Sustainable Material Cycle Systems Section, Center for Material Cycles and Waste Management Research, National Institute for Environmental Studies


17:50-18:00 Closing Remarks
Tamotsu Nakasa, Secretary General, Steering Committee of Beyond MDGs Japan / National Center for Global Health and Medicine


Contact: S-11 (POST2015) Secretariat

Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus
5322 Endo, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa 252-0882 Japan