Future Outlook on “The World in 2050” Initiative (TWI2050)

  • DATE / TIME:
    2018•10•09    13:00 - 15:00

    UNU-IAS, the Japan Committee of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)※, the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan (NIES), and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) will co-organize a seminar to raise awareness of and enhance collaboration on The World in 2050 (TWI2050) initiative among the Japanese research community.

    The World in 2050 (TWI2050) is a global research initiative developed to support the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In the three years following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, the crucial question has become how to act on a number of issues including poverty, health, economic growth and environment. The goal of TWI2050 is to help answer these questions, to provide science and fact-based knowledge for sustainable transformation, and to support the policy process for achieving the SDGs. In order to achieve the 17 SDGs, the initiative aims to assess synergies and trade-offs and to provide possible pathways for an integrated approach to transformational challenges. TWI2050 launched its first report, Transformations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, at the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development this July (www.twi2050.org).

    TWI2050 was launched by the IIASA in collaboration with the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and other institutions. Aiming to contribute to policy-making, it features science-policy coordination projects between policy experts and modelling analysis teams. Currently, a number of major research institutes in the world take part in the initiative, including the National Institute of Environmental Studies (NIES), Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE) from Japan.

    This fiscal year, UNU-IAS, in cooperation with NIES and Keio University, also established a new research initiative, “Inclusive Research on Integrated Implementation Methodology Towards Achievement of SDGs”, a cross-cutting effort that examines the environmental, social and economic dimensions required for integrated implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

    We will co-host this event to deepen discussion on both current and future collaboration with the TWI2050 project, inviting Dr. Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Deputy Director General of IIASA, who has been promoting this initiative together with leading research institutions around the world.

    This symposium will be held as part of the UNU-IAS SDG Dialogue Series. Simultaneous interpretation (Japanese-English) will be provided.

    ※The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
    IIASA was founded in 1972 as an international non-governmental research organisation with 12 founding members including Japan. IIASA conducts policy-oriented research into problems of a global nature that are too large or too complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline. Today, IIASA is sponsored by its 23 National Member Organizations in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Its research is independent and completely unconstrained by political or national self-interest. Japan has been a very active member of IIASA with many joint research activities since its beginning.

    Programme (tbc)

    13:00-13:10 Opening remarks
    Dr. Kazuhiko Takemoto, Director, UNU-IAS/Councillor, IIASA

    13:10-13:50 Keynote presentation on TWI2050 Initiative
    Dr. Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Deputy Director, IIASA

    13:50-14:50 Panel discussion
    Moderator: Dr. Kazuhiko Takemoto, Director, UNU-IAS


    • Dr. Kiyoshi Takahashi, NIES
    • Dr. Miho Kamei, IGES
    • Discussants:

    • Dr. Tsuyoshi Fujita, NIES
    • Dr. Norichika Kanie, Keio University/UNU-IAS

    14:50-15:00 Wrap-up (Dr. Nakicenovic and Dr. Takemoto)


    To register, please click here.

    Co-Organizers: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), Japan Committee of IIASA, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan (NIES), Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), SDSN-Japan

    Support: Environmental Research and Technology Development Fund (1-1801 and S-16) of the Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency, Japan


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